James Breeden scores hat-trick on Rep Team debut
OHAFC 1st XI striker James Breeden enjoyed a superb debut for the Arthurian League Representative XI last night, firing in a hat-trick against Lloyds of London at Enfield Town FC in Hertfordshire in a comprehensive 8-1 victory.
The 23 year-old took just nine minutes to open his account, coolly rounding the goalkeeper after he had been slotted in down the inside left channel. By this stage, the visitors were already a goal to the good and they would go on to dominate the game, comfortably enjoying the majority of possession and developing some flowing passages of play despite half the team making their first ever appearances for the Rep side.
Lloyds did pull a goal back soon after James' strike, a high cross getting lost in the floodlights and bouncing into the net via a combination of bar, post and goalkeeper.
But the next twenty-five minutes saw the Arthurian side, featuring no less than five Old Alleynians, score four more goals past an increasingly frustrated Lloyds team. A fine move down the right wing ended with a low, near post finish to make it 3-1 and just before the half-hour it was four, Breeden supplying the assist with a simple square ball inside for another clinical finish. The fifth came courtesy of a cross to the far post and a simple header from close range and the first half scoring was rounded off with another fine goal, an intricate build-up ending with a first-time finish inside the post.
The second half saw further Arthurian dominance, with Lloyds barely registering an attack of note. 'Breeds' scored his second, and his side's seventh, from a well-worked short corner routine, the striker tapping in at the far post from a curling cross.
But he saved his best for last, sprinting through with twenty minutes to go and holding his nerve to coolly dink the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper (main photo) before wheeling away in celebration (below).
It was a memorable start to what will hopefully prove to be a lengthy career for the Arthurian League Representative side. The OHAFC have a strong connection with the team, with legendary goalkeeper Bert Worthy having captained the side in the 1990's and veteran winger David Lederman performing the same role in the early 2000's. Many of the side who won Premier League and Dunn Cup honours between 2004 & 2010 represented the XI - one famous fixture at Fulham's Motspur Park training ground saw no less than seven OH's turn up for a game when numbers were short!
The side have two fixtures remaining this season, against the Southern Amateur League and the Amateur Football Combination - both surely promising stiffer opposition than Lloyds did last night. Although on last night's evidence, it would be a brave man to bet against James increasing his goal tally in either game.
An image gallery featuring two of James' three goals is now available in the media section here
Many congratulations on a fine debut!