** Match report from UWMXDHC v Cov 21/10/2018 **
No fewer than 6 days since the match itself, I have now actually decided to sit down and attempt to write a match report. As many of you will know my memory does tend to struggle from time to time, and I can’t actually remember much of the match itself, but here goes:
On a sunny Sunday afternoon UWMXDHC rocked up to a locked astro, which was fortunately opened by an on-shift-in-Westwood-games-hall Sam Reed. We were also treated to a delightful pre-match shower from the sprinklers which put the pitch in cracking playing condition. After a thorough warmup led by Lydia (whilst Cov were warming up like amateurs) we were ready to begin.
We won the toss and chose to push back, and made a strong start with some solid passes around the back and midfield. With a few promising forays into Cov’s half and a few shots on target spirits were high in the opening minutes of the encounter, until suddenly George broke through their line down the left, drove it into the D and set up Seb to sweep it in and score our opener. 1-0. After the restart we continued our strong play, but started to have a few wobbles at the back (soz I was a bit tired), but our keeper Ben was on hand to save us. A few minutes later our right back, Alex decided to go on a run and wander towards Cov’s goal – but this was an occasion where a defender’s perambulation into the oppo D did not have a fruitless outcome. Alex used some sick skillz and binned it into the bottom right corner with a cheeky reverse-stick shot. 2-0. At this point we became slightly complacent, our play became a bit sloppy and we seemed to forget our midfield structure. Soon after Cov were in on-goal and their striker managed to pull off a cheeky lob over a sliding Ben (just saying this happened as soon as Izzy and I came off for a break…). 2-1.
Half time – Lydia led the team talk accompanied by some classic half-time oranges and jelly babies (not sure who brought them but you’re the real MVP).
After the well needed break (and a cheeky keeper swap from Ben to Louis) we re-discovered our formation and looked strong, but Cov re-started with more intent looking to overcome their one goal deficit. Quite a few stick tackles led to us having to defend a string of short corners, but luckily we survived yay. All of a sudden one of the defenders (example of fading memory by not remembering who) found Eddie in midfield, who played it through to Nick on the right, who drove it down the line into the D, pulled it back past the keeper giving Eddie an open goal to neatly slot it into. 3-1. Cov then quickly answered with a neat back-post deflection into the net to make it 3-2 going into the last few minutes, but we were able to channel our inner Jose Mourinho and park the bus to hold onto the win.
Special mentions went to Kat and Holly for some strong midfield play, and all the freshers making their debut appearances. Man (well men) of the match was voted to be Aaran and myself, and my treat was to spend an hour and half – with quite a lot of procrastination – trying to be funny by writing this match report.
(Written by Chris Wright)