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ORFC Match report: OR vs Old Berkhamstedians

Match Report - Old Reptonians 1- 2 Old Berkhamstedians

Squad: Singleton, Blackwood, Golding Josh, Duggan Si, Finch, Redfern (c), Evans Al, Bishton, Watson, McIntosh, Duggan Luke, Clarke-Dowson
The ORs went down 2-1 in a narrow encounter with Old Berkhamstedians. A really close game which saw Berks edge out the ORs on a really windy afternoon. The ORs were slow out the traps and really struggled to get going in this game with credit to the OBs for pinning them back and applying a high energy pressing game forcing the ORs into mistakes. They then took a deserved lead in the first half. A long ball into the bx wasn't dealt with and the two OB strikers combined to bring the ball down and pass into an open net. 1-0.

Finally the ORs started to kick into gear. Watson and Clarke-Dowson combined well down the right before Blackwood swung in a dangerous cross to the back post and McIntosh was on hand to finish clinically into the roof of the net for 1-1.

The ORs were still struggling to get a grip of the game and maybe were guilty of showing too much respect to the opposition. Sadly a goal right on the stroke of half-time made the job even tougher. Singleton who had also made a string of good saves before this to keep the ORs level , made yet another one but sadly the rebound got away from him and the OB striker again was presented with an easy tap in. 1-2.

The second half saw the ORs create a few good chances again their forward runners of Bishton and Clarke-Dowson were the ones trying to make something happen, but the final ball was just off at the telling time for the ORs to get their equaliser. There was a lack of a cutting edge in the final third from everyone where in previous weeks the ORs have been pretty clinical.

All credit to the ORs they did keep pushing and there was certainly no lack of effort in this display. It maybe if anything they tried too hard and were doing unnecessary running off the ball. We need to find the balance sometimes when we play a robust physical side, to match them in terms of intensity but also still try to play our own game. There are five remaining league fixtures and while the ORs sit mid-table they need to ensure they can stop the rot and get back to winning ways in the league and finish on a high.

Its Dunn Cup Quarter Final duty this weekend back at Repton. All details below: 

*Notice on the Dunn Cup Quarter Final*

The fixture will be a 1pm KO at Repton School on The Square vs Kings College Wimbledon. All supporters welcome and there will be refreshments in the Boot In before and after the game for the Ultras!

Saturday 8th February KO: 1pm @ Repton School - QF vs KCS Wimbeldon Old Boys 

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