Match Report - 10 Sep 2016, Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI beat Old Cholmelians
The OWs started their season with a drizzly away fixture in Highgate against the Old Cholmeleians.
There was plenty of new blood in the team, and together we produced one of the most energetic and organised performances of recent memory. Staying in shape, we frustrated the opposition, and produced the first goal when James Essex dispossessed their centre back and slotted home the resulting one-on-one. For the next 50 minutes, we rigorously squeezed all joy from the game, as the Old Cholmeleians flapped around in front of our iron defences, and last year's newcomer of the season, Ben McCleery, bombarded their box with his mighty long throw.
It was a surprise, therefore, when the Cholms produced a move of real quality to open us up and level the scores. Unperturbed, we continued to pursue our Pulis-inspired gameplan, and were rewarded when Will Wapshott headed home from another McCleery rocket. We finished off the game 2-1 victors - an extremely promising performance on a difficult and often bad-tempered away day in North London. Special mentions go to a guileful forward display from Alex Portz, and a dogged stint in the centre from Patrick Lloyd, but MoM was awarded to Tom Goulding for showing both those qualities in equal measure at LB and CM.
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