Ormer FC found themselves in a few unusual situations at the weekend. They played away from their home pitch at Test Park in Southampton as it was unavailable and travelled back to the Isle of Wight for a second weekend in succession for the reverse fixture. They also had to contend with finding themselves two nil down after only ten minutes of the first quarter, this is something that eventually kicked them into life. The game was played at the sun bathed pitch at Cowes Enterprise College on a beautiful autumn’s afternoon. The two sides were meeting each other for the second time in a week, as Ormer FC beat their host 5.0 in an entertaining match the Saturday before.
This time around The Isle of Wight Academy was depleted of some first team players, through holidays and unavailability. They brought in some of their talented under 11’s who showed great appetite and hunger at playing boys older than themselves. The game started well for The Isle of Wight as they caught Ormer napping at the back, a long ball over the top, saw the Ormer defence flat footed. The IOW striker was the only player that reacted to this, he drilled his shot low and hard, which Ormers keeper Jack Hamon could only half stop with his legs, quick to react again, the striker tapped in from close range 1.0 IOW.
If Ormers did not know that they were in for a fight from the IOW youngsters, they did moments later. Jamie Smith dithered with the ball and then tried to be clever in taking on the winger, sadly for the Ormers he was the last man and got robbed of the ball. The winger ran at pace towards Hamon’s goal, he touched the ball a little heavy, which gave Hamon a chance to dive at his feet, but ball popped up into the air and into the net 2.0 IOW. This woke the Ormer boys up from their slow start to the game, it was a well-deserved lead for the IOW, but it was short lived. Ormer went all out attack after this mini set back and came storming forward as a unit. The first goal back came courtesy of an IOW defender, as he tried to head clear, but headed past his own keeper 2.1 IOW. Then Archie Drillot hit a shot goal bound, only for an IOW defender to inadvertently poke it into his own net (2.2). Brandon Wallace skillfully skipped past his man and sent in an inch perfect ball to Ben Stevens, his first time shot was saved by Szymon Sadel, but there was nothing he could do about Stevens follow up, as he stroked home from the rebound 3.2 Ormer. There was still time in this very action packed quarter for Wallace to unleash a bullet that rattled the bar and Joe Adams hit the foot of the post after going around the keeper.
Quarter two was less action packed, Finley Du Port rolled the ball into the path of Keene Domaille and he smashed the ball from distance, which cannoned back of the crossbar. Domaille was happier minutes later, as he burst past two tackles and blasted a shot on the run, which flew in from long range and gave the keeper no chance 1.0 Ormer. Barnaby Taylor got some great last ditch tackles in, that kept IOW strikers firmly in check. The rest of the quarter was a bit huff and puff from both sides with not many clear cut chances, Ormer ended the first two quarters leading 4.2 overall.
Quarter three started with Ormer getting a good foot hold in the game and was applying some great pressure to the host. Stevens crossed for Adams who again hit the frame of the goal. The home side then got a great chance to narrow the score line as Jenson Norman went 1 on 1 with Hamon, the ball was smashed low, but Hamon spread himself well and made a good save to keep the IOW at bay. The next goal was not that far away, as Ormers Josh Duddy played a lovely ball down the line to Adams, who cut inside his marker and hit a terrific shot that went high into the roof of the net 1.0 Ormer (5.2). Ormer then stretched their lead even further from the boot of Drillot, the defender showed all the class of a striker, as he flicked the ball from one foot to the other, he then let rip with a fierce strike that the keeper could only watch, as the net bulged 2.0 Ormer (6.2). The game looked to be slipping away from the Isle of Wight boys, but their fighting spirit was in evidence again as they managed to get another goal back. George Humphreys got his second of the match, as a rapid counter attack had the Ormer defence found wanting, he held off a couple of defenders and fired across the advancing Hamon, 2.1 Ormer (6.3), this brought the quarter to an end.
The fourth and final quarter was all one way traffic, as the Ormer boys went on the rampage, with pace and power. The first goal of the quarter came out the blue, as Wallace’s rampant pace got him clear down the left, all of a sudden he hit a clinical finish from 20 yards out and it sailed straight over the keeper and into the roof of the net 1.0 Ormer (7.3). It was turning into the Wallace show, as he hit an identical shot, only this time with more venom, but still the same outcome as he caught the keeper of his line again, this time the net rippled 2.0 (8.3). The young IOW players started to struggle with Ormers pass and move style, as they just kept coming from all angles. There was not much surprise when another did come, Stevens worked himself some space down the right with a clever step over and drove to the by-line and in meantime the hardworking Du Port cleverly checked his run inside the box to escape the attentions of his marker, Stevens quality pass across the face of goal was tapped in by Du Port 3.0 Ormer (9.3). The boy of the moment was at it again, as Wallace with another wonder strike from distance, secured a superb hat-trick with another crisp high finish into the far corner 4.0 (10.3). The final goal of the match came, as Stevens raced onto a pass from Alex Roussel, Stevens killed the pass with a great touch and passed side ways to Domaille who took aim from outside the box, he put loads of power into his shot, as the ball gathered pace it smashed the net as the keeper was helpless 5.0 (11.3).
The Ormer boys look a frightening prospect when in full flow and have a great togetherness in their camp. This win also means that they are now one of only three teams with a 100% record out of the 51 teams in their league, the others being Kidderminster Harriers and Newport County.