Match Report - 18 Sep 2021, Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI drew with Old Tonbridgians
Beautiful pitch and beautiful day in Tonbridge. It was hot - a daunting prospect for the 11 men of Winchester against a more sizable squad fielded by Tonbridge.
1 - 0 Tonbridge ; Fine effort from outside the area into the top corner
Tonbridge reduced to 10 men (second 'bookable' offence)
Tonbridge reduced to 9 men for 10 minutes for dissent
1 - 1 Nice break from OWs, Morse released by Hodnett down the line, lays back to Tae on the edge of the area to curl a beauty into the far corner.
1 - 2 OWs take the lead through another piece of luck; an industrious if slightly out-of-control charge into the box from Morse ends in one loose touch too many before the OTs defender blasts his clearance onto Morse for a finely place header into the corner past the despairing keeper. Joy in the OW ranks to the backdrop of he two OT ultras screams of 'You've ruined the game' at the ref.
Tonbridge back to 10 men
2 - 2 The lead doesn't last long - not a memorable goal.
2 - 3 OWs take the lead with 10 minutes to go. Mikey threads the ball from halfway through the heart of the OT defense. Morse races onto it before sliding it under the onrushing keeper with his first touch.
10 minutes to go...
3 -3 OTs draw level again. Their number 10 marauds past a through tired legs camped on the edge of the box before sliding an inviting ball across the goal to be smashed home at the back post.
Final 5 saw frantic low quality stuff as both teams were caught between settling for the point and taking all three. No clear chances, both teams a bit downbeat.
Ding dong game, which left an odd feeling at full time whistle. One part relief as in truth Tonbridge played the better football and it is a point gained at one of the tougher away trips, two parts frustration we couldn't capitalise on our numerical advantage or defend a goal lead for 10 minutes against 10 men.
Some good moments from the OWs and a continued unbeaten start to the season.
MoM: C. Byers
Goals: Morse x2, Tae
Assists: Hodnett, Morse
Old Tonbridgians 3 - 3 Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI ()