OGL take on Andersons in 6-a-side football match
Team OGL took on Team Andersons in another 6-a-side football match which kicked off at 6.30pm at Pride Park in Derby on 15 September 2023.
James Anderson, Director at Andersons, provided us with this match report:
The game started with just 10 on the pitch due to some late comers. Newcomer Dominic Keegan made his debut for OGL’s team against Andersons and looked very comfortable.
Andersons started brightly and took an early 3-0 lead(!) inside the first few minutes. But once both sides were back to a full complement, OGL started to exert their experience.
Apart from Marc Ross and James Anderson, the two ‘senior aged’ guys, Andersons had a youthful team and battled hard. The two young lads for Andersons up front played with pace and skill but ultimately Ciaran Ross and Luca Anderson were thwarted by the experienced OGL team marshalled by their very own veteran defender, Rich Meredith.
OGL’s hard tackling midfielder, Jamie Wilson, didn’t stop running throughout the game and continuously broke up play in the middle of the park.
Eloise Anderson had an outstanding game for the home team and was instrumental in patrolling the midfield / defence, continuing to prove that women’s football is rapidly catching that of the men’s game.
For all James Anderson’s trying, and some dubious long-range shooting, he failed to influence the game. At one point during the game, James Anderson and Dominic Keegan went in for a 50:50 tackle, which resulted in James on the floor!
The game ebbed and flowed with OGL overturning the early deficit and with 15 minutes left were finely poised at 7-7. In the end, OGL’s dominance started to show and eventually ran out comfortable 8-11 winners.
Lewis starred for the OGL team with a man of the match performance and a number of goals. OGL’s talisman James Russell nearly scored a stunning volley during the first half, but it was just off target.
The two keepers had busy evenings with captain, Alex Rose, edging out his counterpart Marc Ross.
Late on in the game, Ed Ingram’s two finest moments involved kicking the ball through the opposition’s legs, whilst reeling away in hysterics and the order was an effort at goal that flew like a rocket, high over the 7 metre perimeter, towards the River Derwent.
This was the 3rd victory in a row for OGL against the East Midland customer and gained a 4-1 overall lead in the ongoing series.
Roll on the next game, earmarked for next spring on neutral territory in Birmingham. Andersons will be desperate to close the gap and to stop the losing streak. OGL will look to use ‘home advantage’ in the West Midlands.