Essex Olympian League – Reserve League Cup R1
Venue: Garon Park [3G]
2020 – 21 Season: Match 8
Saturday 12th September 2020 – 2.15pm KO
Old Southendian : Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks
Leigh Town : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks
OS Ressies overcome tough test to progress into Reserve Cup R2
Old Southendian Res 3 – 0 Leigh Town Res
Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On FA Cup Prelim Round weekend, I decided to delve back into the Olympian League and this Reserve Cup tie between Division Two side Old Southendian Reserves and Leigh Town Reserves from Division Three at Garon Park. New OS boss Oliver Tatton-Bennett was pitting his wits against experienced grassroots manager in Rob Hutchings-Spiller, at the helm of Leigh Town’s second-side. The hosts have undergone a few changes since March but could still call on a front two of Greg Molford and Jared Brand, with long-time players Andrew Turner in attacking midfield and Thomas Adams at centre-back. Among the options from their bench were stalwarts Luke Stillwell, Tom Judge and Nico Debouchet.
Leigh Town’s second-side were missing a half-dozen players through unavailability and suspension. With their regular stopper one of those absent, centre-back Miles Waddilove had to don the gloves with a back four in front of him of Mathew Smith, Joseph Scholes, skipper Josh Burrage and James Cox. Their forward-facing three were Jack Edwards, Chris Pope and Callum Stone. Their two substitutes in Jack Clapton and Steve Birnie had been called up from the ‘A’ side which highlighted the headache for their side in the build-up.
Into the match itself then and the visitors did start slightly more content, looking to press the hosts into making early errors. To be fair, OS didn’t really find their passing rhythm in those early stages and their marking was found to be a tad wanting too. However, on ten minutes, the home side had two good chances to break the deadlock. First, a decent move ended with forward Greg Molford heading narrowly over the woodwork, followed by full-back Jack Pagett’s effort which was well put round a post by stand-in custodian Miles Waddilove.
Chances were starting to come, predominantly for Old Southendian, but just before the twenty minute mark, a good run down the right flank by Town forward Jack Edwards, his pass found Callum Stone who could only skew his strike of-target. OS pushed back with a succession of set-pieces but again they were thwarted by wayward finishing. OS forward Jared Brand started that ‘chain’ by slotting wide from twelve yards, before from another corner, Molford was unmarked at the back post and somehow shot wide. As we passed the half-hour, Molford’s powerful header flew over the goal frame, followed by a well-struck free-kick by skipper Thomas Smith.
Leigh Town were starting to concede a number of free-kicks in the period leading up to the interval. From one of those, home centre-back Jack Cripps headed over, before another free-kick by Brand forced Waddilove into action again, turning it round the left-sided post.
Half-Time: Old Southendian Res 0 – 0 Leigh Town Res
So no goals at the break then, but there was enough intrigue to keep things going. OS started the second half like a side sensing they were under the more pressure to win, though a fine long-range strike by Andrew Turner did keep Waddilove alert as he gathered. Just before the hour, a Town counter-attack saw full-back Joseph Scholes in on goal but again, he could only fire narrowly over the woodwork. Crucially for Town, they lost skipper Josh Burrage to injury, who had a good game making a number of interceptions to frustrate the hosts earlier in the game. Town also had two half-chances as we entered the last twenty minutes, with forwards Chris Pope and Callum Stone both unable to beat home stopper Chris Leonard.
With fourteen minutes remaining, the relief was palpable for OS as they took the lead through a fine curling strike by Jack Cripps, after being found by Brand’s pass. And before Town could properly reorganise, substitute Nico Debouchet’s strike evaded the despairing dive of Waddilove to double the home side’s advantage two minutes later. Debouchet then added gloss to the score-sheet with a cute lob past Waddilove and off the far post to seal the tie.
Full-Time: Old Southendian Res 3 – 0 Leigh Town Res
Old Southendian will be happy to progress into the next round, though it has to be said they were made to work very hard by their opponents, who understandably tired in the last 20 – 25 minutes. Stand-put performances for the hosts included suber-sub forward Nico Debouchet who looked a threat in the second-half as well as getting two goals, fellow forward Jared Brand did well and played his part in team moves, while centre-back Thomas Adams and midfielder Thomas Smith also did well.
For Leigh, a special mention has to go to stand-in custodian Miles Waddilove who made at least four good saves to keep his side in it. Skipper Josh Burrage also broke up a number of attacks before being forced off, while full-back Joseph Scholes and forward Callum Stone played their part too in a game their side can be proud of in some ways.
Best wishes to both sides in the Olympian League this term.
Old Southendian Res | Manager: Oliver Tatton-Bennett
1 Chris Leonard (GK), 2 Kieron Judd, 3 Jack Pagett, 4 Thomas Adams, 5 Jack Cripps, 6 Dan Dowd, 7 Andrew Turner, 8 Thomas Smith (Capt), 9 Greg Molford, 10 Jared Brand, 11 Joe Pidgeon
Goal-scorers: Jack Cripps [76’], Nico Debouchet [78 ‘ & 85’]
Booked: Brand | Subs On: 14 Tom Judge, 16 Nico Debouchet, 17 George Borley, 12 Luke Stillwell & 15 Dean Hazelton
Leigh Town Res | Manager: Rob Hutchings-Spiller
1 Miles Waddilove (GK), 15 Mathew Smith, 2 Joseph Scholes, 10 Joshua Burrage (Capt), 12 James Cox, 13 Liam Wragg, 4 Jenpob Thongkliang, 8 Connor Tyler, 11 Jack Edwards, 9 Chris Pope, 7 Callum Stone
Booked: None | Subs On: 17 Jack Clapton, 16 Steve Birnie
Referee: James Perry