Player of the Match
BIRKBECK ORIENT B 0- 2 Bow Badgers
1) Marius Ceorcea
2) Chris Jarvis
3) Jonny Duckworth
4) Adam Meagher (c)
5) James Javes
6) Martin Hutchinson
7) James King-Patarou
8) Sean Preston
9) George James
10) Tony Collins
11) Stewart Potter
12) Charlie Stannard
13) Phil Stopford
14) Jamie Donnelly
Bow Badgers 2 - 0 BIRKBECK ORIENT B
East London 1 - 1 Eastway Olympia
FC BKT United 3 - 4 The Wenlock
Fish Island 4 - 0 Quinine
Football Club 22 2 - 2 Wojak Sunday
Soccer Painters 5 - 1 CP Two
MATCH REPORT by Phil
Birky lined up with Jonny Duckworth coming in for Jamie Donnelly at Left Back. Stewart Potter returned to the team after with week out replacing Chris Agathangelou on the left wing.
Birkbeck starts slowly with Bow Badgers creating the first chances of the game with men over from the midfield. Orient were giving Badgers too much time on the ball and another attack in broken up by the quick thinking Adam as he covers Marius to clever the ball away for a corner.
After around five minutes Birky attack for the first time with any purpose but a lack of control of the ball prevents anything meaningful.
The first major talking point of the game occurs when Stewart breaks down the left, skipping past Bow's right back with ease and is hacked down by the centre half. With every Birky player appealing for a penalty and the Badger players expecting it, the ref gives a goal kick..... Suffice to say the Birky players were not happy, especially Stewart.
Birky are starting to take charge of the game, and after some nice interplay a shot from George is blocked, shortly followed up by chances for Stewart and Pat(arou) that deserved better.
Orient, after getting on top of the play allow Badgers back in. Without some solid defending from Adam and great save from Marius, after their #9 (Sanchez), cut in the left side they might of taken the lead.
Hutch takes a free kick quickly playing in Jonny up from left back, a good cross in finds no player in blue. With Birky pressing forward and winning a few corners in the space of a minute, Badgers counter attack after a poor corner ball, Jarvis covers and clears the ball. This proved short relief as Badgers take the lead from a conspicuous corner-cum-shot that lands in the top corner. The Badgers #7 had far too much time on the ball with no challenge coming.
Orient try and get back in to the game, but with loose crosses, empty runs and bad passing choices, the chances just aren't coming. A lack in decision quite evident. Then (as soon as I'd written that), Hutch plays a quick ball into Tony who turns an plays in Pat for a good chance. Keeper saves. Birky's best move, fast and decisive passing, much more needed as Bow can't hang with us when we play with pace.
The 2nd half continued in the much the same vein. Birky pressing and trying to move the ball around, but a combination of indecision and dwelling on the ball leads to no chances created until Tony breaks free plays in Stewart who shoots over whilst under pressure. Birky continue to press, but with their keeper playing a "sweeper keeper" role any balls over the top catch the wind and come to nothing.
A triple substitution in the space of a few minutes, (Charlie for Tony, Phil for Jarvis and Jamie for Pat) , with Jonny moves into midfield and Martin out to the right wing. Birky keep trying to chance the game, but can't create anything resembling a meaningful chance on goal.
Badgers are content to sit back and counter attack with long balls forward completely bypassing the midfield. Bow Badgers score their second goal with a few minutes to go after a break from a corner. Phil cuts the ball out twice with double slide tackles but Badger's continue to attack, with another long ball round the back #9 puts the game beyond Orient.
So a two nil defeat in the first league game of the season. Birkbeck had the greater share of the possession throughout the game, but we really need to up the tempo that we attack at and be more decisive with our passing and final balls, make that ball stick up top and play each other in. We have plenty of promise and when our game comes together we will batter teams I have no doubt of that.