After playing eight league cup games and getting into the last 16, Ormer FC turned their attention to the start of their League programme, which comprises of another four different teams on a home and away basis. The Ormer boy’s first outing was against a well organised team in the form of Pro-Way Academy, who play out of the Impressive Surrey University Complex in Guildford.
The wind was sweeping across the open Surrey Sports Park pitch, which made conditions not ideal for both sets of players. Quarter one got underway and Pro-way came out attacking from the very first whistle, not letting Ormer settle on the ball and pressing at every opportunity. It was Pro-Way who came closest to breaking the early deadlock as livewire Michael Carron cut in from the left hand side and let rip from 20 yards out, Ormer keeper Jack Hamon made a good save to keep the score level. It was not long before Carron was at it again, this time his whipped over ball came off the underside of Ormers crossbar and fell kindly to Benjamin Weir, who headed home from a couple of yards 1.0 Pro-way. Ormers first chance of the quarter fell to Keene Domaille, Alex Roussel played a delightful through ball into Domaille’s path, he held off his marker and his low drive was well pushed around the post by Pro-Way keeper Jonathan Gilbert. It was from Domaille’s great jinking run that Ormer levelled up the game, he ran past two players before cutting a great ball back to Ben Stevens, who riffled the ball into the far corner past the outstretched hand of Gilbert ( 1.1 ). Joe Adams was next to test Gilbert’s goalkeeping skills, as he latched onto a stray Pro-Way pass, his first time effort had Gilbert pulling off another great save and made sure the score stayed level for the quarter. There was still time for Pro-Way’s stand out defender Kanye Jobson to step out of the back line, before driving through the midfield and unleashing a bullet shot that rattled the Ormer bar for the second time in the first quarter, Ormer were lucky to finish the quarter on level terms ( 1.1 ).
Adams had the first chance of quarter two, as he beat Pro-way’s off side trap and went clear of the defence, he did not quite catch the ball as well as he would have liked and it turned out to be an easy save for the keeper. It was then Adams turn to provide, as he slipped in Stevens who shot from an acute angle, but with his body shape all wrong, the ball went high and wide. Josh Duddy did some great work down the left flank and curled a beautiful weighted ball into Domaille, who pulled the ball out of the air and planted the ball with easy into the bottom corner, to give the keeper no chance to react 1.0 Ormer (2.1 Ormer). Just before the quarter whistle sounded, the imposing Elliot Creely pinged in a shot, which Hamon was equal to and took Ormer into a half way stage 2.1 to the good.
Quarter three saw Pro-Way dominate possession and put Ormer under a huge amount of pressure. The Pro-Way boys playing in their tangerine kit started attacking the Ormer goal at will, it was Carron again causing the Ormer defenders all sorts of problems, with his strength, pace and power. There was no surprise to see Pro-Way make their dominance pay and it was also no surprise to see it come from Carron who looked the best player on the pitch. Creely was starting to boss the midfield and it was his pass that sent Carron through on the Ormer goal, he left the Ormer defence in his wake and scored with ease 1.0 Pro-Way, this also brought the match all square ( 2.2 ). At this stage it looked like the only players that were going to score, were players in tangerine shirts. Another few half chances came and went for Pro-Way, but Brandon Wallace just gave a reminder that Ormer could counter attack if needed, his long range half volley just sailed over the bar, to the relief of the flat out attacking home team.
The final quarter with the score all square, was going to be a case of who wanted it more, Ormer have been in this situation quite a few times already over the season, either going into the final quarter all square or leading by the odd goal, so they knew what to expect. Ormer like previous occasions really upped their game and looked to have a second wind, they took the game to the host, who had given their all and at worst deserved to be drawing at this stage of the game. Domaille found himself with an early one-on-one situation, but lacked of composure as he fired over the bar. Adams again found Stevens in space on the edge of the box, he too rushed his shot, which the keeper watched sail well wide of the target. The warning signs were there for Pro-Way to see, but they could not stop Ormer from probably having their best period of the match, as they started to get their passing game together. Wallace made good space for himself, before sending Adams through on goal, Adams found the confidence and composure that others had lacked before him, as he ran through under pressure from a chasing defence, to pass the ball into the bottom corner of the net 1.0 Ormer ( 3.2 Ormer ). The next goal followed minutes after, as Adams who was full of running again, beat his man on the outside, before rolling the ball to Stevens, this time Stevens did not need a second invitation, as he pushed the ball out of his feet and curled it around the diving keeper 2.0 ( Ormer 4.2 ). This lifted Ormers spirits, but did not dampen Pro-Way’s, as they kept battling to the final whistle, both teams had a few more chances each, that came to nothing and the final score was to be Pro-Way 2 Ormer FC 4.
The Ormer boys now get a well earned break over the festive period, before getting back into league action in the New Year.