RAW cruised past a below-par Boar outfit at Tarkett on Saturday, ending up 7-1 winners in a game held in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.
Despite the chilly conditions and early start the RAW team outfit arrived in high spirits with Manager and Head of Music Tilly Goodall optimistic about her team’s chances in a clash between two of Warwick University’s oldest and most established societies. Early arrivals from both teams had a little waiting around as the ball in the RAW office was according to Fred Kelly “a non-starter.” Luckily due to the help of Niall Johnson grabbing a ball from Warwick Sport and Henry Riley searching through the local shrubbery, both teams were able to warm up with actual footballs. RAW Manager Tilly Goodall identified some talent in the RAW squad early on and was optimistic of her sides chances, despite the worries of Ed Farrar that The Boar looked the significantly thinner side.
Captain Ed Farrar’s team talk had already been written for him by recent events, with RAW having to play through the disgusting weather of the morning because The Boar had to move the fixture back by a week to go to an awards ceremony. RAW lined up in a 4-3-3 formation spearheaded by Ed Farrar with a midfield three held together by Jonny Mellor, whilst The Boar were playing 4-4- f***ing 2 with numerous writers from their apparently huge membership creating formidable opposition.
RAW started off positively, putting some early pressure upon the student newspaper with some slick passing play which created some early openings for the student radio to test out Boar keeper Rhal Ssan with Head of Sport Ed Farrar coming close with an audacious effort from 35 yards out which just clipped the crossbar. RAW’s early pressure paid off with Jack Butler opening proceedings with an expertly placed finish past Ssan after being played in behind the newspaper’s defence in brilliant, graceful fashion by Ed Farrar, who certainly did not fall flat on his arse. Butler quickly added a second after Niall Johnson made a sparkling run into the area to set up Butler to mis-control but eventually finish with his left-foot. The floodgates were now beginning to open with Ro Carthigeya, or as he is now known, ‘The Man who cannot be tackled’, ambling into some huge space behind Daniel Ruben and Matt Allen to squeeze a finish low into Ssan’s near post.
All was going rather well for RAW, however the student radio’s achilles heel soon kicked in, as the complete lack of fitness of the squad started to show. The Boar XI were soon putting pressure upon the RAW defence with keeper Paolo Nizam starting to consider the possibility he might be called into action at some point during the game. This quickly became the case as the 6’4 shot-stopper raced out of his goal to snuff out the threat of a Boar attack down the right hand side. Unfortunately for the fresher he did not consider that despite his height he could still be chipped as Boar writer Alex Exact beautifully chipped the despairing keeper in a moment of rare quality from both sides, and a moment of rare jubilation for The Boar contingent. Soon the pressure was back upon the paper as Charlie Peters, who apparently hadn’t played football for a decade, raced through on goal after being played through by the fantastic Donal Connolly. For a moment it seemed like the ultimate keen fresh was about to score an unlikely goal, however Charlie, as usual, completely binned the chance. Struggling to get the ball out of his feet he could only attempt a tame shot straight at Ssan who deflected straight into the hands, which were absolutely in a natural position, of the rampaging Peters. Gifted a second chance of glory Charlie looked to pounce on the opportunity only to completely lose balance, fall head over heels and have to watch the ball roll out for a goal kick.
The half was soon over with RAW 3-1 up and far the happier side as captain Ed Farrar and RAW Visual commentator Rob Bowler brought the players in for a quick huddle to motivate them for the half ahead. Up for the discussion was Tilly’s confusion at how many breaks a football game had, the surprisingly excellent performance of Visual Head Honcho Jonny Mellor who was protecting the also impressive central defensive presences of Henry Riley, Luke Edwards and Conor Boyle, as well as the absolute desire of RAW to demolish The Boar with Station Manager Henry Riley stating “It was time to finish them off completely.” It was crucial for RAW to keep piling the pressure on The Boar who, despite the scoreline, were certainly still in the game and were bolstered by sabbatical officers Niall Johnson and Michael Kynaston switching sides to help even up the contest.
RAW started the second half brightly, despite star player Matt Delaney being replaced by late-comer Jack Abbey, with Fred Kelly enjoying the freedom of moving up the field. Mellor, Clarke and Kelly were all instrumental in breaking up any Boar attacks, as RAW dominated the 50/50 battles in the middle of the field with Phillips and Carthigeya finding space in the final third. The Boar did have a shout for a penalty as Jack Abbey brought down a Boar player inside the box. Despite the complaints of DDO Michael Kynaston, the completely neutral referee and RAW captain Ed Farrar decided Jack Abbey had won the ball and that in fact the player shouldn’t have run into Jack Abbey’s out-stretched leg.
Despite their dominance RAW were unable to create a clear-cut chance with some poor deliveries from set pieces and out wide. Luckily a piece of magic by ‘Behave Yourself’ presenter Donal Connolly created the fourth goal. Finding himself with the ball on the right, with little support and three Boar players closing, Donal beat a player and produced a beautiful cross to find Carwyn Phillips at the back post who squared to Fred Kelly to convert for a fantastic team goal. The floodgates now started to open as Fred Kelly doubled his tally with a fantastic, driven finish outside the area and off-balance to give RAW their fifth. Ro Carthigeya was also starting to wreak havoc down the left wing with his deceivingly innocuous ambling becoming impossible to deal with as Boar players were shrugged effortlessly out of the way. Matt Delaney had now been sent up front and scored his second goal in as many games for RAW as he collected a through ball and beat Ssan at his front post with a belting, low finish after cutting inside his marker. The RAW contingent went wild as Delaney kissed the camera and performed his trademark celebratory dab with Henry Riley.
The Boar had now been run ragged and the student radio started to play some champagne football with Station Manager Henry Riley moving up the field to take advantage of the space left by the demoralised Boar outfit. Ro Carthigeya was causing problems and was described by commentator and captain Ed Farrar as “like Lionel Messi, just you could probably tackle Messi if you really wanted to.” Due to the fantastic tactical decision made by Ed Farrar to bring on Jack Butler to complete his hat-trick, RAW soon completed their seven goal demolition of the student newspaper after Henry Riley drove into the box, beating three players on the way, and chipped a ball to the back post to be volleyed in by the rampaging fresher from close range. RAW ended the game, that had become increasingly open as the pure athleticism of the student radio squad shone through, by far the better side but could not add to their seven goal haul, finishing the game 7-1 victors.
Final Score: RAW 7 (Butler (3), Carthigeya, Kelly (2), Delaney) – The Boar 1 (Exact)
RAW Squad: Nizam, Kelly, Riley, Edwards, Delaney, Mellor, Johnson (First Half) Clarke, Hand, Butler, Farrar, Kynaston (First Half) Carthigeya, Brooks, Connolly, Boyle, Phillips, Peters, Abbey.
Manager Tilly Goodall was delighted in her side’s victory stating that “we played liquid at times and we completely dominated The Boar with our high-press and incisive passing in the second half. Ultimately there are still areas that we can improve upon, especially our offside trap and set pieces, and we will definitely come up against stronger opposition in future games, but for now I’m pleased.”
Head of Speech Barnaby Merrill also had this to say about his own performance “Barnaby Merrill showed balance and poise in his brief cameos, and was equal to the physical challenge despite the game passing him by at times”
POM: After such an excellent performance it only seems fair to pick out two people to single out. Firstly Jack Butler for his hat-trick and living up to our expectation of being an incredibly ‘nippy’ forward player with an eye for goal. Secondly Jonny Mellor for his enthusiastic efforts displaying an impressive passing range, first touch and hard-tackling.
Big thanks to Elliot Mulligan, Deputy Editor in Chief of The Boar, for helping put this fixture together. We are looking forward to some more fixtures between the two societies in the future played in the same friendly manner.
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