M6 v Blackheath & OE – 7th Mar 2015

Old Bordenian 6th X1 – 1 v Blackheath and OE – 1

Old Bordenian 6ths welcomed “new boy” David Elgar and the injury hit Paul Clunn back into the fold, both showing no signs of staleness following their absences. The game started with the OBs doing most of the pressing, with Clunn and Jamie Henley up front doing a good job in bringing wide men Terry Bollard and Stirling Campbell into the game and Pat Ruane and Di Wellman looking in control in the centre of the field. The only real danger facing a formidable home defence, where the rotating Elgar, Mick Bennett, Jim Steers and Ash Rehal, coupled with central duo Paul Smith and Dave Crompton looked unflappable, were from attempted long balls played in behind them, but keeper James Anderson was vigilant in clearing up any threats.

Blackheath took the lead from a penalty flick, when Anderson was judged to have taken out the opposing striker. Following some sweeping OB moves from midfield, Clunn went close twice, before Kev Cracknell fed Wellman, whose composed finish tied the match. The second half saw the OBs dominating proceedings, with young Sam Shaw again having a fine game and the defence for most of the half facing little pressure. The half was marred by various interruptions in play and on one such occasion, a visiting defender clearly played the ball, virtually crossing on the line, with his feet while lying on the ground. The demands for a penalty flick, backed after the game by the opposition, were ignored by the visiting umpire. The OBs continued to create chances and but for an amazing stick save from a Blackheath defender and lack of composure, the OBs would surely have won the game. The OBs ended the game with ten men, when Henley was awarded a yellow card for an over enthusiastic challenge.

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