I am disappointed to report a defeat for the Old Boys in the football fixture with the School First XI held on 3 April 2014.
The Old Boys took an early lead through the lively Lewis Mundt but conceded three goals to the School in a ‘crazy’ 15 minute spell at the end of the first half.
Paul Lenton – who had travelled from Nottingham to play – was unlucky to concede a (arguably) very dubious penalty and Jim Bedford – a double for Neville Southall – was equally unlucky not to save the resulting spot kick when he ‘guessed right’ but could not stop the goal to give the School a flattering 3-1 lead at the break.
The Old Boys steadied the ship at half time and controlled second half proceedings with some stylish, measured, ‘Iniesta / Xavi’ type play through midfield most notably from Drury, Hubbert, Chester, Parkinson and Baxter.
Strike pair – Giles Elson and Tim Bell – scratched and sniffed for opportunities ‘up top’ but had nothing to show for their considerable endeavours.
Old Boys’ Skipper Steve Woodcock marshalled his troops from the back ‘Beckenbauer’ style assisted by the muscular George Dix and the classy, Kirton Town legend, Paul Fossitt at left back (The Blonde Maldini).
‘Youngster’ Elliot Pogson announced his arrival as a ‘new’ Old Boy when he scored from a remarkable free kick to put the Association back in the game at 3-2.
The impressive Nick Jackson almost stole a deserved equalizer for the Old Boys in the final seconds following a sublime ‘dummy’ from 68 year old super veteran – Mick Cockerill – but his effort squirmed agonisingly wide.
As is tradition, there were numerous robust, physical challenges throughout the game but this was an excellent, competitive match overall. A pleasure to watch. And all for free!
Congratulations to The School on their 3-2 victory this year.
Many thanks to match officials Steve Ross, Trevor Page and Pete Sharman for their contribution to the spectacle.
See you in 2015 !