|Date||28 January 2017|
|Result||L 0 - 2|
Less time on introductions again this week as half the twelve man squad was made up of three father / son pairings...so team talk concentrated on the need to close down and press Stafford 4ths who are riding high at the top of the table. With a low sun the result of the toss was important - and Stafford won so we started with the sun in our eyes (but better than driving rain).Stafford enjoyed much of the early possession without threatening our goal. We won a short corner and their keeper made the first two of several good saves to prevent us scoring; this was quickly followed by more pressure andf more short corners, with the keeper and then a defender keeping the ball out of the Stafford net. The competitive game, being played in excellent spirit by both teams, reached half time at 0 -0; OW had edged the half in terms of possession and short corners and had been unlucky when Josh Lait put a controlled hit of a deflected high ball into the Stafford goal only for a short corner to be given for the ball having been lifted by a defender.
The second half saw Stafford take the initiative and OW defence had to concentrate and work hard. An unfortunate green card for captain Andy Hamilton put us on the back foot, then Stafford were given a short corner (a decision that surprised many of us), and they scored. A Stafford player was given a green card for not retreating 5 metres when defending a free hit, Ben Wall was then given a green card for the same offence (a surprising decision that he took well). Once Ben was back on the pitch he produced a terrific goal line clearance to deny Stafford a second goal. Soon after Stafford produced their best passing move of the game and they did score a second goal. OW pressed back and were again unsiccessful from short several short corners. Doc Savage was then shown a green card. Once back to 11 players OW continued to press but without success.
All in all a frustrating game; the Stafford keeper made some great saves to prevent OW getting something from the game which our possession and work rate would have justified.
Well played Ben Wall. Thanks again to Paul Fisher for the notes on which this report is based.