Late goal denies 1s their first win of the season

15 Dec 2020

The OHAFC 1st XI were denied their first win of the season in a dramatic Premier Division encounter with the Old Brentwoods on the Harrow School astroturf on Saturday afternoon.

Despite enjoying a decent start to the game, the Blues conceded twice inside the opening half-hour, mirroring events of a week ago in the home defeat to the Bradfieldians.

But this time the OHAFC fought back with belief, debutant Jack Richardson latching onto a Freddie Brunt through-ball to pull a goal back just before the break. Further strikes from Ed Beecham and Chris Abdo early in the second half saw the hosts take the lead for the first time in the game, but momentum was almost immediately halted courtesy of a rather soft penalty duly converted by the opposition.

Not to be denied, the Blues scored a fourth, potentially decisive goal when George Gould fired in from long range via a slight deflection off a Brentwoods player. But with the clock ticking round to the 85th minute, the visitors snatched a point with a close-range finish from a corner, denying the OHAFC what would have been a potentially crucial three points.

There was understandable disappointment at the final whistle but at least skipper Fraser McGuinness and his squad go into what could be a lengthy mid-season break with a solid performance behind them.

Saturday's team sheet and match report from a dramatic ninety minutes are now available in the results section here.