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Mens 1st XI - Match centre

Old Silhillians
J Clapham (10' , 65' ), M Deakin (30' )
Full time
Sat 3 Dec 14:30 - 1st Team - Midlands 2

Nick Wall's Match Report (brought to you by James Clapham)

Due to a unicorn shaped cut on his face (story in full later on) this week's match report has not been written by the DoD.

On a fresh and clear winters day we all arrived at fortress Sils looking forward to Ali Raza's choice of woolly hat and sunglasses for the day but to everyone's dismay we heard he was not to arrive until start time. Yet again we would not learn the press and some of us were beginning to forget what to do now. Nevertheless our intrepid leader attempted to be just as dull and repetitive in his pre-match instructions. A task to which he excelled.

So, knowing we shouldn't concede in the first ten minutes we forged our way onto the pitch. After the warm up, and with two minutes until push back, Ali Raza arrived but to our horror, considering the exceptionally bright sunshine, without sunglasses. Not to be deterred, and knowing better than the umpires when we should start, he walked us through the days press (sighs of relief all round) and the game began when he was good and ready but not a moment before.

To quote our missing DoD "we started the game well and soon found ourselves 1-0 down." Unfortunately this time it turned out to have actually happened. Not to be deterred the team were led by the dream trio up front, at times making it hard to know whether we were the Sils or the Barcelona front three of James 'Neymar' Clapham, Nick 'Messi' Wall and Ben 'Emile Heskey' Harmer. They soon found themselves level thanks to a pin-point, unstoppable flick from James Clapham. Soon after, the Sils took the lead, after Matthew 'Cat Flap' Deakin ghosted into the back post like Patrick Swayze to finish with aplomb.

Half time arrived and with it praises from Ali Raza, as well as the call to continue as we were and for cool and calm heads in the second half, but did he speak too soon...

Just for a change the Sils conceded two goals early in second half.

The Sils cause was further hampered when Nick Wall decided to try and head Andre Tchakhotine's goal bound shot. Apparently this doesn't work with a hockey ball, which has led to him now looking like the elephant man. Although, on a positive note, the swelling means his nose looks normal size.

Not long after this Ben Harmer decided he was tired. Also, having admired Matthew Fell's cankles for a while, he wanted to try one on for size. Another injury for the Sils.

These were soon followed up by goalkeeper Patrick O'Malley deciding he wanted a rest and the best way about this was to demonstrate to all how not to talk to umpires who willingly obliged in giving him a two minute sit down. Not to be outdone, Ali Raza decided to join in. This was probably due to the glaring sun and lack of aforementioned glasses, proceeding to tell the umpire how incorrect he was and how he could better not only his umpiring but himself as a person. Was 5 minutes in the sin bin for one of our players enough for our coach? No! The game was far too easy so let's go on for 10 minutes a player down. Naughty coach for not sitting down - clearly an extension for the yellow deserved right there.

Having made it through ten minutes with a man down the Sils began to push again and thanks to an excellent miss hit from Luke Kent, James Clapham grabbed his second of the game and the Sils equaliser. From then on most of the team tried to win the match, apart from Matt Northcott who decided scoring is easy, missing over and over again takes far more ability, leaving the final result 3-3.

MoM: Matthew Deakin
Reason: having cat flap abilities

DoD: Nick Wall
Reason: trying to eat a hockey ball

Key moments

Goal James Clapham scores for Old Silhillians
Goal Matthew Deakin scores for Old Silhillians
Goal James Clapham scores for Old Silhillians


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70:00 Player of the Match
Matthew Deakin is awarded player of the match for Old Silhillians
65:00 Goal 3 - 0
James Clapham scores for Old Silhillians
50:00 Green Card
Patrick O'Malley receives a green card for Old Silhillians
50:00 Yellow Card
Ali Raza is yellow carded for Old Silhillians
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matthew Deakin scores for Old Silhillians
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Clapham scores for Old Silhillians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Silhillians
  • Boots
  • 0
  • James Clapham Goal 10:00'
  • Matthew Deakin Goal 30:00'
  • Ali Raza Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Patrick O'Malley Green Card 50:00'
  • James Clapham Goal 65:00'

Team selection

O'Malley, Patrick O'Malley, Patrick
Blatt, Etienne Blatt, Etienne
Harrison, Tom Harrison, Tom
Stevens, Will Stevens, Will
Deakin, Matthew Deakin, Matthew
Peachey, Harry Peachey, Harry
Kent, Luke Kent, Luke
Tchakhotine, Andre Tchakhotine, Andre
Wall, Nick Wall, Nick
Clapham, James Clapham, James
Northcott, Matt Northcott, Matt

League round up

Other Midlands 2 results

Telford & Wrekin
Coventry & North Warwick


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hampton-in-Arden 22 52
2. Boots 22 50
3. Stratford 22 47
4. Telford & Wrekin 22 46
5. Chesterfield 22 41
6. Coventry & North Warwick 22 31
7. Old Silhillians 22 22

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