M6s vs Blackheath – 30th Nov 13

Old Bordenian 2 – 6 Blackheath

Facing a Blackheath team consisting of skilful fit young players, coupled with an experienced defence, the OBs were on the back foot from the start, but by keeping their shape well, they kept the visitors at bay for the first fifteen minutes and actually took the lead through a close range finish from Paul Clunn. The continuous pressure eventually told on the home side and they conceded three quick goals. Despite the scoreline set back, the OBs had started to work themselves back into the game, when the opposition was awarded a highly contentious fourth goal, despite what seemed a clear foot infringement.

 

In an open second half, the OBs conceded two further goals, but pulled a goal back through a determined goal from Paul Smith and looked to have scored again, only to see a Paul Clunn effort spin back off the post. Some fine saves from Melvyn Packham and once again mature defending from young Sam O’Brien gave the home team a more secure platform to play in the second half and an enormous effort from the home side midfield quartet of Jim Steers, Rory Bollard, Dave Meaning but especially Stirling Campbell ensured that the visitors had to work harder than they expected for their victory, especially after the OBs went down to ten men, when Cracknell was carded for petulance.

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