Old Stationers 0 – Alexandra Park 3

League | February 25, 2012

‘He glassed me, he f*cking glassed me. I am going to physically burn him’. I would position the AP first team as more of a Derek Chisora than a David Haye. High work rate, slightly unstable….potential weight issues. Either way, some low quality impersonations lightened the mood in the warm up. We were up off the beaten track at Old Stationers to kick on in our Div 3 campaign. OS had taken a point off us at the Racecourse and were ticking along towards the top half of the table.

We headed past Barnet to the near rural surroundings. Upon looking at the rolling fields Matt Kelly suggested he would like a girlfriend from this neck of the woods. This was his Pride & Prejudice. The pitch was a little bit cut up, although it was a very pleasant North London day. OS could certainly be put in the bracket of ‘hit and miss’, so we had to prepare for all eventualities.

The first half was nervy for large parts. I put it down to the fact that there were a couple of attractive women watching the match. I headed the ball back to the keeper on a couple of occasions and I could see they were impressed. That aside, the opening 30 minutes were scrappy. The pitch was particularly narrow, sending every set piece back post by default. Simpson could have given away a peno, Matt probably should have had one at the other end. The referee made some interesting calls in both directions which we shall not dwell upon.

We took the lead a little before half time. Jay hadn’t had much service prior to this. I kicked off with him about his first touch resembling that of a squash court back wall (actual words, hold the ball up you f…..g c…). He had a paddy at me back. It’s an ongoing cycle. However, when Mr Hughes does get the ball in good areas, he can be very effective. Jay was played in over the top to the right hand side, broke clear of the last man and unselfishly squared to Matt Kelly who got ahead of his man to prod home. We went into the half with the lead.

No talk of ‘getting in their a*ses’ this week unfortunately. Just a case of being a little more patient and improving the off the ball movement. Playing up hill in the second 45, we certainly did that. It was one of the best halves of football we have played this year. Credit to Dan and Chris in front of the back four, the ball didn’t really reach us for long periods of the second half. Kieran and Tom raided down the left, Sam darted down the right, Lee trundled up in support. To be fair to Carlin, he was very good in an attacking capacity, bar one cross that embarrassed himself, his teammates and the club in general. Lee apologies for this disgraceful delivery.

The next goal was always going to put the game to bed. Jay almost headed home a lovely team move but rattled the bar, he did however have a hand in the second. After a good build up, Jay fired across the area for Matt to sweep home into the roof of the net. I will give ‘Mr North London’ his credit, a crisp finish on a bobbly surface.

We made a couple of changes following the goal but continued to keep the ball well. Ellion came on and it was his closing down and delivery that set Kelly up for his hat-trick. With the full back robbed and the ball squared, Matt took a touch and passed it home. A tidy goal.

The game fizzled out and the win was in the bag. Despite this, their striker pleaded for the ball claiming, ‘this lot are sh!t’. At 3-0 up, we asked him to clarify his logic. Fortunately, he assured us that this was not as a team, just relative to him as individuals. We were glad this was cleared up.

So, the unbeaten run continues with a very good 3 points. Nobody is getting complacent. We are the team to beat in this league which will only make the remaining games more intense. 6 more games, let’s keep winning. We have achieved nothing as of yet!

MOM : Kelly. Hat-Trick. Moves on to a sensational 19 goals.

Team : Simpson, Carlin, Patterson, Egan, Thrale, Nicholau, K. O’Leary (Jones), Morris, Kelly, D. O’Leary, Hughes (Kenga)

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