Old Thorns 6’s 6-2 Old Suttonians (30/09/17)
Following a promising performance and result result (2-1) last week against the same team, the lads were determined to see this cup game out with a win.
The game started with some dubious decisions from the referee, whom declared it was his first ever game refereeing. As the game settled, OTFC found there rhythm and quickly asserted dominance all over the field.
Opportunities were created time and time again, particularly from Pedro and Emi getting up and down the wings.
At last, the dead lock was broken with possession beginning in the middle of the park, Mike decisively placed a forward pass into Elliot in the box which was cutely flicked into Max’s path before slotting it past the keeper.
However, a lapse in concentration proceeded to the Old Suttionians scoring and the momentum shifting. 1-1.
Half time came and went and play resumed and OTFC continued their control on the game, the lads at the back were commanding.
Not long after Hodges well struck shot deflected off Elliot and nestled in the bank of the net, the opposing team look rattled.
Despite having large periods of possession and countless opportunities created, OTFC soon found themselves conceding again to go level with a familiar feeling of frustration echoing from last week’s game. 2-2.
We lead the game with large periods of possession again moving the ball about the pitch with confidence. The lads at the back were superb on the ball, commanding in defence and composed on the ball.
Eventually, the constant pressure resulted in a hand ball in their area, Quinny confidently put it away into the top corner with conviction. 3-2.
The game resumed and OTFC had a spring in their step, perhaps the best goal of the lot was to follow – unfortunately for the opposing team, it was an OG resulting from Chester’s well placed cross. It was half-volleyed top corner, clinical in front of goal… unfortunately for him it was the wrong goal.
OTFC scored almost immediately after the 4th goal, Ben carried the ball forward on the break before sliding through Sebb on the right wing, Sebb hit it low and hard across the area which Hodges confidently placed past the keeper. 5-2.
The Old Suttionians were on the ropes, Hodges was ruthless in front of goal and reacts quickly in the box to net another before the end of play. 6-2.
It was a good result for OTFC in the cup, with a score line that reflected the success we had all over the pitch. Onwards and upwards now.
Match report by Ben Cary