|ORFC v Cholms |
Clarke-Dowson, Redfern, Lambert, Haynes, Bishton, Samra, Aliev, Evans, Watson, McIntosh, O'Callaghan, Buckland
The OR’s faced a tough game against a confident Old Cholms side, who narrowly missed out on promotion at the back end of last season, whilst winning the LOB Cup.
Whilst the OR’s fielded a decent side there were none of the usual CB’s options available and a makeshift yet experienced CB pairing of Redfern and new dad Lambert took the field (Huge congrats to our former skipper Tim and OR fiancée Charlotte!).
The game started well for Repton and threatened with some good wing play form Bishton and Evans. The boys then had a half chance to go 1 up. A long ball from the back was met by Watson who beat his man and struck a shot that glanced the outside of the post. The boys were knocking on the door! It must be said good defensive work from Haynes and co prevented the ever dangerous OC’s strikeforce and ensured the game stayed at 0-0.
Good play once again from the tireless Samra in midfield saw McIntosh on the edge of the box, who then unleashed a vicious strike goal bound. Via a slight deflection the ball found it’s way into the back of the net and the lads were 1-0 just before the break!
The half time team talk calling for composure and more of the same sadly didn’t exactly materialise as within 2 minutes of the restart Repton found themselves shockingly 2-1 down. A couple of mix ups and with only ourselves to blame, the game had been turned on its head!
The boys battled but OC’s broke and scored again. It must be said Cholms were by far the better team in the second half and deserved to be ahead.
Good forward play from new boy Artem meant Jack O’Callaghan was through on goal and cooly slotted home to bring the game to within a goal. Sadly no sooner had we gotten back into the game did OC’s scored again. Questions must be asked of our mentality and our decision making if we are to improve next time out, as too often we seem to shoot ourselves in the proverbial foot under pressure.
Then for a moment of magic! Artem Aliev picked the ball up in midfield, beat a handful of men before picking out the top corner. ‘Unbelievable Wal’ were the cries from the sideline and it must be up there with the best goals scored in an ORFC shirt for some time!
The game finished 3-4 to Cholms.
Plenty to work on if we are to win our next game which is a LOB QF tie against IB Albion at home (Riverside Dr, Chiswick, London W4 2SH) @ 12:30KO. Support much appreciated as always as we look to try win our first silverware since 1991!
Up the ORs!