Walkers (Premiership) (report by Michael)
Quite funny to look at the league table and see us at bottom. Even funnier when you think 2 more points takes us to second. And for me that is the story of the ‘Premier Division’ teams are evenly matched and most games right across the board were 0-0 Draws with the odd 1-0 victory or loss, depending on what side of the result you were. That aside, our Sunday’s work saw us return with 4 draws and one loss, to our arch rivals Hemel, again. And as is the usual story, we dominated and with less than 2 minutes remaining the got a break-away goal and we were left feeling robbed. They have done it to us 3 times now, so can’t say it’s luck, we have to take it on the chin.
We huffed and puffed – just like the teams we played – and there was a lack of rhythm, mainly down to lots of referee interventions so no real flow was achieved by any teams. I would add on a personal note, that I do not think the 10 minute game format suits anybody, as you never really get settled and if one team does go 1-0 up, it’s relatively easy to see the rest of the game out as the nature of the ticking clock encourages a panic type response rather than quality. I would much rather play a longer season and have 2/3 20 minute games. The quality of the football would improve, particularly, where teams are evenly matched.
Premiership Table: 15-Apr-19
Hornets (Championship) (report by Glenn)
Grant Proudfoot (only available for the 4th and 5th matches due to suspension)
1st Match v South Reading: 0-1
We started the game very well playing some good football even having 2 goals disallowed. Then in the last few minutes of the game we let in a very soft goal. Time ran out before we could grab an equaliser. Not the start we hoped for.
2nd Match v Bicester Fossils: 0-0
Again played some good football. Creating numerous chances unfortunately we were unable to convert any. With these quick 10 minute games teams know the importance of the First goal so are reluctant to open up so it is up to us to be more clinical with all the chances we are creating to convert the draws into victories.
3rd Match v Wycombe Wanderers A: 0-0
A similar pattern to the previous game. The Wycombe keeper produced some fabulous saves to keep the score level.
4th Match v Chiltern/South Bucks: 4-0 (Tony, Howard, Grant, Glenn)
We finally found our scoring boots in this game. We did finish well but was helped by Chiltern only playing with 5 so having the extra player enabled us to play quick one touch passing to open up their defence.
Howard received a clumsy challenge resulting in him limping off the pitch. The diagnosis is not good looks like ankle ligament damage so a major doubt for the People’s Cup in two weeks.
5th and Final game of the day v Cherwell: 1-0 (Grant)
Cherwell are top of the division. The difference between ourselves is they are taking their chances and converting the draws into wins we must do the same to overtake them and win the division.
We knew we had to win this game. This was our best performance of the day! We restricted them to a couple of long-range shots which did not bother Kevin. We were playing some good football creating several good chances. Then we scored with a super team goal. Paul and Gary played out from the back to Tony in central midfield who saw Glenn and Grant making good wide movement to split the three Cherwell defenders. Tony found Glenn with a good ball on the left wing. Glenn drew two defenders towards him as he moved down the wing. He slipped a perfect through ball to Grant who smashed a shot into the bottom right corner. A great finish!
After this we played a very controlled game and before we knew it the whistle blew.
A mixed day we beat Cherwell but are 6 points behind them so with all our good approach play we must convert our chances.
Championship Table: 15-Apr-19
Amigos (Division 2) (report by Andy)
To be provided…
Division 2 Table: 15-Apr-19