Glyn Old Boys IV 0-1 Old Meadonian VII
Saturday 13th January 2007
Winning ugly can sometimes leave you sitting pretty at the end of the season. On a wind-ruined day in Ewell yesterday afternoon Old Meads ground out 3 precious points, unearthing an inner steel that all Championship winning sides require. With Bhatt, Shaw, Kohn, Lee T and Rhys Dee all unavailable, and “Ro Boy” pulling out on match day, Meads were forced to play with no substitutes and an entirely reshuffled line up. Cable arrived in the knick of time to partner Ring up front in what was a tight opening 45. With Trotter filling in at centre mid and Yorath reverting to right-back Meads lacked the creativity needed to break down a solid, well-organised and committed Glyn side. This opposition barely resembled the Glyn that crumbled so feebly at Riverside Lands 10 weeks ago.
Trotter pulled the trigger from out side the box on various occasions but couldn’t test the scorers. Jacobs angled a tricky volley wide and Lee N crashed a 30 yarder narrowly over. At the other end Green bossed, harried, hounded, headed and cleared with aplomb. Holmes and Lee N were at there typical best in a defence that has now kept 4 clean sheets in the last 5 matches. Debutant Simon Begley gave a very assured account of himself in goal. Apart from one unpunished second half error he played a faultless and commanding 90 minutes.
At half time Yorath was swapped with Cable in order to inject come pace into the attack. The opening 15 minutes suggested this was a good tactical switch with Meads coming closer and closer to the break through. Yorath burst through to be denied by the keeper and Castella flashed a drive wide before Jacobs tinkered with the tactics in an attempt to find the elusive goal.
The wind made it near-impossible to play any attractive football. Castella’s continental style seemed lost on the barren Surrey plains while Haxton, Trotter and Ring huffed, scrapped and fought with little obvious reward. On the break Glyn looked dangerous and their swirling high balls could easily have penetrated an inferior back four unit.
When Jacobs later hit the post after a delightful through ball from Trotter, many teams would have given up. Not Meads. They pressed on, and on, and on with a collective spirit rarely demonstrated in such lower league fixtures.
On 78 minutes Lee T began to strip off with an attacking substitution in mind. But Jacobs had other ideas, winning a free kick 25 yards from goal. He whipped the dead ball venomously towards the far post where the keeper failed to deal with the deliberately applied bounce. Trotter was on hand to head home the rebound from 6 yards and spark scenes of jubilation.
Meads closed out the final 11 minutes before reflecting on their hardest fought victory to date. Warm showers, cold beers and plates of sausage and chips were enjoyed before the MOM champers was handed to Green for overseeing a colossal defensive display.
Huge thanks to Urmie and Alex (Si Cable’s entourage) and Sir Bob and Adam for coming to watch in such cold and hostile conditions.
Next week Meads face Old Aloysians IV (North Division 2) in the LOB Cup. Even with Kohn set to return to the Meadonian midfield, Meads will need the performance of their lives to see them into the quarter finals. Don’t put it past them.
MEADS TIL WE DIE!!!
TEAM: S Begley, D Yorath, N Lee, E Haxton, M Green, N Holmes, D Jacobs, A Trotter, S Cable, M Ring, D Castella Delgado
GOALS: Trotter 79