Match Report - 02 Oct 2021, Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI drew with Old Etonians
Old Etonians FC 1s 3 - 3 Old Wykhemist FC
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough. Off the back of two commendable performances and four points to open the season, the Dubs 1s travelled to the old enemy with confidence and a strong side. Our resolve was tested when Tae Uah, surely the technical fulcrum of the side especially in the absence of Hodnett and Matt Black, sustained a concerning knee injury and hobbled off after five minutes. Eton’s tactic was to ping early balls out wide and get their nifty wingers moving. They caused havoc on both flanks and Eton were 2-0 up after twenty mins and had missed a penalty, and yours truly was lucky to stay on the pitch. The Dubs were all at sea, with Blackwell-Thale keeping us in the game, but there is experience in the team and cool heads. Dawkins and Goulding were vocal and focussed. The Byers brothers started getting on the ball and combined tidily, with Seb crossing from right back for Gus Morse to continue his excellent form in the forward line, taking a difficult header with aplomb. At half time a beautiful and typically inclusive conversation was shared by the team, and the leadership decided to switch formation to three at the back. The Eton wingers tired and were subbed off and Dubs took the impetus. Lekan and Caspar Byers began dominating possession. An Essex corner was headed back across goal by Dawkins and Ollie Mitchell hoovered up the header to make it 2-2. Yours truly stepped into midfield and we laid siege to their box. Sharp movement from Essex and he was in, but felled by a defender who was promptly sent off. Alas from our resultant free kick their ten men broke and someone hit a screamer from 30 yards to make it 3-2. With fifteen minutes left we were camped in their half and Goulding robbed a defender, held off several challenges and slipped it past their keeper for 3-3. Minutes later that same left foot hit a peach that agonisingly rebounded off the crossbar. Caspar Byers was clearly fouled in their box after one of many successful dribbles from midfield but was rewarded with a yellow card for simulation. The final whistle blew and the Dubs were disappointed to be held to 3-3, but should be proud of the mature response to a torrid opening half an hour away to a dangerous team. There is a healthy balance to the side and several players are hitting fine form. Scans to Tae’s knee showed he should be back in a few weeks, and with more senior players returning next week we are in a good place.
Old Etonians 3 - 3 Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI ()