The ORs ventured a little further than normal for this Arthurian League game against Marlborough. Being OM Day the squad were asked to travel to the school rather than the usual away day venue of Whitton 3G, but none the less the boys were looking forward to putting on a show.
With numbers slightly down due to the near 5 hour return journey we were keen to put right some of the errors that plagued us last time out.
On a slick surface the boys were keen to put their favoured passing game to use. However, Marlborough keen to impress on their big day nicked a quick goal and the ORs found themselves one down early on.
Heads didn’t drop though and a few minutes later replied with a goal of their own. After some good attacking play the ball was held up well up top and laid back off to Mike Watson who smashed home to level the score.
The ORs were playing some nice stuff and the game was so evenly matched that it was going to come down to fine margins. The home side nicked one more before adding another off of a sliced cross lobbing the OR keeper. Not much you can do about that. 3-1.
Once again the ORs knocked on the door with Rolls-Royce of a defender Kniveton meeting a few good deliveries first from Haynes and then Redfern. Mcintosh found himself in good areas down the left before laying the ball off to Watson who passed out wide to the oncoming juggernaught that is Andrew Jopson. Sporting even more muscles than he did at the back end of last season he powerfully finished low to the keepers right. 3-2.
With the ORs pressing for the late equaliser they got caught on the break and finally went down 4-2.
Plenty of positives to take from the game and the effort levels can’t be question. But as ever after defeat there are plenty of things to work on.
Next up is an away fixture in the first round on the LOB Cup to Aldenham. With a good track record in recent years the boys will be hoping to register their first win of the season!ORFC Committee