Clapham Rovers A

Match Report

Match Report - 22 Jan 2012, Clapham Rovers A Clapham Rovers beat Southwest Wolves

Rovers 6 – South West Wolves 1

We negotiated a potential banana skin here against the Division 4 side, South West Wolves. This was particularly so because our preparation was less than ideal as we filled the time waiting for the opposition by deciding whether our we play the game looking like lost workmen, recepients of an instantaneous growth hormone or a team from the colour blind homeless world cup. This was due to a kit clash which meant we had to fashion a kit by choosing between playing in Builder’s flourescent jackets, kid’s flourescent bibs or our own T – shirts in a colour that sort of resembled black (Miles was wearing Orange at one point.)

I can guarantee that I will tender my resignation should we ever have to do something like that again.

Thankfully we didn’t let this nonsense affect the outcome of the result as we ran out deserved winners. That’s not to say it wasn’t a struggle at times as the bobbly pitch played havoc with our passing game and we suffered some close shaves which meant the match wasn’t quite as cut and dried as the scoreline suggests. Particularly as their best player nearly scored a rip snorter of a free kick from 40 yards which cannoned off the underside of the bar with the scores at 1-0.


1 – 0 A Jimmy free kick (which is fast becoming a potent weapon) was swung in from 30 yards and the keeper fumbled it right to the feet of Smudger who stabbed it home.
2 – 0 The ball fell to Matt Wright on the edge of the box and he smashed it back over the keeper and into the net.
3 – 0 A clearance fell to Simon 35 yards out and right by the right hand touch line. He turned, swung his boot and let fly a screamer past the keeper and into the left hand corner of the net. Defenders beware…..He’s back
3 – 1 A breakaway from their attacker left him one on one and before he could shoot Jimmy made a last ditch tackle which brought him down. Matt Wright in the net had no chance from the resultant penalty
4 – 1 Not to be outdone by Matt, Nick unleashes a screamer from the edge of the box and it crashes into the net.
5 – 1 Smudger breaks away on the half way line and with options available to him in simon and Nick, he takes on a couple of their defenders for fun and eventually slots the ball home at the near post.
6 – 1 Si is set free past the half way line and he approaches the keeper before calmly slotting the ball in at the near post.

MOM. Matt Wright. For his tireless work in midfield after a week of boozing which would’ve felled a rhinocerous (I was there to see it.) All of this was achieved when sporting a hairstyle which is getting suspiciously close to the dodgy one David Prutton currently sports for Sheff Wed. Google and weep.

9 Teams Games
Played Games
Won Games
Drawn Games
Lost Goals
For Goals
Against Goal
Difference Points
Battersea Dogs
10 5 3 2 25 16 +9 18
Dulwich Tandoori Cobras
7 5 2 0 34 6 +28 17
Fulham Energie
8 5 1 2 24 16 +8 16
Clapham Rovers 'A'
6 5 0 1 21 10 +11 15
London Rhinos
8 4 2 2 27 16 +11 14
Worcester Park Rangers
8 4 0 4 27 29 -2 12
Wessex Rangers 'A'
9 3 1 5 18 35 -17 10
Wandsworth Wanderers
10 1 1 8 16 46 -30 4
10 0 2 8 13 31 -18 2

Clapham Rovers A Clapham Rovers 6 - 1 Southwest Wolves ()

Name Goals Details
1 Enza Lawal  
2 Gori Yahaya  
3 Joe Abbott  
4 Charlie Benson  
5 Miles Birch  
6 Simon Birch   2
7 Dan Bryant  
8 Andy Carswell  
9 Ryan Cerenko  
10 Bill Cogan  
11 James Daly  
12 Tony Diaz  
13 Dan Endara  
14 Juan Endara  
15 Jordan Gaskell  
16 Dan Harley  
17 Adam Hill  
18 Stuart Holden  
19 Daniel Horner  
20 Will Irvine  
21 Jimmy Joyce  
22 Graeme Keenan  
23 Chris Kew  
24 Matt Klemperer  
25 David Lakin  
26 Thomas Lee  
27 Gaz Lloyd  
28 Homed Lyons  
29 Sean Lyons  
30 James Mark  
31 Tom Matthews  
32 David Murphy  
33 Oliver O'Callaghan  
34 Steve O'Herlihy  
35 Seb Purnell  
36 Tom Radford  
37 Dave Richards  
38 Rob Shields  
39 James Smith   2
40 Jeremy Trost  
41 Aidan Victorin  
42 Matt Warren  
43 Nick Woodward   1
44 Matt Wright   1 MOM
45 Jack Cogan  
46 Steve Wheeler