Ormer FC U14's were in competitive action for the first time in more than a year and the rustiness showed a little as they took in an Under 15 tournament hosted by Cholsey Bluebirds FC. Unfortunately Mother Nature took a hand in proceedings as a horde of moles took up residence in the days before the tournament ensuring there were some interesting conditions on a damp start to the day. However the organisers managed to get the pitches playable for kick off.
The Ormers found themselves up against familiar opposition in the group stages with old adversaries Oxford City from the Junior Premier League taking part in the tournament. However it was Ormer against the hosts in the first of the group games and from the off a familiar pattern emerged that would take hold for the remainder of the tournament.
After taking an early lead the Ormer's created numerous opportunities but couldn't find the composure in front of goal to put the game to bed and against the run of play the hosts snatched an equaliser with their first chance of the game. With each game lasting a straight ten minutes there was little opportunity to find a reply and the game finished a draw.
The tricky playing conditions weren't helping the Ormer's style of play, but they stuck to the task and ground out s couple of wins in their next two games against Didcot Town and and another of the host teams sides.
Next up was Oxford City and despite an early lead for the Ormer's and creating numerous chances they slumped to a defeat. In both cases the goals conceded were as a result of trying to play out from the back rather than play the long ball territorial game to protect the lead. Undoubtedly the pitch conditions played their part but the Ormer's will have learnt that they need to be better at protecting the ball as an individual against experienced opponents.
After eight league games the Ormer's have recorded 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses by the odd goal. Their performance in the groups stages ensured that they progressed to the quarter-final stage of the competition where they would play Bure Park U15's.
Once again, despite dominating the early stage of the match and racing into the lead they succumbed to two late goals and were eliminated form the competition. After a quick regroup in the mini-bus and lessons learnt from the experience it was a quick drive to the next tournament on the tour.