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
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
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.