Match Report - 26 Sep 2015, Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI beat Old Malvernians I
OWFC are back in business. After two winless opening games which had Paul the Octopus scratching his head, the OWFC 1s disposed of a competent Old Malvernian side on as a good a pitch as we're likely to see all season.
Sam Donald opened the scoring with the dubious consolation for their goalkeeper of an assist. The game continued with OWFC playing some great passing football and should have made it 2-0 after a smart move put Kiley through only for the keeper to save well.
As with all periods of uncapitalised dominance, we were undone. Shortly before half time, against the run of play, a defensive mix up allowed the subdued Malvern to make it 1-1. Almost immediately after, a scuffle broke out between their towering centre forward and Rob England (the origin of the aggro is unknown but reliable sources tell me the opposition took issue with England's unacceptable shaft on the thigh of a teammate). Inevitably, both players stayed on the pitch while the shafted centre forward responded by making it 2-1 on the stroke of half time.
Half time, and a rousing team talk from Prichard/Fuller/Donald reminiscent of Barker and Corbett and...cmon there's never three, saw fruit on the pitch. A great team move stemming from Twinkle Toes on the left wing led to Donald squaring to England on the edge of the box who reminded everyone why he is the bigger man. OWFC rallied & got back into the rhythm they started with but an unchecked run from midfield resulted in Malvern finishing well from outside the area to make it 3-2.
Not satisfied, the Essex-Donald partnership up front then had a bizarre exchange of insults, encouragement & possibly tactics. Whatever it was, it worked. Donald took off on a trademark run down the wing, pulling back for Essex who finished smartly at the near post. 3-3.
Minutes later in an almost exact replica of the move but in reverse, Essex returned the favour & Donald made it 4-3. OWFC were deservedly back in front. With the final whistle moments away, Donald, who else, powered through and completed an impressive hatrick, making the final score 5-3 for the OWs.
Overall, we showed fantastic character to come from behind twice & played some good passing football,making our slow start this season history.
Special mentions go to Max Pumphrey (who, true to form, scored the goal of the season but unfortunately before the game had started) and Goal Keeper Oliver Tobin, two very welcome additions this season.
OWFC is not only back but, as England reminded us, bigger than ever.
Old Malvernians I 3 - 5 Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI ()