Defensive errrors cost 2s vital League win

3 Feb 2020

The OHAFC 2nd XI finally rediscovered their scoring touch on Saturday, putting five past the Old Merchant Taylors in Northwood. Unfortunately, they have now forgotten how to stop the ball going in at the other end, with the home side able to collect an unlikely point by scoring twice in the closing ten minutes to earn a 5-5 draw.

A quiet opening twenty minutes gave little hint at what was to follow. Taylors deservedly opened the scoring but the OHAFC replied with two goals in two minutes, a fine Max Curry header and a powerful Alexi Pittalis run. Back came the home side with two goals of their own, but a foul on Pittalis earned the visitors the chance to level from the spot minutes before the break and David Lederman duly converted.

The veteran was to earn the visitors what looked an unassailable lead when he struck twice inside the opening ten minutes of the second half with two superb finishes, one finding the bottom corner from 15 yards out, the second the top corner from the edge of the box. His first Saturday hat-trick in well over a decade.

But the longer the game wore on the more nervous the Blues grew and they proved unable to hold on. Taylors scored a scrappy fourth with seven minutes remaining, before breaking Harrow hearts with the equaliser in the final minute: a long ball over the top was latched onto by the pacy winger and he produced a fine lob over debutant keeper James Lo.

The disappointing result leaves Geoff Taunton-Collins' men with little hope of winning the Division Two title and their attention now turns to the Junior League Cup, beginning with next Saturday's quarter-final away to the Old Eastbournians.

Saturday's team lineup and match report are now available in the results section here.