Old Mead's Win Puts Them Second In Table
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division - Old Meadonians 2 Honourable Artillery Company 1
Old Meadonians now lie second in the table two points behind leaders Bealonians with a game in hand, having maintained their championship challenge with a marginal but welcome win over luckless visitors to Riverside Lands, H.A.C., on Saturday.
This extends Meads’ unbeaten run to four games. However, one down from ten minutes and lucky not to have trebled that deficit by half time, you could have got good odds at the interval against their getting more than a good hiding out of the game.
By then they’d given a semi comatose performance and it was as well that their rearguard had a modicum of efficiency and the visitors were lenient. In the event the one goal they did concede came from a superbly struck free kick from thirty yards which cannoned in off the underside of the bar, giving stand-in keeper Lee Coneybeare no chance.
The dressing room sound proofing was apparently put to the test as former coaches, Paul Rumley, now development officer, and Rory Vermeulen, Vice chairman, invited in to give a half time pep talk, reportedly left the team in no doubt as to where the faults lay in a blistering one sided conversation which duly served as the required pick-me-up.
Thus it was a rejuvenated side which, from the restart, took the fight to the visitors and the wind out of their sails. Ten minutes on came the first chance which fell to Jack Costello. Put in by Colin Hawkins he found the angle too narrow and could only shave the far post. Then in quick succession striker Alex Jones’ knack of getting a shot away against the odds went unrewarded twice but the pressure was building and the break through came with just twenty minutes to go.
The insertion of veteran Kevin Quinn in midfield at half time had given the necessary sense of urgency needed to upset the visitors’ equilibrium and it was he who fed the ball over the top for Ed Glover’s pace to undo the offside trap.
Five minutes later Alex Jones was fouled on the edge of the area and the quick thinking Hawkins took advantage of the referee’s permission to find the corner of the visitors’ net with the wall unformed. Hawkins was named MoM for his constant availability to hold the ball up while awaiting reinforcements and his match-winning freekick.
Team: Coneybeare, Glover, Pointer, Thompson, N. Jones, Rhone, (Quinn), Costello, Gerrish, Eguae, Hawkins, A. Jones. Subs not used- Granville, Graham.
March 23, 2010