Weekend Round-Up: 1s & 3s earn first points
On a slightly more encouraging weekend for the club, the OHAFC 1st and 3rd XIs both earned their first points of the new season.
For the second consecutive week, the 1s were involved in a high-scoring thriller in Division One, eventually forcing a 4-4 draw away to the Old Berkhamstedians on an appalling pitch down in Tolworth. The visitors fell behind midway through the first half to a header from a set-piece and a penalty. But the Blues responded strongly, James Breeden firing in two superb strikes from outside the box on his first appearance for the side in several seasons. And when Will Payne made it 3-2 to the OHAFC just before the break, a first win of the campaign looked a distinct possibility.
But a poor start to the second half saw the hosts score twice in quick succession to regain the lead. James Breeden then missed a penalty when his effort cannoned back off the crossbar and somehow stayed out after bouncing against the goalkeeper, but Charlie Bick made no mistake ten minutes later following another, rather fortunate, penalty award.
Despite pressing strongly in the closing stages, the Blues failed to find a winner and had to be content with a 4-4 draw.
The OHAFC 3rd XI also earned their first point of the new season at the third time of asking as they played out an encouraging 1-1 draw away to the Old Amplefordians on the astroturf in Rotherhithe, Adam Graham scoring the equaliser with ten minutes remaining in a hard-fought encounter that saw both sides enjoy spells in the ascendency.
The search for a first point still goes on for the 2s however, as they suffered a second defeat, this time falling 3-1 at home to the Old Kimboltonians in Division Two. An entertaining first half saw both sides create plenty of chances but the visitors scored twice in a ten minute spell to take control. Rory Miller bundled in from close range to halve the deficit before the break and keep the Blues in the contest.
A rather more scrappy second half ensued with neither side showing the same level of craft they had earlier in the game, but a breakaway goal with a quarter of an hour remaining settled matters, keeper Rory Craig beaten courtesy of a superb chipped finish from out wide.
Team sheets and match reports from all three fixtures are now available in the results section.