Ormer fc was made to work hard for their latest win against a tough opponent, in the form of Oxford City. The game was played in very strong winds and some driving rain at intervals on a cold November afternoon in Portsmouth. The Oxfordshire side travelled south with a strong, physical and well drilled team, that were looking to derail Ormers league cup form.
There was nothing to choose between the sides in the early exchanges of quarter one, as both sides tried to play pass and move football. The high level of pressing from both teams was intense, as both teams tried to get a foot hold in the game. Oxford were the first team to get a shot of any real note on target, but the shot never really troubled Ormer keeper Jack Hamon. The quarter needed someone to come up with something special to break the deadlock and that someone turned out to be Ormer defender Archie Drillot, he picked the ball up in a defensive position and powered down the wing, he cut inside his man and played a fantastic ball into Keene Domaille, with Domaille using his strength to hold off his marker, he fired across the keeper into the far corner 1.0 Ormer. Alex Roussel brought the quarter to a close with a long range effort, that sailed high and wide.
Oxford started the second quarter with loads of intent and started to put Ormer on the back foot. Finlay Crawford sent a teasing ball across the Ormer box, but the powerful Chima Iwuchukwu was inches away from getting a definitive touch. Drillot showed his defensive class with a great last ditch tackle to bring another Oxford attack to an abrupt end. This was a great spell for Oxford as they continued to take the game to Ormer, this time it was from the boot of the hard working Crawford that tested Hamon, the Ormer keeper was equal to the shot as he tipped over for an Oxford corner. Ormer still showed glimpses of attacking intent as Joe Adams set up Finley Du Port, who went on the outside of his man before firing across the keeper, Arun Sahota saved well and pushed the ball to safety, this brought the quarter to an end which finished 0.0, but Ormer still lead 1.0 at the half way stage.
Oxford continued where they left off and it was a shot from livewire Iwuchukwu that had Hamon pulling off another great save. This time the pressure did tell from an Oxford corner, the ball was swung over at pace and in a goal mouth scramble it was no surprise to see Iwuchukwu stab the ball home and get a poachers goal at the back post 1.0 Oxford (1.1), this brought the match level midway through the third quarter. The turning point of the match came, as Hamon pulled off a brilliant save to keep his side level at the near post and this proved crucial, as Ormer came storming back into the quarter. Brandon Wallace showed great fighting qualities as he tangled with a couple of Oxford players, only to come away with the ball, he passed the ball to Adams, who in turn passed the ball to the overlapping Drillot, who sped away from his marker and steered the ball into the far corner 1.1 (2.1 Ormer). Josh Duddy then got caught in possession on the half way line and it was another covering tackle from the busy Drillot that saved Ormer on this occasion. Barnaby Taylor skipped past Oxford’s impressive left back Nathan Sumba and pulled back a pin-point pass to Adams who controlled with ease, before coolly slotting home past the out rushing Sahota 2.1 Ormer (3.1). The Ormer boys were showing some great character as a team to turn the tide, as Oxford had the wind between their sails. Domaille shot wide from an Ormer corner and then Adams clipped the top of cross bar from his own whipped in corner, Ormer lead 3.1 going into the final quarter.
If Ormer thought things would get any easier, then they were mistaken as Oxford kept pressing and tried everything to get back into the match. Oxford went close again from a corner, as they threw all their big lads up, one of their imposing defenders managed to get in a great header, but luckily for Ormer, it went inches over the crossbar. Ormers then came up with a wonderful footballing move that was finished off with Domaille doing a one-two with Adams, before Domaille curled the ball past the diving Sahota 1.0 Ormer (4.1). This goal seemed to relax the Ormers as they knew the finishing line was close, they kept the ball well and made Oxford work for everything. A few more half chances came and went for both sides, as the final whistle sounded every player on both teams had given their all.
This result took Ormer FC into second place in the League Cup table and Joined Kidderminster Harriers as the only two sides with 100 % record out of all 51 teams entered. Ormer can now look forward to a last 16 cup knock out on February 6th. Ormer FC starts their league programme on 12th December against Pro-way Academy and also plays a different four teams home and away, from their Cup programme.