Weekend Round-Up: 1s & 2s end their League campaigns

20 Feb 2024

The OHAFC 1st and 2nd XIs ended their seasons in contrasting fashion this weekend.

The 1s travelled to Whitton and produced an excellent display on the astroturf to defeat the third-placed Old Marlburians 3-2 thanks to two goals from leading scorer Will Payne and another from skipper Ed Beecham. The margin of victory could have been even greater but for a couple of penalty decisions that both went against the visitors. Nevertheless, the win ensures the Blues should end the season no lower than sixth in Division One. Will Payne’s two goals will also ensure that he almost certainly finishes atop the OHAFC scoring charts for this season.

The OHAFC 2nd XI ended their season in rather more disappointing fashion on the newly-laid artificial surface at Dulwich College in south London. Playing against promotion hopefuls the Old Alleynians 3s, the visitors took the lead just after the hour-mark when a rather fortunate penalty decision in their favour following a cheap foul on Max Curry allowed David Lederman to score from the spot. The hosts levelled soon afterwards when a low shot from the right caught keeper Rory Craig unsighted. And the game looked for all the world to be heading for a draw until a final, desperately unfortunate incident that saw defender Giacomo Grasso handle the ball inside the area, allowing the Alleynians a soft penalty of their own which they duly converted. Just like the 1s, the OHAFC 2s will finish in a comfortable mid-table position once the final League fixtures have been completed.

This game also marked the end of Geoff Taunton-Collins' nine-year reign as skipper of the side, although he is set to continue playing for the team next season.

Finally, the OHAFC 3rd XI earned a much-needed win at home to the Old Kingstonians on the Phil. Moyo Adebayo scored his first goal for the club to earn the Blues the lead inside half an hour. The struggling Kingstonians, for whom relegation is almost assured, hit back to level before the break, but the OHAFC snatched the win with fifteen minutes remaining when Rupert Stonehill provided a classy finish to secure all three points. The 3s have one final League fixture remaining next week at home to the Old King’s Scholars, as well as a David Woolcott Cup tie against the Old Canfordians a couple of weeks later.

Team sheets and match reports from the three games are now available in the results section.