All good things come in threes…

OTFC 2s picked up another three points in their third away win of the season, comfortably beating Old Guilfordians 1s.

On a crisp, sunny winter day, OTFC 2s prepared for battle at the infamous Guildford Bowl pitch with a slim (not that type of slim) squad of 12 players having been lent a few reinforcements from the 4s.

Despite a shaky start as a result of a misplaced pass from Cunningham, OTFC 2s controlled possession for the majority of the first half.

OTFC 2s took an early lead courtesy of a long range effort from Tommo, lobbing the keeper from 25 yards to score the goal of the day.

Against the run of play, Old Guildfordians got back into the game after their striker was played through having stayed onside (debatably) to equalise.

OTFC 2s responded well and continued to create chances with Tommo and Lein linking up well throughout the game. Tommo managed to prove he can be a ‘silver fox in the box’, capitalising on a miscued clearance from the Old Guilfordians centre back to head home from a looping Di Stefano cross from the left.

After some tricky footwork and a great cross from Doe, Tommo snuck in at the back post to get his (not quite perfect) first half hat-trick… take note Khaj!

OTFC 2s went in at the break 3 goals to the good after Harrison’s dummy run created space for Yates to ‘poke’ home a curled effort from the edge of the box.

The second half was less eventful than the first as OTFC 2s continued to keep Old Guilfordians at bay for most of the half, however, Old Guilfordians picked up their 2nd goal of the game after some tricky footwork on the right of the box.

Chances were created in an abundance with Ward unlucky not to register his first goal for Old Tiffs, Lein and Doe also going close and Harrison continuing to show why he was never selected as a striker after three speculative long range efforts.

However, OTFC 2s would need to settle for a 4-2 win in the end with Tommo deservedly picking up both player of the match and a jug at the bar to celebrate.

One anonymous player also stated in the post match drinks that they had been delighted to be a part of the football played earlier… it’s not often how post-game analysis goes!

Other ‘highlights’ included excessive step overs from Di Stefano, a few 50p heads / ‘shank’ clearances from across the team and Yates trying to escort a rogue pitch invader in the form of a black Labrador off the pitch by channeling his inner dog whisperer… all of which were fined appropriately.

A solid performance all round and a great win for the Purps.

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Paul Mackay-Thomas