Match Report - 20 Sep 2008, Old Wykehamist Football Club 2nd XI beat King's Wimbledon Old Boys II
King's WImbledon Old Boys 2nd XI 1-4 Old Wykehamist 2nd XI
OW 2s swagger to comfortable win as a returning Fred Bjorn carries out his orders in triplicate
Fred Bjorn completed a second half hat-trick, including a contender for goal of the season, as the 2nd XI got off to the perfect start on a hot day in sunny Surrey. A game with 2 debuts and a revamped side, it was the familiar face of Fred that had the biggest grin of them all come the final whistle.
Gordon Baker, making his debut for the OW 2nd XI (surely the only player to have played and scored for all 3 XIs) made a new centre back pairing alongside skipper Hardiman and was soon in on the action, driving home from 2 yards after a wicked inswinging free-kick from Alex Wheal that gave the rookie 'keeper no chance. OWs couldn't get their foot on the ball though as King's pressed for an equaliser and had several good efforts as the back 4 struggled under pressure to defend both the ball on the floor and over the top. A typical break and slick passing saw their winger race clear but the advancing Ed Duncan snaffled the ball as the attacker took too heavy a touch. Baker was relieving most of the pressure in the air but King's came forward, alternating quick passing play with direct hoofing that left the midfield and defence disjointed and badly positioned to deal with each new wave. As the half wore on OWs had more of the ball and could have added another with a little bit of luck. Right on the stroke of half time they once again had Duncan to thank though as the defence let their winger in once more and his thunderbolt of a shot was swallowed up by the 'keeper's imposing frame.
At half time the excellent debutant Paddy Halling made way for James Arrandale due to blisters while Alf Theodorou gave his swollen ankle a break, allowing Ed Lascelles a run out and promoting Fred Bjorn to partner Ed Foster up front. The 2nd half was all OWs and it wasn't long before Baker's corner routine worked a treat and Fred had the easiest of tap ins from 2 yards. This gave OWs the confidence that was missing and some neat passing play was starting to cause problems all round with only the final ball lacking quality at this early stage of the season. Ed Duncan made a sharp stop at the near post as the dangerous no. 7 cut in from the the right and hit a rising shot with the outside of his right boot, the 'keeper changing direction to turn it round the post for a corner. Fatigue was starting to set in and Chris Webbe was suffering from cramp in both legs as his extra early arrival (11.30 for a 2pm KO) started to look extremely silly. The opposition were having similar problems though and things got worse for them when a sweeping move involving half the team and a dozen passes resulted in George Christofides lifting a delightful pass over 2 defenders and the 'keeper to allow Fred to grab his second with a routine 3 yard header. King's hit back immediately as a dangerous move was only half cleared and a good ball back into the box was headed beyond Duncan's reach. Rather than panic, OWs continued to play the beautiful game and were unlucky on another couple of occasions where the options were so many that it was difficult to choose the right one. With 5 minutes left on the clock Bjorn produced a moment of individual brilliance that put the result beyond doubt. A poor goal-kick reached him on the right channel, just inside the opposition's half and, after killing it with his first touch, he stretched forward to hit the ball just off the half-volley and send an unstoppable soaring, dipping drive over the stranded 'keeper and down into the top corner.
OW 2nd XI:
Duncan; Underwood, Hardiman, Baker, Hallam (Arrandale, 46); Webbe, Bjorn, Christofides, Wheal; Theodorou (Lascelles, 46), Foster
Goals: Baker 10, Bjorn 60, 70 & 85
Referee: Some Old Codger
Attendance: 6 (4 subs & 2 mates)
Man of the Match: Fred Bjorn
King's Wimbledon Old Boys II 1 - 4 Old Wykehamist Football Club 2nd XI ()