Scorers: Josh Izzard
MoM: Josh Izzard
DoD: Chris Slade
Saturday 10th October Old Georgians 2’s arrived at Polo Farm bringing with them a manager, coach, physio and a squad of 16 (including 2 keepers). We knew we would be up for a tough game and that was made clear in the opening skirmishes with OG’s starting better than the home team. There was a turning point in the tide mid way through the first half when the increasingly commanding Dan Gent received a stray elbow to the jaw prematurely ending his game and unfortunately leaving us with only 12 for the remaining 50 minutes. This spurred everyone on to work that little bit harder and make sure they were doing their job 1 and 1/2 jobs helping us close out the half at 0-0.
Shortly into the second half OG’s scored from a bouncing close range deflection that was struck in from just outside around the right shoulder of the D wrong footing Chris Sharp. We won a series of short corners following going 1-0 down and with things heating up for the opposition and cards starting to come out for them. Having failed to execute a very well worked reverse back to injector courtesy of a poorly timed jump by Chris Slade, Andrew Dunn would have had a tap in for an open goal, however, minutes later another break away down the right earns us another short and up steps Josh Izzard slamming in a low drag to level the scores.
Frustrations were growing for OG’s with a yellow card for their talisman forward giving us a further sustained period of dominance. With about 10 minutes to go the hard work of our high press paid off creating a 3 v 2 on the edge of their D, Alex Laslett drawing in the defender on the right of the D before slipping the ball to Chris Slade just inside, he fires the ball across goal to the arriving Tom Izzard who just misses the bouncing ball for a tap in.
The final few minutes are frantic with OG’s back to 11 on the pitch now and with some last ditch tackles in the D we could have arguably conceded a penalty stroke, however, got the luck our performance deserved, no stroke and the game ending 1-1.
(Everyone in the team wishes Genty a speedy recovery, he is in a fine vein of form and growing into his midfield role incredibly well under the watchful eye of Mr Farrer)