Onslow Boys 4   Chiddingfold 1 (League)


6th March 2005

‘What’s that Bandaid on Dan’s nose for?

Coach to linesman Julian shortly before full-time

‘He’s broken his nose. He’s been told not to play contact sports.’

A disappointing, hesitant performance by the chaps who were never firing on all cylinders. In the opening few minutes both teams went close but Onslow seemed much more comfortable on a very small pitch and looked dangerous with a series of lobs over our defence for their strikers to run onto.

On about 10 minutes Onslow opened the scoring when we failed to clear the ball. The boys were trying to string some passes together and always looked good when they succeeded, but too often the ball was given carelessly away, inviting pressure. Rupert looked dangerous up front and Eddie worked hard in midfield, with joint Man of the Match Dan, in his debut for the team this season, probing from the right. Dan fought tenaciously and, thanks to all his rugby training, was very hard to knock off the ball.

Nevertheless, in spite of sporadic pressure from Chiddingfold, Onslow went 2, then 3-0 up, largely due to hesitancy at the back and good pressure from Onslow’s No.10, grandson of ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Dave Hollins who was watching from the touchline. Only another impressive performance from Mike in goal kept the score within reach.

At last the boys did get the goal they deserved – Rupert battled away down the right flank, managed to get a cross into the far post which Scott nudged in through the melée. At 3-1 it was game on, but some dreadfully static defending let Onslow back in to make it 4-1 at half-time.

The second half was more solid. Jon Bt, in the sweeper’s role, kept things much tighter at the back and overall the boys worked harder, but it was still very fitful and they never reached the heights of which they are capable. Joint Man of the Match Steve tackled well and sent over a succession of accurate crosses and lobs but, although we went close at times, the score remained unchanged. No thanks to linesman Julian who missed a blindingly obvious offside at one point because he was chatting to the parents.