SWAY v OLD OAKMEDIANS - Hants int. Cup 1/11/08
It was foul day to watch football ! The rain came down as if Nature herself was trying to cleanse the soil . Supporters huddled beneath trees in a futile attempt at staying dry, thinking long and hard about a tactical retreat to the warmth of Sway Social. The first half began with Old Oaks on top, playing some neat football as Sway players struggled with the early conditions. A cross from the visitors right side saw Dave Foster trying to keep his boots dry by mounting the centre forward in the box, and the referee gave a penalty. The striker stepped up, and despite Andy Sques correct guess on the direction of the shot, the ball hit the net before Andy had gone too far fron the vertical ! Heads were scratched and opinions were voiced - Bill Stride , despite the obvious flaw in his argument, commenting that the Sway players had not left the changing room ! Sway upped the tempo from the restart and began to dominate the play, Davis' 'trickery' in the box leading to a penalty for Sway just minutes later. Paul Sims assumed the position and calmly hammered home an unstoppable spot kick to equalise.1-1. Sway were now on top, and on 30 minutes , a neat move down the right saw Stuart Sims dummy both goalkeeper and defender to slot home and give Sway a 2-1 lead. Old Oaks defenders were now starting to feel the heat as ball after ball penetrated their lines. Moments before half time another move found Paul Sims once again in sight of goal and his fierce shot went under the keeper. Half time SWAY 3 OLD OAKS 1
Half time witnessed a scramble to the tea room , where Loveless, Bachelor and Clark had valiantly manned the breach as the tea ladies were absent that day. Unnecessary comments were made on the strength and texture of the amateurs' attempt at tea manufacture, and thoughts were turned to Arsenal being 1-0 down to Stoke - get in !!! The players returned to the pitch and were frustrated by the referee's inability to force down his hot cuppa, being made to wait.
The second half began as the first with Old Oaks 'coming out of the changing rooms' first. Sway were stretched at the back as the oaks once again played some nice football, without ever really threatening the goal.15 minutes in to the half, Striiiiiiiiker Davis finally got in on the act when, after a slight scramble in the box , the ball fell to Davis, who, despite getting the ball under his feet managed to pass the ball in to the corner of the net to make it 4-1.Oaks spirits were broken by now, and Sway began to play at will(whoever he is ?).Next on the score sheet was Paul Sims again with a burst through the inside right position to finish well in the far corner- hatrick to Sims. Davis netted again shortly afterwards with a run in to the box and neat chip over the advancing 'keeper, and with minutes to go, Davis completed his own hatrick when a great strike from Alex Rubycz came off the post and ran along the goal line for Davis to smash home from 3 inches. A great result with good football played in the conditions, although Steve Clark (Manager/groundsman) was trying to pull out what's left of his flowing locks as the pitch cut up badly towards the end of the game.
Final score SWAY 7 v 1 OLD OAKMEDIANS