M1 v Gore Court – 13th January 2018

Old Bordenian 1st X1 – 7

Gore Court 1st X1 – 3

OBHC Mens 1st XI got the second half of the season campaign off to a flying start with a convincing 7-3 victory over local rivals Gore Court. The game started evenly with both sides having chances but an early short corner saw Jason Waitt fire a low flick down the centre and under the opposition goalkeeper. Gradually Old Boys started to take control of the game with some good phases of play, taking advantage of areas across the pitch which were starting to appear. It was Gore Court, however, who struck back with an equaliser following some break down in play. This did not faze the home side as Michael Neame took a deft touch across his body and reverse stick into the far bottom corner. Gore Court were probing down the right hand side with Bordenians’ Josh Mitchell out injured. Going forward though the pressure was gradually increased throughout the first half with questions being asked of the visitors’ defence, with only the finishing from OBs preventing further goals. Sam Lund soon corrected that with one of the team goals of the game which saw some neat 1-2s between Tom Richford, captain Iain Burwood and Paul Stone leaving Sam Lund with a simple finish on goal. Soon after that Paul Stone added the fourth showing good strength and tenacity on the penalty spot. By now the home side were firing on all cylinders, creating chances on every attack and producing some superb phases of play and right before half-time a perfectly weighted slide pass from Paul Stone allowed Iain Burwood to deflect reverse stick past the ‘keeper sending him the wrong way.

The second half was always going to be tricky as the opponents have shown previous bouncebackability and that they did with a short corner finish. This did not deter OBs with Sam Lund stepping up again at the back post to finish the sixth goal. In order to see the game out, the home side had to defend and that they did with some solid team defence. Every man behind the ball chasing every 50/50 down, giving it everything they had using the bench well to keep the work rate up. A number of successive short corners for Gore Court applied pressure but the defence and new goalkeeper signing, Joe Elgar, made some superb saves to keep the visitors out, however they did find the backboard on one attempt. As the game wore on, tiredness crept in and holes started to appear in the visitors defence allowing some open chances to be created but not finished. Luke Wicken made sure of the victory though with a neat finish over the keeper to make it number seven.

The other results in the league table went OBs’ way and they find themselves four points from top with a game in hand with all to play for. Next week OBs travel to Eastbourne for a top of the table clash.

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