The Glamour Of The Cup
“We Lost Because We Didn’t Win” . Ronaldo 1998
Extra Time 2 – 2
Heanens proudly sponsor a local football team, Lokomotiv Londres.
The club was founded in 1990 and used to combine the staff of French Railways and Gites de France, a French tour operator, both based in Piccadilly and the club used to go under the
name of French Railways. In 1995, the club was renamed Lokomotiv Londres FC once French Railways subsidies were withdrawn.
Lokomotiv Londres FC used to play in the Barnesalona League in South West London but have since joined the Chessington & District Leauge and our home pitch is at Churchfields in Chessington.
You can follow their progress each week throughout the season below…….
“Bad decisions effect the taste of your beer”
For anyone reading these match reports over the last three weeks who hasn’t actually watched one of the games you can be forgiven for thinking I’m making this up or just copying each match report to save time.
Luke wins untold headers
James T runs the defenders ragged
Lee don’t stop running
Scott and Neil don’t stop clearing balls
Dave F scores a Banger…. Maybe that’s going a bit too far
But week after week we battle, we score, They Score, bad ref decision, they equalize in the dying minutes !
The game started well for Loko, after just five minutes Luke battled hard on the right and played in James who’s clever shot found the back of the net 1-0
Within minutes it was clear Galaxy were suffering not having the Ginger brothers playing together . They opted to go long on nearly every occasion . This paid off when there pacey number 11 was played in over the top to go one on one with Colin and he slotted the ball to one side into the net 1-1
We dominated midfield today Gary comfortably heading his way through his first 90 mins this season and although the pitch was tacky and cut up we passed the ball around with more confidence. In form Lee, was angry today! Left, right, forward, back he never stopped . Hayden linked down the left from Scott to James and a cross from Hayden played Luke in but his shot was wide of goal. Danny and Dave were combining well and forward to James who’s tireless hassling of the defenders gives us a lot of corners per game. They have paid off over recent weeks and today being Groundhog Day they did again. With the wind swirling Matt put in a delicious ball that curled towards the back post, hit it, and went in! 2-1
Galaxy’s response was to go long again but as their striker went through towards goal Neil was in pursuit and a strong tackle led to the first penalty of the day. Their captain went left, with success. 2-2
Debutante Mason come on and immediately got stuck in. Some strong challenges and good runs mean The rest of the season is looking good for our new signing. A long ball on the right to James and some trickery put him through with the keeper, but his shot was saved and held by their eccentric keeper . As Loko pushed for a goal, a pulled back ball, from the byline struck a galaxy defenders hand and a penalty 2 was given.
The captain, Matt, stepped up and finished comfortably. 3-2
This game was all about quick responses and Galaxy done this. From a Loko throw down the left they nicked the ball back, put in a cross for there number 8, who finished well. 3-3
Loko knew we have been better than this team and still not won in the last two meetings so we pushed for the winner. Tony come on for Dave and slotted into defence as Scot pushed up. Luke rolled back the years as he outrun their right back to go through on goal but slotted the ball wide. He got his second chance minutes later as he run towards their center back and turned him, and lobbed the out coming keeper into the net. 4-3
We needed to shut up shop for a win, so reverted to four at the back with Gary dropping to center back alongside Neil to sure things up. This was working as we approached 90 minutes. They attacked our area and a wayward shot hit a curling up Danny on the arm as he tried to jump out the way! The ref blew the whistle for handball thinking the incident was outside the box, but as he got closer he realized the non-handball was actually inside the area so then mumbled the words Penalty. OUT-FRIGGING-RAGEOUS!!!!
Colin stood no chance as the penalty was dispatched very well. 4-4
There was a final chance for Tony as he volleyed a loose ball quite spectacularly in there box but their keeper saved.
A draw feels like a loss these days!!
Weekly 3 Questions:
Did We Deserve To Win Today? Yes ( Again )
Did we put it in today ? Yes ( Again )
Man of The Match?
Danny, James, Lee & Luke all could of picked up the award today however, with 2 goals and some lovely passing today as well as sacrificing himself as a sub, today’s award goes to the skipper Matt F!
Quote of the week:
” The first 90 minutes of the match are the most important ”
Q. When does a draw feel like a loss?
A. When its in the 90th Minute
Half Time 1-0
“We Lost Because We Didn’t Win” . Ronaldo 1998
|Luke scored four goals on his comeback|
After being based in Chiswick for five seasons, today Loko moved into their new ground – Churchfields in Chessington. True, the changing rooms are in bad need of a health and safety inspection but the flat, freshly cut grass on our new pitch looked great in the Indian summer sunshine.
Facing us today was a newly formed team for whom this was going to be their baptism of fire, ie their first ever league game.
First impressions were good as Ashford seemed keen on playing a passing game. So did we but despite the cute one-touches and triangles, we were not clinical enough despite the return of our centre forward Luke, who seemed quite inhibited in the first few minutes, possibly because of previous injuries.
But as time went by, it became obvious that Loko were on top form with no weak link and the benefit of Neil marshalling his defence and Matt encouraging his fellow midfielders.
Loko broke the deadlock on 29 minute when a Matt freekick from 25 yards out hit the crossbar and rebounded off their goalkeeper’s backside into his own goal.
Loko 1 vs Ashford Rangers 0
Six minutes later, JAMES dribbled past two of their defenders and curled a delicious ball into the net from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.
Loko should have had a penalty when a Luke shot was handballed by their defender – a foul that was obvious for all to see except for the Specsavers ref.
Half time: Loko 2 vs Ashford Rangers 0
On 51 minutes, LUKE shook off his marker on the right hand side of the pitch and fired a venomous, low shot into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0.
Five minutes later, one of their defenders handballed in the box and James took the penalty but his shot was easily saved by the keeper as he dived to his left.
This faux-pas seemed to re-invigorate Loko and LUKE, again, capitalised on a Lee cross and scored with a glancing header at the far post to get his hat trick and make it 4-0.
LUKE scored again on 70 minutes when his shot burst into the net off the crossbar, making it 5-0.
Loko were now hyper dominant whilst Ashford were visibly disheartened and probably realising that this promised to be a long, painful season. They were beginning to run out of steam whilst we were on fire – including DAVE F who scored number 7 with a splendid volley that flew over the keeper and into the net.
As we were nearing the end of the game, Ash passed the ball to LEE who scored the final Loko goal.
But as we were contemplating making it a cricket score, Ashford seemed to perk up and threatened Colin with a diagonal long distance shot but our goalie pulled off a magnificent save and palmed the shot over the bar.
This was going to be Loko’s first clean sheet for many many weeks except that Ashford thought differently as they pulled one back with a low shot from just inside the box.
Final score: Loko 8 vs Ashford Rangers 1.
Today Loko played excellent football as a team with great communication, concentration and commitment. Having said that, we don’t know what the other teams are like. Ashford Rangers proved weak opposition so let’s not get too complacent!
M.O.M: This has to be LUKE who celebrated his return with 4 great goals.
Happy Summer folks – next season is just around the corner. We have 3 friendlies lined up for August (Sat 15, Sunday 23 and 30 Aug) – more details soon.
Plus we are now moving to the Chessington Sunday League with our new homeground in Kingston or Thames Ditton. More details coming soon…
With only a bare 11 making it to Riverside Lands today, including Matt who was carrying an injury, it was going to be a challenge finishing the season in style.
Plus, after just a few minutes, it was obvious that Cool Oak Rangers were going to keep us busy with their tall and fast players.
Rangers opened the score on 5 minutes when a cross from our right lodged itself in the roof of Ismail’s net taking everybody by surprise. This was followed by a second goal 13 minuets later when their number 12 fired a low shot into our net.
Not much to boast about our end with the exception of a great save by Ismail whilst Beni and Chris were working very hard in the middle of the pitch.
With 10 minutes to half time, their number 9 handled the ball in the middle of the park but the ref failed to see the foul and with the Loko players statuesque they made it 3-0 before the break.
Despite a few attempts our end it was obvious again that, without having natural goalscorers in our team scoring was going to be a Herculean task and we hardly ever threatened their goal.
On 70 minutes, they added a 4th from a corner as their big sub scored with the help of his…back.
Then, on 79 minutes, Mark twisted his knee badly and had to come off and Cool Oak Rangers made the most of their numerical advantage as they scored a 5th goal.
All in all, a fitting end to an unsuccessful season…
M.O.M: Beni who never gave up.
Line-up: Ismail – Chris, Ivan, Mark, Marcel -Miguel, Dave, Matt, Beni – Hakim, Tom
Following last week’s heavy defeat at the hands of the “Real Madrid” of the Sportsman’s League, Loko welcomed three new players to the team in the shape of Lawrence and Stefano and new boy Miguel, yet another Gumtree recruit.
On 18 minutes, Dave F carved the Kroucher defense open with a pass through the middle for TERRY who shook off his marker and scored from a very tight angle at the far post.
Wilf Kroucher 0 vs Loko 1
Loko were now in full stride and containing Kroucher who showed very little in the way of aerial threat with the exception of their gigantic number 4 whilst the main danger emanated from their number 7 who was twisting and turning in the middle of the park and spraying balls across the field, but to no avail.
However, on 29 minutes, as Marcel was under pressure on the left hand side of our defence, their winger ran onto a loose ball and pinged a cross into our box that evaded both Stefano and Ismail and found their number 8 who headed the ball into the back of our net from 4 yards out.
Half time: Wilf Kroucher 1 vs Loko 1
Shortly after the beginning of the second half, bespectacled new boy Louis came on and started causing trouble on the right wing with his pace and clever turns.
Loko now had the wind in their sails despite the odd incursion into our half. On 67 minutes, Neil went past a couple of players in his own half and floated a long pass down the rightr wing for Louis. The teenager controlled the ball and despatched a perfect cross for HAYDEN who was loitering with intent on the edge of their box and twisted his body as he received the cross and hit the back of the net off the far post.
Wilf Kroucher 1 vs Loko 2
Kroucher were visibly upset about this goal as they were now in the ascendancy and putting pressure on our midfield where gaps were appearing and trying to capitalise on any of our defensive errors and fouls. One of these fouls on the edge of our box saw their number 10 curve the resulting freekick over our wall and into the roof of the net past Ismail.
Wilf Kroucher 2 vs Loko 2
Loko were now fighting tooth and nail and repelling attack after attack, in particular Neil who was outstanding and Beni who was tackling like mad despite the harder than usual (3G) surface.
The railwaymen’s rearguard action looked like it was going to be undone from a corner kick on 90 minutes as their big number 4 jumped higher than Ivan and his header looked like it was going to find the back of the net only for Terry to spring like a jack in the box and save with a header on the line.
All in all, this was a very good Loko performance worth remembering for its quality passing and sheer determination throughout the team.
M.O.M: This week’s award goes to HAYDEN for his phenomenal work rate up and down the pitch.
Line-up: Ismail – Stefano (then Louis, 46′), Neil, Ivan, Marcel – Miguel (then Stefano, 70′), Hayden, Beni, Lawrence – Dave F (then Miguel, 80′), Terry.
St George play excellent football. They thrashed us on three occasions this season but, with the return of several quality players, today’s game was our chance to show them that we are not as bad as they think.
St George were very motivated though as they needed to win by a big margin to keep Schelp FC at arm’s length and win the league in the next few weeks.
Loko held their own for a good 18 minutes though. True, it was one-way traffic with Loko unable to hang on to the ball and St George making pinpoint passes and showing no weakness but we still managed to frustrate them.
On 12 minutes, our goalie Ismail made the first of his many saves today as he flicked a hard shot over the bar.
On 18 minutes, their number 15, a winger who even Marcel, our fastest player, found very difficult to keep up with, scarpered down the right wing, crossed close to our goal and their number 12 opened the score by slamming the ball into the net at the far post.
Loko were desperately trying to build attacks from the midfield but found that St George were too young, too fit, too fast and too skilful for us. This is the type of game where Loko’s better players are made to look very ordinary.
On 29 minutes, as St George were possibly thinking that it wasn’t going to be that easy after all, we conceded a second goal when a shot from the edge of the box found its way in as it swerved past Ismail at the last second .
With the incessant bombardment and without Ismail’s saves including another great rescue mission as the ball whizzed past his right corner, it could have been 5-0 at half time but Loko were remarkably composed. Neil was trying to play the ball out of defence, Marcel was running himself into the ground and Beni and Terry were attempting to attack but most of their efforts were instantly nipped in the bud by our opponents’ ever vigilant defenders.
Half time: St George 2 vs Loko 0
Sadly, after such a resilient performance in the first half, Loko’s hopes came crashing down within 2 minutes. A punt from the midfield saw their number 14 outpace our defence and fire a shot from the edge of the box into the net past Ismail. To make matters worse, in the course of this attack, Gary fell to the ground with a bad injury and had to come off and be replaced by Ivan.
St George 3 vs Loko 0.
The fourth goal came 10 minutes later as their winger crossed but the ball hit Ivan in the stomach and was deflected into the narrow space between Ismail and his left post.
From then on, attacks after attacks ensued. Starting from their central defender who shows remarkable aerial power despite his small size to the midfield and forwards, St George were simply superb. They played with great flair and their short and long diagonal passing was equally sensational.
On 66 minutes, St George failed to score when one of their forwards missed the target as he found himself one on one with Ismail who saved over the bar. This was followed by a quickly taken corner and a header that Ismail, again, clipped over the bar.
At the other end, despite a few corners in our favour, we didn’t record a single shot on goal. Meanwhile, St George scored their fifth with a header from a corner kick as Terry tried to save with a header as the ball flew over Ismail’s head.
As frustration took hold of us, tempers became frayed, in particular Beni and Mark who had a go at the ref.
St George scored a 6th goal as their number 8 crucified Ismail with a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.
Despite the heavy score, as the ref blew the final whistle, we didn’t seem to feel too dejected given that we had tried our best but it was evidently mission impossible on the day.
Before the team made their way back to the changing rooms, the player of the season award was revealed with Gary, Mark and Matt coming joint 3rd, Hayden second, and just like in 2014, player of the season went to Neil (pictured below) on account of his sheer determination, courage and incisive play throughout the season.
Man of the match: The football cliche “playing with a smile on their face” is quite apt in the case of ISMAIL who seemed to be enjoying his game more than any of the other players today. Our evergreen goalie showed great reflexes and possibly saved us from even worse annihilation. Well done Ismail.
Line-up: Ismail – Neil, Gary (then Ivan, 47′), Mark, Marcel – Beni, Terry, Matt, Dave K, Hayden – Dave F.
At 8am this morning, things looked very rosy for Loko. We had a full squad (13 players) and, at long last, firepower with three proven goalscorers available to play.
Come 8:30am, things looked a bit more complicated with 2 of our forwards pulling out and one of our midfielders suddenly unavailable. Thus ensued a flurry of last minute calls to friends to make up the numbers.
Things got even better within a few minutes of kickoff on a great, dry surface that has served us well over the years and has seen us secure some great results.
On 2mns, Dom, our midfielder who used to play professional football at Peterborough made his mark with a very long throw in from the right hand side that found HAYDEN in the box who scored with a tap in at the front post from 1 yard out.
It is fair to say that this almost came as a shock to most of the team following a barren spell of 6 games and 540 minutes without scoring a goal!
The situation looked even more rosy when, on 18mns, Ollie played LIAM in from the middle of the park and the new boy confidently scored with a stunning goal in the roof of the net off the crossbar from inside the box.
Loko were fluent, didn’t panic and were repelling attack after attack. In the middle of the park Dom was trying to spray the ball long down the wings, Matt was showing his physical presence. Further up, Hayden was torturing his marker whilst Dave was playing wide and combining well with the rest of the midfield.
Up front Ollie was having a very good game, running rings round his markers and twisting and turning whilst Liam was playing with aplomb.
Parthenope were still dangerous though as evidenced by a shot that struck the woodwork on 32 minutes and another cross from the right hand side that was handballed by Ivan but the ref didn’t see it – yet another sign that maybe, just maybe, today was going to be Loko’s day.
Half time: Parthenope 0 vs Loko 2
Perhaps the Loko-men didn’t heed skipper Matt’s warning that the game wasn’t won yet. Indeed, on 49 minutes, Parthenope pulled one back when a cortner was cleared by the Loko defence but their gigantic number five was lurking in the box and slotted the ball past Ismail from 6 yards out.
Parthenope 1 vs Loko 2
Loko were now a bit more hesitant and lacking composure. Mark, who was having a good game, started getting frustrated in one particular instance when he miskicked the ball and blamed himself for eating too may hamburgers in the USA on his recent holiday (!).
But shortly after that Loko were solid again. On 57 minutes Ismail saved what looked like a sure goal by jumping like a youthful frog out of a pond and catching the ball at the far post. Our goalie repeated his feat 5 minutes later by saving a loose ball closer to the ground and saving Loko once more.
On 66 minutes, Liam crossed from the right and found HAYDEN at the near post who outjumped his marker and placed a powerful header to the left of the keeper and into the empty net.
Parthenope 1 vs Loko 3
Then on 76 mns Loko definitely put the game to bed when Ollie played the ball over the top from the left hand side and found DAVE F who scored with a half volley at the far post from a relatively tight angle.
Game, set and match – and what a lovely, sunny day it was too!
M.O.M: Ollie played very well on his own upfront but the award goes to HAYDEN who today played his best game for Loko ever – all energy, determination and two very well taken goals.
Line-up: Ismail – Neil, Gary, Ivan, Mark – Dom, Matt, Liam, Dave F, Hayden – Ollie