Round Oak were given a footballing lesson by the older , more experienced newcomers Lodgefield. This game took place in the Birmingham AFA Division 5 and both sides have had contrasting sides with Park unbeaten and Rangers having a solitary point near the bottom.
Round Oak have had a complete revamp under player manager Aaron Hughes , the side formerly of Stourbridge , now operate out of Kingstanding in Birmingham, introducing a whole new line up, most I have played with myself over the last few years, so I decided to visit them at their new home , the Q3 Academy in Great Barr , formerly Dartmouth High School before the fire a few years ago. Basic facilities a pitch with dugouts.
The problems at the club were obvious from the off. There is a phrase , there is no I in team , and that is exactly what is wrong here, everyone out for themselves and doing there own thing. I know that some of players can be fairly decent but when put up against decent opposition they were shown up and it was uncomfortable to see today. A complete lack of communication told , the inability to string more than three passes together , when losing the ball there was no desire to get the ball back and that was at fault for the later goals in this game, playing faster players at the back instead of wings also seems suspect .I am sure Aaron will sort the teething problems out in time.
Lodgefield in the red strip , took the lead on 15 minutes with a unmarked header across the keeper , a tale of things to come. On 29 minutes it was a familiar story , a corner came in and a completely unmarked header found its way in. Both sides were reduced to ten men in a unnecessary incident , a blatant stamp on a Round Oak player, who retaliated by going in with his head. It was 3-0 , when Park rolled the ball into the bottom corner.
Lodgefield had time to stroll through the midfield , and eventually scored a fourth with a long range low drive that found its way over the diving bewildered keeper. An embarrassing fifth was scored when the ball was pinged around the box , before the ball landed to a unmarked Park player who hit the ball into the far corner. The painful afternoon was wrapped up for Round Oak with the best goal of the game, an audacious looping strike off the wing that sailed into the far corner of the net leaving the keeper stranded.
Admission – Free Attendance- 20ish