1. Cameron (GK), 2. Sam.D., 3. Billy, 4. Oakley , 5. Jack D, 6. Jack C, 7. Sam.A. (Capt), 8. Jack M, 9. Ajiri, 12. Oliver, 14. Jake
A fine sunny morning in Olney, Whirlwinds arrived with a new formation and a new captain in Sam A. , who won the players vote to take over the captaincy.
The game started with Olney in the ascendancy, playing some nice football, Whilrwinds understandably were taking a bit of time to settle in to their new formation, a break down the right caught the away rearguard napping and Olney broke the rear line bearing in on a goal the attacker decided to pass instead of shoot, the pass was tucked away but from an offside position, an early let off. Again Olney were on top with the Whirlwinds just about holding firm, but struggling to get any the length of possession to release some pressure. Olney increasingly were hitting long balls over the top to try and get in behind, a straight ball down the centre turned the Whirlwinds defence, the keeper stayed back and allowed the Olney attacker to latch on and slot home 1-0, and on the balance of play a deserved lead. Olney continued to dominate possession but were increasingly forced to play a long ball as they were struggling to break through the Whirlwinds defensive lines, Whirlwinds continued to be far too wasteful in possession, and invited too much pressure. Olney doubled their lead when a poor touch, when in possession was pounced on and finished 2-0. Ten minutes of the half remained and it was a test for the away team who have thus far, this half of a season, collapsed when under pressure. This time they responded well, started to venture forward and have more possession, a couple of forays were well marshalled by the home defence, but a least the away side were now making a game of it. An interchange of passes in the middle, released Ajiri down the left, he powered passed his marker and slotted a low cross in which Jack M, swept home 2-1. Whirlwinds now had their tails up, a long range effort from Sam A, sailed over, an equaliser nearly came when another bursting run from Ajiri saw his left foot strike fly agonisingly past the far post, Olney were now being pinned back and looked a completely different side to the team that had strolled around comfortably for the first 20 minutes, half time probably came at the wrong time for the away side, as they were enjoying their spell of the game.
Half time team talk, revolved about being more positive and encouraging to team mates, a couple of individual errors had cost us 2 goals, but we must support each other through it. Next goal we felt was really important as Olney looked shaky when put under pressure.
Whirlwinds started the second half the more positive of the two teams and were enjoying some good possession and more game control, Jack M always busy up front, found himself in space running at the home rearguard, he twisted right and then left, defenders in is wake his powerful shot was saved by the home keeper. Straight from the goal kick Olney broke down the right, a couple of desperate defensive lunges failed to stop the cross coming in, it flicked up from a deflection and bounced in front of the goal, two defenders tried to stop the and attacker from tapping it in, but could only apply a touch which sent the ball across the line, a cruel blow 3-1. Heads understandably dropped a little, a great chance to equalise and take control back of the game at one end, and then immediately a cruel bit of luck at the other. The game was quite even now, Olney were now posing a threat and being more aggressive in defence, some hefty challenges going in to stop the Whirlwinds pacey counter attacks, Olney had a good chance to increase their lead but the shot was scooped high and wide. Whirlwinds broke on the counter, the ball was threaded through to Jack M, who controlled and smashed home 3-2. Olney again looked a bit wobbly coming under pressure defensively, but still looked a threat going forward. An injury to Jack C, forced a defensive reshuffle, it seemed to disrupt the Whirlwinds, and hand back the inniative to the away side, lack of midfield cover allowed the home side to increase their lead 4-2. It seemed to take the wind out the away teams sails and a few minutes later, again a lack of midfield cover lead to another goal 5-2, which finished the scoring and action for the rest of the game.
Summary : A much improved first half display, took a little time to settle down, but worked much better as a unit. Started the second half well, but we lost our way a little, and didn’t work as well as a unit in the second half, and got punished because of it.
M.O.M : Jack M, two fine finishes and never stopped working for the team, his work rate is an example to others.