Match Report: Oxford Hawks Men's 6: 1 - 3 :Milton Keynes Men's 4
Captain Mainwaring was in Sick Bay, so it was left to Sergeant Wilson to lead Dad's Army against the great peril from the East. With an average age of 175 (is this right, Ed? ) we started somewhat off the pace against a youthful opposition, so it came as little surprise when the Home Guard conceded early on. Despite this, the Guard were soon level thanks to some nifty work on the post by Private Walker. Enraged, the opposition called up their youth wing. Godfrey at the back was regularly caught short against this onslaught and a second goal quickly followed for the opposition.
After a stirring half-time speech from Lance Corporal Jones, and some tactical positional changes, the Guard took the match to the opposition in the second half, nullifying the youth threat, and in fact dominating the game. With no-one panicking, the build up play was much slicker: Pike and Frazer were unlucky not to equalise on several occasions, and it was very much against the run of play when the Guard conceded a late third.
I was not there for the post-match debrief in the officer's mess, so cannot verify the identity of the man-of-the-match. However, young John Black had an excellent game and showed great promise. Richard Venables and Matt (?) made some strong runs in the second half. Will Cairns also had an excellent second half. Karl Hack was a rock in defence throughout and Jim Felix made some fantastic saves to keep us in with a fighting chance of a draw.