2017/18 – GAMEWEEK 21 – 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Not a weekend to remember for the club.  A win for the 5th XI and a draw for the 2nd XI the highlights.

Firstly, credit to Old Lyonians who won their first game of the season vs. our ones.  An odd game, we quickly went 2-0 down despite numerous opportunities for us to go ahead, before clawing our way back to 2-2.  Astonishingly – like the boy who cried wolf – genuine OGs via Charlie Johnson assists again this week.  These shots are so heinous, how they creep in I don’t know.  Great corner for the first one, mind.

OL hit back in very quick succession scoring twice, before Phil was sinbinned for dissent, and they grabbed another in that time.  Despite carving out more chances, we couldn’t match the desire that OL showed.  Onto next week.

Very little information on the 2nd XI game but a draw a creditable result.  Similarly for the 4th XI who sadly bow out of the AFA Cup.  The 3rd XI were hard done by in their game, and succumbed to defeat despite leading at half time.  But a good win for the 5th XI, the goal from Sonny sealing that.

The Vets had a game this weekend, looking to retain the LFFA Cup.  The score doesn’t reflect the story of the match, but Poly took their chances and we didn’t.  A lovely strike from Nick beating two men before driving one in from 30 yards out.

A weekend to bounce back from and it starts at training which still runs from 7.30pm at Battersea All Weather.  Make your way there and show your desire.

Up the birds x

1st XI [2] – [5] Old Lyonians

Scorers: O.G, Charlie Johnson


2nd XI [1] – [1] Bank of England Reserves

Scorer: Ricky Fezolli


3rd XI [2] – [5] Actonians Association 5s

Scorers: Wayne Vassell, Alex Brown


4th XI [1] – [2] Alexandra Park 4s (AFA Cup)

Scorer: Jack Alexander


5th XI [1] – [0] Actonians Association 7s

Scorer: Sonny Redding


Vets XI [1] – [5] Polytechnic Vets (LFFA Cup)

Scorer: Nicholas Metcalfe

2017/18 – Gameweek 20 – 10th February 2018

Only two games for the club this weekend, but two great wins.

A great result for the 1st XI after last week’s farce.  After dominating the opening proceedings, we were given our just rewards after a corner from Scott played out to the edge of the box to Charlie, whose shot squirmed under the keeper from around 20 yards.  Might have been an OG…

However ten minutes before half time, CEV grabbed an equaliser through a mazy run from their right winger, teeing up a corner at the far post for a nicely taken header.  1-1 at HT.

The second half was quite end-to-end, and the difference was made during a period where a CEV CB was in the sinbin.  Cam got the ball out from under his feet, set it to the side and smashed it in from 20-25 yards as well.  The remainder of the game was broadly a backs to the wall job, credit to the team for holding out and taking the three points.  Special mention to Mooney and Callum who made great saves and multiple last ditch tackles to preserve the lead and win.

An impressive win for the 4th XI too, taking them into the Semi-final of the LFFA, having spent 60 minutes playing with ten men after Pete’s red card and the pitches in a dreadful state.

Can only assume Joey did the Bebeto when he scored after the birth of his daughter.  Goals shared elsewhere with Dan, Kes and Titch.  Onto the semi and a real change of silverware this year.

More games next weekend, up the birds x!

1st XI [2] – [1] Crouch End Vampires

Scorers: Charlie Johnson, Cameron Busby


4th XI [5] – [2] Civil Service 4s (LFFA Cup)
Scorers: Dan Budwal (2), Kes de Silva, Titch, Joe Baller


2017/18 – Gameweek 19 – 3rd February 2018

One win from four last week.

A car crash from the 1st XI.  The less said about it the better, but credit to RBS after putting us to the sword.

Not a lot to be said about the other games either, but let’s focus on the positive.  A great result from the 5th XI after a challenging period.  A win in the LFFA with goals from Danyal and Charlie take them through to the next round.

1st XI [1] – [6] RBS (LFFA Cup)

Scorer: Tunde Olagunju


3rd XI [1] – [3] Civil Service 5s
Scorer: Wayne Vassell


4th XI [1] – [2] Actonians 6s (SAL Cup)
Scorer: Nabeel Khan


5th XI [2] – [1] Civil Service 8s (LFFA Cup) aet

Scorers: Danyal Ali, Charlie Herring

2017/18 – Gameweek 18 – 27th January 2018

After rain stopped play the week before, a full complement of fixtures for the club this weekend. Three wins and two losses.
Firstly, a great result for the slightly makeshift 1st XI who fought back from being 1-0 down at HT to win 3-2. The team were kept in it during the 1st half by the 1s GK who pulled off some great saves. His name escapes me but I think his face is in some of the older posts from this page.
The team came out of the blocks fast in the second, knocking Old Finchleians off balance. Scott scored a sublime chip off the back of a fast counter to draw level before Tunde had a cup of tea on the edge of the six-yard box after a bit of pinball, slotting home with his final sip. And after more harrying further up the pitch, the third (and T’s second) came from a Cowell-y long throw which was nodded in close to goal. Despite the oppo pulling a goal back with 25 to go, the team held firm through diligence and work rate to seal the three points, and a huge result.
A phenomenal result for the 2nd XI vs. Old Parkonians Reserves, having lost to them 11-1 and 7-1 earlier on in the season. All the more phenomenal on the basis that the feedback from the game was we absolutely dominated them. A great debut for Josh coming up from lower down the club (more of that from some of you), and miraculously another from Phil too. Luka on the scoresheet too, although that’s less unusual.
Finally of the wins, a great 3-0 for Ed’s lads, sharing the goals out evenly and grabbing a clean sheet. What that means is the 2nd XI and 4th XI represent the club in the semis of the AFA cup, no small feat – let’s get some silverware lads.
Two difficult results for the 3rd and 5th XI. The 3rd XI played at GSK which was quite boggy, not lending itself to great football, and a similar scenario for the 5th XI at CCC. Damo a great presence in goal for the 3rd XI but the team not working as well as a unit. Goals for Wayne and Danyal in those.
More games this weekend, make sure you’re available.
Up the birds x
1st XI [3] – [2] Old Finchleians
Scorers: Tunde Olagunju (2), Scott Hunter
2nd XI [3] – [1] Old Parkonians Res (AFA Cup)
Scorers: Josh Nail, Luka Nicolle, Phil Jordan
3rd XI [1] – [4] Carshalton 4s
Scorer: Wayne Vassell
4th XI [3] – [0] Dorkinians 4s (AFA Cup)
Scorers: Nabeel Khan, David Handley, Nathan Munroe
5th XI [1] – [4] Kew Association 3s
Scorer: Danyal Ali

2017/18 – Gameweek 17 – 13th January 2018

Two wins and two losses in the weekend just gone, with no fixture for the 1st XI.

A last minute penalty winner for the 2nd XI, cooly slotted by Charlie Johnson who can legitimately claim that goal after the dubious goals panel from last week…a tense game that swung in favour of either team during the match. The switch to 3-4-3 to find goals paid dividends with the other beyond the OG, going to Adam.

The 3rd XI lost although no idea how. Dominating the game throughout, the game should have been put to bed. However, a fluke of a 30-yard lob/shot/cross settled the match in the favour of the oppo.

The 4th XI came away with a great 1-0 win, although seldom any detail on the game beyond gaffer Ed Ryan’s comment: “proper battle”. If he said it aloud {‘pwopa-battle’} or something similar…

A difficult loss for the 5th XI after being up 1-0 at half-time and controlling the game. But a few goals from the opposition and the team struggled to maintain the intensity, falling away further. The goal from Danyal though – one of the best of the year. 28 yards out, falling away but still smashing it off the bottom of the bar.

More games this weekend, make sure you’re available.

Up the birds x