|Date||29 October 2016|
|Venue||Wolverhampton Grammar School|
|Result||W 6 - 1|
With 27 players not available throughout the Club this week this meant a lot of players playing higher in the club that their norm and the team that suffers the most from this is inevitably the bottom team. Faced with selection Armageddon, Richard had to delve very deep into his little black book of “resting” members plus seeking permission for Colin Pearson to discard his GK kit and actually run around a bit outside the “D” to get out a very bare eleven out.
So with a number of players including Jagdeep Maan, Arun Lally and Haydn Rowlands who had not picked up a stick in anger for longer than they cared to remember (OK Arun had played for a game a couple of weeks ago but you get my drift), Nic Anderson pulling on an OW shirt in anger for the first time in Lord knows when and no Badgers graduates available at all this week, OW entered the fray with some trepidation – not to mention a quick lesson on the “new” way to take a long corner!
However as in a really bad (well even worse) remake of the Stallone classic “The Expendables” the long dormant hockey skills of a number of players began to gradually resurface and the result was a very balanced first half played in excellent spirit by both sides and it looked like half time outcome would be a goalless, but extremely end. However, with seconds to go a Wednesbury defender stopped a goal bound shot on the line with his foot and a penalty was awarded. Given the current experience of the team there wasn’t exactly a queue of people wanting to take it, but eventually Haydn took up the gauntlet and after checking that there had been no rule changes since he had last been in this position, proceeded to rifle it well past the keeper to end the half 1-0 up.
Half time saw stand-in Captain, Steve Saunders make a tactical change swapping the positions of Jagdeep and Haydn, both of whom, seemed to have got their eye firmly back in, supported by excellent play from the rest of the team including solid goalkeeping/defending from Steve Saunders and Adrian Hill, tenacious blocking by Adam Calloway, Andy Rowley and Arun, excellent distribution by Nic and Kieran Patel, endless running by Tom Maundell and Colin (yes really he did!) OW really got a grip of the game and took it to Wednesbury. The result was a flurry of goals as Wednesbury began to run out of steam, five of which were put in by Haydn (as no doubt many will have already heard about in great detail – there will be no living with him now) and one from Nic to make it six.
Overall an excellent result and a real team performance that can only help the players who have only started playing this season and with any luck we can now work on one or two armchair warriors and persuade them that they should not leave their next turnout for us until after Brexit!