While the 1st XI opened their league campaign with a 6-2 defeat at National League hopefuls Havant, the 2nd XI and 3rd XI began with tense wins. The Ladies 1st XI lost their second league match and the ladies Vamps recorded another win in a weekend of mixed results for the OCHC.
Eds Copleston reports on the 3rd XIs debut Division One league match “After last years league title, our first game in division one was always going to be a tense affair. With poor availability we took just 12 to Reigate. We started strong and dominated a scrappy first half with CB slipping a shot under the keeper to break the deadlock. We should have been 3 or 4 up at the break but knew the next goal was important. It turned out to be an equaliser from Reigate and that led us to panic. Distribution was slow and we lost formation before a break away led to a short corner that Eds put away and we regained the lead. The last quarter of the game saw us hang on and we did keep the ball well. A fantastic save from mike in the last minute of the game ensured we took a vital 3 points in what can only be described as an ugly win. Roll on Saturday and our first home league match against Barnes.”
Jane Taylor reports on the Vamps victory at Camberley….
“Trying to follow the success of last week, the Vamps had a cautious start in their match vs Camberley 3’s. Injuries have affected the team and we lacked the lustre of last week’s game. After half time we came out fighting and a with superb goal from Fiona Trinder, went on to win 2-0, with Kathy Davis scoring the second. It should have been more goals, but Camberley are a young, fit team and performed well. A win is a win!!”
Michele Rankin reports from the ladies 1stXI defeat away at league leader Old Georgians…
“So last week we had a good first half and a pretty poor second, this week we were all over the place in the first half, camped in our defence and struggling to get the ball forward, taking too long with the ball and giving it away far to quickly, but having said that we did make several good runs all the way to the other end.Irritatingly they managed to score a goal in the first half but at half time we rallied round and had a much much better second half, lots of runs down both sides, moving the ball around and generally looking like a team, winning short corners and narrowly missing the goal a couple of times.Really good to have several new players, and great support with Dan, Hels and all our supporters, we definitely feel like a great squad and we will get winning results.”