For the second year running, staff proved they were superior with a crushing 3-1 victory at Oxford City on Tuesday evening. (At which point does it become clear that this piece has been written by a staff member?)
Students started the game with high energy creating numerous opportunities early on but nothing to worry goalkeeper, Ben Martin. Tired legs from the staff ten minutes in were relieved when they got a foothold in the game, holding onto possession a lot more frequently. The game would get its first goal half way through the first half, when after some scintillating build up play, Tom Weedon threaded Paul Richards through to slot home, 1-0. The lead lasted only 5 minutes after some nice play from Upper Sixth student Sam on the right; he found Lower Sixther Jaume who placed the ball into the far corner, 1-1. With 2 minutes to play staff whipped a corner in which students failed to clear. The ball fell to Tom Weedon who had the simplest of jobs prodding the ball home. The first half was a battle of the midfields, but with the Students defence opening up and Staff fitness lowering, the second half was sure to be more open.
Students again started the half well with Greg (U6) missing a golden opportunity for the students to take the lead. A show of experience at the back from Martin Proctor and Johny Richards was key in stopping the student team from breaking forward regularly. Frustration was beginning to show on the students, with a wild challenge from James (U6) on Johny Richards, gaining the game’s first yellow card. When a loose ball was lumped forward, Rob Barker latched onto it and superbly lobbed the ball over the keeper, only for Referee Oli (L6) to flag him offside. This was becoming a regular occurrence with flag-happy Oli proving to be the best defender for students. With time ticking the students were pushing hard, searching for an equaliser. However, when the impressive Alex Newton picked up the ball and released Tom Weedon, curtains were calling. He squared the ball to an equally impressive Rob Barker who got a well-deserved goal, leaving the match with a final score of Staff 3-1 Students.
A huge thanks to all the staff and students that took part, giving up their own time to play in a what can only be described as a competitive contest.
Man of the Match – A collective team effort from the staff proving that experience beats youth!