Oxford 3 – 3 Great Milton
This week’s game saw your correspondent take to the field with OHC Mixed against a Milton team boasting a ‘Who’s Who’ of OHC all-stars: Men’s Club Vice-Captain Mark, Ladies 4th Team Captain Lolly, Mens 5th Team Captain Rick and the intelligent and good looking (and frankly rather lazy) Coach Jack.
Not to be taken aback by facing such a smorgasbord of hockey talent, co-Captains Becky and Harry had organised three debutants for OHC mixed – Kat, Rob and Phillip.
The 1st half began with Milton applying pressure through midfield with some smart passing between their players. However little did the Great Milton players know this was all part of Oxford’s greater plan, with Kat seizing on the ball at the top of Oxford’s D, and realising all of Milton’s players were in the Oxford half sending a searing through ball to Phillip to round the Milton keeper – 1-0 Oxford.
Milton continued to play well, but perhaps a little more cautious of the Oxford counter attack. They were soon able to carve out a chance of their own from a short corner, 1-1. Oxford were starting to gain parity in midfield, with the ever eager Rich, freshly changed out of his Great Milton hoody (he really will play for anyone), making some powerful runs forward. From one of these a bobbled cross was deflected to Steve at the top of the D, who was able to calmly slot the ball past the unsighted keeper – 2-1 Oxford.
Now regular subscribers to Oxford Hamsters’ match reports may recognise the next tale. Keeper Tim, in what must only be described as a moment of confusion, wandered out from his goal – presumably looking forward to the half time team talk. Milton seized on this gift to level the score, 2-2 (it’s called Goalkeeper for a reason Tim!). The ever generous Paul then decided the he didn’t want to be outdone, teeing up a Milton player allowing them to take the lead into the 2nd half, 3-2 Milton.
Now I’m sure that captain Harry did offer some words of wisdom at half time, but sadly your correspondent was too busy laughing at keeper Tim, who had pulled his calf at the end of the 1st half. Despite numerous groans and moans, Tim was insisting he was OK to continue play, and that his main concern was that it was Ladies 6’s Captain Mel who had inflicted the injury on him.
Oxford came out in the second half and immediately began to put Milton under the kind of pressure Oxford had found themselves under in the first half. Rob and Laura were linking to great effect on the right wing, and the hungover Lucy was getting herself into some fine positions up front. Joe, presumably feeling more awake this half, was almost everywhere on the pitch, winning interceptions and turning players with aplomb. Milton showed they weren’t too bad on the counter attack themselves, but sadly for them (and much to the amusement of several Oxford players) Tim had discovered that standing still/not being able to move was a great way of confusing Milton’s forward line, who proceeded to miss the goal with alarming regularity.
Continuing to press for an equaliser, Oxford managed to find Phillip in some space at the top of the D, and he duly executed a very well struck reverse strike to level the score, 3-3. Sadly with only a couple of minutes to go, Mel took an accidentally lifted ball into the neck, and shocked that for once she had injured herself and not another Oxford player, Milton very sportingly called full time so the game ended a draw. An excellent moment of generosity capturing the fine spirit in which the game had been played in throughout.
Final Score: 3-3
Scorers: Phillip (x2), Steve
MOM: Kat – fine debut and fantastic assist for 1st goal.
DOD: Tim – far too much whining at half time!
Team OHC: Tim, Mel, Paul, Kat, Laura, Steve, Rob, Rich, Harry, Lucy, Phillip, Joe