uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division Ardley United rounded off pre season this week with a couple of defeats against Wallingford Town and Didcot Town, but came away from both games with lots of positives.
Ardley chairman Ian Feaver commented. "First against Wallingford we lost 3-2 in a game that the conditions made playing very difficult. Ardley took the lead after 10 minutes with another good finish by Owen James, but from then on the first half belonged to Wallingford with the wind behind them. They used the wind to great advantage as they bombed huh throw ins time after time into the Ardley penalty area. It was from 3 throw ins that Wallingford scored 2 goals and then a third penalty that was also won from a long throw. Ardley started the second half 3-1 down, but completely dominated play in the 2nd half with out having to battle against the wind. We eventually scored a 2nd goal from a thunderous 30 yard strike by Alex Wheeler, but despit lots of pressure and hitting of the woodwork, Wallingford held on for a good 3-2 win."
"Then on Saturday at home to Didcot Town we lost 3-0 in a very feisty match, with a score line that didn’t truly reflect the balance of play. Ardley seemed to be doing well until an incident where the visiting keeper and Ty Hamilton clashed, leaving Ty with a bloody mouth. Ardley players were incensed with all officials having not seen the incident and the match descended into face offs throughout the first half and the referee struggling to control the game. The sides went in at half time with the score 2-0 to Didcot."
"The second half was a much better game as the players got on with playing football and the referee had stepped up his control of the game. Ardley were very much on the front foot, but despite controlling much of the second half, struggled to create any clear chances against a resolute Didcot defence. Didcot did eventually score a third goal and ran out deserved 3-0 winners on the platform of a strong defence and taking chances when they come."
"In pre season matches you learn more from defeats than you do wins and both of these games will have been a big help to Manager Lee Matthews preparation for the season ahead."