With Old Georgians two points ahead Reading Rustlers knew that only a win would retain the Vets Div 1 league title for another year.
A slightly sticky OGs pitch did not prevent our best players showing what they could do. Early on it fell to Jorrit to match up with Danny Hall, this suited us as Chris Cookman could double teamed him and after about 15 minutes with the match goal less Mace took over at center back and it was not long before Danny was running flat out at him a heavy collision saw Mace seeing stars and a yellow card. Simon was definitely concussed and would play no further part in the game carried off after just 5 minutes. During the confusion OG's took the upper hand and following a corner which we charged down Danny was able to lift his second shot high into the net.
When back to eleven we regrouped and then started the Jon Wyatt show. He converted two short corners with powerful flicks and added an open play goal to bag a hat trick in about ten minutes. After the break we were able to take charge somewhat with the whole team playing well. However following a good break by us Tim seemed to have won a corner for a foot in their circle - it went unnoticed despite our protestations and play went on and right down the other end for Danny to reduce our lead with a rasping shot. We protested too much and big Rob was shown a yellow.
There followed a frantic passage of play with Immy taunting OGs mostly with his stick but also with his whit! Wyatt Cooper Thompson and. Mahmood showing their class but the game lurched again when Jon was shown a yellow for a heavy clash - so down to 10 again! Five minutes latter Jon was back on just in time to see Andy dismissed when his stick was hooked and again he protested too much.
So Immy stepped up missed two quite easy self created chances and then scored a great goal cutting in from the left. Colin then followed up a Thompson corner to score a rare goal and then it was all over. 5 - 2 was a great result, a deserved result but one done the hard way. It was a match played in good spirit both on the pitch and off and the 4 yellow cards did not truely reflect the nature of the game. Both umpires did their job well however and perhaps we should reflect on these cards as we go into next weekends three important matches.
Having drunk the bar dry a very contented team left for home - all except Mace who Jackie took for a brain scan. I am pleased to say they found one, in reasonable condition, and he has declared himself fit for next Saturday when we play Southgate at home at 12.00pm
On sunday we have Over 40’s semi at 12.15 and the over 50’s semi final at 2.00pm any support welcome.
More about all that later - - well done all who played at OGs and also those who have played such a big part in getting us through to this successful shoot out