Men’s 1s v. Staines 2s – 23.11.13 – Match Report


Oxford 4-2 Staines

OHC welcomed league strugglers Staines 2s to the DrinkVenga Arena, as they looked to continue their fine start to the season.

A good and intense warm up was once more met by a slow and cumbersome opening few minutes, although unlike last week Oxford slowly started to control the tempo. The first half was a battling affair; OHC created limited chances, not taking any and Staines slowed the game pace down and tried to stunt Oxford’s options.

With the first half goal-less, OHC entered the last 35 minutes knowing that all Callum’s fitness work with the team in the summer would now be vital.

Dan “scoring for fun” Bleach was first to break the deadlock with typical bravery, as Callum McKenzie crossed at shin height and Bleach tapped in. From the restart Staines were allowed too easy a passage into the D (as most OHC players either missed tackles, got left for dead or ran the wrong way) and Staines scored past a bemused Mitty.

Oxford’s ability to provide Macca with a flow of short corners this season has been impressive, and as this continued the keeper saved well from McKeown, only for Dan Strange to slap home into the net and for the Blues to re-take the lead.

In a rare burst of speed Eamonn then found himself not only in the opposition 25, but even on the bye-line in the D. His cross found a Dan (well the chances were fairly high with 4 playing) and Strange somehow managed to deceive the keeper with such a slow, mistimed effort that it edged off his pads and in, 3-1.

With Oxford tails up Kiwi wanted in on the goal scoring action. He rounded the keeper 1 on 1 and then the most unusual thing happened, Kiwi passed the ball despite having a sight of goal and Bleachy tapped in from 4 yards, which was no mean feat considering the shock he must have been in to receive a pass from our favourite antipodean.

Unfortunately for Bleachy a hat trick evaded him. 1 on 1 with the goalie (and the bookmakers paying out on whether he would score), Bleach followed his captain’s strategy of ‘if in doubt throw an aerial’. As the ball sailed wildly over the bar Rupert breathed a sigh of relief (Rupe, I went the whole report without mentioning the miss), Jacques smiled to himself and Kiwi berated Dan B for not returning the favour.

Oxford head to Aylesbury next week still with a 4 point lead at the top.

Final Score: 4-2

Goal scorers: Dan Bleach (2), Dan Strange (2)

MOM: Dudgey

DOD: Rupert

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