Maclay Football Club

Match Report

Match Report - 16 Dec 2012, Maclay Football Club White beat Thame Youth


From 2pm Friday to 5pm Saturday my phone felt more like a hotline to NHS direct with 7 boys calling off sick or injured. I diagnosed three boys with noro-virus, one with sever athletes foots, two with traumatic injury to the tendons, muscles, or ligaments around a joint, characterised by pain, swelling, and discoloration of the skin over the joint (sprained ankles) and one case of the plague. Unfortunately the magic sponge was banned in 1994 and health and safety barred the phrase ‘Why doesn’t he try and run it off’ it’s only a virus.

Luckily we have a squad of 23 and thanks to Jack who played his first competitive game for Maclay, the two Joshua’s and Matt we managed to put out a team.

Thame were in a similar position to us, having a squad of twenty nine and turning up with ten. History tells us that ten players are often more dangerous than eleven. This certainly proved to be the case.

Maclay started slowly, as I would expect Thame sat back giving us room and time. We are generally sharp and play at pace, the extra time seemed to hinder us.

Maclay dominated for large portions of the game but Thame armed with their fiery number ten opened up the scoring with a neatly place ball into the corner. We were unluckily with a jinking run from Saif that he struck into the top corner. I wasn’t sure but even the Thame manager admitted the ball probably went in and rebounded out off the angle.

Half time and for the first time this season out came the hair dryer, unfortunately the extension lead did not reach and I asked for more urgency and passion.

The second half started a little brighter. Thame sat back and we found it difficult to break them down. Eventually Pat struck home with a driven ball, he was clearly delighted. Thame were unlucky with an off-side goal that may have changed the match. Josh Lee finally took the pressure off, several well directed shots had just missed and we knew it was a matter of time before he struck powerfully into the bottom corner. The Thame keeper kept the score down; however finally we secured victory with a great cross from Nat to Saif who rose to head in an impressive goal. Thame looked dangerous on the break but could not score a second.

The match was played in a good spirit with a ref who took control of the game.

I think on balance we were a little disjointed however we deservedly claimed victory. Karl and Josh Lee played well in midfield but man of the match went to Jack OConnor who worked tirelessly and made several surging runs supporting the wingers only to work hard to get back to his defensive position. Well done.

We have ended this half of the season tied third, as the top four teams have broken away.

Have a Happy Christmas and New Year I hope to see you at the beginning of the New Year fresh and invigorated with new boots, unless as predicted the world ends on the 21st December, this will bring the season to an untimely end.

Maclay Football Club White 3 - 1 Thame Youth ()

Name Goals Details
1 Henry BEXSON  
2 David BRYAN  
3 Okemdi CHUKWU  
4 Stan CRITCHFIELD  
5 Patrick HANLON   1
6 Matthew HOPKINS  
7 Chris HUMBER  
8 Ethan MACKIE  
9 Joe McENTEE  
10 Jack O'CONNOR   Man of match
11 George PARKER  
12 Penny HOLZMANN  
13 Joshua ROBERTS  
14 Ben ROCHFORD  
15 Saif HIJJAWI   1
16 Matthew HARVEY  
17 Karl BONNEY  
18 Joshua LEE   1
19 Joshua WILTON  
20 Jack GRIFFITHS  
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