PUKKA PIES ARE SAFE AGAIN --- ROSEY FAILS TO HIT
"There was never any danger that we would distribute any pies
on Saturday" said the Managing Director of Pukka Pies, " Rosey
couldn't hit a cows ar*e with a banjo." He later reported that he gave
the tray of pies to Simmo who is always hungry.
Saturday 15th November 2008 -- FIRST TEAM progress in
Kent/Surrey Cup beating SINJUNS GRAMMARIANS 2 - 1.
This is the first in a series of promotions at the club
run by PUKKA PIES --- every spectator will be a given a FREE Steak
and Kidney Pie and a pint of lager IF CHRIS ROSE scores. I advise you
to bring your own food to this game and some money for a pint.
ROUND UP -- SATURDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2008
another clean sweep but Lady Luck deserted the Reserves in the KENT/SURREY
cup tie at Nottsborough we were leading 1 – 0 via a James
Gibson header when the home side scored deep into injury time
after extra time. Unfortunately we missed 2 of our pens and this was enough
to show us the door. Gibbo and Dave
Adams scored from the spot for us.
The other four sides all won and once again I was able to watch both the
Threes and Fours and the staggered kick offs helped.
Threes game was straight out of
with injuries galore but alas, no good looking nurses in attendance. We soon
lost skipper Scotty with a damaged fetlock – he was followed by Mad Dog
who was in a bad way – I was sure that he was practising some Morris
Dancing steps when he left the field but he later confirmed that it was a
bruised heel. Then Bully left the pitch with a dodgy thumb and Dan Howlett
took the gloves. We led 2 – 1 at half time with goals from James
Dunne and Marlon (aka Paul
Jolly). The second half was like the
with players scattered round the park from some over enthusiastic tackles by
the Lloyds Bankers. Jon Laidley and Marlon limped their way through
the last 25 minutes and Marlon
managed to complete a hat trick whilst standing on one leg. The third came
from a tremendous move and he slotted in a precise cross from Matt Eagle.
The goal of the game came from Stuart
Holmes who gave a Kenny Dalglish impression out on the left flank
when he dropped his shoulder, swerved round a defender and cracked the ball
into the top right hand corner. Dan Howlett was untroubled at the other end.
This game was always interesting with some good football at times and ended
5 – 1.
The Fours had a ding dong battle with table topping Polytechnic and
triumphed 2 – 1 after going a goal behind. They played some terrific
football but the final ball was often too ambitious – we made plenty of
chances but it was left to central defender Adam
Newman to get the winner and remove himself from the non scorers
list at the same time. The skill and experience of Greg Parsons, Greg Palmer
and Darren Martin dovetailed well with the young, dynamic lads – the
keeper also looks a “find.”
scored the first and used all 3 substitutes in the second period and they
all looked up to the standard.
The Fives hammered Carshalton in the SAL Cup 7 – 0 with skipper Stuart
Naish getting a hat – trick – young Benito
scored twice and Jake Powell and Phil Grimsley also scored.
It’s good to see the new boys getting amongst the goals. Of the boys that
Brutus introduced on the Grant Scheme, Justin, Jake, Martin, Benito, Geoff
and Ash have all scored for the club.
The Sixes travelled to Gunnersbury Park to play Old Actonians with the bare
eleven – not a nice trip by train as many things can go wrong on a
Saturday afternoon but they came back with three precious points via two
rocket shots from Geoff Boadu
and another from the great Raymondo
who has score with his head, his left foot and his right foot in the last
three games. This was a really good effort by the Sixes – will Dickie and
The Rat get their places back. Man of the Match was shared by Geoff Boadu
good news -- AC won the raffle – a bottle of Camus Napoleon Brandy but
unfortunately dropped it on the pavement outside his house, luckily whilst
retrieving it he found a £50 note.
Well done to everybody.
REVIEW -- SATURDAY 1st November 2008
great effort by all five teams in a day full of incidents. The Threes had 4
players stranded at the Dartford Tunnel when Danny Howlett’s car conked out
– luckily Mad Dog had room to spare but he was already racing up the M25 –
like a true Blue he turned round and collected the stricken players. Having
surmounted that problem, we then had a call from Mickleham Old Boxhillians to
say that they were approaching our ground only to discover that they had
forgotten their kit. Jumbo came to the rescue with the yellow strip and I hope
that Keith collected at least a tenner to wash them.
Then the weather took a turn for the worse and it hammered down all afternoon
damaging Jon William’s hair and causing his mascara to run– in the end we
all received a drenching but this was all in a good cause as we won all five
games scoring 20 goals with only three against – 4 clean sheets.
With no First Team game I was able to look at all 3 home games and I really
enjoyed it. I spent most time watching the Sixes Cup game against Old
Manorians, 15 minutes watching the Reserves and 20 minutes watching the Fours.
I was impressed with the Sixes
– they had a tough game on their hands in the AFA Cup against a good side
from the AFC League and they went one down via a superb headed own goal by
Karl Watling (Carragher did the self same thing a few hours later). Adrian
Gentles levelled matters but the visitors scored again before half
time with the help of the slope, the wind and some poor defending. Lee
Tobin always looked dangerous and he equalised – when I returned
Old Manorians had just scored but it was only an equaliser as Bobby
Sullivan had put us 3 – 2 ahead with a free kick. The battle
raged from end to end and Liam in goal launched some tremendous kicks which
the oppo did well to defend. Extra time was played in semi darkness and there
was some great play by
, Ronnie Byrne and Karl Watling – every ball was contested fiercely. The
introduction of Geoff Boadu really helped the attack (what is he doing playing
in the Sixes) and Andre is probably the quickest player over 15 yards that I
have seen this year. The game was won by a tremendous strike from
who controlled the ball, beat a couple of players (he will tell you that he
beat 4 players) and whacked a shot into the net via the underside of the bar.
Emrah and Adrian should have made the score line healthier but tiredness got
the better of them with only the keeper to beat. Manager Richard Payne spent
most of his time complaining that his “goal” was never offside nor was the
one he “scored” last week. The game was played in great spirit, in
difficult conditions and was very well refereed. Maybe it’s the green and
white kit that inspires our sides because I don’t recall anybody losing in
this strip. Rich make sure that it’s returned to me for next week –
AFA Cup game against Mickleham OB game a No Contest and how the visitors
escaped with only a 9 – 0 scoreline is beyond me. We were 4 – 0 up at half
time – but I saw at least 5 easy chances missed with atrocious finishing and
I am fully expecting letters of complaint from the residents of Ben Curtis
Home – balls were flying into their gardens with monotonous regularity –
the highlights came from Russ D’Urso whose shot landed in Focus at Coney
Hall and Dave Adam’s shot which landed in the Addington Road. There were
other similar ones and I bet I missed another ten or so. However, we played
some good football against an outclassed side and it was “shots in” in the
second half. The goals came from Danny
Haines three, Dave Adams two and one each from Eddie Clark, Ryan West, James
Owlett and Joe Ivory and several came from terrific moves.
Unfortunately, some boys missed a great chance to get off the Non Scorers list
– Sam Kemp,
, the double D’Ursos must be wondering why they didn’t score and so am I.
Anyway, well done you can only beat what’s in front of you – we can win
this Cup this season but remember the full First Team squad will be available
soon so protect your place by training hard and winning games. Next week is
another big Cup tie at Nottsborough so get ready for it now.
The Fours had a ding dong battle
with South Bank Cuaco – another game played in true SAL spirit and referee
Stuart “The Fridge” Abrey said that it was an enjoyable game to control.
The Fours seem to be improving and are essentially a young squad and it was a
fine left wing cross from Josh Morris which was headed into the net by skipper
to give us a 1 – 0 win in the SAL Cup. I have high hopes that this side can
win the League and at least one Cup this season – they have the talent and
quite a few of them train regularly. Thanks to new boy Fahad who turned up as
Sub at 20 minutes notice – this is the kind of attitude that makes us a
The Fives went all the way to
Old Wilsonians (about 1000 metres) and got all three points with some ease via
goals from Stuart Naish, Jake Powell and
Dave Beaumont. With Teaguey, Bertie, Rockin Boy, Jumbo and others
returning from injury and James Williams and Weasel needing fitness games in
the next few weeks selection will be difficult – SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU TRAIN
– no, not go on a train – TRAINING is Tuesday and Thursday at the club ---
the club is where you play your home games. Anyway well done – by all
accounts we were much the better side.
The Threes overcame their travel
problems and won 3 – 0 at Old Stationers – an awful place to travel to on
a very wet Saturday – the ground gets really heavy and it’s hard to play
good football there. Again, when you look at the Threes squad there are
players who are not stretching themselves and some could play higher without
too much effort. However, they came back with the points—skipper Scot
Holmes scored twice and Dan
Amesbury got the other – by all accounts Scotty should have had a
hat-trick and Sam Davis had an outstanding game.
hanks to the boys who stood in for Dave behind the bar and Kempy’s Mob who
turn up every week to practice their drinking skills.
REVIEW -- SATURDAY 26th October 2008
Fours triumph in clash with the Fives.
The bookies got this one right with Simon McGeough leading the Fours to a 4 -
1 victory but the scoreline was a little flattering but the younger legs
proved the deciding factor. Three of the winners goals came from 17 year olds
in Josh Morris, Matt Connor and Neil Fleming with Darren Cornwall getting his
second of the season to complete the scoring. The Fives goal also came from a
17 year old - Martin Greenidge (again).
Reserves Fight back secures a point.
Civil Service are always a big, strong side who are difficult to beat
and it was no different on Saturday -- they took a 2-0 lead but Dave Adams
narrowed the deficit with another free kick before half time. We dominated the
second period and equalised via Stu D'Urso but the winning goal eluded us and
Manager Keith D'Urso felt that we should have had all three points but agreed
that this was a big improvement on the previous weeks performance at Sevenoaks,
Threes lose Cup Battle at Nottsborough 4 - 2.
A good effort by Scotty's side against the top team in the highest division
and we fought back after giving them a 2 goal start with goals from "Mad
Dog" Freeman and Paul Jolly but we ran out of steam against a fitter side
but this was no disgrace.
Sixes hammer Seven past South Bank Cuaco
Adrian Gentles was the star -- he came off the bench to score a hat
-trick -- his first for the club and Emrah, Bobby Sullivan, Lee Tobin and
Scott Saville joined in the fun. Manager for the day Paul "The Rat"
Martins claimed all the credit for the victory with his cunning substitutions
and debutante Fahad had a great game. It ended 7 -0.
AC's "Raggle Taggle Army" come home empty
He took the remaining unused players to Cray Valley and lost comprehensively
5 - 2 and it could have been more. Everett never turned up and Boar was
crocked again so we effectively only had 11 with no wing backs and three
schoolboy debutants from Ravenswood. Things started badly when we told that
there would be no Assistants Refs but worse followed when the ref didn't show.
The game was controlled well by one of their players but the squad was
never really interested in this one and we were soon 3 down on a bumpy
pitch. Most of the players were strangers to each other and most were
playing in strange positions. We did better in the second half with 2 good
goals from Ollie Waite and the impressive Daniel Haines but only tremendous
defending by Gibson, Simmonds and Askew kept the scoreline respectable. The
young lads did well enough and they will make considerable progress as the
season progresses -- they have undoubted ability and will soon adjust to the
faster pace and fitness of the SAL.
Fourth Team skipper Nick Beck hands
the reins to his vice captain for Saturday's Clash of the Titans.
The squad will miss Beck's goal scoring
prowess but Simon McGeough, who will lead the side. said "We are very
confident about the outcome -- our away form is excellent and I only hope that
the opposition will not lower the cross bars to prevent them getting a good
hiding. Also we get a free meal and, no doubt, as always, the home side will
buy us a traditional jug of beer." The Fours squad will be at training on
mass tomorrow night and have decided not to bring back Tom Pardon for
Saturday's game -- "we wanted to get Tom back for an easy game and there
won't be many easier ones than this," said McGeough "but Tom felt it
unfair to play against a lower side as it would give him an unfair advantage
over Kingo in the Golden Boot competition."
Fives skipper Stewart Naish is dumbstruck
at the prospect of facing the rest of the club in the bar after Saturday's
game -- not a word has been issued from the Fives camp so maybe they have got
something up their sleeve. They are trying to rush Beaumont, Kienlen, Salter,
Newton and Roberts back but frankly the outlook looks bleak for the "old
Naish denied the claim that the referee
would be given a calculator before the game.
HISTORY will be made at CORKSCREW HILL
this Saturday --WEST WICKHAM 4's v WEST WICKHAM 5's
The club has never had 2 sides in the
same Division ever before and we mean to celebrate this event with a
"big day" at the clubhouse. Neither side is renowned for it's
drinking prowess and I have never even seen half of them in the bar after games
but Saturday will be different. The skippers are already formulating their
sides and I will be keeping an eye out for any sharp practice. Players not
appearing in the bar after the big game will be fined £5 so be warned -- we
need your money. Players will be "twinned" so that you can make sure
that your opposite player is in the bar. No doubt the skippers will be
wagering beer on the result or betting by how many goals they will win by --
no money only beer.
Will the Jennings brothers be in
opposition? Will Airey and Teaguey be up for the challenge of the young virile
4th teamers -- some weren't born when these 2 played their first game for
Wickham? But can they still compete? Jumbo versus Beck -- experience against
pace -- who will come out on top? The Fours are full of "young spunkers"
and my money is on them to win by a big score. Andy Eadon in the Fours goal is
in blinding form but will he be buying Big Glen a beer after the game?
Personally, I can't see how the Fives will score a goal -- they may not get in
the Fours half very .
I have asked Keith to switch this game
to the First Team pitch but he has declined --- there may be a programme made
if I get the teams early enough so get selecting skippers. If you want to keep
your squad under wraps send it to me ONLY for monitoring -- I will not divulge
any information (even for money).
Will any of the teams train on Thursday
?-- the answer is "yes" because many of the Fours always train and
they want to win this game as they are on a run. No doubt, Raffles will be
running a Big Raffle after the game but wait until the Ones get back before
doing the draw. Can we get a Dolly Bird to present the prizes -- who has a
beautiful sister? or mother?
Current odds are the Fours 1/2 -- draw
9/5 -- Fives 9/4. These odds will no doubt fluctuate during the next hectic
four days. Make sure that you are at Corkscrew Hill on Saturday -- be part of
our history -- bring your camera.
SAL REPRESENTATIVE TEAM is off to Turin to play in
the Carlsberg EUFA Cup competition next Friday where they will play 3 games.
We have three players in the squad Adam Freeman, Neil Currie and Chris Rose
and we wish them the best of luck. The team is called ENGLAND AMATEURS
and it is a big honour for the SAL and the squad to be representing England.
Manager Bob Leeds has been in constant touch with Fabio on the tactics and he
is also speaking perfect Italian with a Cockney accent -- Buon Fortuna boys --
we have the quality to progress so let's relax and enjoy the competition --
forget the razzmattaz - it's all about what happens on the pitch on the day.
KENT SENIOR TROPHY DRAW -- ROUND TWO
WEST WICKHAM have drawn local Kent
League side BECKENHAM TOWN in the second round of the Kent Senior
Trophy -- the game will be played at Eden Park Road Beckenham on Saturday 13th
TROPHY Saturday 11th October KO 3pm
4 v NORTON SPORTS 0
See First Team Match Reports for full
We are extremely pleased that Killicks Funeral
Directors, Peach Designs and Coventry Scaffolding have sponsored the club this
season. Killicks (established 1879) also had a well established building firm
before concentrating solely on the funeral business and they, in fact, built
the original wooden football pavilion at Corkscrew Hill.
Peach Designs have replaced the West Wickham FC sign
over the bar and provided a further sign for the clubhouse to accentuate its
much smarter appearance.
Coventry Scaffolding was established in 1950 and have
a long standing connection with West Wickham FC and their current Managing
Director Paul Hannifan was a free scoring centre forward for the club in the
Thanks to all these sponsors for their highly valued
CLUB REFURBISHMENT CONTINUES
-- SO SUPPORT IT.
The Club is looking much smarter so make sure you come
back for a drink and tell us your tales of glory or woe AND --- the NEW WEST
WICKHAM sign will be unveiled tomorrow thanks to the efforts of Jon Williams
and the generosity of PEACH DESIGNS and there will be more about them and our
other new sponsors shortly.
Results for Saturday 20th September 2008
The Ones had two games over the weekend and beat WINCHMORE
Hill 1- 0 in the League and beat the SAL side 4 - 2 on Sunday. On Saturday
we visited the Paulin Ground without Owlett, Waite, Freeman, David,
Scarborough, Jackson, McCarthy, Everett, Wadey, Taylor and James Williams.
Twelve of last seasons First Team squad were missing so any points would have
been welcome -- to get three was a bonus. Not surprisingly we were outplayed
by a new look Winchmore side and they were, by all accounts, very unlucky not
to win. However, the squad must have performed adequately to get the points --
maybe it wasn't pretty but it demonstrates that we will fight to the last
kick. Steve Foster, deputising for Mark Owlett in goal, kept a clean sheet
with a little help from the crosssbar. Matt King got the only goal of
the game and the home side will rue not taking advantage of our availability
On Sunday we entertained the SAL Rep side and ran
out 4 - 2 winners with goals from new boy Daniel Haines 2, Matt King again and
Dave Adams. Luckily we did not pick up any further injuries and we may have
all but Williams, David, McCarthy and Taylor back for our next game on
Saturday 5th October against local rivals Old Wilsonians at Corkscrew Hill.
The Reserves won their AFA Cup game v Old Lyonians
with a goal from the ever reliable Jon Laidley and they are away
at NORSEMEN in the next round on 4th October.The only other side to win was
the Fours who trounced Old Woodhouseians 8 - 2 with Tom Pardon hitting five
and Nick Beck, Jack Stevens and Alec Cudby also scoring. They are drawn at
home to WAKE GREEN in the next round on October 18th.
Results for Saturday 13th September 2008
First team 2
v OLD ESTHAMEIANS 1
A well contested game saw Wickham win with goals from debutante Dan
Haines and a late winner from Joe Ivory -- cool as a cucumber. You
could say that the visitors deserved a point as they played well but we missed
enough chances early in the game to have won before half time. I was impressed
with Old E's and they will have a big say in the League this season -- they
have experience and youth -- so watch them. We were missing over half of the
squad but we still won -- however, skipper Freeman and top goal scorer Waite
ended up in casualty so our mettle will be tested next week without them at
Winchmore Hill. Rob Palmer will be in charge, assisted by Adam Freeman and I
expect to receive a winning phone call in Majorca. Make sure you train and
keep your place -- Gibbo, Kingo and Rosey will be back, so the squad wont
change much next week but make sure you do enough to stay in it for what
could be the most momentous season in the clubs history.
3 v Carshalton 1
Another pleasing win with goals from Ryan West, Dave Adams and Jon Laidley ---
these boys are looking for a First Team place and we still have 2 of our best
footballers to come back -- Neil and James Owlett. Will they be able to get
into the First team -- they have every chance. The Reserves have a newish side
and today's players will have to perform well to stay in the side with so many
players to come back. REMEMBER -- possession is nine tenths of the law --
train well -- give 100% - make it difficult for the Manager to drop you.
3 v Polytechnic 3
We threw away a 2- 0 lead. Goals came from Scott Holmes and 2 from Marlon
-- worryingly I didn't see Marlon in the bar. Are you sick Marlon? I wanted to
hear about the goals.
SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER REPORTS
Saturday was the first full week of fixtures for the club – all Friendlies
– and plenty of goals.
First Team without
, Guppy, McCarthy, Currie, Willis, David, Askew, Scarborough and Simmonds
entertained MERTON in dire conditions which made ball control extremely
difficult. The rain lashed down during the warm up and got even heavier when
the game started so it was no surprise to see so many passes ending up in the
bushes. Both sides had difficulty in finding their men but Merton coped a bit
better with the conditions than we did and took an early lead when Waite and
Wadey both called for a loose ball and then left it to each other. The Merton
midfielder nipped in and his half hit shot hit the post and bounced into the
net giving Owlett no chance. The first half was almost devoid of goal scoring
chances although Owlett had to tidy up another defensive error with a brave
save. We persisted with long balls to the front men and they had little or no
chance of collecting anything that was not played to their feet. We improved
towards half time but it was by far our poorest performance of the pre-season
There was a marked
improvement in the second period and
headed over the bar when normally he would have scored and we looked dangerous
in the air from set pieces. Williams was providing some good crosses but the
visitors kept their goal in tact until the 76th minute when Jon
Laidley converted an excellent cross from Steve Jones. Laidley had replaced
Matt King after 65 minutes and his downward header was clinically place in the
far corner. Charlie Jackson made his debut and showed some neat touches before
a late challenge slowed him down but this was near the final whistle and 1 –
1 was a fair result. We did play the ball shorter in the second half and there
were pleasing performances from Tommy Williams,
and Steve Jones – as usual we were strong in defence and the goal that we
conceded was a rare misunderstanding. Generally I thought that our
communication, particularly in the first half, was poor and we were caught in
possession too frequently for comfort. It was an unpleasant day and we played
below our high standards and we will need to improve next Saturday when newly
promoted Old Esthameians visit Corkscrew Hill. They will be a tough side to
beat but we await the start of the season knowing that every side will want to
beat last season’s runaway Champions.
Reserves went to Merton and came back with a convincing 4 - 0 win but
Manager Keith D'Urso still saw room for improvement before they open their
League season with a trip to Carshalton. Taking the conditions into account
the win looks healthy and Neil Currie, Phil Slaney, Eddie Clark and Joe Ivory
all got on the score sheet. It was good to see "Awesome" Barham back
in action but Sam Davis was missing with a foot injury.
played Old Bromleians First team and went down 2 - 0 which was disappointing.
The Fours were also at Old Broms against their Reserves.
Both the Fives
and Sixes went to HSBC and took part in a goalfest -- The Five
s won 6 - 5 after being up 2 - 0 in the first five minutes. New Manager
Stewart Naish got 2 and, not to be outdone, his brother James also score
twice. Geoff Airey who "retired" last season swiflty came
out of retirement and, as usual, scored. Darren Cornwall, not noted for his
goal scoring, got the sixth so he doesn't have to worry about being on the
Cold List. The Sixes won 8 - 4 and The Rat says that they gave away some
stupid goals and could have scored more. The Peckam Posse accounted for all
but one of the goals which was scored by new Manager Dickie Payne. Bobby
Sullivan hit two and Adrian Gentles, Lee Tobin, Scott Saville, Carl Watling and
Geoff Boadu one each.
We are in the process of giving the clubhouse and dressing rooms a
"facelift" before the season starts and the jobs will, hopefully, be
completed by 13th September 2008. Thanks to all those who have given their
time and money to make these changes possible including the renovation of all
3 sets of goals. kThe First team play hosts to OLD ESTHAMEIANS on the
13th --they were promoted last season and we wish them well for the new
campaign. The following day we entertain the SAL Representative XI in the
Annual Champs v The League fixture and we hope that a good crowd will support
the event. The game kicks off at 2pm -- so come and have a beer in the comfort
of the newly decorated Clubhouse.
TEAM --- PRE-SEASON FIXTURE SCHEDULE ---- SEASON
Won 1 - 0 Matt King
v CROYDON ATHLETIC
(H) Won 3 -
2 Matt King 2 Neil Currie
Drew 0 - 0 The Invisible Man 2
v BROMLEIAN SPORTS
(A) Won 2 -
0 Matt King Lloyd Willis
Won 6 - 0 Matt King
4 Chris Rose 2
6th September v MERTON
Drew 1 - 1. Jon Laidley
CUP DRAWS 2008/9
KENT SENIOR TROPHY
WICKHAM v NORTON
SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER 2008
WICKHAM RESERVES v SEVENOAKS
TOWN RESERVES AWAY
SATURDAY 4th OCTOBER
bad draws -- the First Team entertain the side that were promoted to the Kent
League Premier Division last season while the Reserves visit Sevenoaks Town
Reserves who play in Div One of the Kent League finishing 5th of 12 last
CUP DRAW IS KIND TO WEST WICKHAM
sides have been drawn at home in their first cup games -- the First team and
Sixes have a first round byes but the Reserves and Fours start their campaign
with home fixtures on September 20th against Old Lyonians and Old
Woodhouseians respectively. The Sixes are at home on 1st November to Old
Manorians. The First team have to wait until 8th November to
entertain Old Stationers while the Threes and Fives travel to Nottsborough and
Broomfield in October.
2007/8 SEASON REPORT
-- had a campaign that resembled the “curates egg” – good in some
parts but bad in others – on 2nd February we had an excellent
chance of winning both the League and the Kent/Surrey Intermediate Cup and had
played pretty well up to that point but within a couple of weeks their season
was effectively ended. We lost the semi final 1 – 0 to HAC (a game that we
should and could have won) and then went on dismal run drawing 0 – 0 with
Owens and losing to bottom sides Old Actonians, Old Wilsonians and then EBOGS.
came back with 2 good wins and finished 7 points behind the leaders in third
place BUT Actonians and Wilsonians were both relegated and we should not have
lost these games. I personally watched 3 games and we played very well in
those games ---I saw players who will play in the First Team in the near
future so it’s hard to put your finger on what went wrong. I know that Bear
and Fozzie put a lot of hard work into the season and they deserved something
for their efforts. Ollie and Stu Owlett got most of their goals but their
availability was fragmented whilst the youngsters Tommy Williams, Jo Kemp and
Kent Osborn gave the squad some young legs and added enthusiasm and skill.
also finished third in the Junior Div 2 and again looked like challenging for
promotion at the turn of the year but went on a losing run of 4 games in Jan
and Feb which cooked their goose. They then finished strongly winning 5 of the
last 8 and drawing one. Congratulations to the D’Urso boys for their efforts
– they supported Scotty very well and Stu got 10 goals one more than Scotty
and Russ was always in the firing line. Scott gradually introduced his brother
Stuart and his pal Callum into the club – they are still only 16 and have a
good future ahead of them with the club.
was sorry to see the Fours lose their place in the top Division by one point as
took the job at the last minute when he was injured and for most of the season
he looked like finishing mid table. We were in the Quarter Finals of both Cups
but lost them both rather unluckily and that seemed to knock the heart out of
the side and they failed to win any of their last 9 games – drawing 4 and
losing 5. One win would have meant survival. Thanks to Harry who unearthed
Andy Eadon as an excellent keeper 9he was kicking in on McAndrews just before
kick off when Harry recruited him. He was joined later by his brother Chris
who played towards the end of the season and scored 5 in very few games. Tom
Pardon finished top scorer with 19 – top effort Tom.
had a great season and were in an inch of winning the league under Steve
Salter – they finished second by only one point. They scored 72 goals with a
goal difference of plus 42 and lost only 2 games. Stu Naish was top scorer
with 23 and James Owlett was one behind with 22. Geoff Airey finished his last
season at the age of 43 with 12 goals – I remember him playing in the 6,s
when I was skipper when he was 15 or 16 and he has always given WWFC 100%
effort every Saturday – he made the First Team, played their successfully
and then continued to lend his experience as age crept up on him – so thanks
Geoff. It was good to see Andy Teague back in the fray and Bertie Kienlen too.
won promotion under Stu Abrey and the Peckham posse scored nearly all their
goals via Geoff Boadu, Bobby Sullivan, Adrian Gentles and Emrah Hassan. We
urgently need a Manager for next season and we need to keep the Peckham Boys
interested as they are the nucleus of the squad.
summary it was a good season and it is sad to have to say farewell to those
stalwart’s who are hanging up their boots or leaving the club for other
reasons – Gary Blakeney, Geoff Airey, Paul Blakeney and Stu Abrey – thanks
for your efforts both on and off the field over the years.
TEAM WIN LEAGUE TITLE 2007/8
final League table shows that West Wickham won the title by a massive 12
points but, in truth, the race was much closer and it was only the results in
the last couple of weeks that showed the value of playing your fixtures on
time and ensuring that you collect valuable 6points along the way. A fixture
pile up at the end of the season is to be avoided as they always throw up some
unexpected results due to player unavailability and insufficient pre-match
preparation time. West Wickham suffered last season when I am convinced that
we would have won an unprecedented Treble if we could have avoided the end of
season chaos. This season Old Owens, and to a lesser extent, Nottsborough
suffered and poor old Owens were too tired to even fulfill their fixtures
(poor lambs). Let's hope that the SAL management come up with a solution to
fixture congestion bearing in mind that the Rep team have to visit Turin in
October which will mean fixture cancellations.
First Team Squad, led by skipper Adam Freeman, did a magnificent job -- they
trained hard, bonded strongly and fought for every ball for 90 minutes (and
sometimes a lot longer) in every game. Everybody made the maximum effort to
keep fit and to regain fitness after injury -- a costly business no doubt. New
players were introduced during the season and they blended in very well and,
if they are with us next season, there will be fierce competition for places
in the squad. The goals were shared around with Jon Waite leading the way with
17, Matt King (who returned to form with a bang) 11,Chris Rose with 11, and
Ash Everett, James Gibson and Marcus Elliott all hit 8 with Ben David getting
6. Ross Simmonds scored 2 but these were vital goals as they clinched penalty
Shoot Outs which enabled us to retain the Kent/Surrey Cup.
had to contend with some lengthy injury periods -- Elliott missed 5 months of
the season with a groin injury, Jon Waite was out with ankle damage for 6
weeks and Ben David missed the Christmas fixtures and the end of season run-in
with leg injuries. Luckily we could call on James Taylor, Rob Guppy and Tom
Smith when they were available from their studies. Neil Owlett did a good job
for the side in the first half of the season and, I am sure that he will be
back in contention next season.
we were excellent -- you can count the serious errors on one hand -- conceding
only 16 goals in the top division is an excellent performance and Mark Owlett
was only beaten 13 times in 18 league games and saved seven penalties. The
"Air Control Unit" seemed even stronger this season with Adam
Freeman, Neil Currie, James Gibson and Ross Simmonds in total command on
almost every occasion. It's not to say that we didn't miss "Awesome" Paul
Barham's presence in the squad -- let's hope that he is re- motivated next
club has always been strong in the middle of the park -- Neil Owlett, Adam
Wadey, Ben David and Jay Askew did most of the work for most of the season
although Cuzza supplemented the midfield late in the season. They combined
physical strength and high work rate with some excellent tackling which gave
us a high percentage of possession in most games and the wing backs saw plenty
of the ball.
Rose, Ashley Everett and Mike McCarthy all did terrific jobs and scored plenty
of goals but we should have converted more of our chances and this is a
repetitive theme in my match reports. Many games should have been won by four
or five goals but ended up with a single goal advantage -- however, we did
meet some excellent goalkeepers during the season and witnessed some
Waite and Matt King formed a potent strike force supplemented by three
excellent young footballers during the campaign in James Taylor, Rob Guppy and
Tom Smith. All five made major contributions to the teams success with their
goals but I was also impressed with their all round skills and work rate.
also called on the services of Greg Palmer, Greg Brown, Ollie Waite, Kent
Osborn and Tommy Williams and welcomed back James Owlett (let's hope that he
is up for it come July) and Paul Jennings (proving that you are never too old
to "rock and roll") for the vital last four games which saw us
defeat Alleyns 2 - 1, Broomfield 6 - 1, Polytechnic 1- 0 and Nottsborough 2 -
1. Thanks to James and Paul, particularly, as they influenced the course of
events at the death when we had injuries to contend with.
to pick out highlights from an exciting season is not too difficult -- how
McCarthy's howitzer which almost removed the net from it's moorings at
Broomfield in our 6 -1 victory.
tremendous shot on the run from 25 meters which gave us a 1-0 lead in the
vital away game against Nottsborough and his hat-trick at Broomfield.
headed winner in the Kent/Surrey Cup Final against Old Salesians after only 3
Owlett's fantastic one handed save in the same game which kept our lead in
tact -- not to mention his penalty "shoot out" saves against Bank of
England and Nottsborough.
Guppy's sensational strike to give us a 2 - 1 lead at Old Salesians one minute
after coming on as sub at half time.
cool nerve in converting the match winning penalty in the semi final
"shoot out" at Nottsborough (he did the same against Bank of England
in the previous round).
Everett's "goal from nowhere" against Winchmore Hill when we were
down to 10 men - there was no danger when Ash had the ball near the half way
line out on the touchline -- next minute it was in the back of the net.
winner at Nottsborough in the "show down" game which gave us a 2 - 1
win near the end of the 90 minutes and sealed the championship for the
did have some rare cock ups -- namely against VCD when we gave them 2 silly
goals and against Nottsborough in the AFA Quarter Final when we repeated the
feat -- we lost both games and these were games that we should have won -- and
who knows -- we could have won both the Kent Senior Trophy and retained the
AFA Senior Cup to make up a Foursome.
had a great season because we were committed to the cause and enjoyed Mark
Hudson's training sessions even though our facilities limit what we can do.
Basically the squad picked itself because we played to a high standard
throughout the campaign but there are players "knocking on the door"
and their patience will be rewarded in the future, if they retain their
enthusiasm and commitment -- Richard John, Greg Brown, Kent Osborn, Joe Kemp,
Tommy Williams, Steve Jones, Chris Eadon, Joe Ivory, Mitch Lawley, Ben
Precious, Matt Connor, Josh Morris and Stu Holmes all fall into this category
(and maybe their are some that I have missed as I see very few none First Team
games). There are also established players who come into the reckoning for
next season if they want it -- including Ollie Waite ( his all round quality
on the ball would have added another ingredient to the mix)-- Paul Barham
(original ACU stalwart mixes hard tackling with a welcome "joie de
vivre" -- missed by us all this season) -- Neil Owlett ( more skill than
almost everybody in the club - will he be back in contention? we hope so).
Hopefully next season Ben Scarborough will have recovered from his injured
foot (most of the referees asked where "Wild Boar" was as their
notebooks were missing his name) and Lloyd Willis should recover from his
sojourn in Australia (he's still as white as a sheet). Both Mark Pettyfer and
Dave Adams had niggling injuries which they tried to play through, without
success, but they will be back at the coal face in July as will James Williams
and Sam Kemp (who both played for the First Team 2 seasons ago).
we can still improve the level of our performance as a team and I expect that
everybody is looking forward to starting training again on July 15th -- we
will put maximum effort into the campaign from the word "Go" as we
will have Kent Senior Trophy games in early September before the League
ARE CHAMPIONS --- a 2 - 1 victory at Nottsborough on Saturday
brought the Championship Trophy back to West Wickham.
“ONE EYED” WAITEY WINS IT FOR WICKHAM
a performance by all 14 players at Nottsborough – a
2 – 1 victory secured the first Senior Division One championship for The
Bluebloods since 1990/91 – Old Owens needed to win at Wilsonians to keep
their dream alive but a 2 – 2 draw scuppered their ambitions. We were up for
this game from the first whistle and we started in a confident vein – the
midfield trio of Currie, Wadey and Askew set the tone with a high work rate
and some determined tackling which gave Wickham the upper hand in the first 15
minutes and we took the lead with a tremendous goal from Matt King. He
collected a through ball and judged the bounce perfectly to smash a fierce
drive into the net from just outside the area – the Nottsborough keeper had
no chance of saving it and, had he got near it, he may have ended up in the
back of the net alongside the ball. As usual, the home side were not daunted
and they gradually worked their way into the game with some clever play from
Ewin and Stavri but the main threat came from Swindle, who always seems to
play well against us – skipper Rolfe set him up for some dangerous forays
down the right flank and Chrissy Rose had to be at his best to keep him in
check. The battle between Alec Ewin and Adam Freeman is nearly always the key
to these big games and the Wickham captain was in top form – he gave the
Nottsborough striker little or nothing, which is a feat in itself, and Nick
Stavri carried the bigger threat – his ball control is excellent and he kept
our defence on their toes without being able to deliver a killer ball.
Jon Waite was working hard up front but lost his right contact lens after 30
minutes and called for a white stick --- after one valiant chase into the
Nottsborough box his momentum carried him on to the adjoining pitch and he
played 5 minutes in that game until Connor was sent to retrieve him.
Eventually, after much faffing and running back and forward to the dressing
room (which was miles away) Connor and Freeo Senior managed to find a spare
lens and Waitey’s vision was restored.
half time I was confident that we could win the game if we could weather the
inevitable period when the opposition would dominate. Nottsborough continued
to play controlled football and Stavri was proving a real handful and he
levelled the scores when he twisted and turned on the left side of the penalty
box and squeezed his shot past the diving Owlett into the right hand corner of
the net. This heralded a panicky ten minutes for the Wickham rearguard and
tempers started to fray – fortunately some strong words from Gibbo restored
sanity but Nottsborough were clearly on top and we had a lucky escape when, a
somewhat rattled skipper, headed a dangerous cross against his own cross bar
with keeper Owlett stranded. Rolfe then had a goal bound header cleared off
the line by the ever vigilant Rose and we had survived two narrow
escapes. Games often turn on moments like these but the
strength and determination of Wadey and Askew made sure that the damage was
minimal. Matt King had to leave the field after 60 minutes with a back injury
and PJ, the old warhorse, was introduced into the fray, with instructions to
calm proceedings down. The substitution came at a dangerous time as, we were
on the back foot, but there is nothing like an old head in a game like this
knew his job and did it well. Stavri left the field with what looked like a
thigh strain but maybe one or two crunching tackles from Simmonds had slowed
his momentum. Elliott replaced him, and he is another dangerous player,
particularly in the air, but you need to be better than “good” to win
aerial battles against Gibson, Freeman, Simmonds and Currie. This is where the
Wickham strength lies ---- we have only conceded 16 goals in 19 games this
season and it was the same last season when we only let in 17 in 20 games.
Mark Owlett’s keeping has again been top quality and he is, undoubtedly, the
best keeper in the SAL, whatever anybody else thinks. The home side kept
trying but Jay Askew was running the show in the middle and his link with
Chris Rose was creating panic in the tiring Nottsborough defence. Both Waite
and Askew were off target with headers from Rose’s crosses and we clawed
back the advantage as the half proceeded. Ashley Everett, who had done every
well defensively was replaced by James Owlett with fifteen minutes left with
instructions to run at the Nottsborough defence at every opportunity. There
was no point in us sitting on a point when we had the chance to take all three
and Jon Waite almost gave us the lead on a couple of occasions but he
was thwarted by some last ditch tackling. Waitey never gives up and he got his
reward in the 80th minute when he controlled the ball in the box,
turned the last man, and put the ball into the bottom right hand corner. This
was a tremendous piece of poaching by Waitey, who was struggling with his
ankle again and he was almost immediately replaced by Marcus Elliott who has
not played for the First Team since 17th November 2007. There was
only seven minutes left but referee Phil Cook added on a further six minutes
--- sometimes this can be a frantic, nervous period but not on this occasion
--- the experience of Paul Jennings was matched by the much less experienced
James Owlett and Marcus Elliott – they kept the ball intelligently and
Rose and Askew joined in and prevented Nottsborough from getting possession. I
was never looking at my watch calling for the whistle because it was obvious
that the players were in full control and enjoying themselves. We played
extremely well in the last 20 minutes after weathering a panicky period when
Nottsborough were unlucky not to take a lead.
news that Old Wilsonians had held our nearest rivals Old Owens to a draw meant
that we were Champions --- I don’t think that anybody would dispute that
West Wickham are worthy of the title and it was fitting that we should win it
at the ground of last years Champions. I think that Nottsborough, Owens and
Wickham and, probably, Old Salesians could all play at a much higher level and
still win things and the standard of football this season in the SAL has been
well worth watching. Thanks to the officials who did a good job but it was the
players who made their job easy on the day – there was hardly a foul in the
game and the behaviour of both teams was exemplary.
to our supporters who turn up every week to add that extra ingredient – we
hope that we entertained you --- and there is still one game to go. This will
be a BIG GAME --- I do not want to even think about finishing the season on a
losing note – we will play Old Owens at Corkscrew Hill on Monday 5th
May at 3pm and I expect to field a full side. Good luck to the boys who are
representing the SAL in the Carlsberg Cup Final next Saturday – I trust that
you will win and be ready for an all action Monday afternoon.
of the Match went to “One Eyed” Waitey, who has now score 18 goals in 25
games --- enough said. Everybody did their job on Saturday – nobody shirked
any issues (which is normal) – we showed both maturity and awareness as the
game progressed and this is a step forward for the team. Except for three
players, we have a young squad and they are improving all the time – the
only disappointment this season was not winning the AFA Cup again but next
year we will have it back.
-- SATURDAY 12th April 2008
v BROOMFIELD 1
Matt King 3 Jon Waite
James Gibson Mike McCarthy
5 v EBOGS
Greg Brown 2 James Owlett 2
2 v HSBC
Ian Fieldwick Paul Jolly
4 v WINCHMORE
Tom Pardon2 Chris Eadon 2
Wickham 1st 2 v
win for Wickham on Wednesday night on a pitch which resembled Southport beach.
We started indifferently, which is a nicer word than turgidly, but gradually
settled own and won a penalty when Ash Everett was poleaxed in the box and up
stepped Chris Rose to put us ahead. Ash was enjoying himself and chipped a
superb ball across the six yard box to give Chris a second goal. We looked
comfortable as the half drew to a close but lost Ben David with a knee injury
just before the break. Alleyns, who moaned and groaned almost as much as
Actonians, were then awarded a dire penalty -- the award was the result of
constant pressure on the referee -- nobody knew what the award was for -- the
home side converted and were back in the game.
second half was end to end, Alleyns threatened up to the last third but then
ran out of ideas -- Currie was outstanding in midfield and Wadey and Askew
created some fine scoring chances but their keeper made three terrific saves.
The game ended 2- 1 to Wickham but in truth it could have been 5 - 0 ---
Alleyns are in a bit of trouble but I think, and hope, that they will get out
of it -- they have a crunch game on Saturday against Winchmore Hill and a
victory would send The Hill down (in my opinion). We go to Broomfield on
Saturday and this will be a very difficult game -- although they have lost
their last 2 games Broomfield are a good side, particularly at home and we
need to win to keep the pressure on Old Owens and Nottsborough.
RESULTS--SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2008
v OLD SALESIANS
0 Kent/Surrey Cup Final
Bank of England 1
Paul Jolly 2 Scott Holmes Jon Laidley Sam
Truman Steve Jones Stu D;Urso
TEAM 1 v
Civil Service 1
TEAM 7 v
Elliott 4 Adrian Gentles 2 Scott Saville
-- SATURDAY 29th MARCH 2008
RESERVES 2 v NOTTSBOROUGH
Greg Brown Jon Laidley
THREES 2 v
OLD SALESIANS 0
Scott Holmes Paul
FOURS 2 v WINCHMORE
Rob Guppy Chris
Ash Everett Marcus Elliott Adrian
Paul Blakeney Geoff Boadu
DINNER will be held AT THE CLUBHOUSE on SATURDAY 26th APRIL at 7pm.
make sure that you attend this uproarious event -- ticket details will
be issued soon -- put the date in your diary. All the individual and
team awards will be presented on the night so will Managers start to
collect votes for their Player of the
-- SATURDAY 15th MARCH 2008
TEAM 0 v OLD ACTONIANS
2 v EAST BARNET
1 v CARSHALTON
FOURS 0 v OLD ACTONIANS
FIVES 3 v
Colin Roberts 2 Geoff Airey
RESULTS -- SATURDAY 1st March 2008
RESERVES 0 v OLD
v BROOMFIELD 0
Jon Laidley Scott Holmes
0 v OLD
0 v OLD WILSONIANS 1
REVIEW -- SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2008
The First Team badly under performed in their Kent/Surrey Semi
Final against Nottsborough at Kingston University but still, somehow,
managed to reach the final. We squandered a two goal lead given to us by
Jon Waite and Adam Wadey but survived to extra time with the score at 2
- 2. We improved in extra time but were then struck down by bad injuries
to Waite, Everett and Currie. No further goals meant a "penalty
shoot out" with only seven fit players, as we had to leave one out
as Nottsborough had a man, unluckily, sent off. Our penalty taking
matched our overall performance -- below our normal standard -- but,
thanks to keeper Mark Owlett and some poor pens we won 3 - 2 with Chris
Rose, Jay Askew and Ross Simmonds scoring (I wont mention that Freeo,
Brutus and Cuzza missed).
The Reserves are still in with a chance of
retaining their title with a 2 - 1 win over HSBC at Corkscrew Hill via
an own goal and one from Ollie Waite. They MUST win all their five
remaining games and hope that their challengers slip up -- and I have
seen this happen many times.
The Fours are, apparently, playing quite well but
are just not scoring and the score line of 1 - 0 to Old Actonians
illustrates this point. They have only scored 3 times in their last four
games and we hope to change that this week at Broomfield.
The Sixes should have beaten Old Actonians but let
a one goal lead slip and had to thank Lee Tobin for securing a 2 - 2
draw with a last minute strike to add to the one scored by Barney
Farmer. Missed chances cost them 2vital points although we are still top
and should, at least, be promoted.
REVIEW -- SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2008
A good weekend for the three teams that are top of their
respective tables with two wins and a hard fought away draw. The First
Team put a hesitant first half performance behind them and came out with
all guns blazing in the second period to beat Civil Service 3 - 1. Chris
Rose gave us an early lead from close range but the visitors were level
within a minute with a smart move and finish which gave The Owl no
chance. But Ash Everett and Ben David provided pin point crosses for
Jonny Waite to score twice in quick succession. Waitey also hit the bar
with a fine header and we could easily have scored six or seven.
The Reserves surprisingly lost 4 - 1 at Old
Actonians after being level at 1 -1 at the break. Skipper Steve Foster
was very disappointed at the lack of fighting spirit shown in the second
half and this is very unlike a West Wickham side. Richard John scored
The Fours went down fighting 2-0 to the top side
Winchmore Hill and while they can still technically win the League they
will have to rely on those ahead of them to lose a few.
The Fives keep on rolling -- Matt Waite notched at
BB Eagles and this was a point won rather than 2 points lost as the
Eagles are one of the best sides in the division. We now have only 3
games left -- they are all at home and they are against the bottom 3
sides -- let's win all three games and take the title in style. Stevie
Salter will make sure that there is no complacency.
The Sixes steamrollered Old Wilsonians 9 - 2 and it
could and should have been a lot more. Adrian Gentles and Geoff Boadu
scored two each and the other Peckham Posse added three of the others
via Emrah, Lee Tobin and Bobby Sullivan while Barney Farmer and an own
goal completed the rout. They are in a good position ahead of Kew who
have four games in hand with a nine point gap but we have to play Kew at
home which will be a big game and could decide the title.
RESULTS -- SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2008
3 v CIVIL SERVICE 1
Chris Rose Jon Waite 2
1 v ACTONIANS
0 v WINCHMORE HILL 2
1 v BB
9 v OLD WILSONIANS
Adrian Gentles 2
Geoff Boadu 2
Lee Tobin Emrah
Barney Farmer OG
Saturday 9th February Review
Disappointingly the Reserves went out of the
Kent/Surrey Intermediate Cup in their semi final game with HAC -- THE
GAME WAS DECIDED WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE 90 MINUTES WHEN OUR VISITORS
SCORED THE ONLY GOAL OF THE GAME AND WE WISH THEM WELL IN THE FINAL.
The First Team came back from Winchmore Hill with
all 3 points after a very hard fought 1 - 0 victory in a game spoiled a
bit by erratic refereeing. Games at the Paulin Ground are always hard
fought -- the first half was one way traffic but the ref evened the game
up by sending off Brutus for a dive -- he couldn't dive if he tried --
this was a ludicrous decision as he was clearly fouled while racing into
the area. Still justice was done when Ash Everett scored but we had to
battle hard in the last 20 to retain our lead.
The Threes are having a bad run and were hammered 4
- 0 at old Westminster Citz while the Fours played poorly and lost 2 - 1
at home to Civil Service -- Tom Pardon got our goal. However, the Fives
continued to score goals for fun getting eight against HSBC -- I think
that four players each scored 2 (Teaguey, Stu Naish, Dave Adams and
Geoff Aierey) -- but I also heard that Matt" One foot " Waite
also scored -- so confusion reigns.
The One's. Fives and Sixes are all still top of the
table but there is a long way to go.
Man United Babes rocked by West
Wickham Under 11's
This morning's game between West
Wickham Under 11's and the Manchester United Babes ended in a tremendous
victory for Peter Hart's charges. The odds were stacked against the
Bluebloods in this Remembrance game in honour of those who died in the
Munich Disaster in 1958. To avert any crowd congestion in the area and
prevent a clash with this afternoon's big Semi Final for WW Reserves,
the police asked us to kick off at 7.30am. The day got off to a bad
start for the Mancs who decided not to risk the skies and travelled down
by Luxury Coach -- unfortunately, the coach driver Georgie Pigstock,
misjudged the width of the Corkscrew Hill entrance and got the coach
wedged between the hedges and nobody could get out of the vehicle for 45
minutes until The Shoe arrived and dragged them out by tractor.
The Mancs were captained by a lad
called Edward Duncans -- and I say "lad" advisedly, as he was
five foot ten and weighed about 12 stone -- up against his marker,
Ollie, who is no bigger than 3foot ten and weighs about 3 stone, this
looked the biggest mismatch since the Ricky Hatton fight. To be fair to
Ollie, he wasn't phased but the sight of the GAMS (Girlfriends and Mums)
getting off the coach took poor Ollie's breath away. The oldest was no
more than 25 and they looked the business -- regaled in leather micro-
mini skirts and long Jimmy Choo boots they were showing enough cleavage
to make any player dribble.
"The pitch looks a bit
bumpy" said their Manager Matt Frisbee but nobody took any notice
of him. "What do Mancs know about football" said Jed "
they should take a look at their own pitch, it's rubbish." I
suppose the sagging cross bars at McAndrews are unusual and the
goalmouths are are worse than Ground Zero but it suits Wickham's style
and you could see that the Mancs were not impressed.
"Watch out for that Bobby
Carlton" said Manager Hart in his team talk.
"Who is he?" said Joe.
"He's the bald kid with that funny strand of hair combed across his
head" said Hart.
The first 30 minutes was a little
bit one sided and the only time we got in their half was when we won the
toss and kicked off. However, nature came to our rescue in the form of
the "wild West wind" -- now everybody who frequents West
Wickham FC knows that on Saturday a beautiful sunny, mild morning is
always followed by gale force winds in the afternoon. This morning it
was all so different -- the wind changed it's mind and howled into the
faces of the Mancs and the other Ollie, Matt and Tom had no trouble in
keeping the score sheet blank. Poor old Bobby Carlton was hampered by
the wind blowing what was left of his hair over his eyes so his shooting
was all over the place.
The cold wind played havoc with the
GAMS -- they were soon sporting goose pimples on their thighs and
cleavages and even Dave the Barman said he felt nauseous. Needless to
say their Moschino handbags were filled with cans of lager and meat pies
and they were soon bevied.
I felt sorry for Matt Frisbee --
there was no half time tea, oranges or anything else to cheer him up and
his boys looked decidedly edgy and we had a 20 minute interval to allow
the wind to change round. The second half was carnage -- our side that
recently lost 10 - 0 and 10 - 1 to Croydon A, were not going to let a
bunch of northern tripe- hounds beat them and we tore into the tackle.
Goals from Sam the Man, Jumping Jack Flash, Connor and Guy gave us an
unassailable lead. It didn't seem to bother the GAMS who were lying
unconscious by the swings.
Well by now (its 10am) the Frisbee
Babes will be on their way back to Manchester to watch the Derby game --
the boys were very well behaved and took their defeat in in good grace
BUT can we rely on the Manchester fans to behave in an appropriate
manner tomorrow afternoon and remember The Babes with the respect that their
talent and sportsmanship deserve????
9th February 2008
HILL (A) 0
OLD WESTMINSTER CITZ (A)
1 v CIVIL
Geoff Airey 2 Stu Naish
Dave Adams 2 Matt Waite
Andy Teague 2
All games now kick off at 2.30pm EXCEPT
WEEKEND REVIEW --- SATURDAY 2nd
done to all the players who turned out on Saturday – we were really
struggling in all six sides so to win four, draw one and lose one was
a great effort. I had a strong feeling that we would do well this
Saturday – past experiences indicate that when the chips are down
players pull something extra out and the atmosphere in the First Team
dressing room was excellent – no doubt it was the same in the
dressing rooms of the other five sides. No big speeches were necessary
we all knew that losing was not on the agenda as losing would severely
dent all our Championship hopes. Club skipper Adam Freeman played
while only half fit, Jonny Waite was there on the line ready to help
if needed despite being unfit, Pagey came along to watch and ended up
as sub for the Ones at the age of (about) 43 while Dave Cross played
for the Threes despite being far from fit and Paul Freeman was in a
poor state in the Fives game but notched twice.
The First Team squad was without Currie, Elliott, Williams,
, Jon Waite, Jay Askew, Rob Guppy and James Taylor and introduced
Tommy Williams as our only fit sub against Alleyns who had only lost
once so far this season. There was a quiet determination about the
squad though – we know that we have been under performing and we
were determined to put matters right and we played very well in the
first 30 minutes making many chances which we were unable to convert.
We looked much livelier in midfield with The Weasel quickly getting
control of the ball and Brutus and Ben adding much needed energy. True
we only won the game with the next to last kick of the 90 minutes via Chris
Rose after sterling work by Brutus – but we were much the better
side and deserved the 3 points.
The Reserves have hit a purple patch and with their resources
stretched, they beat the league leaders Carshalton by a single Ollie
Waite goal. Make no mistake this was a big win and sets us up for
next week’s semi final in the Kent/Surrey Intermediate Cup at
Corkscrew Hill against the Honourable Artillery Company --- kick off
at 2pm.. Also we are not giving up hope of retaining our League title
– we need to win all our games but we are good enough – put the
effort in at training boys and we can win something – I will be
disappointed if the whole squad isn’t at training in the remaining
weeks of the season.
The Threes game started late due to traffic problems and
finished in the dark when Sam Truman was injured and the game was
delayed for 30 minutes. Sam fell on his head and we were worried about
his neck but thankfully he is ok after being x rayed. The game ended
with a 4 – 1 win for top side,
– Mark Pettyfer getting our goal. At 2 – 1 we had chances to
level the scores but the game was severely disrupted and the score
line flattered the visitors who are a decent side. Many thanks to the
ref for his handling of Sam’s injury and for the understanding and
behaviour of the very young Kew side.
The Fours were on the road at Alexandra Park and got a point
via two goals from Stevie X which gets him off the Non Scorers List
– James Dunne scored for the Sixes in their 5 – 2 win at
Polytechnic. They were down 2 – 0 at half time but an own goal and
one from Emrah put us back in the lead then Emrah’s mate Chris got
two more – happy days. Well done to the Peckham Posse.
Another fine performance from Salter’s Marauders (the Fives)
who slapped Old Westminster Citz by 6 – 4. Paul Freeman scored twice
(when did that last happen), Teaguey has found his scoring boots, he
got one – Stu Naish got another two but that’s normal – the same
comment applies to Geoff Airey who got the other one.
the last five games the Fives have score 23 goals and won all 5 games
– the Sixes have score 20 goals and won all five games so
congratulations to all the players and, more importantly, to the
Managers Steve Salter and Stu Abrey for organising the sides each
week. I know that they will keep the pressure up and finish at the top
– don’t let anybody relax in their efforts to win silver and make
it a big year for the Club. In the last 5 games the First Team
has scored only 5 goals (and six penalties) – however, we have kept
3 clean sheets which shows how important a strong defence is.
Ones, Fives and Sixes all head their respective tables this morning
and the battle is on to retain those positions -- the Reserves
are in second spot – and the Fours are in third spot --- for sure it
was a big, big effort at the weekend and we must keep this positive
attitude for the next 2 months and give 100% at all times – leave
the ale until Saturday night when the points are in the bag. The
injury list stretches to more than 40 players so let's hope that some
of these players are back in action this coming Saturday.
TO STUART NAISH --- Stu reached 20 League goals for the
FIVES --- CAN HE DOUBLE HIS TALLY??? If he does we will win the League
– give it a go Stu.
RESULTS SATURDAY 2nd
v CARSHALTON 0
ALEXANDRA PARK 2
Steve Xenophontes 2
6 v OLD WESTMINSTER CITZ
Stuart Naish 2
Paul Freeman 2
All games now kick off at 2.30pm.
RESULTS --- SATURDAY 26th
FIRST TEAM 0
v BANK OF ENGLAND 0
KENT/SURREY CUP QUARTER FINAL
WON 6 - 5 penalties
Currie Rose Gibson Askew Everett Simmonds
Mark Owlett saved four kicks
RESERVES 4 v
Ben David 2 Richard John
v OLD ACTONIANS
Andy Teague 2
OLD ACTONIANS 0
Bobby Sullivan 2
All games kick off at 2pm except First Team.
------ SATURDAY 19th JANUARY 2008
(A) v OLD ACTONIANS
(A) v WESTMINSTER
Phil Slaney Nick Beck
4 v CIVIL
Geoff Airey 3 Matt Eagle
Geoff Boadu Adrian Gentles
Emrah Hassan Lee Tobin
FIRST TEAM SELF- DESTRUCTS IN AFA CUP.
The holders of the AFA Cup generously gave their visitors Nottsborough
three goals -- in return Nottsborough gave us one back and then Rob
Guppy scored a stunner to make the final score 3 - 2 in favour of the
visitors. This was a game that we should have won but our calamitous
defensive errors, when we had fought back to lead 2 - 1, cost us dearly
and we wish Nottsborough "Good Luck" for the rest of the
competition -- they certainly had it yesterday but they also played some
very good football.
FOURS ALSO OUT IN A THRILLER
Harry Charilaou's team can count themselves unlucky as they went out of
the AFA Minor Cup with the last kick of extra time at Weirside Rangers.
We were rescued in the 90 minutes by an 89th minute penalty by skipper
Chris Jones that levelled the scores at 1 - 1. We had our chances in
extra time but conceded a goal at the death to lose 2 - 1. A great
effort though by a very young side.
SENIOR DIVISION ONE -- ANALYSIS AT HALF WAY
An exciting second of the season is now under weigh and the ultimate
League winners will, almost certainly, have to wait until the very end
of the season before they can claim the spoils. At the moment
Nottsborough and West Wickham head the table with 16 points -- both have
played nine games. Old Wilsonians are bottom with 5points BUT they have
only played four games and if they were to win their 5 games in hand
they would be top by four points. Old Owens have only played 5 games and
they have eight points so winning their games in hand of the leaders
would also put them on 20 points (4 points ahead of the leaders). Four sides have lost only
one game so far -- West Wickham, Alleyns, Old Owens and Old Wilsonians
and the only sides that look unlikely to be in the final shake up are
Old Actonians and Broomfield. However, both of these are good sides and
Actonians are the only side to beat us so far.
I cannot remember the last time that the
championship was so intriguing -- there is very little between all the
eleven sides and almost all the games so far have been close run
affairs. Thirty four of the eighty eight games have ended in draws which
is 38.6%. Compare this statistic with what happened last season -- there
were only 26 draws (11.8%) and Nottsborough won the league with 50
points -- the previous season there were 54 draws and Old Owens won the
league with 43 points.. It's unlikely that the draw % will stay at 38.6%
but if it did then there would be 84 draws It appears that the League
could be won with as little as 40 points and maybe less and who knows --
goal difference may come into the equation.
However, we can get some respite from the league
battle in the next 3 weeks as we are involved in two Cup games which,
for us, is a secondary consideration. We entertain our friends from
Nottsborough this Saturday and Bank of England in two weeks time and
this will give us a chance to, hopefully, clear up our injury list. We
are still without Mark Owlett, Marcus Elliott, Ollie Waite, Ben David,
James Williams and Ben Scarborough while James Taylor has returned to
University. Both Sam Kemp and Paul Barham are on their way back after
illness and injury and they should be ok for the League run in.
Saturday's team against Nottsborough will include only five of the
players that played in the winning side against them last season in the
AFA Cup but this will give a chance for the younger players to make a
claim for a First Team place in the near future.
RESULTS --- SATURDAY
12th JANUARY 2008
First Team 2
Ashley Everett Rob Guppy
1 v Old Esthameians
1 v Weirside Rangers
2 After extra time
Chris Jones pen
5 v Civil
Joe Ivory 2 Colin Roberts
Lee Tobin Geoff Boadu
RESULTS ---- SATURDAY 5th JANUARY 2008
4 v REIGATIANS
Matt King 3 Paul Jennings
2 v CROUCH
Darren Martin Stu D'Urso
4 v CROUCH
Phil Slaney Tom Pardon
Jack Stevens Simon McGough
5 v CARSHALTON
Stu Naish 3 Dave Beaumont
SIXES --- abandoned.
SATURDAY 29th DECEMBER 2007
WEST WICKHAM 2 v OLD WILSONIANS 2
An excellent afternoons entertainment saw Wickham fight back from a 2 -
0 deficit to earn a draw. Old Wilsonians will be disappointed that they
couldn't hold on to their advantage but they scored from 2 free kicks
(one a penalty) and Mark Owlett had only one save to make. At the other
end their keeper made at least three top quality saves -- 2 from Ash
Everett which looked certain goals and absorbed our constant second half
pressure. It was a very enjoyable day and the game was watched by a
crowd of over 70 people -- the bar was lively after the game and
everybody enjoyed themselves so thanks to our hosts for their
hospitality. Jon Waite, who played while only half fit, got both our
goals and could still win the Golden Boot. Rob Guppy made his First Team
debut and did very well. Match Report to follow on First Team page.
3 v OVERS
3 v ABREY 3
The Unders, as expected, triumphed in a penalty shoot out by 5 - 4 ---
ref Stu Abrey did his best by allowing the Overs to play with 12 men for
30 minutes and awarding a goal that was nowhere near the goal line. At
this stage we were up 3 - 1 and the game was out of reach but The Abri
gave them hope -- he then ruled out 3 perfectly good goals for us but
none of the Unders complained. The game ended 3 - 3 as the oppo scored
via The Weasel and Bingo and a farcical "goal" that never was.
The trophy winner was pre- destined and Sam Kemp duly collected the
James Collins Cup -- goals came from Rob Guppy (plus 2 disallowed),
Chris Rose and Steve Jones while Greg Brown also scored only for the Abri
to rule it illegal.
The penalty shoot out was great
entertainment and all 20 of the Unders wanted the honour of winning an
excellent game. Cuzza got us off on the right foot (nobody except me
noticed that he took the pen with his left foot instead of his right),
Steve Jones easily converted as did Chris Rose but Kingo, Neil Owlett
and Brutus levelled the scores Rob Guppy stepped up and it was 4 - 3 to
the Unders -- up steps Rockin Boy and we knew that the game was over.
Wooly Bully saved the kick with ease and it was up to Gibbo to keep them
in contention which he did. We had one kick left to win the Cup and
Richie John had already claimed the fifth kick (despite Chris Jones,
Greg Palmer and Tommy Williams all wanting the kick) -- Rich strolled up
and sent the keeper the wrong way.
A big thank you to everybody who
turned up to support the James Collins Cup day -- thanks to Jenny for
presenting the Cup to Sam Kemp -- to Dave the Barman for organising the
food and drink -- to Rat and GB for turning out their side and
competing very well -- to all those who gave Raffle Prizes (made about
If anybody has a Charity that is
close to their family please contact me, as Jenny Collins wants the
funds to go to a worthy cause of our choice.
It was good to remember James
again - as the Rat said -- he was a top bloke -- always smiling, always
willing to help, always giving 100%. Roll on next year.
Adam Newman/ Nick Bull
Sam Truman/ Chris Jones
Joe Kemp/ Rich John
Ross Simmonds/ Joe Ivory
Tommy Williams/Chris Ross
Sam Kemp/ Greg Brown
Stu D'Urso/ Greg Palmer
Ryan Burt/ Neil Currie
Kent Osborn/ Steve Jones
Rob Guppy/James Taylor
I haven't shown the Overs team as
they are all well known players but just look above and you will see the
huge potential that we have with young players -- many of them in their
first year with the club.
21st DECEMBER 2007 -- RESERVES 3
v OLD WILSONIANS 0
Rob Guppy forces the Wilsonians keeper to fish the ball out of the net
twice -- one a cunning lob, the other a clinical drive after a penalty
box dribble. Waitey also scored from an excellent run by Rob. We hit the
bar several times and the visitors also struck wood -- but they should
have struck gold when Tookey gave away another penalty but the taker
scuffed his shot and it went, harmlessly and slowly wide of the right
hand post. Both sides played some good football but Wickham were well on
top for most of the game -- the side contained four seventeen year olds
and is probably the youngest Reserves side that we have fielded for many
a year. Referee --the Right Honourable Derek Horner refused to give us a
penalty -- even old Ernie saw it and had to be restrained from running
on to the playing area to give Mr Horner his spectacles. It didn't make
any difference to the result and Derek had a good game on the whole.
REVIEW -- SATURDAY 15th DECEMBER 2007
being under severe pressure for players, the club had a good weekend all
things considered --- 3 wins and 2 draws.
A quick resume of the First Team game --- a 1 – 1 draw with Old
Salesians looks bad on paper but nobody should let their head go down
– I take some responsibility as I said at half time that they were the
worst team that we had played this season. We should have been, at
least, 3 goals ahead as we had played very well but in the second half
we gave away a duff goal by being asleep and then couldn’t quite pick
up the pieces. An injury to Ollie (he score for us) didn’t help but
Old Salesians proved that their League position is justified and we were
holding on at the end when we should have been out of sight. We need to
convert a higher ratio of our chances – we made lots of them but on
another day we will score 6 or 7. So lets concentrate on Winchmore Hill
next week – they lost – we didn’t. We were all very disappointed
at not winning this game and to be truthful we have not really been at
our best for some weeks – several players are performing below their
normal standard but the effort is going in and results will improve in
the coming weeks. Every game will be a “cup final” because everybody
wants to beat
but we have a strong squad and we will repel all boarders.
Pride of place, again, goes to the Fours – lead by Chris Jones they
won 5 – 3 at Old Parkonians in the SAL Cup and go into the Quarter
Final with a home draw. They travelled away for the second week running
with only 11 and came back victorious with goals from Phil Slaney 2,
Simon McGough, Ryan Burt and Tom Pardon. Andy Siggers showed true
Wickham spirit by dropping down a side and driving the boys to a famous
win. Keep it going guys – it would be a tremendous feat if you could
win this trophy. The rest of the club salute you.
The Reserves also had a much changed squad for their trip to table
topping Winchmore Hill – Kingo was adjudged to have fouled inside the
area when our boys swear it was outside and they scored the penalty ---
but not before the diving Foster tipped the kick onto the far post –
the ball rebounded towards the other post when Fozzie prone on the
ground managed to head it upwards where it struck the cross bar and
ricocheted fiercely onto the other post. The ball came to rest on the
goal line and Fozzie, in his haste to clear it, smacked it into the back
of the net. Bad luck Skip. In the second half we improved our
performance significantly and Rob Guppy, making his debut equalised with
a cool finish. We were denied a penalty when the ref missed a handball
and we were disappointed not to take all 3 points. Ben Precious twisted
his ankle after 5 minutes which didn’t help the cause but Wayne Aris
did a good job as his deputy. You may spot some poetic licence in this
The Threes won again 1 – 0 with a blinder from Paul Blakeney, against
HSBC, in a game that looked messy and by all accounts was messy. I did
see one bizarre incident when their keeper went down like a bag of
cement and the ball went under him and struck the inside of the post –
Jon Laidley was unable to get his foot to it and it squirmed along the
line and was cleared. Scottie was injured again so no change their.
The Salter boys (aka The Fives) won 5 – 3 at Old Wilsonians with 2
from James Owlett, 2 from Stu Naish and one from Matt Eagle. A good
result when we played without a keeper for the second week and Manager
Salter has now let in 9 goals in two games – keep up the good work
Steve. They are now top of the table with 19 goal difference so we
should be challenging for honours this season.
SUMMARY -- 8th DECEMBER 2007
and Fours -- all away games -- were cancelled due to waterlogged pitches
but the two home games went ahead and groundsman Dave Buck had the
pitches in excellent condition bearing in mind the heavy rain of the
previous 2 days. The Reserves attracted a decent crowd and turned in an
excellent performance to beat a good Civil Service side 3 - 0. They
dominated the game from start to finish and. perhaps, a three goal
margin did not do them justice. Goals came from Mike
"Weasel" McCarthy, Ollie Waite and Jon Laidley. Jon
is now in double figures with 10 all in the League and is launching a
strong challenge for the Golden Boot. The side featured three seventeen
year olds and they all did extremely well which bodes well for the
The Sixes won 2 - 1 with a last minute goal by substitute Brutus
(back from injury) after Gary Blakeney (yes Gary Blakeney)
had put us ahead. Old Wilsonians fought back strongly and equalised
before half time but just when it seemed that they had ridden the storm
we scored from a free kick which was undefended -- and the ball was
calmly slotted into the vacant net. It proves the point that arguing
with the referee is futile and often costly.
Fives went out of the AFA Cup at Albanian -- losing 6 - 4 after leading
3 - 1 at half time. The details will follow. Goals came from the usual
sources -- Stu Naish two and one each for James and Stu Owlett.
TEAM GAME v OLD WILSONIANS CONFIRMED FOR SAT 29th DECEMBER 2007.
AT OLD WILSON'S GROUND AT HAYES HILL --- KICK OFF 1.30pm. PUT THIS DATE
IN YOUR DIARY.
THE GOLDEN BOOT
update Monday 10th December.
The current leader James Owlett scored again to take his total
to 17 -- three ahead of Tom Pardon 14 both Stu Naish 2 and one from Stu
Owlett keep them well in the hunt and both have 13. Close behind is Jon Laidley with 10. Geoff
Boadu and Darren Martin have 9. Don't rule out Jon Waite and Marcus Elliott
who are both on 8. Both Waitey and Darren have scored in each of the
last four games so they are right in form.
SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER 2007 -- FIXTURES
FIRST TEAM (A) v POLYTECHNIC
SERVICE Won 3 - 0
Mike McCarthy, Ollie Waite, Jon Laidley.
THREES (A) v
(A) v OLD PARKONIANS postponed
(A) v ALBANIAN Lost
6 - 4
(H) v OLD WILSONIANS Won
2 - 1
Blakeney G Brutus
FIRST TEAM GO INTO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE AFA CUP
with a 3 - 0 win over a determined Leyton County side who put up a great
fight. Goals came from Ashley Everett and two from Jon Waite.
SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER 2007 -- FIXTURES
FIRST TEAM (H) v LEYTON COUNTY
Won 3 - 0
Ashley Everett Jon Waite 2
Won 2 - 1
Ollie Waite Chris Tookey
THREES (A) v
Lost 6 - 4
Darren Martin 2 Rob Guppy Chris Eales
(H) v NOTTSBOROUGH
Drew 1 - 1
(H) v BB
Drew 2 - 2
Stu Owlett 2
(A) v POLYTECHNIC
HAPPY AS LARRY or SICK AS A PARROT
deal with the HAPPY first – congratulations to Harry and Steve for
guiding the Fours and Fives into the next round of the AFA Cup. The
Fives were expected to win but the Fours had a very tough task at Old
Meadonians the premier club of the AFC League – but the boys came back
with an excellent 2 – 0 victory – nobody would guess who scored –
yes it’s Tom Pardon and “Raffles” Martin again. They
travelled with 12 men but no goalkeeper --- but
they were not deterred and with John Baker pulling the gloves on they
took a 1 -0 half time lead and doubled it in the second period. A great
The Fives goals came form Stu Owlett (back after injury) and Dave Adams
(back after injury) on their 2 – 0 won over Old Finchleians and
Steve’s team, who were below strength, are on a roll at the moment and
hopefully will maintain their form and win something this season.
The Three also did well – after being 2 – 1 down at home to Old
Westminster Ctitizens they added three more goals to Dave Cross’s
opener from Tim Hollands, Russell Urso and new boy Rob Guppy. It was
good that Rob scored on his debut and Russ opened his account but has a
long way to go to catch his brother.
The other two games are reported under The Sick as a Parrot section.
How the First Team managed to lose is a mystery – Actonians scored
from a deflected free kick and TWO blatantly offside goals. We missed
chance after chance but Jay Askew had put us in the lead with his first
of the season and we were cruising when two awful goals put us behind at
half time. It was like the
in the second half and
’s penalty soon put us level --- then the Parrot was sick all over us
– a dire error in defence gave them a chance which was lurching
towards the net when a bloke standing offside applied the finishing
touch. We then battered them for the last 25 minutes and could have
scored four or five with a bit of luck – Gibbo hit the bar and we then
had a clear cut penalty – everybody saw their defender knock the ball
away with his hand except the ref -- he never saw it – mind you there
were about 19 players in their penalty area. These games happen once or
twice in the season and we played pretty well at times but Lady Luck was
station trying to sort out the chaos there – we needed her at Old
The Reserves had a shocker losing 3 – 0 after missing a penalty –
where was Brutus? I understand a series of expensive errors helped
Weirside Rangers to go through – disappointing as we had just started
to improve our performances and by all accounts we didn't play badly.
WEST WICKHAM AWARDED the FA CHARTER STANDARD
The club has been awarded the FA CHARTER STANDARD which is a
prestigious award recognising that the club is managed to the high
standards that Football Association requires. We will now press on with
our plans to improve our football facilities and attract new members to
our thriving Senior, Junior and Nursery sections. We plan to introduce
Ladies football in the near future as soon as the club refurbishment is
complete. New dressing rooms, with dedicated showers, are required and
improved training areas and pitch improvements are high on our agenda. A
big thank you to John Uwins, the general club Chairman, who spearheaded
the drive to win this award -- thanks also to all those members of
the Junior Section who played a big part in our success.
SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2007 -- FIXTURES
FIRST TEAM (A) v
Lost 2 -3
Jay Askew Jon Waite (pen)
v WEIRSIDE RANGERS AFA CUP
Lost 0 - 3
THREES (H) v OLD
WEST CITZ SAL
Won 4 - 2
Dave Cross Russ D'Urso Rob Guppy Tim Hollands
(A) v OLD
MEADONIANS AFA CUP Won
2 - 0
Tom Pardon Darren Martin
(H) v OLD
FINCHLEIANS AFA CUP
Won 2 - 0
Stu Owlett Dave Adams
SATURDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2007 -- RESULTS
FIRST TEAM (A) v
OLD WEST CITZ WON 3 -
Waite J David Elliott
v OLD ACTONIANS WON 4
Wadey Kemp J Osborn Laidley
(A) v OLD LATYMERIANS LOST
3 - 0 Cup
(H) v CIVIL
SERVICE WON 4 -
Martin 2 Pardon Slaney
(A) v HSBC
WON 2 - 1
Owlett J Owlett S
(H) v WINCHMORE HILL LOST
5 - 1 Cup
Saturday 17th November 2007
Fours pulled off another big win on Saturday defeating Civil Service 4
– 0 with two goals from Darren
Martin who seems to score for whichever team he plays for
– one from Tom Pardon
and the other from Phil
“Haircut” Slaney (his
first of the season). The Fours are certainly pulling together and
most of them were seen analysing their victory in the bar afterwards
– it’s a very long time since I saw the Fours demonstrating such
togetherness. Well done boys and well done Harry C. Steve said that he
will ring you this afternoon for some guidance on Wednesday.
The Reserves also hit four against Old Actonians without reply –
goals came from an Adam Wadey
penalty and a Jon Laidley deflection but there was much
debate about the other two – the goals were credited to Kent
Osborn and Joe Kemp but Tommy Williams, Billy Newman and
John Williams all claimed credit for these 2 goals. However, it was
clear to me that these boys were just jumping on the band wagon. Well
done to the Bear Boys.
The First Team went to Old Westminster Citizens expecting a tough
encounter in the Kent/Surrey Senior Cup – we got off to a bad start
when Everett and Elliott had their usual problem with the trains and
arrived 35 minutes late. We were on course for a 12.30 arrival at
Mitcham when I received a frantic call from skipper Freeman to
announce that there was no toilet paper at the ground and could I call
at a supermarket to buy some. Cuzza said that Waitrose did the best
bog rolls but Ashley disagreed and wanted to go to Superdrug – it
was getting late and Connor said “Just use the Sun.” Luckily I was
running out of petrol and the sight of a Shell garage relieved the
tension – most of the pumps were out of order so we had to wait
while time slipped by – Cuzza raced in and came back with two
packets of nasal tissues and explained that there had been an early
morning “run” on toilet paper and they were sold out. Some ancient
gentleman had pulled up at the pump next to me and narrowly avoided
taking off the passenger door and almost causing Cuzza to use the
tissues before we could rescue Freeo. Then we hit road works and
eventually arrived at 12.50pm from an 11.30am meet ---- not the best
of preparation for a Cup game.
The skipper (who had caused most of the trouble) was asked to play
centre midfield as “penance” with Gibbo returning to the defensive
unit and Sam Kemp retaining the right wing back slot. The home side
started the game at a high tempo and won most of the 50: 50 balls –
we seemed to be asleep most of the time and some of our defensive work
was either too hurried or too sloppy but give
credit for applying early pressure. The pressure eventually told when
Simmonds made his second back pass to keeper Owlett but it only
reached their centre forward who gleefully put the ball into the back
of our net. I use the word ”net” advisedly --- the goal net must
have been knitted by somebody from the blind school – you could have
sieved bulldogs through it. The home side deserved to be ahead but
Wickham broke away straight from the kick off Ben David sent
through but the final shot cleared the bar and ended up on Mitcham
Common. However, the goal was a wake up call and we rolled our sleeves
up and attacked non stop for the next 15 minutes. Ben David sent in
some excellent corners and
came close to converting two of them and their goal was blessed with a
big slice of luck but it couldn’t last and Marcus
Elliott converted a low cross from David to equalise the
scores at half time. We had already lost Kemp with a knee injury and
had looked quite dangerous on the right flank but in summary – this
was a poor half for the Bluebloods but the equaliser came at a
critical point and I never had any doubt about the outcome.
The home side kept flying into tackles like the Leeds side of the
60’s and stoppages were abundant – Freeman reverted to marker for
came on in central midfield – this move paid immediate dividends
when his pass inside their full back released Elliott and his cross
was smashed into the net by David.
Their keeper did well to save a long range shot from Elliott and their
defence was subjected to constant pressure and their substitute came
on with what appeared to be the sole intention of crippling somebody
– Palmer was having none of it and he found his name in the book
after a fierce challenge was deemed excessive by the ref. Neil Owlett
replaced a back to form Jay Askew but he soon felt the force of yet
another late tackle as did Everett and another booking resulted for a
Citizen’s defender. Gibbo was then poleaxed but while he was down a
cross from the right wing was converted by Jon
Waite – the home side complained that we should have
kicked the ball out of play so Gibbo could be stretchered off but by
now they had lost the plot a bit and to our credit the intimidatory
remarks were ignored. There was no time to add any more goals and 3
– 1 flattered OWC – they are down at the bottom of Division Three
but I am sure that they will win more games than they lose as their
defence was strong and they competed for every ball.
Man of the Match went to Cuzza for his outstanding defensive work and
for bailing out Freeo – at the other end of the park the combination
of Elliott and Waite gave the home side’s defence no peace and we
have a formidable array of talent in midfield. Wadey,
and Williams have yet to appear after injury and several Young Guns
are knocking at the door so make sure that you are fit and ready for
the challenges ahead. We have set ourselves high standards and these
must be maintained. Thanks to the 14 strong squad for their efforts
and for our loyal band of seven supporters who turn up at every game
– three of them never see a ball kicked as they have their own game.
The Threes and Sixes went out of their respective cups 3 – 0 at Old
Latymerians and 5 – 1 at home to Winchmore Hill. The Sixes were only
2 – 1 in arrears with 45 minutes to go but having missed a penalty
the “fell in a hole” at the end against an unbeaten side four
divisions above them – congratulations to 16 year old Josh
Morris who scored his first goal for the club (this boy has
a bright future).
Salter’s crew won 2 – 1 at HSBC – he complained that the pitch
was too flat and even but the Fives overcame the problem of playing on
such a surface with goals from the Owlett
brothers James and Stu. They are still up at the top
of the league and going very well so well done Steve and the boys.
Dave Beaumont made an appearance – let’s hope that he enjoyed
himself enough to commit himself to the club that he played for as a
FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM WICKHAM
great set of results for the Bluebloods with only the Sixes losing in
a dramatic AFA Cup game against a team 3 divisions higher --
Alexandra Park are also top of their division and we were leading them
3 – 2 when a calamity in our box gave them an equaliser in the last
minute. The visitors scored two in extra time but this was a good
effort by The Abris boys. Goals came from Aaron Jones,
and Gary Blakeney – yes, Gary Blakeney.
The other two Cup games ended in comfortable wins for both the First
Team and the Reserves. The Ones won 4 – 0 but it could have been
double figures but for an extra – ordinary display by the Old
Salopians keeper who kept the game scoreless at half time. How he did
it I don’t know – he was only beaten once – by his centre half
who, in a panic, crashed the ball against his own cross bar. The first
5 minutes after the interval were crucial and John Waite scored twice
and further goals came from Ben David and Marcus Elliott. Cuzza went
off injured at half time and
came on and did very well.
and Joe Ivory also played their part and didn’t look out of place so
the future looks bright.
The Reserves started well when
, with his new hair cut, headed home Ash Everett’s cross and we
scored a very similar goal in the second half when Weasel headed home
a cross From Adam Wadey. Our opponents Carshalton seldom
threatened our goal and our keepers Mark Owlett and Steve Foster were
The three away sides ALL WON --- top effort.
’s Fours continue to amaze us – they travelled to Old Actonians
with the bare eleven and won 3 – 1 with goals from Tom Pardon 2 and
Darren Martin. Both these boys are good for goals but this was a real
team effort and their win pleased me more than any other – good to
see Pagey back in the mix – this week he was in goal but where will
he be next week?
The Threes went to the Bank of England and came back with 3 points in
a 4 – 1 win. Goals came from Manager Scotty, Jon Laidley, Stu
D’Urso and Paul Blakeney. Another good effort and Jon Laidley has
now scored in all the four games that he has played for the club. Stu
is also scoring regularly.
The Fives came back from Kew with a 3 – 0 win and they are really
going great guns and need to keep it up prior to Xmas ready for
a crack at the title. Jumbo Cummings thinks he is a centre forward and
scored again from centre back while Stu Naish, another regular scorer,
and Barney Farmer completed the scoring.
These guys opened their account for the season
BLAKENEY BARNEY FARMER
Have you scored yet?
This promises to be an exciting contest with James Owlett still in the
is hitting form and Stu Naish, Stu D’Urso, Tom Pardon and Jon
Laidley are all knocking them in – Stu Owlett should be back soon to
add to the drama. Marcus, Geoff Boadu, Emrah and Ollie are also in the
frame along with Kingo. Who will get the wooden spoon? Cuzza, Macca,
Tookey, Simmo, PJ? No, I reckon it’s the Year of the Rat.
SATURDAY 3rd November 2007
A good weekend with all the Cup sides progressing and three players
scoring hat - tricks. Ollie Waite and Joe Ivory got 3 each in the
Reserves 7 - 0 win (Sam Kemp got the other). Jon Laidley got 3 in the
Threes 5 - 0 demolition of Crouch End -- Scott Holmes and Andy Siggers
got the other two. The Fives hit top form with a 5 - 0 win at Old
Alleyns -- Matt Waite playing his first game for 6 months scored two and
so did James Owlett and Stuart Naish -- the other came from Andy Newton.
Well done to all three sides.
In the League games the First Team let a 1 goal lead, from Matt
King, slip and Civil Service struck the woodwork twice in the second
period before they deservedly equalised. Most of the other sides in the
top division drew and a phenomenal 53.8% of the games have resulted in
draws ie 28 out of 52. This indicates that the title will be fiercely
contested this season although Wickham still lead the race one point
ahead of Nottsborough who were the only side to win at the weekend.
The Fours went down 4 - 1 to a good Old Owens side -- Chris Jones
got a consolation goal for us.
The Sixes's scorers were the ones that score every week it seems
-- Scott Saville, Geoff Boadu and Emrah Hassan (The Peckham Posse) while
Aaron Jones another Peckham lad got the fourth. Thanks to 16 year old
Joe Kallas and Josh Morris for turning out at the last minute and
playing very well. The game ended 4 - 1 to Wickham.
SATURDAY -- 27th October 2007
WEST WICKHAM 3 v NOTTSBOROUGH 1
The result of this game was in doubt right up to the 73rd minute when
Brutus entered the fray. Adam Freeman had put us ahead after 17 minutes
with a glancing header from an Askew free kick. The Manager, of course,
took the plaudits for moving the skipper into a more attacking role
rather than loitering around with Cuzza , Simmo, Gibbo, Porno and
Owletto. We did ok for the first 30 minutes but Nottsborough are too
good a side to lie down and they gradually forced their way back into
the game and we finished the first half at half time (which is quite
normal for us). The second half began not long after the first half
finished -- this also seems to happen to us every week. Snail number 3
wins the Big Race -- bad news -- Sievey eats the winner (this is out of
sequence but so what).
I knew that our visitors were much better than the way they played in
the first half and the result would depend on who could raise their game
and take advantage of the breaks. Wickham couldn't retain the ball for
long enough to release the front runners and Nottsborough began to
dominate the game without really looking like scoring. Notts
equalised with a goal that would turn a negro grey - the full back ran
50 metres at a pace that was not much above Snail 3 's pace and toe
poked the ball past The Owl. This was a setback - but Wickham
responded well. Waite and Askew were indefatigueable in there search for
the winner. The Notts defence looked strong although King and Elliott gave
them no respite and we always looked like we could score but didn't-- we
missed out on two close range headers and, although we got in good
positions we seemed destined to give our worthy opponents a point.
AND THEN ---
On came Brutus --- not match fit but confident of his own
invincibility -- I was frightened just standing on the line -- he
created mayhem and so disturbed a defender in the box that Marcus
Elliott had a half chance which he lashed into the back of the net.
Maybe Notts could feel hard done by but really they never looked
like scoring -- they had as much of the ball as us but Mark Owlett had
nothing to do in goal. With 10 minutes left Chris Rose scored a
wonderful goal -- he mesmerized three defenders, side stepped Kingo--
slipped past Waitey -- tripped over a defenders foot and then did
something that he normally doesn't do -- he kept calm -- and put the ball
in the back of the net. For me this was a great goal and I
know that Rosey will do this almost every week from now on-- it was
quality. Ash Everett had replaced Ross Simmonds who had battled
hard - having received a knock on the ankle he then decided to bite some
guys elbow which resulted in a split lip (sometimes called a Mather). We
dominated the last 10 minutes but overall the there wasn't much between
the teams. Greg Palmer then made his debut -- he only got 5 minutes but
he had already played 90 minutes for the Fours so he got charged £15
Match fee which I put on Snail 3 and won £270.
I will, however, give Greg his £15 back -- IF he meets me on
Wednesday night on the Kop when Robbie Fowler takes on Liverpool .
Robbie will race Sami Hyppia before the game, over 50 metres and the
winner will take on Snail 3. Snail 3 is trading at 5 to 2 ON on Betfair.
PAUL "Not so jolly" JOLLY
Bad luck on "Marlon" who broke his arm in and has a double
fracture of his elbow in the game against Crouch End on Saturday.
Unfortunately it was his right arm so he is now drinking left handed --
we all wish Marlon a speedy recovery.
LAST WEEKS STAR WAS --- JON LAIDLEY with a hat - trick in
his first game for the club in the Sixes. Will he repeat the feat this
week in the Threes at EBOGS. Emrah Hassan got two in the same game but
elsewhere the goals dried up.
FIRST TEAM KEEP THE FLAG FLYING
Only the First Team took all 3 points on Saturday 13th October with a
hard fought 1 - 0 win over a well organised Winchmore Hill side. The
only goal came from a Matt King penalty mid way through the first
half and neither side really troubled Owlett and Carter in the
The Reserves had a tough game at Civil Service who are unbeaten --
after taking a first half lead through an own goal they gave away 2 in
the second half and lost 2 -1. The Threes took an early lead against
Crouch End but the visitors hit back with 2 quick goals to lead 2 - 1 at
the break. However, Andy Siggers scored his first of the season
to add to Paul Freeman's first half strike and the game ended in
a 2 - draw.
The Fours went to another top side, Winchmore Hill and went down 3 -
1 -- Tom Pardon scored our goal. The Fives were blitzed 8 - 3 by a
rampant Civil Service -- Jamie Owlett got 2 and the other was an own
goal. The Sixes went down 2 - 1 at Kew who are also top -- Geoff Boadu
scored for us.
BIG RACE NIGHT AT THE CLUB Saturday 27th October
Our Impresario, The Great Raymondo, proudly presents a Big Race Night
--- if you haven't already bought a horse then buy one this Saturday --
they are only a fiver and you can be a lucky owner. Your horse could
bring you untold riches and you could go on to bigger things, Ascot,
Goodwood, Sandown or the beach at Camber Sands. The club needs your
support -- I would hate to see Ray rewarded for all his hard work BY
JUST THE "HARDCORE" PLAYERS SO ALL MAKE AN EFFORT -- BRING
YOUR WIFE -- YOUR GIRLFRIEND -- THE MOTHER IN LAW-- THE BUDGIE -- THE
HAMSTER but most of all bring your MONEY.
FIRST TEAM 0 v VCD 2 KENT SENIOR
Sat 6th October 2007 Kick off
This First Round tie probably came a bit too early in the season for us
and we didn't help ourselves by giving them two first half from mistakes
that only happen maybe 3 or 4 times a season and are punished. Strikers
at this level "don't look gift horses in the mouth" -- in a
league game we may have escaped the consequences but not on Saturday.
Down 2 - 0 at half time, we fought back very well but couldn't score.
There was some consolation from the comments of the referee and his
Assistant who thought that we were a good side who would feature at the
top of the Kent League if we were to enter. Their Chairman said much the
same thing but we know that we could have played much better and
Winchmore Hill (our visitors on Saturday) could feel our wrath in an
important League game.
ANOTHER GOOD WEEK END
The RESERVES maintained their form with a 1 - 0 win in the AFA
Cup at Old Wilsonians. By all accounts it was a drab game and Mark
Pettyfer's goal put us into the next round.
Scott's THREES also won a hard game against Broomfield by 2 -
1 with the young guns coming up trumps with the goals -- Greg Brown
and Jo Kemp
The FIVES were, surprisingly held 2 - 2 by HSBC --
unsurprisingly Geoff Airey scored again and so did one of their
The Abri is up for Manager of the Month with a 3- 0 win for the SIXES
over a strong Merton side -- goals from the Peckham Posse ( Geoff
Boadu, Emrah Hassan and Scott Saville) saw us home -- has
Bobby Sullivan's goal rush fizzled out?
WICKHAM SCORE 30 GOALS ON SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
Tom Pardon is top dog with 5 against Crouch End in the Fours 9 - 1
win and Dave Cross hits a hat - trick for the Threes in their 7 -
0 Cup win against the Royal Bank of Scotland. Jon Waite got 2 for
the First Team in their 3 - 2 win over last seasons runners up in the
top league, Old Wilsonians. Geoff Airey notched 2 for the Fives
in their 4 - 1 win over Carshalton with Stuart Naish and James Owlett
keeping up their goal scoring form with one each. James Stretton, Greg
Palmer, Rob Adams and Chris Hall who came through from last seasons
Junior ranks all scored their first Senior goals for the club and
another new boy, Greg Brown scored his first for the club for the Threes
(Darren Martin, Stu Holmes and Callum Hodge got the others). Matt King
scored for the First Team and Emrah Hassan for the Sixes who were the
only team not to win -- they were held 1 - 1 by Civil Service.
The rest of the goals came in the Reserves game -- Joe
Ivory 2, Stu Owlett, Mike McCarthy, Ollie Waite and Dave Adams. They ran
out 6 - 1 winners at Old Esthameians -- a top performance.
THE IRON MAN RETURNS
Barham is back next Saturday after his feats of derring -do in the
EUROPEAN IRON MAN contest -- he finished the course in a very good time
and he has asked me to thank all those who sponsored him. Apparently he
only entered the competition to ensure that he was fit for his September
social activities -- I believe that he was Best Man on 3 consecutive
Saturdays and had to look after the Groom and, of course, the
bridesmaids. This Saturday he will leave Wandsworth on foot and run to
London Bridge where he will dive into the Thames carrying half a
hundredweight on sand in his haversack -- he will swim towards Oxford at
record breaking speed, underwater. At Oxford he will take the parts for
his bike out of the haversack -- assemble it and ride, ferociously
towards Sandown Park where he will jump all the fences on the
steeplechase course in under 6 minutes still carrying the haversack full
of wet sand and his bike. From there it's a piece of cake -- he will
simply hop all the way to the ground at Corkscrew Hill ready for the
warm up. He said that if he leaves his flat at 1.30pm he should be at
the ground by 2.10pm. Stuart Owlett has agreed to do the course with him
if he gets up in time.
BEAUMONT'S GOT A BEAUTY --- no we are not on about his
girlfriend or anything else -- we are describing Jon Beaumont's first
goal for the club after 4 seasons. By all accounts it was a first class
effort and he duly bought all the team a beer. Well done Beau -- will we
have to wait another 4 years for your next goal.?
WICKHAM HAMMER POLYTECHNIC 23 - 6 --- Saturday 22nd
Well done to Scott Holmes and Stu Abrey who took the Threes
and Sixes to Polytechnic and won 5 - 4 and 7 - 1 respectively.
The highlight was Andy Foster's hat-trick for the Sixes in
his first League game for the club -- Geoff Boadu, Richard
Payne, Tom Pardon and Ross Simmonds got the others. The Threes game
was a see-saw ride but Wickham eventually won the game with 2
from Scotty, 2 from Paul Jolly and Stu D'Urso also scored again.
Polytechnic 4's came to Corkscrew Hill and were thumped 11 - 1 by
Steve Salter's side. Both Stuart Naish and James Owlett
scored four each and Ray Sievey, Andy Newton and Jon Beaumont (at last)
added the others.
Not such good fortune for the other two home sides --- the Reserves,
disappointingly lost 1 - 0 to Carshalton despite having the better
chances. The visitng keeper had an excellent game but we will bounce
back next week. The Fours had a ding dong battle with Alexandra Park who
took an early two goal lead via their Albanian striker. This guy was a
right handful and James Stretton knew that he had been in a game. We
fought back with goals from Nick Beck and Chris Jones but
proceeded to miss a bagful of chances. When a draw looked certain their
striker scored an outstanding goal with a couple of minutes left and
they added a fourth with the last kick of the game.
KENT COUNTY INTER CUP
WEST WICKHAM RESERVES 0 v SITTINGBOURNE
The Rymans South club turned out a strong side last night and were
worthy winners on a blustery night -- the bumpy pitch didn't help us but
it didn't hinder them and the crossbar was our best defender.
SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2007
FIRST TEAM 3 v
CLAPHAM OX 1
The visitors put up a spirited performance but were lucky to be on
terms at 1 - 1 at half time -- they equalised with what can only be
described as a defensive cock - up which left our keeper with no chance.
Despite injuries to Taylor and King we battled hard and James Gibson
added two late goals to Ashley Everett's superb opener.
RESERVES 1 v
OLD MANORIANS 0 AFA CUP
Stu Owlett, sporting a cut eye, scored in the last minute of
extra time to give us victory in a fractious encounter which saw 2
Wickham players dismissed near the end for dissent -- not an auspicious
start to the season for the club
6 v HSBC
An easy win for Scotty's squad after going 1 - 0 down in this Friendly
at Lennard Road. Tim Hollands hit 3 and Jo Kemp, Darren Martin and
Stu D'Urso completed the scoring.
SALTER'S SQUAD 5
v ABREY'S SQUAD 4
A goal feast and an enjoyable match ended in favour of Steve Salters
squad after Geoff Boadu had put the Sixes into an early lead. He
scored again and Emrah Hassan and the returning Adam Wadey completed the
scoring but Stuart Naish replied with two and Geoff Airey, Andy Newton
and James Owlett made sure that there was not a big upset.
SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2007
FIRST TEAM 5 v SINJUNS
The First Team continued in winning vein with a 5 - 0 victory at
Corkscrew Hill with two goals from Ben David and one each from Chris
Rose, James Taylor and Adam Freeman. "Rockin Boy" Roberts was
dragged out of the Reserves due to injuries during the game to Ben
Scarborough and Ashley Everett -- one critic said "he looked like
he had never been away" but another said "he ought to go
away". Who was right ? Well according to the skipper Rockin Boy had
v LLOYDS FIRST X1 1
Two more goals from a rejuvenated Stuart Owlett secured another win for
Bear's Boys. Stu has already scored 5 this season -- what would he be
like if he trained and got even half fit. He will score 20 this season
if he doesn't get crocked.
1 v ALLEYNS
A good work out saw Scotty's squad go down to a useful Alleyn's side
with Chris Jones getting our goal.
FOUR GAMES -FOUR WINS - SIXTEEN GOALS (w/e 1st Sept 2007)
Pride of place goes to Eddie Clark with a hat trick for the 3's
at MERTON where they won 4 - 1 --- at the same ground Ben Scarborough
and Stu Owlett both got two and Weasel one in the Reserves 5
-2 win whilst at Corkscrew Hill Richard John, Matt King and James
Taylor saw the First team home 3 - 1 also against MERTON. The Fives
were involved in a high scoring game and ran out 4 - 3 winners against
WICKHAM PARK 3's -- goals from James Owlett, Bobby Sullivan,
.Simon McGough and a cracker from darren Cornwall.
"THE SHOE" SHINES AT NUMBER THREE
"Geoffrey" Clapshoe put down his spade and picked up his bat
to lead WWFC Wanderers to victory against Barbados Overseas Cricket
Association on Wednesday. Chasing only 90 runs to win after fine bowling
by Matt King, Jay Askew, Tony "Boom Boom" Stuart and ex
keeper Johnny Wright -- the Shoe featured in a 46 run fourth wicket
stand with Jay Askew.
We lost three quick wickets as PJ and Boom Boom went cheaply and, not
to be outdone, Jonny Waite decided to follow them back to the pavilion.
Whilst all this was going on The Shoe was leaning nonchalantly on his
bat waiting for his next partner --- in came A. Skew and a monumental,
match winning stand took place. Unmoved by some quick bowling on an
unpredictable wicket The Shoe and the Skew took us in sight of victory
before The Shoe was caught behind after a stand of 46. The Shoe was
clapped all the way back to the bar for his fine contribution of NONE
--- mind you it only took him 13 overs to get this duck. Hugh the Oz and
Jamie (54) saw us home with 20 overs remaining.. Wickets went to Kingo 3,
Jamie, Hugh and Wrighty Almighty 2 each and Boom Boom 1 -- Boom Boom
took an extra-ordinary catch which was really ACs but the greedy b*****d
snatched it out of my hands at the last minute and then rolled
over four or five times clutching the ball to his ample bosom. Having
already caught two AC was not happy about this "grand larceny"
and banished Boom Boom to fly slip for the rest of the game. Other
catches were taken by PJ and Skew but none could match Boom Boom's
INTERESTING WEEKEND -- Saturday 25th August 2007
The First team and the Reserves visited Bromleian Sports, our near
neighbours, on Saturday with two unusual sides -- the Ones only had 11
and most of them had never played with each other before and one or two
of them didn't even know the others -- so a 3 - 1 defeat was not a bad
effort particularly as the third goal came in the last minute as we were
trying hard to equalise. Even the height of our keeper Mark Hanrahan
couldn't help us convert the numerous corners that we won -- and it was
interesting seeing him sprint back to his goal after failing to head
anything except fresh air. We played pretty well after the first 20
minutes but by then we were two behind -- Ben David pulled one
back and their excellent keeper kept us at bay. With 2 debutants, a new
skipper in Neil Owlett and a very attacking midfield we made enough
chances to win the game against a good side.
The Reserves dominated their game but it ended 2 - 2 due to, either
slackness or over confidence in the last 15 minutes, when we sat back
and paid the penalty. Joe Ivory scored a lovely goal and Stu
Owlett crashed in a screamer.
The First team were without 10 of last years squad and that's not
counting Matt King who is back from his travels. The Reserves were also
five short so the performances were encouraging.
WICKHAM DOUBLE UP AT THE BANK
The First Team beat HSBC 4 - 0 yesterday with two goals from Marcus
Elliott and one each from Dave Adams and Chris Rose whilst
our other First Team squad beat their Reserves 1 - 0 with a goal from Joe
Ivory ( both Match Reports available later under the TEAMS section
of the menu).
A combined 3/4's team earned a 1 - 1 draw against Wickham Park first
team -- another good effort.
BIG NEWS FOR THE BLUEBLOODS
Last night KEVIN O'DELL confirmed that he is ready to return to West
Wickham -- Kevin was last seen on the field some eight years ago and
large crowds used to turn up at Corkscrew Hill to witness his silky
skills and dynamic midfield running. Words such as "wondrous"-
"unbelievable" --" breathtaking" were some of the
many adjectives used to describe O'Dells performances. Kevin explained
that he is "the missing ingredient in the first team mix" and
asked where I would play him. To be fair I am lost for words -- can
anybody advise me where Kev should play. Personally I think that he
should get in touch with Jessie.
WEST WICKHAM 4th TEAM 1 v
WARLINGHAM RESERVES 3
An excellent effort by the 4/5's against the Combined Counties side --
with a mixed team who hadn't met or played with each other this season
we did very well. True Warlingham had many more chances but we stuck to
a very difficult task after losing our keeper after 35 minutes with a
suspected broken fibula -- we also lost Russ D'Urso in the same
incident. It was a complete accident and unfortunately resulted in their
second goal and we were 2 - 0 down at half time. Four players had to
leave after 50 minutes to play five a side so we ended up with just
enough players to see the game through. Joe Kemp scored our goal.
This game once again demonstrates that the standard of play
throughout the club continues to improve.
FIRST TEAM WIN 16 - 0 (see 1st Team Match Report)
LLOYDS stepped into the vacant fixture due to an error in the Reigate
Priory date and ended up on the end of a 16-0 defeat. However, they
played the game in the right spirit and never got downhearted. Nine
players got on the score sheet and Gibbo and Marcus move to the top of
the Golden Boot chart.
RYMAN'S PREMIER SIDE HOLD WEST WICKHAM TO A DRAW.
WEST WICKHAM 2 v
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 2
The First team threw away a 2 goal lead against the Ryman's Premier
side with some hesitant defending but this was an encouraging
performance as this was our first game of the season whilst the home
side have been at it since the start of July. Our goals came from Chris
Rose and Ashley Everett. Saturday's squads were without 13 players due
to injury, cricket or holidays and we introduced three new players in
the First Team game. Despite this, the Reserves did very well but went
down 3 - 2 to Carshalton Youth team -- with goals from Paul Blakeney and
Darren Martin -- we could have put this game to bed in the last 10
minutes but chances went astray.
WEST WICKHAM WANDERERS v HAYES (kent) CC
Another excellent game of cricket despite the bad weather. Batting first
we were cruising at 142 for 1 when PJ was dismissed for 85 giving a
difficult catch to Stu Eddicott. This was an excellent effort by PJ who
hasn't played for ages and it was only tiredness that got him out. We
then collapsed to 155 for 6 in a twenty minute spell but Scotty and Boom
Boom steadied the ship prior to lunch. Jonny Waite featured in a 98
first wicket stand with PJ before being given out lbw for 34. The rain
came just after lunch but we reached 209 for 7 before we were forced off the
field for 2 hours with 38 overs bowled and Scotty looking in top form.
We decided to make the game a 40 over contest and we added another
10 runs in the final 2 overs with Scotty and Bingo not out.
The new conditions favoured the home side and matters were made
worse when both AC and Waitey went down with hamstring injuries which
left us 2 bowlers short. Bingo opened the bowling and bowled some really
unplayable deliveries while Scotty tied up the other end. Hayes were way
behind the run rate because our fielding was excellent -- PJ and Ronnie
Byrne saved loads of boundaries but Dave Cross was proving a handful but
on 50 he was snaffled by Boom Boom -- a great catch in the deep (this is
Boom Boom's speciality and this time he didn't fall over the boundary
rope). Waitey then caught Naughty Tom at mid wicket and Johnny Miller
stumped their number 6. Fielders bowled
steadily to keep the runs down and Raffles had a bowl and did ok---
but the turning point was AC's decision to bring on Freeo with two good
batsmen at the wicket. He threw down some assorted rubbish but the made
an outstanding low catch to dismiss their overseas player -- poor man
couldn't believe that he hit a ball that bounced twice straight back to
Freeo. Stu Eddicott then battered Freeo for 10 in two balls but was the
caught by PJ in the deep -- another fine effort. Off came Freeo and on
came Ronnie Byrne and we were running out of bowlers. With five overs
left we looked in a bit of trouble because they only needed 10 an over
and PJ was yet to have a bowl -- Scotty came back on and the run chase
looked like going Hayes way. In the last over they only needed 10 to win
and Fielders was recalled to win us the game -- which he did with a fine
over which went for only two plus 4 leg byes and byes. Hayes finished on
216 for 7 chasing our 219 for 6 so we won by 3 runs in an excellent
Fortunately a big crowd from the club saw Freeo drop an absolute
sitter -- they loved it but Freeo did bail us out with 2 vital wickets
-- however, PJ was MOM for his 85 and excellent fielding -- Scotty was
not far behind with 30 not out and 2 wickets. Waitey and Ronnie also
fielded very well but dodgy hamstrings almost cost us the game.
WEST WICKHAM WANDERERS v BALCOMBE CC at Balcombe
The cricket team had a great day out under the astute leadership of
Raffa and there were some fine performances -- not least being that of
"Boom Boom" Stuart who drove home from Horsham in 37 minutes.
After 3 pints and breakfast in the Half Moon I won the toss and decided
to bat on the Academy wicket which was quaint (to say the least). Barnes
Walker opened with Holy Grail (Mike Quest for the---) -- these
youngsters gave us a solid base with 25 and 24 respectively. Wetters
(very short of cricket) smacked 58 with ten fours and a six before
giving way to Freeo who resembled a baseball player more than a
cricketer. However, Freeo is getting better all the time but lost Boom
Boom who mistimed a shot and gave the bowler a simple catch for a
quacker. AC then demonstrated the art of running between the wicket to
further Freeo's cricketing education. Adam went on to score a fine 68
not out with eight fours and two sixes -- AC departed after scoring 17
to be replaced by Jon Waite who batted very well for 34 not out with
five fours. I declared on 253 for 5 -- Kingo, Jacko, Millero and Tookeyo
They started badly when their opener was run out without facing a
ball in the first over -- Barnes throw gave Johnny Miller a chance to
get into the game and he removed the bails with the poor batsman
stranded. However, Balcombe soon got going and we struggled to get
another wicket although Boom Boom did catch their opener on the boundary
but stepped over ( he did exactly the same thing in the Sunday game on
the same ground from the same batsman). Chris Tookey opened the bowling
with memories of his last over at Balcombe in his mind (16 runs from it
with about 7 wides) -- he did much better though and could have had 2 or
3 wickets (Boom Boom's bad luck was also Chris's). He went for 57 off
his six overs which was a big improvement -- at the other end Kingo was
having no luck as Waitey kept dropping catches in the slips. At last
Jacko got their number 3 out for 51 -- Boom Boom removed the number four
with the help of a catch by Wetters and Jacko got another plumb lbw. The
left handed Aussie was giving us some trouble and with the opener he
looked likely to win the game for them but AC bowled the opener for 88
and the number 8 first ball and they still need seven an over off the
last 20 but Kingo's 2 overs of leg spin went for plenty and the
odds were turning in favour of the home side. The Aussie hit AC for 6
and a four (courtesy of Boom Boom's sloppy fielding which cost him
money) and we were looking a bit shaky. But the skipper brought back
Jacko with 8 overs left and only 57 needed of 8 on a small ground with 4
wickets left. Jacko tempted the Aussie into a big hit and John Miller
duly stumped him -- Freeo then took a stunning overhead catch at short
mid wicket off AC -- boyo this ball was travelling.
Balcombe's run chase had turned into a fight for survival at 233 for
8 with one over left -- Jacko removed the number 10 but the last man
survived the last 2 balls -- so an eventful draw watched by an
appreciative crowd including 3 or 4 lovely young ladies and they
affected our fielding somewhat as we spilled about seven catches.
THE LAST WORD ON LAST SEASON -- it's history -- on with 2007/8
Here is the Final Performance Analysis for all six teams for 2006/7.
||League & Cup
FIRST TEAM FRIENDLY SCHEDULE
Game v Carshalton Athletic at their ground is set for Saturday
4th August 2007.
Gonzalez Cup is on Saturday 25th August -- both the First team
and Reserves will play at Bromleian Sports.
The outside pitch has been booked for friendlies on 1st and
8th September 2007 for the First team.
Summer Vets League
Last week we lost against Edenstone but our back 3
were Stu Abrey, Paul Martins and Paul Cummings (total weight 48 stone)
so that's no surprise. BUT last night Wickham took on the pros of
Bromley FC and slaughtered them 4 - 0 -- all the players were drug
tested and found to be completely innocent which surprises everybody.
The Rat, in his interview with Norma Stits of the Wickham Bugle, said
" We woz awesome Babe" -- never lost for words, the Rat added
"Palace are next."
Norma, being a bit naive, said "I didn't know
that the Queen had a football team."
RESULTS TO WED 20th JUNE 2007
Lost to Edenstone 3 - 2
Darren Martin 2
Lost to Bromley FC 13 - 5
Geoff Airey 3 Andy Newton Darren Martin
Won v Real Wickham 8 - 4
Geoff Airey 3 Darren Martin PJ OG No Legs 2
Won v Wickham Park 4 - 0
Geoff Airey 2 No Legs Gibbo
Won v Colonials 4 - 0
Darren Martin 2 Gibbo
Lost v Edenstone 4 - 2
Won v Bromley FC 4 - 0
Darren Martin Geoff Airey Paul Jennings
Won v Real Wickham 5 - 1
Airey 2 Martin 2 Cotton 1
FIRST TEAM 1 v EBOGS 1
Thanks to EBOGS for completing the league season and we hope to see
you back in 2008/9 BUT don't bring that goalie again. You had to see
this game to believe it -- it could have been 5 - 1 after 15 minutes and
about 8 - 1 at half time but for the keeper who had an absolute blinder.
He continued in the same vein in the second half and we perpetrated some
incredible misses. Hitting the bar 3 times doesn't count boys , we need
to hit the net. Two refereeing errors ruled out 2 legitimate goals but
it was all a academic really as the season limped to an end. But EBOGS
defended bravely in true SAL tradition and it was unlucky for them that
several players left for pastures new and the first team suffered. Our
goal came from Neil Owlett late in the first half. It was
good to see "Wild Boar" Scarborough back in action whist Joe
Ivory made his full debut for the Ones -- both did very well indeed but
couldn't prevent Richard John from winning the Man of the Match award.
The team contained only 4 regulars but the squad system came into its
own and we played very well up to the six yard box then we got too
on winning the Senior Division title-- their success is well deserved.
TUESDAY'S SHOULD BE BANNED
The First Team just can't seem to score on Tuesday's as last weeks game
against a determined but outplayed Old Wilsonians demonstrated.
The final score of 0 - 0 could well have been 4 or 5 nil but their
keeper had a blinder -- we attacked none stop but couldn't find the net.
We were without Ollie Waite. Sam Kemp, James Williams, Ross Simmonds and
the recovering Adam Wadey but we played well enough to have won.
SATURDAY'S ARE BETTER.
We were again short of staff against Old Owens with Jay Askew and
Ollie Waite playing cricket, Willy still at Uni and Paul Barham at a
wedding. Sam Kemp was back and Dave Adams joined him on the bench. This
was a good game against a good footballing side and despite playing all
the second half with 10 men Old Owens never gave up. They took an early
lead and we then squandered a penalty but Jon Waite made amends when he
scored two good goals with the assistance of skipper Freeman - we gave
them a soft goal when we neglected our defensive duties but James Gibson
powered in a winning header after good work by Chris Rose. Their keeper
had an absolute blinder saving the ball with all parts of his body as we
rampaged forward but once again I was impressed with the way Owens play
and they will be a force to be reckoned with next season.
FIRST TEAM FALTER IN
SEARCH OF TREBLE.
The team went to Owens knowing that they had to win all of their
remaining games and hope that Nottsborough would lose two of their
remaining six -- a tall order if ever I saw one. the game at Owens was
played on a bumpy pitch and we came out 2 - 1 winners with a good header
from James Gibson and an own goal -- we gave away a sloppy goal
at the back post which was disappointing but the team battled hard.
On Tuesday 24th April we faced Nottsborough at Kingston
University and it was a pleasure to play on a flat surface with a good
cover of grass. We were without Neil Currie, Paul Barham, Sam Kemp and
James Williams for this vital game and we dominated the opening 20
minutes but slack marking let their centre forward through and despite
Simmond's determined effort to stop him the ball flew into the net.
Everett went straight to the other end and almost equalized -- we did
have the ball in the net via Gibson just before half time but the
linesman overruled the goal. Two more sloppy goals early in the second
period "cooked our goose" -- Ollie Waite reduced the
arrears with a fine header but we were down to 10 men for the last ten
minutes when Everett went off with neck damage. On the balance of play
the home side deserved their victory as they turned in a high class
performance and should now win the League.
On Saturday we entertained Broomfield without Jay Askew, James
Gibson, Ollie Waite, Sam Kemp and James Williams but still ran out
comfortable 4 - 0 winners. Goals came from Paul Freeman,
two from Ash Everett and a fine header from Jon Waite. Joe
Ivory and Scott Holmes had a run out in the last 25 minutes and despite
the score line Mark owlett had to be at his best to keep out several
This Tuesday we entertain local rivals Old Wilsonians -- Tuesdays
have not been kind to us so far this season so a big effort is needed
just in case Nottsborough get the shakes (they lost last Saturday to a
vastly under strength Winchmore Hill).
FIRST TEAM DRAW 1 - 1 at
ALLEYN OB last night after a hard fought game -- unfortunately we
missed a penalty and despite constant attacking their defence held firm.
NOTTSBOROUGH didn't take advantage of our slip as they also drew 2 - 2
with local rivals OLD SALESIANS.
THIRD TEAM v CARSHALTON -- League decision awaited after we
draw 1 - 1 with an unusual Carshalton third team and fail to win
promotion. We await the decision with a high level of interest on
several fronts (more to follow).
THE "GLEMNET GREEN
CAME "ROCKIN" HOME WITH THE AFA CUP LAST NIGHT - AFTER
A COMPREHENSIVE 4 -- 0 WIN AGAINST OLD HAMPTONIANS.
A fantastic performance by the Bluebloods swept Old Hamptonians
aside within the first 20 minutes with goals from Jay Askew and Jon
Waite -- Ashley Everett soon added a third but we had Marcus Elliott
controversially sent off for mild retaliation after 40 minutes. Playing
with 10 men in the second half made little difference to the game as
Wickham still dominated it and could have added more goals before Jon
Waite capped an outstanding display by converting a penalty. Skipper,
Adam Freeman collected the Cup from AFA President Bill Evans and Jonny
Waite collected the Man of the Match Trophy -- the rest of us collected
hangovers as the bus "rocked and rolled" home. The Sievey Male
Voice Choir was in full swing lead by The Rat and The Thumb and Bill
Roberts and Neil Linter's solos were top draw.
The Reserves lost a 2-0 lead away at Winchmore Hill which dented
their championship hopes -- goals from Chris Tookey (again) and James
Williams -- a 2 - 2 draw means we are relying on Civil Service to go to
The Threes also let a 2 - 0 lead evaporate and they lost 3 - 2 to
EBOGS but they could still be promoted if they win their last game
and EBOGS fail to win their last 4 games. Goals came from Darren Hunter
and Paul Jolly.
WED NIGHT --11th April 2007
Fifth Team drew 2 - 2 with Carshalton -- they led 2 - 1 with a
minute to go but conceded a penalty-- goals from the 2 Lees (Jones and
WEST WICKHAM 5 v
Goals from Ross Simmonds, Chris Tookey, Neil Owlett and two
pens converted by James Gibson and Joe Ivory give us a resounding
win against the exiles from Bolivia who compete in an International
League in London
WEST WICKHAM 1 v CIVIL SERVICE 0 Tuesday 3 April
Another clean sheet for The Owl and a pen from Jay Askew keep
the first team in with a chance of the Championship.
GOALS -- TOTAL 414
DONE TO EVERYBODY SATURDAY --- THE RESULTS MEAN THAT ALL THE FIRST 3
SIDES CAN STILL WIN THEIR RESPECTIVE LEAGUES.
The First Team readily disposed of the leaders Winchmore Hill 2
– 0 and, believe me, it could have been 6 -1 but for their keeper. To
win the League we need to win all of our games and hope that
Nottsborough lose one of their remaining fixtures other than one to us.
It’s a tall order but we are playing with high confidence and the
addition of Gibbo to the squad is a big bonus because we have a
difficult run in and we need the whole squad to be fit and available.
Goals from Ashley Everett and
The shake up in the Reserves seemed to do the trick and they ran
out 3 – 0 winners against Winchmore with goals from Bear (a beauty, I
hear), Mark Pettyfer and Darren “Raffles” Martin.. We need to
win our remaining games and hope that Civil Service drop 2 points
somewhere along the line.
Threes had a great weekend without even playing as EBOGS dropped
5 points in a double header and close rivals Carshalton got battered 7
-3 which means that we can still win the League – if we win both our
remaining games then we will be promoted DEFINITELY. Any of 4 teams can
still be champions but we have got to play 2 of them Carshalton and
EBOGS AND Alleyns (the leaders) have also got to play EBOGS so something
has to give.
The Fours got a good point at home to championship chasing
Winchmore Hill and stay in fourth place with 2 to play both away BUT we
can still finish in the top 3 which would be a tremendous effort by
Pageys team --- Neil Jennings got our goal and is removed, with due
ceremony, from THE LIST.
The Sixes had a great day out winning both their games against
South Bank /Cuaco 2 – 1 (Boadu and Rockin Boy) and 3 – 0 (Boadu,
Bobby Sullivan and Harrison Yeboah) – well done the Abri – they
should finish in the top four.
The Fives have 2 play and could (with a bit of luck) finish in
the top four.
The DINNER IS ON 28th APRIL and WE EXPECT YOU ALL TO BE THERE
– TO CELEBRATE THE BEST SEASON THAT THE CLUB HAS HAD FOR AGES.
CAN WE SCORE 500 GOALS THIS
So far we have scored 395 goals -- there are 26 games remaining so we
need to score just over 4 goals per game. It's not impossible but if we
do make 500 then almost certainly we will have quite a few honours
coming our way so let's go for it. Ten of the games are First Team games
and they are all difficult ones but we will be doing our best to help
achieve the target. Everybody needs to put their shooting boots on
-- it's just a pity that we are not playing
this week because I am sure that we would get 4 or 5 against them.
FIRST TEAM WIN THE KENT/SURREY CUP FINAL --- BEATING HAC 3 -
set the Ones on the victory trail with a superb headed goal from Ash
's cross. We hit a purple patch early in the second half with 2 goals in
three minutes from
and Marcus Elliott -- we then conceded a silly goal by losing our shape
with everybody thinking they could score and temporarily neglecting
their defensive duties. The Owl was not amused at letting in a goal --
he only had 2 saves to make all game and this breaks his run of five
clean sheets. Both Everett and
could have added further goals but the HAC keeper was in fine form and
four or five fine saves.
Thanks to the large number of fans who made the trip to the Bank
ground -- there were, unfortunately, quite a few drop outs from the
coach party but Ashley's children and nieces and nephews filled a few
gaps. Maya and Ben Linter were certainly lucky mascots for the Club --
thanks for the Wickham balloons guys they looked great on the Cup. Match
Report to follow.
The Reserves had an unexpected reverse when they went down 4 -
0 at home to Old Finchleians -- but we still have a good chance of
winning the title as we lead the table by one point but Civil Service
have a game in hand.
The Threes showed a lot of commitment and the whole squad
performed well in overcoming title chasing Alleyn Old Boys 2 - 0. Paul
Jolly capitalised on good work by Joe Ivory to give us the lead and
Darren Hunter came off the bench to revitalise the attack and set up
young Stuart Holmes who scored his first goal for the club
-- well done both of you. This was a good comeback by Scott's side after
the disappointment of the 0 - 0 draw last week. Keep it up boys -- if
you win the last 2 games you will win the title or at worst get
The Fives smacked eight past a hapless IBIS side
with goals from Chris Jones (2), Lloyd Willis, two own goals and the
others from Stuart Naish (2) and Lee Jones.
MIXED FORTUNES FOR THE BLUEBLOODS
We have only got six sides but we played 8 games on one Saturday
afternoon -- I tried to explain this to my wife but she gave up trying
to understand the reasoning and said that she preferred ironing to
Anyway, the First Team extended their winning run by beating Old
Lyonians 3 - 0 -- but the Reserves had their championship
hopes dented when they failed to take the required six points from the
double header at Nottsborough. They drew 1 - 1 and won 3 - 0
-- which was the home game and which was the away game? I need this
information to keep my performance records straight. Marcus Elliott
scored two and Jay Askew got the other for the Ones while Borelly
Kizamba score in the Reserves drawn game and Mark Pettyfer and
notched in the other "game".
Robin Cross and Joe Ivory both youngsters made
pleasing debuts for the First Team.
The Threes lost a bit of ground in their quest for promotion
when they could only draw 0 -0 with Old Salesians but they
can still do it if they win their last 3 games (all against title
The Fours pulled off a 2 - 1 win at Old Stationers
with a radically changed side -- so thanks to all the players who made
the journey at the last minute via the help of Nick Stretton. Chris
Jones got our equaliser and skipper Page scored a blinding
winner in the last minute.
The Fives went down 8 - 4 at Carshalton and their opponents
can still win that division as they have games in hand.
The Sixes had to play a double header and lost them both 2
- 0 and 1 - 0 to Old
Citz and this puts paid to any chance they had of getting promoted.
FIRST TEAM win through to AFA SENIOR CUP FINAL with a 2 - 0 win
The First Team had a hard fought victory at UCLA against an excellent
Nottsborough side. The game went to extra time after Ash Everett hit the
post with the last kick of the 90 minutes. We played much better in
extra time than we did in the second half of normal time when
Nottsborough had more possession but could not pierce our strong defence.
Goals came in the last 3 minutes via Ash Everett and
from the spot. We now meet Old Hamptonians on 14th April 2007 at Old
Parkonians ground at Barkingside. Hopefully we will arrange a coach and
it's not impossible that we will arrange a party on that night win or
The Reserves, with a depleted side drew 0 - 0 at Old
Wilsonians and they maintained there lead at the top of the table.
They are a point ahead of Civil Service with a game in hand and 7 games
left to play.
The Threes also turned out a depleted side but ran our 4 - 0
winners against Old Westminster Citz with goals from Scot Holmes, Darren
Hunter, Sam Kimber and Neal Downe. Stuart Holmes made his debut aged
just 16 and was unlucky not to mark his first start with a goal.
The Fours pulled off a great 2-1 win at Old Finchleians with
goals from Georgie Goodridge and Adrian Gentles -- well done Pagey and
his depleted side.
The Fives unfortunately lost 2-1 at Old Wilsonians with the
last kick of the match --Lee Jones scored from the spot but the team
underperformed which is disappointing.
The Sixes went down 4 - 0 at home to Civil Service.