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Manager: Sam Patel

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Time

Opposition

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Result

01/09/2013 14:00 Fleckney Athletic  Home  L 2-4 
08/09/2013  14:00 Markfield Colts  Away  W 1-11 
15/09/2013  14:00  Wigston United Home  W 6-5 
29/09/2013 14:00  Kirby Muxloe 88 Home D 2-2
06/10/2013  13:30 Castle Donnington (County cup) Away  W 0-4 
20/10/2013 14:00  Groby Juniors  Home  W 4-1
27/10/2013 14:00 Northfield Emerald  Away  W 1-3
03/11/2013 13:30 Groby Juniors (County cup)  Home  W 3-1 
10/11/2013 14:00 Kegworth Imps  Away D 0-0 
17/11/2013 14:00 Rothley Imps Home D 5-5
24/11/2013 14:00  Northfield Emeralds (League cup) Away W 1-6
08/12/2013 14:00  Fleckney Athletic Away  D 4-4 
15/12/2013 14:00  Markfield Colts Home  W 13-2 
22/12/2013  13:30  Kirby Muxloe 88 (League cup)  Away W 2-5 
12/01/2014 14:00  Kirby Muxloe 88  Away  L 2-0  
19/01/2014 14:00  Houghton Rangers Home W 5-3 
23/02/2014 13:45  Wigston United (County cup semi final) Home W 7-0 
02/03/2014 14:00 Wigston United (League cup semi final) Neutral W 5-2 
09/03/2014 14:00  Kirby Muxloe (Presidents cup) Away  W 2-4 
20/03/2014  19:00 Ketton (County cup final)  Holmes Park W 2-1 AET
23/03/2014 14;00 Kegworth Imps  Home  W 8-1 
30/03/2014 14:00  Wigston Rangers  Away   W 0-9 
01/04/2014  18:00   Northfield Emeralds  Home   W 13-1 
06/04/2014  14:00  Wigston Rangers  Home W 4-0 
13/04/2014  14:00  Houghton Rangers  Away W 1-5 
15/04/2014  18:00  Groby Juniors  Away  W 0-1 
27/04/2014  14:00 Wigston United Away  W 3-6 
04/05/2014  14:00  Houghton Rangers (Presidents cup semi final) Home  W 4-2 
11/05/2014  10:30  Kegworth Imps (League cup final)  Hinckley United  W 7-1 
14/05/2014  19:00  Kegworth Imps (Presidents cup final)  Harborough Town  W 6-1 
         

Oadby Owls 4 Houghton Rangers 2 - 4th May 2014 (Presidents Cup)

The Owls kicked off their third semi final of the season on a bone hard pitch at Coombe Park. The Owls were first to show but their last pass just eluded them. Midway through the first half they took the lead, Frank Meakin scoring with a tap in after good work from James Bessey-Saldanha down the wing. Rangers got back into the game when the winger was allowed too much time and the forward also tapped in, 1-1. The Owls then stepped up a gear and Uwais Zannar scored with a fine left footed finish. Just before half time Frank added his second, 3-1.

Rangers started the second half better and created several half chances which were snuffed out by the hard working Owls defence. The Owls looked dangerous on the break and were a constant threat out wide. With 25 minutes remaining James applied a fine finish after he had skipped past the Rangers defenders to increase the lead. Rangers came storming back and an excellent shot found the corner of the net to make the score 4-2. Rangers kept applying pressure but The Owls held firm and ran out 4-2 winners to reach their third cup final of the season.

Player of the day: Josh Ridley

Goal Scorer: Frank Meakin (2), Uwais Zannar and James Bessey-Saldanha

Wigston United 3 Oadby Owls 6 - 27th April 2014 (League)

The Owls kicked off their last league game knowing a win would guarantee them runners up spot at least and depending on the outcome of another game champions? The Owls started well and played some good passing football on a narrow pitch, James Bessey-Saldanha settled the nerves with a well placed finish, 1-0. The Owls were caught out square at the back with a long ball which the forward finished well, 1-1. Wigston were fighting and battling for every loose ball. Jake Wood then applied a fine long range shot into the corner of the net to restore the lead. Better was to come just before half time as Sam Smith robbed the Wigston center half and calmly finished for a 3-1 lead.

The Owls were slow out of the blocks in the second half and allowed Wigston back into the game, their forward finishing well from a tight angle. Adam in The Owls goal then produced a fine save to preserve the lead. However Wigston equalised when the ball was tapped into the net from a left wing cross,3-3 and The Owls were up against it. With 20 minutes remaining after good play from James, Sam and Frank Meakin, Jake restored the lead with another well placed shot. Liam Griffin was then bowled over in the box and Sam added his second from the spot with a cool strike down the middle. Jake finished the scoring and scored another hat trick with seconds to go. Another good display and a test of The Owls character to bounce back-well done!

Player of the Day:Jake Wood 

Goals Scorers: Jake Wood (3), Sam Smith (2) James Bessey Saldanha

Groby Juniors 0 Oadby Owls 1 - 15th April 2014 (League)

The Owls were at Groby tonight on a pitch that had grass long, lush and the local cow herd would have loved! They met a Groby team who had been in good recent form and it turned out to be a hard fought affair. Groby to their credit battled and fought for every loose ball. The Owls were first to show James Bessey-Saldanha getting through on goal but the keeper made a good save. At the other end stand in Owls keeper Dylan Beadman was kept busy making some crucial interceptions and saves. 0-0 at half time.

The second half started with The Owls on top playing with the wind and slope. James again being denied with a fine save, Frank Meakin, Sam Smith and Ouakari Diawara all going close. James then saw his goal bound shot rebound off a post. With 25 minutes remaining The Owls finally took the lead. Frank saw his shot spilled by the keeper and Sam followed up to tuck the rebound away.

The Owls fought out the remaining 20 minutes for an important win. Once again all 13 players had played their part in a very hard fought victory.

Player of the Day:Dylan Beadman and Jake Wood 

Goals Scorers: Sam Smith

Houghton Rangers 1 Oadby Owls 5 - 13th April 2014 (League)

The Owls kicked off on a postage stamp of a pitch against high flying Rangers, knowing a win would keep the race for the title going until the last games of the season. The Owls settled first and played some good passing football only to find the last pass just eluding them. Frank Meakin who having been played in by Liam Griffin saw his shot pushed onto the bar. Liam was not to be denied finishing well with a low shot into the corner, 1-0. Josh Ridley at the back was having a fine game snuffing out any half chances that Rangers created. Rangers equalised when Adam was adjudged to have fouled the forward who was going away from goal, Rangers scored the penalty. Back came The Owls and Liam added his second after good work from Frank who had put him in, 2-1 and half time.

The Owls with the wind against their backs and the advantage of the slope took the game to Rangers and were a constant threat. Jake Wood increased the lead with a well struck 25 yard shot, 3-1. The Owls kept playing their football and Sam Smith with his second touch of the ball smashed in from distance to increase the lead further,what a strike, 4-1. Rangers rarely threatened but when they did the back 5 held firm and defended well. Sam added his second and The Owls fifth when he pressurised the Rangers defenders into a mistake and finished well. Another good performance today from all 14 players who again all played their part-excellent effort.

Player of the Day: Josh Ridley - strong at the back

Goals Scorers: Liam Griffin (2), Sam Smith (2) and Jake Wood

Oadby Owls 4 Wigston Rangers 0 - 6th April 2014 (League)

The Owls played their last home league game against a much changed Rangers team who they had convincingly beaten 7 days ago. The Owls soon got their passing game going and were unlucky on numerous occasions, the final quality ball just eluding them. The Owls took the lead when Liam Griffin headed in from a corner and Frank Meakin soon increased the lead with a well placed shot, 2-0 at half time.

The second half followed the pattern of the first The Owls just failing to capitalise on their good work. James Bessey-Saldanha scored from another sharp shot and Frank added his second from a goal mouth scramble.

Player of the Day: Danny Keogh

Goals Scorers: Frank Meakin (2), Liam Griffin and James Bessey Saldanha 

Oadby Owls 13 Northfield Emeralds 1 - 1st April 2014 (League)

The Owls returned to Coombe Park for their first evening game of the season and were in sparkling form, almost scoring at will against a spirited Emeralds side who to their credit kept playing and trying to the end. The goals were scored by James Bessey -Saldanha (4), Jake Wood (2), Frank Meakin (2),  Aipwe Mantana (2), Danny Keogh, Sam Smith and Kieran Andrews. The Owls really have hit a rich vein of form and will be hoping to extend the winning run with only 4 league games left to play.

Player of the Day: All players

 

Goals Scorers: James Bessey-Saldanha (4), Jake Wood (2), Frank Meakin (2), Aipwe Mantana (2), Danny Keogh, Sam Smith and Kieran Andrews

Wigston Rangers 0 Oadby Owls 9 - 30th March 2014 (League)

The Owls kicked off on a two surfaced pitch, one side with long thick grass and the other with no grass, something to do with the governments austerity measures? (schools having no money to cut their lawns!!??). Any way they were slow out of the blocks and guilty of not playing the simple pass and option. After several good chances Frank Meakin eventually put The Owls in front and Ouakari Diawara added the second to finish the half 2-0.

The second half was much better The Owls letting the ball do the work and scoring at will. Sam Smith with 3, Jake Wood 2, Liam Griffin and Aipwe Mantana were the scorers in a comfortable win.

Man of the match: Jack Robinson- hardly gave the ball away

Goal scorers: Sam Smith (3), Jake Wood (2), Frank Meakin, Ouakari Diawara, Liam Griffin, Aipwe Mantana

Player of the Day: Jack Robinson - hardly gave the ball away

 

Goals Scorers: Sam Smith (3), Jake Wood (2), Frank Meakin, Ouakari Diawara, Liam Griffin and Aipwe Mantana 

Oadby Owls 8 Kegworth Imps 1 - 23rd March 2014 (League)

The Owls returned to a bobbly Coombe Park to league business for the visit of Kegworth Imps who at the start of the day were just above them in the division. The Imps scored first, within 2 minutes from a fantastic strike which whistled into the top corner giving Adam no chance. There then followed an enforced break due to a severe hail storm! The Owls on returning soon took advantage. Liam Griffin equalised from good passing play and Jake Wood put us in front from a corner. James Bessey-Saldanha increased the lead with a fine struck shot and just before half time Jake added his second and Owls fourth to make the half time score 4-1.

The Owls continued to play probably their best passing match of the season, keeping the ball moving and playing simply to feet. This resulted in Jake adding his third, his first hat trick for the club, James adding his second with another well struck shot, Frank Meakin getting onto the score sheet and with the last kick of the game from a long goal kick Danny Keogh finishing well. This was an impressive display again with all the squad of players playing their part, well done!

Player of the Day:Jake Wood and Uwais Zannar 

Goals Scorers: Jake Wood (3), James Bessey Saldanha (2), Liam Griffin, Frank Meakin, Danny Keogh

Oadby Owls 2 Ketton Juniors 1 - 20th March 2014 (County Cup Final)

The Owls kicked off their first ever county cup final against Peterborough league side Ketton Juniors on an excellent bowling green surface freshened by heavy rain, at Holmes Park. The Owls appeared nervous and took a while to settle into their normal passing game.A series of attacking corners midway through the first half led to a couple of scares in the Ketton defence, Josh Ridley going close with a header just over the bar and Kyle Wickwar seeing his shot blocked. James Bessey-Saldanha looked dangerous when he ran at the Ketton defence. With the half coming to the end The Owls conceded a needless free kick which was delivered into the area and Jake Wood saw his pressurised clearance go into the net for an unfortunate own goal, 1-0 to Ketton and half time.

The Owls started the second half better and finally got their game going, good work from James and Liam Griffin saw a Sam Smith brave header scrambled wide. Frank Meakin was next to go close after running through the Ketton defence only to be crowded out, James went close again with a couple of drives which just went wide. With time running out Josh clipped the Ketton bar with another long distance shot and The Owls began to feel it was one of those nights. But with seven minutes to go The Owls finally equalised when Liam drove his shot into the bottom corner and with virtually the last kick of normal time Liam saw header rebound off a post and so into extra time. The Owls were now in the ascendancy with Liam, Frank and James leading the way with direct runs at the tiring Ketton defence. From a clearance James picked the ball up and drove an unstoppable right foot shot into the bottom corner of the goal. The Owls played out the remaining extra time and Ouakari Diawara was unlucky not to increase the lead when his chip shot was well saved by the Ketton keeper. With 4 minutes of extra extra time played the final whistle went, cue celebrations and The Owls were crowned county champions. All sixteen players had played their part in a fantastic team effort-well done!

Player of the Day: James Bessey-Saldanha

Goals Scorers: Liam Griffin, James Bessey-Saldanha

Kirby Muxloe 88 2 Oadby Owls 4 - 9th March 2014 (Presidents cup)

The Owls kicked off this quarter final clash in bright warm sunshine and were first to show Liam Griffin and James Bessey-Saldanha both going close. From a corner Josh Ridley saw his goal bound header cleared off the line. The Owls took the lead when Liam scored from a well worked goal, Jake Wood then applied an excellent finish only for the goal to be ruled out for an earlier off side - that was close! The Owls did increase their lead from another passing move, Ouakari Diawara applying the final touch. With the half nearing the end Liam scored his second and The Owls third with a rasping shot into the roof of the net, 3-0 and half time.

The Owls were slow out the blocks at the start of the second half and Kirby pulled a goal back after a defensive mix up. Worst was to follow half way through the half when the Kirby forward wriggled free and finished from a tight angle, now the game was on. From the restart The Owls were awarded a soft penalty, but James failed to test the keeper form the spot -what is it about Kirby and penalties?  The Owls with 15 minutes to go added their fourth, James making up for his earlier miss scoring with a cracking left foot strike. The Owls then played some excellent passing football and were unfortunate not to add to their tally, seeing out the game comfortably. Another good performance today from all 13 players, well done and lets keep it going!

Player of the Day: Liam Griffin 

Goals Scorers: Liam Griffin (2), Ouakari Diawara, James Bessey-Saldanha

Oadby Owls 5 Wigston United 2 - 2nd March 2014 (League cup)

The Owls kicked off at neutral Houghton Rangers ground with a near gale force wind blowing from goal post to goal post, a game of two halves if ever there was? The Owls kicked against the wind first and were a little slow out of the blocks, fair play to Wigston who pressurised the Owls players constantly. Wigston scored midway through the half in a goal mouth scramble and increased their lead further when a bobble deceived Adam in goal to leave a tap in for their forward, 2-0 down against the wind. The Owls kept playing their football an excellent play down the left from James Bessey-Saldanha and Frank Meakin allowed Jake Wood to score with a good drive from just outside the box. Just before half time The Owls equalised in another goal mouth scramble after a shot from Dylan Beadman found its way into the net, 2-2 and half time.

The Owls with the wind in their favour in the second half soon took control of the game and took the lead, Frank scoring with a well placed shot. The Owls kept playing good passing football and looked dangerous from every attack. With 20 minutes to go Liam Griffin scored from a header which the unfortunate Wigston goal keeper allowed to creep under him. With minutes remaining a good team goal finished by Jake ended the scoring and saw The Owls into their second cup final this season. Another good game today played by all 15 squad members who all played their part.

Player of the Day:James Bessey-Saldanha 

Goals Scorers: Jake Wood (2), Dylan Beadman, Frank Meakin, Liam Griffin

Oadby Owls 7 Wigston United 0 - 23rd March 2014 (County Cup semi-final)

The Owls finally got this county cup semi final tie played at the fourth time of asking and were first to show, Sam Smith, Liam Griffin and James Bessey-Saldanha all going close in the opening minutes. Sam eventually opened the scoring with a well struck shot form the edge of the box, midway through the first half the Owls increased their lead when Aipwe Mantana added the second. James went close again when he saw his rasping shot bounce back off a post. Liam calmly finished after a flowing move down the left, 3-0 at half time.

There was no let up in the second half as the Owls back four of Charlie Patel, Josh Ridley, Dylan Beadman and Danny Keogh snuffed out any threat from Wigston. The midfield four of James, Aipwe, Jake Wood and Kyle Wickwar closed down Wigston at every opportunity, the front two Sam and Liam work tirelessly and the bench of Jack Robbo, Ouakari Diawara and Uwais Zannar all played their part, not forgetting Adam Fletcher-Warrington in goal who had only one save to make. The Owls increased their lead further when Jake scored with a volley from a corner. Sam added his second when his persistence paid off with a good finish, further goals were added by Ouakari and James.

The Owls were excellent today and look forward to a county cup final against Peterborough league side Ketton at Holmes Park.

Player of the Day: All 14 players

Goals Scorers: Sam Smith (2), Jake Wood, Liam Griffin, Aipwe Mantana, Ouakari Diawara, James Bessey-Saldanha

Oadby Owls 5 Houghton Rangers 3 - 19th January 2014 (League)

The Owls kicked off at Coombe Park on a very heavy surface against unbeaten and league favourites Houghton Rangers and were first to show, Frank Meakin and Aipwe Mantana both going close. From a series of corners Josh Ridley saw his header cleared off the line. The Owls finally took the lead, Frank scoring direst from a well struck free kick. Houghton then got back into the game, from a long throw which was flicked on the forward heading in. The Owls continued to play good football and looked dangerous with every attack, Aipwe restoring The Owls lead with an excellent shot across the keeper. With 5 minutes of the half remaining The Owls increased their lead, Kyle Wickwar scoring his first of the season with another long range shot, 3-1.

The second half started with Houghton applying more pressure. Gregg Colbourne The Owls net minder, produced a series of fine saves, tipping over a long range shot and pushing another onto a post. Gregg's luck ran out when he pushed out a fierce shot only for the Houghton forward to bundle the rebound home, 3-2 and now the game was on. The Owls dug in and managed to weather the Houghton storm, the back 5 and midfield 4 blocking and fighting for every loose ball and the front 2 chasing everything down. The Owls then pressurised Houghton's back 4 into a mistake and James Bessey-Saldanha calmly finished to restore a 2 goal lead. With 10 minutes remaining Houghton pulled another goal back, their forward finishing well from a diagonal through ball. The Owls on the stroke of full time added the fifth, from a long throw from Adam Fletcher-Warrington, Frank found himself in oceans of room to finish well.Make no mistake this was an excellent result with all 15 players applying themselves and playing their part in an excellent performance.

Player of the Day:The Whole 15 man squad (superb) 

Goals Scorers:Frank Meakin (2), Aipwe Mantana, Kyle Wickwar, James Bessey-Saldanha 

Kirby Muxloe 88 2 Oadby Owls 0 - 12th January 2014 (League)

The Owls kicked off the New Year with a tough trip to Kirby, the game surviving a late pitch inspection. The Owls were slow to start allowing Kirby too much room and space. From a long ball over the top Kirby took the lead with a good finish. The Owls steadily got back into the game and were awarded a fortunate penalty, unfortunately Sam Smith put the kick over the bar. The Owls then had another slice of good fortune Kirby converting a free header from a corner only for the referee to spot a push? On the stroke of half time The Owls luck finally ran out Gregg Colbourne up ending the Kirby forward in the box and Kirby converting the resulting spot kick, 2-0.

The Owls started the second half better, James Bessey-Saldanha, Frank Meakin and Sam Smith all going close, but found the Kirby keeper in fine form. The Owls were playing some good football with James and Aipwee Mantana a threat down both wings. The Owls forced a series of corners, from which goal bound shots were blocked or scrambled to safety. In the final moments James saw a well struck shot destined for the bottom corner excellently pushed around the post. 

Player of the Day: James Bessey-Saldanha

Goals Scorers:N/A 

Kirby Muxloe 88 2 Oadby Owls 5- 22nd December 2013 (League cup)

The Owls kicked off this difficult League cup quarter final against a Kirby team they had drawn against earlier in the season. The Owls started brightly playing some attractive football through midfield and out wide, the final pass just eluding them. Within the first 20 minutes Kirby scored twice with long balls over the top catching the Owls defence square and finished well by their accurate marksman, 2-0 down. The Owls kept playing their passing football and from good play down the right Liam Griffin placed his shot into the corner. More pressure was applied by The Owls and after a spot of pin ball in the Kirby box Sam Smith applied the finish. The Owls kept playing and were rewarded when Sam added his second after good play from James Bessey-Saldanha, Aipwe Mantana and Liam to make the half time score 3-2.

The second half started with The Owls firmly on top, the Kirby forwards were excellently marshalled by Josh Ridley and the entire back four, the midfield four competed for every ball and the top two created chances. The Owls increased their lead mid way through the half Liam upended inside the box and Sam completing his hat trick with a fine penalty finish. Sam nearly added his fourth when he saw his smashed shot come back off the upright. With five minutes remaining Liam added his second and Owls fifth with a fine left footed finish. An excellent game played by all 13 squad players working hard for each other -well done!

Player of the Day:Sam Smith 

Goals Scorers: Sam Smith (3), Liam Griffin (2)

Oadby Owls 13 Markfield Colts 2 - 15th December 2013 (League)

The Owls kicked off on a wet muddy pitch at Coombe Park and looked half asleep as Markfield took the lead from a well placed shot. The Owls then woke up, Jake Wood equalizing with a well struck shot into the bottom corner, Frank Meakin put Oadby ahead and Sam Smith increased the lead following up from his saved penalty and added The Owls fourth and his second to give the half time score 4-1. The Owls were quick out of the blocks in the second half Jake scoring his second and Frank adding his second. Sam completed his hat trick with an excellent penalty. The goals kept coming, Aipwe Diawara, James Bessey-Saldanha, Dylan Beadman, a brace from Adam Fletcher-Warrington. The pick of the goals an over head bicycle kick from Josh Ridley. Credit to Markfield who kept going to the end, their keeper making some excellent saves.

Player of the Day:All 16 players 

Goals Scorers:Sam Smith (3), Frank Meakin (2), Jake Wood (2), Adam Fletcher-Warrington (2), Josh Ridley, Dylan Beadman, Aipwe Mantana, James Bessey-Saldanha 

Fleckney Athletic 4 Oadby Owls 4 - 8th December 2013 (League)

The Owls kicked off on a muddy pitch at Fleckney with the bare 12 players and were first to show. From a near post corner Sam Smith saw his glancing header cleared off the line (or was it miles over which everyone thought?). The Owls took the lead when Frank Meakin applied a fine left footed strike. Fleckney then got back into the game after Danny Keogh had handled on the line, collided with the post and got shown a red card, Fleckney converted the subsequent penalty, 1-1. The Owls reshuffled Sam filling in at centre half, Jack Robinson at right back and Frank acting as the lone striker, 70 minutes to play with 10 men. Worst was to follow from a free header from a corner Fleckney took the lead. The Owls then had an excellent spell, closing down Fleckney and fighting for every loose ball, Jake Wood scored from another fine strike, 2-2 at half time.

The Owls got off to a great second half within the first minute Frank had pressurised the entire Fleckney back four and finished well with the aid of a deflection 3-2. The Owls then played some good football James Bessey- Saldanha, Josh Ridley and Frank just failing to add to the score. Then from a contentious bounce up Charlie Patel was deceived by the Fleckney forward and conceded a penalty, slotted home by Fleckney, 3-3. From an Owls corner Fleckney went ahead, their forward arriving at pace to give Jamie French no chance, 4-3. With minutes remaining from another Owls corner Jake applied the final touch to make the final score 4-4 and nothing short of what they deserved.

Player of the Day: All 12 players (Excellent effort) 

Goals Scorers: Frank Meakin (2), Jake Wood (2) 

Northfield Emeralds 1 Oadby Owls 6 - 24th November 2013 (League cup)

The Owls kicked off their league cup campaign and started really well passing the ball along the back, through midfield and into the forwards, the last crucial pass just eluded them. Adam Fletcher-Warrington's long throws were causing panic in The Emeralds defence producing several goal mouth scrambles that The Owls just could not convert. With the first half coming to a close The Owls took the lead, good play from Jake Wood, Sam Smith and Dylan Beadman found Aipwe Mantana who finished well. The Owls increased their lead when Josh Ridley smashed in from a corner, 2-0 at half time.

The second half started with The Owls again playing good passing football. From another corner kick Josh added his second. Fair play to The Emeralds who came back and converted a well worked goal, 3-1. Frank Meakin then put The Owls firmly in control scoring from a cross come shot and then applying a right foot finish from more good passing play. The scoring was completed by Ouakari Diawara who dribbled his way passed defenders and keeper to finish well. A good team performance today from all 14 players who all played their part, keep it going!

Player of the Day: Josh Ridley

Goals Scorers: Josh Ridley (2), Frank Meakin (2), Aipwe Mantana, Ouakari Diawara

Oadby Owls 5 Rothley Imps 5 - 17th November 2013 (League)

Well where do we start here, a 10 goal goal fest! The Owls kicked off on a muddy Coombe Park pitch and were caught out in the first five minutes, hesitant defending letting in The Imps forward who finished well. The Owls came back playing good passing football but were just unable to find the last killer pass and finish, 0-1 at half time.

The second half started better good pressing from midfield and attack put pressure onto The Imps back four. From an Owls free kick the ball broke to Josh Ridley who finished well. The Owls then began to play good passing football again, however The Imps were not to be denied from a corner they retook the lead with a good headed finish, 1-2. Back came The Owls and excellent wing play saw James Bessey-Saldanha waltz through The Imps defence and finish well, 2-2.  Sam Smith put The Owls in front with a good finish, 3-2. Back came the Imps after more sloppy defending let in the forward again, 3-3. The Owls then got in front Uwais Zannar skipping through to finish well, 4-3, back came The Imps with a fine shot finding the bottom corner 4-4. James added his second to put The Owls 5-4 up, but with 10 minutes to go The Imps equalised with another fine shot, 5-5! In the closing minutes James thought he had won it and completed his hat trick only for the goal to be ruled off side. With so many goals flying in i think that's how the scoring went??!!

Player of the Day: James Bessey-Saldanha

Goals Scorers: Josh Ridley, Sam Smith, Uwais Zannar, James Bessey-Saldanha (2)

Kegworth Imps 0 Oadby Owls 0 -10th November 2013 (League)

The Owls were at Kegworth today on a very muddy pitch which made passing hard. They started well and were just unable to find the last killer pass, Liam Griffin,Aipwe Mantana and Ouakari Diawara all going close.The back four were well marshalled by emergency centre half Adam Fletcher-Warrington who kept The Imps forwards at bay, Jamie French in The Owls goal was rarely threatened.The Owls if anything were guilty of playing too much football in their own half, which in the conditions was ineffective, 0-0 at half time.

The Owls created better chances in the second half Jake Wood had a shot pushed  to safety, Sam Smith who having created a chance for himself from excellent pressure smashed his shot high and wide. Liam went close again. The Owls could just not find the break through from excellent Charlie Patel free kicks. In the final minutes Kegworth thought they had snatched the winner only for the goal to be disallowed for an earlier off side decision.

Player of the Day: Adam Fletcher-Warrington

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls 3 Groby Juniors 1 - 3rd November 2013 (County cup)

The Owls kicked off this county cup quarter final tie and made an excellent start, Dylan Beadman passing a good through ball into Frank Meakin who finished with a low shot into the corner, 1-0 one minute played! The Owls kept playing good passing football, the midfield four all linking well, but they could  just not find that final last pass. Uwais Zannar went the closest his thunderous shot coming back off the inside of the post and scrambled to safety. Groby rarely threatened, the back four held firm and Jamie French The Owls net minder snuffed out any danger.

The second half started with a scare, The Owls allowed a long ball to find its way into their box but Jamie bravely blocked at the strikers feet. The Owls kept playing their passing game and an excellent run from James Bessey-Saldanha was finished with a stinging shot, 2-0. Shortly after Aipwe Mantana produced an inviting cross from the right which was met by Liam Griffin's head sending the ball into the top corner for another excellent finish. Groby in the last minute scored from a well struck shot after a scramble in The Owls box. A good all round performance today from all 16 players, well done!

Player of the Day: The Whole 16 man squad

Goals Scorers: Frank Meakin, James Bessey-Saldanha, Liam Griffin 

Northfield Emeralds 1 Oadby Owls 3 - 27th October 2013 (League)

The Owls were at The Emerald Center today with a strong wind blowing along the pitch making play difficult and a classic game of two halves. The Owls lost the toss and played with the wind, playing some neat and attractive passing football without the end product and a little deep in their own half. Northfields struck first, a long ball over the top held up in the wind with the attacker finishing well. The Owls came back and created a host of chances that either found the Northfield goal keeper in good form or failed to hit the target. Eventually The Owls equalised Frank Meakin with a well hit shot. The Owls went into the break ahead courtesy of another fine finish from Sam Smith, 2-1.

Against the wind in the second half The Owls played some attractive football, creating chance after chance, but rather like a jigsaw puzzle The Owls went to pieces in the box! Northfield rarely threatened and finally in the last minute Sam completed the scoring with another smart drilled shot going in off the post.

Player of the Day: Charlie Patel

Goals Scorers: Frank Meakin, Sam Smith (2)

Oadby Owls 4 Groby Juniors 1- 20th October 2013 (League)

The Owls kicked off on a Coombe Park pitch that was freshened up with heavy over night rain which took a welcomed stud. The Owls were slow off the mark allowing a long punt from the Groby keeper to bounce all the way over the top for the forward to finish. The Owls then allowed Groby a free header from a corner but fortunately it went wide. The Owls then woke up and found their feet, passing the ball from the back, through midfield and out wide. Frank Meakin was crowded out and from more good play Liam Griffin did not quite have the power to beat the Groby keeper who saved well. The Owls forced a series of corners the ball falling to Jack Robinson who drove his shot from a full 25 yards which smashed against the crossbar. More good play put Uwais Zannar clean through but he could not find the finish. Finally The Owls equalised from a corner Dylan Beadman scoring from a free header. To end the half The Owls had another series of corners which resulted in some mad scrambles, with Groby clearing off the line numerous times.

The second half started with The Owls on top, from an excellent free kick which the keeper was unable to hold, Sam Smith tapped in the rebound. Straight from the restart The Owls increased their lead. Good pressure from Sam and Frank allowed Frank to finish well. The Owls kept playing good passing football, Uwais getting through to be up ended in the box. Sam stepped up and calmly dispatched the resulting penalty, 4-1 the final result in good all round team performance.

Player of the Day: Uwais Zannar

Goals Scorers: Dylan Beadman, Frank Meakin, Sam Smith (2) (1 pen)

Castle Donington 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 6th October 2013 (County Cup)

The Owls kicked off their County Cup tie against a strong and physical looking Castle Donington side who ply their trade in the Derby league. The Owls were soon into their stride passing the ball well on a large pitch and decent surface. The Owls went close on numerous occasions, Jake Wood hitting the crossbar, Sam Smith hitting the inside of a post and Donington clearing off the line to name a few of the many chances. The Owls finally took the lead with 5 minutes of the first half remaining, Frank Meakin scoring direct from an in swinging corner, 1-0 at half time. The Owls continued to play excellent passing football and attacked Donington at will, creating chance after chance. James Bessey-Saldanha added the second with a well hit shot and Uwais Zannar added a third. Sam Smith completed the scoring when he rounded the keeper to make it 4-0. Overall another good team performance but yet again we continue to squander guilt edged chances.

Player of the Day: Kyle Wickwar

Goals Scorers:Frank Meakin, Jame Bessey-Saldanha, Sam Smith, Uwais Zannar 

Oadby Owls 2 Kirby Muxloe 88 2 - 29th September 2013 (League)

The Owls kicked off in bright sunshine with a wind blowing across the rock hard Coombe Park pitch against a Kirby team who had taken 4 points from us last season. The Owls were first to show producing good accurate passes with Uwais Zannar on the left finding room. Liam Griffin and Jake Wood combined well in midfield to set Frank Meakin clear before being crowded out.  Jake from the resulting corner sent his header wide. Kirby then took the lead, their forward managing to wriggle free and find the corner of the net with a well placed shot from the edge of the box. The Owls came back and after Frank had got in again his shot come cross was turned in by Sam Smith at the far post.With the half coming to a close The Owls strung a series of passes together freeing Frank who shot home for an excellent team goal, 2-1 at half time.

The Owls started the second half where they had left off the first, attacking Kirby at every opportunity. From an Owls corner Kirby managed to clear off the line. James Bessey-Saldanha then shot from distance which looked destined for the top corner but the Kirby keeper made a fantastic save. The Owls applied more pressure but could not find the all important finish. With 4 minutes remaining Kirby equalised with a long range punt that caused alarm in The Owls defence and nestled in the bottom corner of the net. The Owls kept going and forced a series of corners but could not convert them. In short a good all round team performance but we must take our chances.

Player of the Day: Liam Griffin - strong running from midfield

Goals Scorers: Sam Smith, Frank Meakin

Oadby Owls 6 Wigston United 5 - 15th September 2013 (League)

After last week’s goal fest at Markfield Colts we had a tough game against  Wigston United that was full of talented players. There was a cross-wind blowing across the pitch which luckily did not spoil the game. Oadby started well with lots of accurate short passing and keeping possession really well which resulted in Jake Wood passing a ball down the right wing for Sam Smith to run onto and cross a low ball into the box for Liam Griffin to slot home after 10 minutes. Oadby kept pressing when James Bessey-Saldanha picked the ball up midway in the Wigston half and dribbled past a few defenders and unleash an unstoppable right foot strike leaving the goalkeeper stranded! Oadby kept creating chances, but the 3rd killer goal was lacking and like our first game it cost us when Wigston made two attacks 10 minutes before half-time resulting in 2 goals from our mistakes and we went into the break level at 2-2.

Oadby started the second half badly and an unfortunate deflection saw Wigston take the lead 3-2. Another 10 minutes passed and a long range effort from Wigston seemed to gather pace and skid off the wet surface to beat Jamie French in goal. Oadby were now 4-2 down and had a massive mountain to climb, but we kept creating great chances. Oadby were awarded a penalty for an alleged push only for James to put the ball over the bar! Oadby had numerous corners coming close on a few occasions. Then Adam Fletcher-Warrington came on as a sub and headed in at the near post to give us hope at 4-3. Oadby kept pushing again and Jake Wood converted from close range at his second attempt, 4-4!! Oadby had their tails up with 20 minutes to go Frank Meakin cut in from the right hand side and shot low into the bottom corner from the 18 yard box, 5-4 up!! Surely that was enough goals?? No it wasn't. Ouakari Diawara on as a sub coolly passed the ball into the net 6-4!! With 10 minutes left Wigston kept pumping long balls and Oadby defended well until Joshua Ridley made a clean tackle in our box only for the referee to award a penalty, Wigston score, now 6-5!!! My nerves were really jangling, luckily within 3 minutes the game was over, PHEW!!!

Well done lads for fighting back and a great comeback, but let’s not make a habit of it please!!

Player of the Day: Frank Meakin

Goals Scorers: Liam Griffin,  James Bessey-Saldanha, Adam Fletcher-Warrington, Jake Wood, Frank Meakin, Ouakari Diawara

Markfield Colts 1 Oadby Owls 11- 8th September 2013 (League)

The Owls were at Markfield Colts and were straight out of the blocks from the first whistle, James Bessy-Saldanha and Jack Robinson linking well down the right hand side. They went ahead when a far post cross bounced off an unfortunate Markfield defender and James completed a first half hat trick with 3 well taken goals, 4-0. The Owls continued in the second half playing some fine passing football applying excellent finishes. Liam Griffin scoring a header from a long throw in and also a good shot, Frank Meakin scoring with a well placed shot, Adam Fletcher-Warrington scoring with a header, Apiwe Mantana scoring at the second attempt after a great turn and adding a tap in to complete the scoring, Dylan Beadman scoring with a low hit left foot drive. To their credit Markfield scored near to the end with a well hit and placed shot from the edge of the area. Overall an excellent result but more importantly a good team performance, keep it going.

Player of the Day: The Whole squad 

Goals Scorers: OG, James Bessey-Saldanha (3), Liam Griffin (2), Apiwe Mantana (2),Adam Fletcher-Warrington, Dylan Beadman, Frank Meakin

Oadby Owls 2 Fleckney Athletic 4 - 2nd September 2013 (League)

The Owls kicked off their league campaign when they welcomed Fleckney to a sunny Coombe Park and were slow to start. Fleckney threatened on several occasions with a simple and effective long ball over the top. Ouakari Diawara opened the scoring when he pressurised the defender into a mistake and calmly dispatched his shot into the net. Fleckney equalised just before half time with a free header from a corner. The Owls started the second half much brighter, closing down Fleckney and passing the ball well. This resulted in Frank Meakin scoring. The Owls had other chances to increase their lead but poor finishing and shot selection prevented this. With 5 minutes to go Fleckney equalised and worse was to follow when sloppy defending allowed Fleckney to score twice again.  

Player of the Day: 

Goals Scorers: Ouakari Diawara, Frank Meakin

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