Each year the annual OV versus School match
brings out some of the best and worst in friendly
Since Sam Habin has taken over the
management of the 1st XI, this match has taken on a more
significant meaning to many of the players who were selected. The
selection committee had a difficult decision this year on whether
to start Henry Le Maistre due to his reputation for being strong in
the tackle. Due to the fact it was only an exhibition game, it was
decided that Le Maistre would start on the bench for safety
A finely tuned group of individuals arrived
at College Field. Attempting to act as professionally as possible,
a warm up commenced. For once everyone managed to make it through
without incident to the kick off.
The oldest starting player this year was
Grandpa of the team Peter Gough. He mentioned before the game that
he had not played in a while but his first touch was solid as ever.
He was partnered at the back by Mark Chipperfield who is almost
unrecognizable from the days when he used to be part of the 1st XI
due to the fact that he now has one of the worst haircuts known to
The OV's started positively pressing the
1st XI hard. The YAK (Jacob Wysmuller) terrorised the
1st XI defence. Within the first 20 minutes the Yak had netted
twice, once with his head and then a composed right footed finish
into the bottom corner. Great touch for a big man! This was exactly
the start the OV's were looking for.
The situation became a little more edgy
when a 1st XI winger broke down the right and cut into
the box. Chipperfield, probably due to the fact that his hair was
in his eyes, stuck out a lazy leg and brought down the player in
the area. Somewhat dubiously Mr Habin pointed straight to the spot
and the School were back in the game. The keeper went the right way
but stood no chance, even with his exceptional athletic ability.
The game now stood at 2-1.
The OV's managed to grab a third just
before half time to settle the nerves.
At half time it was decided that is was the
right time to unleash Le Maistre who had been chomping at the bit
to get on the pitch. I do believe the last time Le Maistre graced
the hallowed turf that is College Field, he was asked to leave the
pitch by Mr Smith in a House football match for being too
enthusiastic. It was either leave the pitch of his own accord or be
sent off. The 1st XI were blissfully unaware of his history.
As the second half kicked off, Le Maistre
swung into action. "No holds barred" Le Maistre forgot that he is
now a little older than he used to be and, due to the fact that
that he can often be found pumping iron in Fitness First, has a
little more muscle than he used to. This has somewhat slowed him
down, as he is not as quick as he used to be into the tackle.
Unfortunately for the poor lad that went up against him (we will
call him boy X) got to the ball ahead of Le Maistre. Le Maistre was
so late into the tackle I do believe that 2 or 3 passes had been
completed before he actually slid in and made contact with boy
The referee was watching play elsewhere,
again showing the lateness of the tackle, so did not see it. It was
a "straight red" but Le Maistre got away with it. Boy x, however,
had not and was flat out on the grass attempting to work out how he
was going to walk again.
Goal of the game came when creative
midfielder Charlie Payn took a quick throw in to marauding left
back Alan Falle. Charlie took the ball down on his chest and lashed
it into the top corner from 30 yards out, leaving the 1st XI keeper
without a hope.
The game passed without further incident
and the OV's eventually ran out 5-3 winners. A great performance
for an ageing bunch of part time footballers!
A special thank you must go to Mr Habin for
refereeing the game, and to all the players who took part.