Old Williamsonians Mens 4th XI

Match date: 12/02/22
Opposition: Old Williamsonians Mens 4th XI
Home or away: Home
Result: 4-2
Scorers: Daniel McHallum, Kevin Antao, Johnny Faint, Spencer Richards
Man/ Woman of the Match Johnny Faint
Match Reporter Steve Lipscombe

Having played well against Old Williamsonians in the reverse fixture but losing, New Beccs turned the tables at home. Kevin Antao, standing in as skipper for the absent Chris Baker, asked for a high pressing energetic performance from the front line and midfiled, rotating personnel every 10 minutes. It proved effective and Old Wills were under pressure from the first whistle. Unfathomably though, New Beccs found themselves 2-0 down at half time with two very well worked goals from the opposition, which left Rob Bryne with no chance. Nonetheless, it didn't feel remotely like the home side were going to lose the game. With a calming word from Dickie Carver at half time, New Beccs started the second period with even more energy and effective passing play, forcing the opposition back into their own 23. Daniel McHallum soon got a goal back from close range and Kevin Antao converted a penalty flick to level the score after his strike from a short corner was stopped by a defender's foot on the line. The opposition started to get fractious and lose their composure as the pressure from New Beccs increased. Johnny Faint was on fire, always available for the ball in midfield and making searching passes to the forwards. He was also on target with his short corner strikes. He converted his first to give New Beccs the lead, and his second was deflected in by Spencer Richards from close range - it was a great touch and although Johnny claimes it was going in anyway Spencer celebrated in typically restrained fashion. At 4-2 Old Wills pretty much imploded (except the goalkeeper, who was possibly the happiest and most gracious hockey player ever to cross the white line) allowing the 2s to move up to seventh in the table whilst recording the second best form in the league since Christmas. Johnny was awarded man of the match for an all round outstanding performance; as Rob Byrne said, 'he just tan and tan' [SIC].