1st XI title hopes dampened after Cholms defeat

25 Nov 2012

The OHAFC 1st XI suffered their third League defeat of the season on Saturday, going down 3-1 at home to the Old Cholmelians in a game played in driving rain throughout.

Knowing that two of their closest challengers, Lancing and Charterhouse, were meeting the same day, Saturday's match was an important test of the Blues' title credentials against a side that remained unbeaten in the League.

An evenly-contested first half saw the visitors take the lead with a simple headed goal from a corner. If that was easily preventable, the Harrow equaliser was even shoddier from a defensive perspective - a short goal kick was mis-controlled by the Cholms centre-half and good hassling from Charlie Stebbings allowed him to steal possession and feed Nick Defty for a simple finish.

Unfortunately, as the rain continued to make playing conditions miserable, the home side's second half performance mirrored the weather.

Gradually, the visitors seized control of the ball and began creating chances. After hitting both the post and crossbar, they took the lead with twenty minutes to go following a careless square ball played across the Harrow box.

With Harrow creating little in attack, a third Cholms goal five minutes from time sealed the victory and enabled the north Londoners to leapfrog their opponents in the table.

The team must regroup quickly to prevent the season from petering out before the turn of the year - a League game at struggling Forest next Saturday and the second round of the Dunn Cup at home to a Tonbridge team that has already been beaten 8-0 earlier in the campaign await. Victory in both games is now essential.

Full details of Saturday's game plus a report can be seen in the Results section.