Two wins and two defeats this weekend for the club.
The 1st XI bounced back from two (cup) defeats with a comfortable win over Norsemen, in challenging circumstances. Slow to get into the game, the team took control with a goal from Jules after 25 minutes, before their striker was sent off for a head-butt.
Into the second half, and the team managed the game well. A second from Dan after good link-up play with Phil settled some nerves, but the number of opportunities we had in the latter stages meant we could and should have scored more. Resolute defending at the back, and a fine save from Mooney, ensured we kept them at bay before another of their players was sent off. An important 3 points, but a very unpleasant game.
The 2nd XI fared better than the last time out against the same opposition but still struggled to match the tempo and firepower facing them. One positive note was a goal from eventual MOTM Ed Marchant, dinking the ball over the onrushing GK just before he got there.
A great win for the 3rd XI vs. Carshalton. Great to see two new players on the scoresheet: a brace from Ed and another from Ezra. Equally a real positive to see Wayne there too.
The final game of the week ended in defeat for the 4th XI, in a close game decided by the odd goal in five. Nabeel and Nathan on the scoresheet there. Frustratingly for the 5th XI, another week without a game.
Three fixtures this weekend with the 2nd, 4th and 5th XI all in action. If your team is not playing but you want to, let your captain know and he can help find you a squad if necessary.
Up the Birds!
N.B Keep it in your diary that the Xmas do is the 9th December.
1st XI  –  Norsemen
Scorers: Jules Gauvin, Dan Dimond
2nd XI  –  Old Parkonians Reserves
Scorers: Ed Marchant
3rd XI  –  Carshalton 4s
Scorer: Ed Walkden (2), Ezra Rubenstein, Stephen Bean, Wayne Vassell
4th XI  –  Actonians 6s
Scorers: Nabeel Khan, Nathan Munroe