Oxshott Royals v. The Giants
27 January 2018
In 1977 Monty Python’s ‘Jabberwocky’ was filmed in Oxshott woods. ‘The monster so horrible that people caught the plague to avoid it’, was accidentally killed by a young barrel maker, played by Michael Palin. The Giants went to Oxshott without fear, but, as with their last match in Walton earlier in the month, early mishaps cost them in a close fought and entertaining contest.
Oxshott has become a popular home for footballers, particularly those that wear the blue of Chelsea, with former players John Terry, Didier Drogba, Graham Le Saux and Solomon Kalou together with manager Carlo Ancelotti all reputed to live in the village. It was perhaps a surprise therefore that the Oxshott Royals play in the colours of their London rivals Arsenal.
The Royals attacked straight from kick off and within the first minute the ball was nestled in the back of the Giants net. Two more goals followed in quick succession and Teddington found themselves three goals down and with a mountain to climb. The Oxshott pitch was larger than the Giants were used to and recent rain created sticky conditions underfoot. The vocal support on the sidelines feared that this could be a long day.
But heads did not drop and slowly but surely the boys grew into the game, pressing the Royals and starting to create half chances of their own. Eli, Tom and Josh pushed forward and good saves from Louie in goal and some last ditch tackling from Charlie prevented the Royals from increasing their lead.
The Giants dominated the second quarter. Jake terrorised their defence, dancing through at will. He scored once with a clean strike from the edge of the box and but for some great saves from the Royals keeper could have had a hat-trick. The Oxshott side created few chances with Julius at the back sweeping up any dangerous balls and Louie proving dependable in goal. With the score 3-1 at half time it was game on.
The Giants continued to press at the beginning of the third quarter and a fizzing shot from Josh was just a whisker wide of the Royals goal. Against the run of play the Royals extended their lead, a third goal for their No 6 putting the Royals 4-1 in front. This was hard on the Giants who had looked solid in defence after the early mishaps. Undeterred they continued to press and Josh got his reward for some excellent attacking play with a goal to bring the score at the end of the third quarter to 4-2.
The pattern of play continued in the final quarter with the Giants growing in confidence. Seb was masterful in defence and Jake, Jonty and Louie probed the Royals defence for opportunities. But the Giants couldn’t add to their goal tally and a chip from the Royals No 6 proved the only goal in the final quarter to give a final score of 5-2.
Assistant Manager Tim Wright, stepping in for Dan, will have been proud of the boys but wishing the game had started five minutes later.
Man of the match: Jake
Reporter: Hu Dano