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 03/09/2013 18:00   Groby Juniors Blues        (League Cup)  Home  W 7-3
 08/09/2013 14:00  Aylestone Park '94  Home  D 2-2
 22/09/2013 14:00  Hinckley United Juniors  Home  W 3-2
 29/09/2013 14:00   Kibworth & Smeeton  Away  L 0-2
 06/10/2013 13:30  Epworth Forest               (County Cup)  Home   W 4-2 (AET)
 13/10/2013 14:00  Thurmaston Magpies  Home  L 3-6
 20/10/2013 14:00  Wigston Magna  Away  L 1-2
 27/10/2013 14:00  Rothley Imps                  (League Cup)  Home  Cancelled
 03/11/2013 14:00  Groby Juniors                 (County Cup)  Away  W 4-2
 10/11/2013 14:00  Rothley Imps                  (League Cup)  Away  W 7-1
 01/12/2013 14:00  Harborough Town      (League Cup QF)  Away  W 4-1
 15/12/2013 14:00  Aylestone Park '94    (County Cup QF)  Away  W 3-2
 22/12/2013 13:00  Anstey Swifts  Home  W 4-2
 05/01/2014 14:00  Hinckley United Juniors  Away  Cancelled
 12/01/2014 14:00   Groby Juniors  Home  W 2-1 
 19/01/2014 14:00  Thurmaston Magpies  Away  W 0-4
 26/01/2014 14:00  Wigston Magna  Home  Cancelled
 02/02/2014 13:45  Kibworth & Smeeton   (County Cup SF)  Oadby Town FC  W 2-0
 09/02/2014 14:00  Aylestone Park '94   Away  P-P
 16/02/2014 14:00  Kibworth & Smeeton  Home  P-P
 23/02/2014 14:00  Groby Juniors  Away  D 1-1
 02/03/2014 14:00   Thurlaston Magpies    (League Cup SF)  Oadby Town FC  W 6-0
 09/03/2014 14:00   Kibworth & Smeeton   Oadby Town FC  L 0-3
 18/03/2014 19:00  Asfordby FC            (County Cup Final)  Holmes Park  W 4-0
 23/03/2014 14:00  Wigston Magna  Home  W 6-0
 01/04/2014 18:00  Aylestone Park  Away  L 1-3
 13/04/2014 14:00  Hinckley United  Away  D 4-4
 27/04/2014 14:00  Anstey Swifts  Away  W 3-2
 11/05/2014 13:30  Aylestone Park       (League Cup Final)  Hinckley United  L 1-5
         
         

Oadby Owls 6 Wigston Magna 0 - 23rd March 2014 (League)

WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY!

Following an unexpected break in play for a torrential hail storm both sides found it difficult to get the ball down in the strong swirling wind. Owls settled the quicker producing the first chance when Euan Ford went close with a well hit shot that was well saved by the Wigston keeper.

Harvey Judd provided the first creative through ball sending James Parker sprinting past the last defender – he kept his composure and slotted calmly past the out-rushing keeper to put us in front. Shortly afterwards it was James Parker once again causing trouble for the Wigston back four – his cross from the right hand side of the box was diverted in to the corner of the net by a Wigston defender to put us 2-0 to the good.

A period of scrappy play followed with neither side managing to put any meaningful play together as they battled against the elements and a bobbly surface. Eventually Oadby put together a promising move seeing Will Newton free wide left – his long deep cross was floated on the wind beyond the Wigston keeper finishing in the bottom right hand corner and we were 3-0 up.

Sam Ashton was next to strike after Euan Ford closed down a defensive clearance before squaring to Sam who cleverly jinked to one side of the keeper before firing home left footed from close range. Jack Dowle then forced his way through the centre before sliding a pass inside the last defender to Will – his fierce shot beat the keeper but came crashing back of the cross bar and away for a goal kick.

Will got his revenge a few minutes later blocking a ball out of defence on the halfway line and sprinting through unchallenged to put a well-placed left foot drive past the advancing keeper. Now 5-0 in front there was only one winner and the rout was completed in style with a slick four pass move involving Harrison, Jack and Sam Ashton finished off from close range by James Parker. FT: Oadby Owls 6 Wigston Magna 0

Squad: Josh Hallam; Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Euan Ford, Jack Dowle, Will Newton; Sam Ashton, James Parker; Jared Rydquist, Christian Farrar

Goal Scorers: James Parker (2), Own Goal, Will Newton (2) and Sam Ashton

Asfordby 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 18th March 2014 (County Cup Final)

EU’ BEAUTY!

Following victories over the premier league’s top two sides we were rewarded with a final clash against Asfordby from division 1. However we could not afford to be complacent or our chance for county cup honours would bypass us again.

Things started nervously with Asfordby settling the quicker and looking well worth their place in the final. Both sides were intent on playing at a high tempo with good passing football.

Owls had the better of the early exchanges with Niam going close with a long range volley well saved by the Asfordby keeper. However Asfordby replied with a fine chance of their own which was quite superbly saved by Josh Hallam flying to his right to push a certain goal around the post. Shortly after this we rode our luck when a header from a corner looped of Josh but was thankfully cleared off the line.

Owls collected themselves and once again started to dominate play moving the ball swiftly from left to right putting Sam Grouse in on goal – his fine strike was saved well by the Asfordby keeper and the honours remained even. Oadby got the first goal of the game following a well-directed free kick from Harvey Judd headed in off the underside of the bar by Euan Ford. Noses in front owls gained in confidence knocking the ball around well and staying strong at the back. Josh Hallam made another fine save on the stroke of half time tipping an Asfordby shot round the post at full stretch. HT: Oadby 1 Asfordby 0

Oadby had the first chance of the second half when Will Newton got around his man pulling back a pass for Sam Grouse but his shot sailed over the bar. Josh Hallam once again came to the rescue when a long clearance by the Asfordby keeper found its way to their centre forward. Josh reacted the quickest charging out to save well at the attacker’s feet.

Another fine move from the back by Owls put James Parker free down the left – his cross field ball found Alex Hobart in space on the edge of the 18 yard box his first time shot on the half volley gave the Asfordby keeper no chance and we were 2-0 up.

The second goal gave us some breathing space and allowed us to play with greater confidence, Joel Carta came on in the midfield and started to pull the strings starting and number promising moves from centre midfield. At this point Asfordby’s gallant effort to stay with started to ebb away and Owls took complete control. Owls then scored the goal of the game – Superb inter-play on the right wing between Sam Grouse, and Alex Hobart sent Alex sprinting down the wing a fine cross was met on the volley by Joel and the ball flew past the keeper bulging the net.

Oadby now in complete control attacked at will knocking the ball around with great aplomb, creating numerous half chances and pinning Asfordby inside their own half for long periods. To round off a quite sublime second half display Euan Ford finished off another sweeping move to make the final score 4-0 and see us crowned county cup champions at last. FT: Oadby 4 Asfordby 0

A resounding cheer rang out as Jordie lifted the trophy into the night sky; our demons from Holmes Park defeated at last – Well done lads! Well done Rob! 

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Sam Grouse, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Will Newton; Euan Ford, James Parker; Alex Hobart, Joel Carta

Goal Scorers: Euan Ford (2), Alex Hobart and Joel Carta

Oadby Owls 0 Kibworth & Smeeton 3 - 9th March 2014 (League)

WISE OWLS TAUGHT A LESSON!

Once again Rob was able to get permission for us to play at Oadby Town a great treat for the lads!

Unfortunately this was one of those games that slipped away when things should have been so different. Despite playing the majority of the football Owls were unable to capitalise on a dominate display and paid the price with some un-characteristic mix ups at the back.

Kibworth took the lead after a corner from the right was not cleared from danger and in the ensuing scrabble Kibworth were able to force the ball across the line for the opening score. Owls then rallied and created a number of chances themselves Sam Grouse and James Parker both went close but neither found the equaliser. HT: Oadby 0 Kibworth 1

Determined not to go down without a fight Owls dominated the second half playing some superb flowing football but the end product for a change deserted us and nothing came of our endeavour despite many chances on goal. Owls continued to press and press but they could not find a way through Kibworth’s strong defensive set up.

Then we pressed the self- destruct button allowing a hopeful long ball to undo us gifting Kibworth a goal that their play did not really deserve. To compound our woes we missed a penalty awarded after a two footed challenge on Euan and then conceded a third goal after overcomplicating our play at the back and giving the ball away. FT: Oadby 0 Kibworth 3

All in all not the result we hoped for but a valuable lesson learnt in the process. Unlucky lads!

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Goal Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls 6 Thurlaston Magpies 0 - 2nd March 2014 (League Cup SF)

CHRISTIAN CRACKER!

On paper this was a match that we should win but also a potential banana skin if we underperformed. Owls took to the field in all red kit as Thurlaston play in “Oadby” black and white stripes.

As expected Owls took a hold of the game from the start producing early chances for James Parker, Alex Hobart and Will Newton unfortunately all these chances went unconverted. Finally a sweeping move from the back, started by Harrison Norton resulted in the opening goal. Harrison’s raking pass was picked up by Will Newton wide on the left - his strong surging run saw him past the fullback before he skilfully lobbed the keeper. Soon after we went doubled our lead – Will once again involved down the left crossed for Sam Grouse to shoot, despite a fine save by the keeper he could only parry and NIam Morar followed in to slot home.

Thurlaston were now under almost constant pressure and to their credit did very well to stifle owl’s dominance and keep the score respectable. Eventually Oadby’s dominance produced another goal – Will played in Sam Grouse who controlled well and turned a ball round the centre back  to put James free down the right his fine cross was met on the volley from short range by Niam and we were 3 – 0 in front. Some sloppy defending gave the Thurlaston NO. 9 the ball in a threatening position – his fine turn and shot was superbly saved by Josh Hallam with a flying save to his left.

After another spell of pressure and a great move down the left wing owls won a corner taken by Sam Grouse. The pin-point kick found Will on the edge of the six yard bow and he made no mistake getting his second and owls fourth goal of the game. HT: Oadby 4 Thurlaston 0

It was more of the same in the second half as owls continued to press forward at every opportunity creating chance after chance but some resolute defending and lacklustre finishing meant that we did not increase our lead until well into the half.

Harvey Judd made a good pass infield to Jordie, his slide-rule through ball found Sam Grouse just inside the 18 yard box; he cleverly rounded the keeper and sent a shot goal-bound only to see a defender sweeping behind clear off the line when a goal looked certain. Next Euan and Christian combined well on the Oadby right giving Christian space to advance forward a crack a superb strike over the Thurlaston keeper and into the far corner. Owls rounded the match off in style creating a further chance which was converted by James Parker following a fine move involving Jordie, Alex and Euan. FT: Oadby 6 Thurlaston 0

Through to another final lads - well done!

Squad: 

Goal Scorers: Will Newton (2), Niam Morar (2), Christian Farrar and James Parker 

Groby Juniors 1 Oadby Owls 1 - 23rd February 2014 (League)

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY!

Let battle commence again - Following our wins in the County Cup and in the home league fixture earlier in the season we were hopeful that another win would take us closer to the front runners. Another bleak day greeted us, cold and windy with a heavy pitch to boot.

Debutant Mark Judd took the linesman flag looking resplendent in Jeans and the favourite Saturday jumper. Owls travelling supporters missed the witty side line banter but were never-the-less pleased to see different face behind the flag.

With two unfamiliar faces playing in the back four it would be interesting to see how we would fair, we had no need to worry Jack Dowle and Jordie Burke looked comfortable and slotted into their duties with no complaints, histrionics or e-mail  – A tactical master-class from the manager perhaps?

The solid platform provided a great foundation for us to push forward at every opportunity playing some of our most attractive and skillful football so far this season. The midfield and forward line were in complete control fashioning chance after chance, solid defending and some lucky escapes were the only obstacles in our way. Will Newton, Alex Hobart, Sam Grouse and Euan Ford all went close following fine slick moves but nothing broke the deadlock.

Against the run of play it was Groby who took the lead when a corner from the Oadby left found an un-marked forward who gave Josh no chance from close range. Amazingly we went into half time behind 1 – 0.

Determined to make their superiority count Owls took their fine form into the second half and were soon deservedly on level terms. Joel played a racking ball down the Oadby left, Sam Ashton controlled well before slipping a clever pass back to Joel. Now on the edge of the box Joel unleashes a fine drive that dips under the crossbar giving the Groby keeper no chance.

Owls dominated the rest of the second half easily snuffing out every Groby attack and sending the ball back towards the forwards, chances came and went, we pressurised and pressurised but somehow the Groby goal stayed intact. Euan Ford came closest to claiming the winner we so richly deserved when his powerful shot beat the keeper but came smashing back off the bar.

It was just one of those games that got away – unlucky lads, great game to watch! Final Score: Groby 1 Oadby 1

Squad: 

Goal Scorers: Joel Carta 

Oadby Owls 2 Kibworth & Smeeton 0 - 2nd February 2014 (County Cup SF)

PARKER DRIVES US TO THE FINAL - YES M’LADY!

Fresh from our QF victory over Premier League leaders Aylestone Park and also back to back victories in the league, the Owls took the field in buoyant and confident mood. Rob had pulled some strings meaning that the boys could have a flavour of playing at Oadby Town.

Kibworth were awarded an early free kick which was easily cleared and immediately turned into an Oadby break – James Parker and Sam Grouse combined well but the Kibworth keeper won the foot race and gathered the final pass. Will then crossed well from the left wing but the final touch was not applied and the ball was cleared from danger by the Kibworth defence. Jordie then sent Sam Grouse clear but his strong shot was narrowly off target. Joel then wins the ball in midfield and slides a pass through the out-rushing defence, the kibworth keeper sprints out and stands his ground bravely but is unfortunately injured in the resulting clash for the ball and has to leave the field. Gaining in confidence with every minute the Owls started to get in control of the game – James Parker skipped neatly past two defenders and was promptly brought down about 25 yards from goal on the Oadby left wing. Joel stood over the kick and launched a curling drive towards the far post, helped by the swirling wind his kick beat everyone including the Kibworh replacement keeper ending up the top corner to give us a 1 – 0 lead. Oadby increased the pressure still further by fashioning a quite sublime second goal. Jordie won the ball strongly in the middle of the park, a cheeky drag back saw him clear before knocking the ball to Joel, his deft first-time pass through to James Parker split the defence and James calmly lifted the ball clear of advancing keeper. Owls 2 Kibworth 0.

At this point the Owls were in complete control - Niam and Jordie were winning the midfield battle whilst Reece, Harrison, Christian and Harvey marshalled the defence quite superbly, rarely looking like conceding and limiting Kibworth to just a few scrappy chances and long range efforts which Josh handled well in goal. Joel, James and Sam Grouse combined on a number of occasions as Oadby looked more and more like extending their lead. Sam Grouse and Sergio exchanged a great one-two to send Sam towards goal, a sublime reverse turn and pull back puts Joel in a shooting position but his fierce drive is just too high to trouble the keeper. Despite controlling the remainder of the first half the Owls failed to capitalise further and went into the half time break two goals in front. HT: Oadby 2 Kibworth 0

The second half started as the first half had finished – Oadby playing most of the attacking football with Euan now adding to the attacking threat. Kibworth were limited to rare advances beyond the half way line. Alexander George Hobart went close to increasing the Owls lead following a sweeping move down the right wing and an almost perfectly directed cross from Sam Grouse. As the second half wore on Kibworth tried to force the pace resorting to a more direct brand of football but the Owls defence stood firm. Even though Kibworth came close to nabbing a consolation goal it never looked as if they would trouble us enough to get back in the game. FT: Oadby 2 Kibworth 0

On to the final again lads – well done!

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Niam Morar, Jordie Burke; Sam Grouse, Joel Carta, Will Newton; James Parker; Sergio Dhillon, Alex Hobart, Euan Ford

Goal Scorers: Joel Carta and James Parker

Thurmaston Magpies 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 19th January 2014 (League)

ASHTON BAGS THREE AS OWLS BEAT MAGPIES!

Following a good run of results in both league and cup fixtures confidence was high going into a fixture on paper we should be able to win. 

Signs were good early on as Owls passed the ball around with swagger and a confidence lacking in previous weeks. Straight on the front foot Joel played in James Parker but the Thurmaston keeper won the race and collected on the edge of the six yard box, soon after Will skipped past his marker and fired in a low cross which Sam Ashton touched to James but the ball was cleared for a corner. Next Jordie played in Alex after a neat one-two with Sam Ashton his shot was well saved by the keeper and for the time being the danger was averted. 

Thurmaston then gave us a scare when a corner was not cleared very well and a looping header beat Josh but thankfully Alex swept behind to head off the line. More great football from Owls Will, Sam Ashton and Joel combined in the middle of the park sending Harvey sprinting on the overlap, a low well-judged cross found James Parker in the box his snap shot went agonisingly wide of the post. Joel then split the defence again finding James in space he ran in one-on-one with the keeper but could not direct his shot wide of the keeper who did well to divert James strike out for a corner. Another slick four pass move finished off by a neat one-two between Jordie and James forced yet another corner for the rampant Owls. An early throw by Harvey found James free down the right after skinning the fullback a great cross finds Alex his goal-bound effort was tipped onto the post by the keeper and from the re-bound Alex once again found the keeper in the way. 

Next it was Sam Ashton’s turn to be disappointed cleverly put through by Joel his first time strike beat the keeper all ends up but came back of the bar and is cleared for a throw. From the resulting throw Sam Ashton caught the Thurmaston defence napping rounding the keeper to finish well with a left foot tap in. Now in complete control Oadby piled on the pressure creating chance after chance, Jordie plays in James with a 30 yard defence splitting pass but once again the keeper gets something in the way, another through ball from Jordie this time for Joel but his strong shot goes narrowly over. HT: Thurmaston Magpies 0 Oadby Owls 1 

More scintillating football followed in the second half chances for Jordie, Sam Grouse and Will followed some fine passing football that Thurmaston simply could not cope with. Finally Owls were rewarded; Reece Dowds sent a quick free kick through the middle perfectly picking out the run of Sam Ashton who calmly lobbed the advancing keeper to complete a fine brace. Then a moment of magic from Sam Ashton finished off a fine hat trick and capped a fantastic individual performance. After collecting a throw from Joel he slipped inside the last defender before bending a shot with the outside of his right foot past the advancing keeper and into the far corner – great goal Thurmaston 0 Owls 3. In the final few minutes Sam Grouse got reward for his hard work and capped an excellent team performance with the fourth and final goal. FT: Thurmaston Magpies 0 Oadby Owls 4

Squad: 

Goal Scorers: Sam Ashton (3) and Sam Grouse 

Oadby Owls 2 Groby Juniors 1 - 12th January 2014 (League)

FORD TOO HOT TO HANDLE!

Following our win at Groby in the county cup and the fact that they are currently flying high in third position we expected a hard game. Once again we chose to play at Judgemeadow in order not to have to postpone matches and have a fixture backlog at the end of the season.

It was an afternoon not for the faint hearted, the weather was bleak, the tackles were strong and the opposition didn’t like losing, an all too familiar tale because of our wish to play competitive football.

Oadby started well, the midfield and backline were strong and the passing accurate, Groby were second best in the early exchanges and looked the most likely to concede. Jordie sent Harvey running down the left wing, his first time cross was good but the Groby keeper won the race in front of Euan. Released by a pass from Joel, James found himself in on goal but the final defender was able to scramble the ball away for a corner. Reece Dowds then ventured forward stepping inside his marker only to be fouled and from the resulting free kick Joel tried to bend one over the wall but just overcooked it and the ball went out for a Groby Goal kick. Then against the run of play Groby made it into the Oadby half for the first time with any purpose, forcing a weak clearance from the Owls defence which was finished with some power by a Groby midfielder to give them the early breakthrough.

Rather than have the wind knocked from their sails the early disappointment seemed to spur the Owls on and the free flowing football continued unabated. Joel was pulling the strings from midfield, Alex and Harvey were causing problems down both flanks and James and Euan were in on goal on a number of occasions. Save for some excellent last ditch defending, good goalkeeping and at times weak finishing we could easily have been in front at the break rather than a solitary goal behind. HT: Oadby Owls 0 Groby Juniors 1

If anything in the second half Oadby got even stronger, heavy tackles were met with heavy tackles, Harrison and Jordie were as usual strong under the high balls and the front five were playing some great touch football. It was no surprise when the pressure gave its reward. Joel sprinted forward laid off to James whose perfectly weighted inside flick saw Euan clean through and he made no mistake this time finishing with aplomb, we were level at 1-1 and fully deserved. The flowing football continued as did the constant threat from the bombs being served by Josh both from the floor and from hand. James and Euan both profited running clean through only to put their final shots wide of the target. The Owls continued to press forward and eventually, again due to some classy play, took the lead their football so deserved. Niam won the ball in the middle of the park, popped a clever pass to Alex, his perfect flick inside once again found Euan carving through the Groby backline and he made no mistake this time to give us a 2-1 lead. Joel then skipped through staying on his feet when he could have easily gone down before sending a shot past the keeper, unfortunately the ball caught up in the boggy goalmouth and a defender was able to cover behind the goalie and prevent a score.

Groby tried to unsettle our concentration towards the end and what had been a really good game of football was spoiled by Groby parents coming onto the pitch after a minor on-field fracas. The referee just about managed to keep control and the final whistle was blown which could not come soon enough. FT: Oadby Owls 2 Groby Juniors 1

Squad: 

Goal Scorers: Euan Ford (2)

Oadby Owls 4 Anstey Swifts 2 - 22nd December 2013 (League)

J….P….Three!

Expectations were for a win in a fixture against a side that were yet to take any points from their first five matches. In the absence of a number of players and both Sunday captain and vice captains unavailable Sam Grouse took the arm band for the day.

On a wet, boggy pitch it was unlikely to be a showpiece as underfoot conditions were difficult and the strong breeze proved a constant encumbrance for both sides. Oadby started the brighter at least managing to play some decent passing football even though in the final third a cutting edge deserted them. Harvey Judd and Sam Grouse combined well to send Will scorching down the left, cutting inside the fullback he unleashed a goal bound shot but the wet conditions took the sting out of the shot and the ball was easily collected by the Anstey keeper. Following a pass from Jordie, Will again found himself in on the fullback this time a well-judged cross allowed Alex to volley narrowly wide. Further ammunition from the left wing allowed Sam to set up Jags but his well struck shot from the edge of the box was deflected away for a corner. Harvey Judd then went close with a well hit drive from a direct free kick but the Anstey keeper was equal to it diving low to smother the shot.

Although rarely troubled in defence the all important breakthrough was proving difficult to find despite Oadby creating a number of half chances for Joel, James and Sam. Finally Owls got their reward when a cleaver ball from Sam found James Parker inside the six yard box and he finished well with his trusty left foot. It was James who came closest to doubling our advantage when a skilful run and shot beat the Anstey keeper only to come back off the upright. A few minutes later James got the goal his previous effort had deserved when Harrision threaded through a ball from midfield which he collected and then blasted into the top corner, this time giving the keeper no chance.

At 2-0 up the game looked safe but to their credit Anstey never gave up and following a long throw-in and a defensive mix up they got back in the game at 2-1. Sam Ashton came off the bench to provide Will with a pin-point pass; he cleverly slipped inside the fullback and finished well to restore the two goal cushion. Owls once again relaxed thinking the match was in the bag and the Anstey centre back took full advantage slipping a number of tired challenges to send a well hit shot into the roof of the net. This set up a nervy final few minutes until James rounded of a fine hat-trick converting a penalty to give us a well-deserved 4-2 win.

Squad: 

Goal Scorers: James Parker (3) and Will Newton

Aylestone Park 2 Oadby Owls 3 - 15th December 2013 (County Cup QF)

OWLS TAKE THE ALE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

We arrived at Aylestone on a wet and windy afternoon full of anticipation that we could progress to the semi-finals by eliminating the cup holders and competition favourites for this season.

Aylestone started the stronger passing the ball well and looking dangerous with every attack but it was Oadby who created the first half chance when Sam Grouse wriggled free and forced a save from the Aylestone keeper, even though the keeper pushed out the first attempt Aylestone were able to clear their lines. Then Sam sprinted clear after collecting a long clearance from Josh but he could not find the corner past the out-rushing keeper. Next Josh Ashman was sent clear by Jordie but once again the finish lacked power and the keeper was able to collect easily.

Aylestone continued to press forward at every opportunity playing some good football but the Owls midfield and defence looked strong and assured, particularly Josh Hallam who made some superb saves to keep the scores locked at 0 – 0. Both sides pushed and probed trying to find the opener and just as it seemed that we would go to half time level, James forced the ball home after a Sam Grouse shot was well saved by the Aylestone keeper. 

HT: Aylestone Park '94 0 Oadby 1

The second half served up much of the same, both sides playing some excellent football, but both defences keeping chances to a minimum. Then disaster as we went down to ten when Christian was dismissed by the referee for dissent.

James, Sam and Rhys all had half chances but our slim lead was not extended. Then a moment of magic saw us double our advantage, Joel Carta collected a loose ball in the middle of the park strode forward before unleashing a wonder strike from 25 yards that rifled in to the top corner past the keeper before he was even able to move.

Aylestone now desperate to get back in the game, threw everything at us and at times we lived on our luck as some of the Aylestone finishing was not at it’s best. Sam and James linking well together were a constant threat as Aylestone pushed and pushed and eventually a foul on Sam saw us awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Joel stepped up bent the ball around the wall towards goal, the keeper did well to get a hand to it but could only push the ball along the goal line, James reacted the quickest to prod the loose ball home.

Now in full control with an unassailable lead Oadby relaxed and contained Aylestone for the rest of the second half before conceding two late consolation goals in injury time.

FT: Aylestone Park '94 2 Oadby 3

A great performance lads well done!

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Harvey Judd, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Joel Carta, Will Newton; Sam Grouse, James Parker; Alex Hobart, Rhys Robinson

Player of the Day: Harvey Judd

Goal Scorers: James Parker (2) and Joel Carta

Harborough Town 1 Oadby Owls 4 - 1st December 2013 (League Cup QF)

OWLS THROUGH TO CUP SEMI-FINALS WITH VICTORY AT BOWDEN PARK

Oadby put in a solid performance in a 4-1 quarter-final win away at Harborough Town to comfortably progress to the semi-finals of the u17's League Cup.

This was a much more pleasant atmosphere than when the Owls last visited Bowden Park in May to play an unnamed team from Leicester in the u15's League Cup final.

Oadby were fast out of the blocks and Sergio gave the Owls an immediate lead with a goal in the first minute. Sam G doubled the lead soon after with a glancing near post header and Oadby were in full control. An unfortunate own goal when Oadby failed to clear a ball into their box gave Harborough some hope but the hope was short lived when James was put through on goal and he rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home to give the Owls a 3-1 lead. Sergio then added his second and Oadbys fourth goal with a 20 yard strike. HT: Harborough Town 1 Oadby Owls 4

The second half saw the Owls continue to dominate but a mixture of good defending from Harborough and some squandered opportunities by Oadby meant that there were no further goals to report. The tie had been won in the first half and the passage to the semi-finals was secure for Oadby. FT: Harborough Town 1 Oadby Owls 4

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Harvey Judd, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, Will Newton; Sam Grouse, James Parker; Jag Dhaliwal, Alex Hobart, Euan Ford

Goal Scorers: Sergio (2), Sam G and James

Rothley Imps 1 Oadby Owls 7 - 10th November 2013 (League Cup 2nd Round) 

GOD BLESS YOU PLEASE MR ROBINSON!

On paper this looked to be one of our easier matches so far this season given that Rothley are struggling for points at the base of Division One. For a change we were blessed with a sunny autumnal afternoon with only a breath of wind, a perfect day for football.

Although the early exchanges were tight it was clear from the start that the Owls would create chances in this game, all that remained to be seen is if we would take full advantage. To begin with Oadby struggled to get a grip of the game although we enjoyed plenty of possession we seemed to lack the cutting edge to make the breakthrough that would hopefully open the floodgates.

Eventually we got into our stride and began to force the Imps keeper to make some saves, James Parker, Euan Ford and Reece Bradbury (Playing in midfield for the injured Niam) all went close. Finally Rhys Robinson got free down the right side following a fortuitous ricochet but he took full advantage sliding the ball past the advancing keeper to give us deserved 1-0 lead. Alex Hobart was unlucky not to increase our advantage when his well-placed shot came back off a post. HT: Rothley Imps 0 Oadby Owls 1

From the beginning of the second half Oadby took complete control and looked increasingly like running away with the match. The forwards looked sharper and the supply from midfield became more precise. The first to benefit was Will, James Parker scooted around two defenders and slid through a pass, Will did the rest with a well-directed left foot shot to the bottom corner 2-0. Next Euan re-collected his own corner after it was half cleared, stepped inside the out-rushing defender a sent a fierce shot past the helpless keeper 3-0. Will then completed a brace to make it 4-0 after tapping in following a strong run and perfect cross from Reece Bradbury.

Making a long awaited return from Injury Sam Grouse made it 5-0 with a well struck shot with his left foot that nestled in the top corner after beating the keeper for pace. Rothley then got a consolation with a long range effort that looped over Josh into the roof of the net. Christian, Sam and Rhys Robinson then combined to restore our five goal advantage with the latter finishing of a fine move. Rhys then completed a hat-trick after Reece Bradbury cruised through the middle before unselfishly squaring. FT: Rothley Imps 1 Oadby Owls 7

Squad: 

Goal Scorers: Rhys R (3), Will (2), Euan and Sam

Groby Juniors 2 Oadby Owls 4 - 3rd November 2013 (County Cup 2nd Round)

OWLS THROUGH TO COUNTY CUP QUARTER FINALS

After the disappointing MJPL performance and defeat the previous day, Oadby bounced back in style with a tremendous team display to advance to the Quarter Finals of the County Cup at the expense of Groby Juniors.

Playing up the slope with the wind behind their backs in the first half, the Owls were out of the blocks firing right from the first whistle. In the first minute a through ball from James put Kuda through on goal and as he took the ball round the keeper he was crudely upended by the Groby keeper. The resultant penalty was coolly despatched by Jordie past the home keeper who was fortunate to still be on the pitch. It was only a few minutes later when Kuda doubled the Owls lead with a vicious dipping shot from the corner of the penalty area. Oadby continued to dominate and midway through the first half Josh neatly volleyed home a cross from the left to put the Owls 3-0 ahead which left Groby totally shellshocked. As the half progressed Groby were able to stem the tide slightly and started to create a few chances of there own which gave them hope for the second half. HT 0-3.

The second half started with Groby getting an early goal which was just what Oadby didn't want to happen as it gave the home side a lift and thereafter Groby put the Owls under severe pressure. Groby then pulled another goal back and with the score now at 2-3 they sensed the chance of completing their comeback. Oadby were in no mood to surrender and the defence aided by the rest of the team defended manfully to prevent a Groby equaliser. The Owls were rewarded for their effort and endeavour with a fourth goal when James hit the back of the net from 10 yards from a pulled back cross from Kuda. This was enough to seal the victory which was fully deserved. FT 2-4.

If the Owls can consistently play with the quality and determination that was shown in this match, then who knows how far they can go in this competition?

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Rhys Dowds; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, Will Newton, James Parker; Alex Hobart, Kuda Muskwe; Rhys Robinson

Goal Scorers: Jordie, Kuda, Josh A and James

Wigston Magna 2 Oadby Owls 1 - 20th October 2013 (League)

UNLUCKY OWLS STILL UNITED AFTER MAGNA DEFEAT!

Once again we took the field with a squad lacking depth in a number of key positions. Josh Ashman had to fill in at centre back in the absence of both Reece Bradbury and Harvey Judd. Jordie played a more advanced roll due to both Sam Grouse, James Parker and Euan Ford being unavailable. Kuda lead the line as the loan recognised striker.

The positional changes forced upon us were immediately evident as the new partnerships at the centre of the defence and up front took time to gel. We looked shaky at the back allowing Wigston to get on top in the early exchanges. A Wigston corner hung up to the back post in a stiff cross wind found an un-marked defender and we were immediately 1-0 behind. However Owls rallied well forcing a number of free kicks and corners as they began to get into the game. Jordie, Niam and Sergio all had goal-bound shots either saved or blocked. Will, playing wide right was staring to get space and time on the ball and he combined well on a number of occasions with midfield and forwards to get in some threatening positions. Despite good pressure Oadby were unable to convert any of the chances created as the Wigston backline held firm.

Just before the break Oadby were dealt another blow, an intended clearance by Harrison hits Sergio and instead of relieving the danger the ball falls to a Wigston attacker who cracks a half volley into the roof of the net to give Wigston a flattering 2-0 half time lead.

Rob shuffled the pack a little at half time pushing Jordie back to his more familiar role in the centre of the midfield and pushing Josh Ashman on to support Kuda up front and Josh Hallam replaced Tino between the sticks. This seemed to give us some extra impetus and we began to take control of the game forcing our way forward with increasing regularity and starting to put some slick passing moves together. Jordie forced a good save from the Wigston keeper from a 30 yard free kick, Kuda, went close two or three times and Will sent a 25 yard drive crashing off the bar with the keeper well beaten. Finally Kuda got his reward when some lax marking by the Wigston defence allowed him to finish off a Rhys Dowds free kick with a neat back post header. 2-1

Despite continued and un-relenting pressure the Owls were unable to force the equaliser they so richly deserved and we had to settle for a second consecutive league defeat.

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Christian Farrar, Josh Ashman, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Alex Hobart, Niam Morar, Sergio Dhillon, Will Newton, Jordie BurkeKuda Muskwe; Rhys Robinson, Josh Hallam

Goals Scorer: Kuda

Oadby Owls 3 Thurmaston Magpies 6 - 13th October 2013 (League)

BLACK AND WHITES TAMED BY GOLDEN MAGPIES!

Following our first defeat at the hands of Kibworth and fresh from a good cup win last week it was back to league action against Thurmaston Magpies. Top scorer Sam Grouse was still out of action due to injury.

Despite a strong start Owls looked nervous and our usual flowing game deserted us early on. Thurmaston were the first to strike following a defensive mix up resulting in a good turn and shot from the Thurmaston centre forward 0-1, not the ideal start. Things went from bad to worse soon after when a speculative cross from the right was not cleared successfully and the ball was allowed to find it’s way to a Thurmaston player close in, he made no mistake from close range and we found ourselves 0-2 behind.

Stirred by our early misfortune Owls fought back strongly finally finding our form, Ryhs Robinson slid a perfect ball through to Kuda who did the rest with a low stinging shot to put as back in the game 1-2. Oadby then mounted a number of promising attacks Jordie put Alex free down the right but a well struck shot went narrowly wide. Harvey Judd swung in a tantalising free kick which was scrambled clear, from the resulting corner kick Reece Bradbury headed narrowly over. Euan then played Kuda in on goal but a weak left foot shot was easily saved by the Thurmaston keeper.  Eventually the pressure told and we got the equaliser our play deserved, Kuda got free down the right wing and his pin-point cross found James Parker leaping like a salmon to guide a powerful header into the top right corner 2-2

Now in the ascendancy Owls continued to press forward at every opportunity a slick move between Rhys Robinson and James Parker gave us chance to cross, Kuda hit a first time shot that was well saved by the Thurmaston keeper but he could only parry and Kuda pounced again to finish at the second attempt. The come-back was complete Oadby 3 Thurmaston 2 at this point there looked only one winner.

Unfortunately the euphoria was short lived when a blistering drive from fully 25 yards which looped over Tino put Thurmaston back on level terms at 3-3. Another shot from range was well saved by Tino but conceded a corner, the resulting kick was not cleared and Thurmaston took the lead once more 3-4. Despite continuing to push and create some half chances Oadby heads went down and our lack of discipline started to get in the way of our football which gave Thurmaston the opportunity to push forward on the break.

Thurmaston created a number of chances in the latter stages scoring two further goals to eventually win the game 3-6.

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Harvey Judd; Euan Ford, Kuda Muskwe, Rhys Robinson; James Parker, Will Newton

Goal Scorers: Kuda Muskwe (2) and James Parker

Oadby Owls 4 Epworth Forest 2 (aet) - 6th October 2013 (County Cup 1st Round)

BISH-BASH-JOSH!

Epworth Forest flying high in Division 1 were expected to give us another stern test to overcome if we were to progress to round two of the U17’s county cup. The pitch was still bone hard and a stiff breeze was blowing across the pitch, not ideal conditions for our free flowing football.

Owls were immediately on the front foot fashioning two early moves with James Parker and Niam Morar prominent. However Epworth were the first to get a clean chance on goal and owls were lucky to remain in front – Epworth broke through the middle and their centre forward pushed a low shot wide of Tino fortunately for us the post came to our rescue and we were able to clear the danger.

This sparked an immediate reaction and a great passing move saw Jordie release James parker but the keeper came out well to smother the shot at James feet. From the resulting corner Niam sent over a near post ball that was met by Jordie with a well-directed glancing header however the Epworth keeper was equal to it and owls had another corner, the second corner came to nothing and Epworth were able to clear their lines. Niam, Christian and Josh Ashman then combined well down the right but this time the cross was wasted and the attack petered out. Another impressive four pass move down the owls right, Josh crosses far post and Harvey cuts a great ball back but the ball runs agonisingly across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Epworth then give us another scare, breaking out of defence they create another chance which Tino has to save well low to his right to concede another Epworth corner. The owls get a chance on the edge of the Epworth box – from a clearance James Parker collects the ball on the edge of the box a hits a beautiful half volley that beats the Epworth keeper, the crowd are their feet but the ball bounces back off the top side of the bar. Christian, kuda and Jordie then cut through the Epworth backline and force a corner, Sam Grouse knocks over a great ball and Josh Ashman finishes well into the roof of the net, at last we get our noses in front and take a 1 – 0 lead into the break.

Epworth then get back on terms when their right winger rides three Oadby tackles before crossing for the centre forward to head into the bottom corner. Straight back on attack owls go close again through Sam Grouse and Rhys Robinson, then disaster Oadby give too much space to the Epworth winger on the edge of the box and he fires in to give Epworth a 2 – 1 advantage with only 25 minutes left. Not to be out done Oadby get back on level terms when Sam is sent free by Rhys Robinson, as he tries to go around the keeper the ball springs free into the path of Alex and he calmly slots home. Oadby then get a chance to win the game in normal time when Sam is upended by the Epworth keeper and a penalty is awarded, Reece Dowds steps forward only to see his spot kick well saved and the match go into extra time.

Early in the first period of extra time Josh Hallam (now on for the injured Tino) makes a cracking saving tipping over a long range effort from Epworth. Soon after from a corner a goal mouth scramble ensues and Josh Ashman is there again to finish well and give us a 3 – 2 lead. Epworth heads have dropped now and Oadby began to control the game, towards the end of the second period of extra time Jordie and Alex combine well producing a looping cross which bounces in front of the keeper, Kuda jumps to make a brave header above the keeper and give us a 4 – 2 win.

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Harvey Judd; Sam Grouse, James ParkerAlex Hobart, Rhys Robinson, Kuda Muskwe, Josh Hallam

Goal Scorers: Josh Ashman (2), Alex and Kuda

Kibworth & Smeeton 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 29th September 2013 (League)

Following our impressive win against Hinckley last time out expectations were high that we could continue our good early season form against another of the fancied teams.  With the squad still not at full strength we arrived at Kibworth’s ground on a bright but blustery afternoon.

Owls started well creating an early opportunity as Sam Grouse threaded a ball through to Kuda, fortunately for Kibworth their goalie won the foot race and the danger was averted. Next it was Alex Hobart in on goal following a nice interchange between Josh Ashman, Same Grouse and Kuda but his shot narrowly missed nestling in the side netting on the wrong side of the post.

Kibworth then threatened, the right winger sped free down the flank crossing well for the centre forward, his chest control and half volley looked classy but the final shot was well over. Back on the offensive Sergio, Kuda and Josh again combined well but the final ball lacked conviction and went out of play for Kibworth goal kick. Despite maintaining good pressure and having the lion’s share of possession Oadby were lacking a killer punch up front squandering a number of good half chances.

Against the run of play kibworth then took a shook lead following a seemingly onerous attack which the owls defence failed to clear, a kibworth forward collected a poor clearance a fired a low shot beyond Josh – Kibworth 1 Oadby 0

Not content to sit back and let our lack of fire power get us down Owls once again pressed forward bearing down on the KIbworth defence with increasing regularity. Two well struck shots were cleared from the line with the keeper beaten and a follow up shot from Harrison could only find the keeper’s hands. Playing with the breeze Josh continued to put some long kicks deep into the Kibworth half but the Oadby forward line found the hard bonce difficult to read and any advantage gained was quickly lost. However it did result in a number of corners which were met almost every time by an Oadby head, Harrison and Reece Bradbury went close on a number of occasions but in the end we had to settle for a 1 – 0 deficit at half time.

Early pressure from Kibworth at the start of the second period resulted in Josh being called into action pushing a well struck shot around the post for a corner.  From the resulting corner Oadby marking was poor allowing a Kibworth attacker to drift in un-marked and half volley from just inside the 18 yard box – Kibworth 2 Oadby 0

Un-daunted Oadby continue to press forward to try to salvage something from a game that they had been in control of for long periods but despite creating a number of further chances we were not destined to get a lucky break and had to settle for the first loss of the season.

Unlucky lads, there is always the return fixture to reverse the result.

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke,Sergio Dhillon, Alex Hobart; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Niam Morar, Rhys Robinson, Euan Ford

Goal Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls 3 Hinckley Utd 2 - 22nd September 2013 (League)

KU DA GRACE!

After an impressive but hard fought draw in their first U17’s fixture Owls took to the field in positive mood. With the squad still not at full strength due to injuries this would again be a significant result if we could get something positive from the game.

Owls started brightly creating an early opportunity after Sam Grouse was felled on the edge of the box; a sweet strike from the resulting free kick was diverted away from danger by a Hinckley defender. Kuda then sprinted clear down the right to force an early corner, Niam put in near post cross which was deflected for a second corner, Niam fired in again but this time Hinckley cleared.

From almost their first meaningful attack Hinckley created space on the left wing, an early cross caught us ball watching and a low half volley beat Josh to put us 0-1 down. This acted as the catalyst for some sustained pressure from Oadby, Sam Grouse and Harrison Norton both went close and a number of corners and free kicks kept Hinckley pinned inside their own half. Now attacking with real purpose down both flanks Oadby looked the most likely team to score next and eventually they got the break they deserved. A fluent move down the Oadby left with some neat passing between Kuda, Sam Grouse and Harvey Judd put Alex in space, his neat cross was met by a Sam Grouse who headed to Kuda, and his shot was cleared of the line and eventually finished off by Sam, 1-1

Despite continuing to play attractive passing football Oadby were unable to convert any further chances and the defensive unit combined well to limit the Hinckley attack to just a few half chances. Half Time: Oadby 1 Hinckley 1

Although it was Oadby who began the second half in charge it was Hinckley who created the first scoring opportunity. The ball broke for the Hinckley centre forward and from short range he unleashed a shot low to Josh’s left which looked certain to end up in the back of the net, miraculously Josh somehow kept it out deflecting the ball over the bar for a corner. Unfortunately his heroics were short lived as from the resulting corner Hinckley took a 2-1 lead when Owls failed to clear their box.

Hinckley then rode their luck on a number of occasions as Owls started to turn the screw dominating play for long periods, The Oadby midfield four battled for every ball and supplied the ammunition for the strikers to move forward with ever increasing menace, Kuda and Sam both went close as we pushed for the equaliser. Owls continued to play some entertaining stuff and could have put the scores level after creating a number of chances but in the end inform strike duo Kuda and Sam feed off each other to fashion the opening that gave us a deserved leveller. A cross from the left by the impressive Reece Dowds was met by a glancing header from Sam which looked in but rebounded off the foot of the post, Kuda was quickly onto the loose ball crossing back in for Sam to pounce with a left foot finish 2-2

As Hinckley started to tire Owls looked the more likely to get the winner, chance after chance went begging as the pressure mounted, Reece Bradbury went close on a number of occasions getting on the end of Niam’s fine corners. James Parker went close after a fine run and cross from Sam and Kuda fired high and wide following a pinpoint free kick from Harvey Judd.  Christian then tiptoed neatly past two defenders before shooting well only to see his goal-bound shot saved well be the Hinckley keeper.

As the final minutes loomed it started to look like Hinckley would survive and steal a draw from a game that Owls certainly deserved to win but Kuda had other ideas, after picking up a loose clearance on the edge of the box he unleashed a Kuda special from fully 25 yards that the keeper could only watch sail into the top right corner to give us a 3-2 win.

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Rhys Dowds; Alex Hobart, Jordie Burke, Niam Morar, Harvey Judd; Sam Grouse, Kudakwashe Muskwe; James Parker 

Goal Scorers: Sam Grouse (2) and Kuda Muskwe

Oadby Owls 2 Aylestone Park 94 2 - 8th September 2013 (League)

Owls hold their own against title favourites in first U17s League match

Sunday 8th September – A Dear Diary Moment as we get our Under 17 Season underway against Aylestone Park ‘94 – Remember as you read on that these are last season’s U16s County Cup winners and League runners-up.

Starting Line up :- Tino in between the posts ; Back Four Christian, Harrison, Reece, Harvey; Midfield Four Will on the left flank, Sergio, Jordie and Ashman on the right flank; Up Front Kuda and Sam Waiting in the Wings Alex, James and Rhys Dowds

Running the line for Oadby Simon Hobart (Time to take turns Gents!)

This was always going to be a tough encounter but little did we expect some of the behaviour from the supporters on the line – It’s times like these when your team need strong management and that is exactly what we got.

An entertaining game, feisty at times and tough on the Officials but we came out of it unbowed and unbeaten – Let this be a message to the rest of the League that we won’t be intimidated and teams would be better served playing football – We didn’t look out of place and our passing football remained pleasing on the eye when we were able to string moves together. This League will improve our strength for when we play matches on Saturdays in the Midland Junior Premier League Under 16s.

The timeline for this report might be somewhat astray but here we go :-

Aylestone got the game underway and from the off we didn’t look out of place – The Midfield competition was good – Nice break forwards from Jordie. Will showed his strength and pace. Free kick to Oadby on halfway – Good knock Kuda wins the header – over the bar. Collective defending from the boys thwart an Aylestone attack. Tino looks solid in goal.

And so to our 1st GOAL – Great awareness from Sam Grouse as he controls the ball and spots an opportunity to fire low into the corner 1-nil and a wake up call. Immediately from the re-start Sam worked an opening and hit the post with his 1st effort followed by a save from their keeper with his 2nd.

Tough battles across all areas now – Aylestone fire long through the middle – Great clearance Reece – Kuda lovely ball to Sam – Free Kick to Oadby. Sergio gets tackling and wins a corner. Sam takes and Kuda rises like the proverbial salmon to head home GOAL Number 2!!!!

Time for Aylestone to come back at us up the right flank – We defend and Tino is good under pressure from the Aylestone forwards.

Sub Christian off Rhys D ON – We win another corner and should’ve finished – Still 2-nil to Oadby

Aylestone break into our box – Tino collects. Bit more pressure and pressing from both side. We win a corner taken by Sam – Great header from Ashman just kept out by their keeper. We defend our right flank again and clear to Kuda who holds the ball – Getting a bit of a hard time but he can handle it.

Sub Sam off James Parker on – Lovely inter play from Harvey/JP/Ashman – Harvey keeps the move flowing up the line – Great play all of you. Aylestone back at us and win a corner – Bit messy as we can’t clear our lines and Aylestone fire home from the edge of the box – Great finish Tino had no chance – 2-1 you’d have thought that it was the winning goal the way they celebrated !

The Referee brings the 1st half to a close – Halftime score Oadby 2 Aylestone 1

From the re-start Oadby are back passing and moving well but Aylestone find an easy route through the middle – Can’t breach our lines as Tino collects well under pressure. Rhys Dowds is defending well – They all are! Great closing down from our Alex as Aylestone break with numbers and then Tino is called into action to make a point blank save  - FANTASTIC!

End to end stuff – JP knocks over to Alex on the attack and an instinctive finish is saved by the Aylestone keeper for a corner. Back at us but an Aylestone forward is flagged offside – Shame on those who seek to moan from the sidelines!

More combative tackling from our lads as we match Aylestone stride for stride but no end product. Sub Sam off Sergio on Good movement up the right flank Ashman/JP/Sergio wins a corner but Aylestone are straight back at us. The impressive Harrison gets a great foot in. Corner to Aylestone cleared – JP is strong in the challenge and plays the ball into space for Kuda who skips the incoming challenge and gets a cross shot away – Just wide.

Still more excellent defending from our Centre Back pair of Harrison and Reece clearing our lines as Aylestone have resorted to long balls. Not pretty and certainly not what we expected to play against.

And then out of nothing Aylestone play a ball through the middle and find a finish to draw level at 2-2.

Now we’ll see if our boys have the character to stand firm and we are not disappointed – Aylestone press forward and have a goal ruled offside – Their supporters can’t believe it – perhaps other  teams rolled over but not our boys – Straight back at them and unfortunately we can’t find a finish – Shame because that would’ve been the right outcome.

Quality defending from the boys has Tino racing out of his box and heading clear. JP wins another free kick and the Referee blows for full time.

On balance probably a fair outcome from which we can only get better as we believe in our abilities in this league  – WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Squad: Tino Bandawa; Christian Farrar, Reece Bradbury, Harrison Norton, Harvey Judd; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, Will Newton; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Rhys Dowds, James Parker, Alex Hobart

Goal Scorers: Sam Grouse and Kuda Muskwe

Oadby Owls 7 Groby Juniors Blues 3 - 3rd September 2013 (League Cup 1st Round)

Oadby get U17s season under way with a Cup win over Groby

Last seasons Oadby Owls U15s team are now playing up a year on Sundays in the Leicestershire Youth League U17s Premier Division, and they started their new season with a 7-3 League Cup victory against Groby Juniors Blues on a lovely late summer evening at Coombe Park.

The Owls started strongly and dominated the opposition from the start. After a few early half chances were missed Oadby soon had a two goal lead through a header from Josh A and a well placed shot from around the penalty spot by Sam. This should have been the catalyst for the Owls to go on and win the game comfortably but they managed to shoot themselves in the foot by gifting Groby two very soft goals shortly before half time. HT 2-2.

Oadby did not allow the pre half time setback to affect them as they put in an accomplished second half performance to see off the challenge from Groby. On a difficult pitch which was in desperate need of mowing Oadby played their passing game to the best of their ability. The Owls were rewarded with five second half goals, with Kuda helping himself to a hat-trick, Harvey curling in a 25 yard free-kick and James finishing coolly when put through one on one with the keeper. Groby kept going to the end an replied with a second half goal of their own. FT 7-3.

Tougher tests to come no doubt but the whole team contributed to a good performance and a solid start to the new season.

Squad: Josh Hallam; Christian Farrar, Harvey Judd, Rhys Dowds; Josh Ashman, Jordie Burke, Sergio Dhillon, Alex Hobart, James Parker; Kuda Muskwe, Sam Grouse; Reece Bradbury, Will Newton, Harrison Norton

Goal Scorers: Josh Ashman, Sam Grouse, Kuda Muskwe (3), Harvey Judd and James Parker