Oxshott Royals v. Lightning
8 - 0
Ralph Hasenhüttl said after his first game in charge of Southampton, “some games we win and some we learn lessons from”. Today was definitely in the latter category. Another hot day (my car said 31c when I got back to it), and Lightning were under pressure from the start. But George making his goalkeeping debut looked comfortable in the early skirmishes. Oxshott were well disciplined and more physical than Teddington. We’d need to be at our best to get something from this game.
Oxshott pressure continued and the boys defended well. Their first goal came from a corner and unfortunately we turned the ball in to our own net. A second followed before halftime from a good movement from Oxshott. Still everything to play for.
James took over in goal for the second half.
Oxshott scored almost from kick-off and now had the bit between their teeth. The boys were struggling a little in the heat. However, their determination and heads up attitude is a treat to watch. Goal four was the result of a bit of a defensive lapse and goal five left James with a foot injury. George stepped back into the breach, and would produce what turned in to one of Lightning’s match highlights a little later.
Oxshott were proving to be a very physical side and the fouls were coming thick and fast. Cosmo, Louis, and Ben all requiring the coaches attention. The boys reacted well and kept trying to play football positively.
Goal six, another slight lapse from us, goal seven - quality play from the opposition.
We knew it wasn’t our day when a great attack involving Joseph and Tioba shook their left hand post with the goalkeeper beaten.
Another powerful attack from Oxshott, their forward hit a stunning strike. George’s reaction even better and with strong hands pushed the ball over the bar.
More pressure from Teddington, with two superb corners from Cosmo, one almost finding it way straight in to the net. A final break from Oxshott and an eighth goal.
Final whistle. We battled, we’re all a little bruised but some good lessons learned and next week's match is only 6 1/2 days away. Onward!
Man of the match: George