25th Oct, 2016

Double delight for both Olton Saturday sides

Steve Carpenter 27th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THERE was double success for Olton over the weekend after both first teams tasted success.

On Saturday, the ladies travelled down to Exeter to play Exe in the League and came home with a 3-1 win under their belt.

Skipper Kate Brough scored two of our goals before player/coach Sally Walton scored from a penalty in what proved to be a good workout for the girls who will face tougher opposition later in the season.

It leaves Olton top of the league on goal difference, ironically one place above last week’s Cup victors Stourport.

Next week they travel to Oxford to play Oxford Hawks who after hard games against 2nd and 3rd in the league have yet to record a win. Hopefully that run will continue.

The Men’s 1st XI, on the back of last week’s big win over Leek, travelled to Durham to play the University, staying over on Friday night.

It was a 3-and-a-half hour journey and one dependent upon the state of the traffic, hence the overnight stay. As so often happens in this fixture, it is difficult for Olton to get a result up there in the frozen North, and for them in the reverse fixture down here in the balmy West Midlands.

Olton went 3-0 down before they fought back scoring two goals through Chris Rawlings and player/coach Mark Wadsley. In the end it was too little too late. The result saw Olton dip in the early table from first to fourth after two games.

After a long drive home the team were on duty at Grange Road for their 1st round Cup match on Sunday.

Short of four regulars through illness and work, they played Berkswell and Balsall Common.

Olton’s fitness and the fact that they are around four divisions higher meant that the outcome was never going to be in doubt with the home side scoring 20 goals without reply. To Berkswell’s credit, they never gave up and had chances of their own but inevitably they lost.

Olton are at home to Sheffield Hallam next week a side level on points, but with a not as good goal difference. It will be a very different game to both played this weekend.