uhlsport Hellenic League - 6 August
Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup Round 1
Langley 2 Woodley United 4 (away view)
United were able to take their excellent pre-season form that saw them win four and draw one into their first competitive fixture on Tuesday evening.
After scoring freely in the friendlies the first shot of the season fell to Max Laschok who missed to the right from eighteen yards before a powerful Toby Briggs strike was blocked by a defender. The home side, who played in Division Two East last season, had to waif till the fifteenth minute for their first chance. Kamil Zielinski couldn't test Woodley debutant Adam Thomson missing to the left.
With seventeen minutes gone United took the lead. Sam Guze's pass found Laschok who fired a shot off the left post; the ball ricocheted back and went in off an unfortunate Langley player.
Woodley were playing some decent football with the front three of Briggs, Laschok and Ben Anderson all involved. The former had another shot, this time missing to the left. Thomson was called into action on the half hour doing well to keep out a Jahdd Thomas effort that went through a sea of bodies after the lively winger had cut in from the right.
Despite it being the first game of the campaign you will be hard pressed to find a more coolly taken goal all season than United's second. After being put through by Anderson, Guze completely fooled the keeper who committed to his left, presenting the whole of the left of the goal free for the Woodley midfielder to score into. A couple of minutes before the break the hosts had a great chance to pull one back when Thomas put Cheyenne Cripps in on goal. With just Thomson to beat the Langley man missed to the right from the left of the box.
The second period began with United captain Adam Barnard pinging a fantastic ball to Guze who bought it down superbly. After twisting and turning twenty yards from goal he was unable to get a shot away. Langley were creating their fair share of chances. Zielinski had a shot well saved from Thomson diving to his left, sixty seconds after a forty yarder was kept out.
An hour gone two crosses from the left caused the home side problems. The first one saw a defender get to the ball before Laschok could get a shot away whilst the second ended with a Guze effort turned onto the post by the Langley keeper.
Woodley made their first change on sixty four minutes when Harry Swabey replaced Briggs. Five minutes after the change United further increased their lead when a long kick by Thomson was headed onto Laschok who clinically netted from the left of the box. Moments later Thomson did very well to keep out a Thomas strike before finally being beaten by an unstoppable strike by Daniel Sharp. Picking up the ball on the left the Langley man unleashed a strike off the angle of bar and post in the right corner.
Before kicking off Woodley made another change when youngster Conor Clarke made his maiden competitive appearance for the first team when he came on for Barnard. This saw right back Jon Malone move into midfield and Clarke take over at full back.
Despite the setback of conceding United kept their discipline and went looking to regain their three goal advantage. A low Guze cross found Laschok after a Swabey dummy; however the forward was denied a second as the keeper saved. Lascok was then desperately unlucky to see his shot hit both the right then left posts as the visitors cranked up the pressure.
With eleven minutes left Woodley sealed the win when a Swabey pass found Laschok. Going round the Langley keeper the angle was to tight for a shot so Lachok returned the pass allowing Swabey to score from fifteen yards. Before the home side could kick off United made their final change when Anderson made way for Ben Purcell who was also making his competitive debut. Woodley's final chance came courtesy of some individual brilliance from Guze. Beating multiple defenders on the edge of the box, his low shot went just wide of the left post.
Langley ended the game strongly. Zielinski had a well struck shot beaten out by Thomson whilst Chris Johnson narrowly missed from the left side of the box. The final shot of an entertaining match saw the home side pull another one back when Thomas got a deserved goal with a crisp strike from twenty five yards go in off the right post.
Binfield 2 Windsor 0 (report by Dave Wright Bracknell News)
Binfield have made a promising start to the season with two wins without conceding a goal. The Moles followed up their 1-0 victory at Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday by defeating Windsor 2-0 at home on Monday in front of a crowd of 27l, their largest uhlsport Hellenic League attendance for quite a time.
The gate was boosted by a sizeable contingent of old and current Bracknell Town players, officials and supporters on a night when ex-Robins Carl Davies, Kennie Chamberlain and Jamie McClurg were playing and Carl Withers coaching.
Centre-back Davies was not far away from opening the scoring early on, but it was newcomer Asa Povey who looked the biggest threat to Windsor in the opening stages and Sonny Wheeler became much the busier of the two keepers.
The pressure paid off in the 25th minute when Moles took the lead when Danny Horscroft's ground shot from close to the edge of the area rocketed into the bottom right-hand corner.
Wheeler, playing against one of his former clubs, will have been disappointed to concede a goal from that distance, but he did much better to turn away an angled drive from Chamberlain.
Windsor, who had been hammered 5-0 at league newcomers Westfields on Saturday, showed plenty of pace in their approach work, but rarely troubled David Lyons in the home goal. Binfield were playing with increasing confidence and impressive new signing Joel Valentin was not far away from scoring from 25 yards, while Horscroft saw his effort pushed to safety by Wheeler.
It was Horscroft who was brought down when the hosts were awarded a penalty and Povey smashed his spot-kick high into the top-right corner to make it 2-0 in the 64th minute.
Roger Herridge's side continued to dominate and ran out the comfortable winners against a Windsor side whose manager Mick Woodham has since stepped down.
The Moles are in early Emirates FA Cup action this Saturday when they host Wessex League side US Portsmouth at Stubbs Lane (3pm ko). Binfield chairman Bob Bacon has confirmed that the club had "reached the difficult decision" of not running their development side this season following the departure of coaches and players, mainly to Bracknell Town. But he added: "We hope this is a temporary measure and we will be working on getting that side of the club back on track."
Bishops Cleeve 4 Tuffley Rovers 0 (away view)
Tuffley Rovers were outclassed and on the wrong end of a convincing scoreline at Kayte Lane on Tuesday evening, as Jack Watts’ hat-trick inspired Bishops Cleeve to an emphatic victory.
The opening minutes saw both sides having a share of possession but Cleeve seized the initiative after 8 minutes, as Jack Watts pounced on some defensive uncertainty to smash home a volleyed effort from12 yards when a headed clearance came out to him following Adam Mace’s free-kick.
Watts might have extended the lead almost immediately, but his next effort went off target, and then both sides traded blows, albeit with Cleeve having the greater share of possession, and the half-time interval arrived with the hosts holding the slenderest of leads.
After the interval, Cleeve began to turn the screw and Rovers eventually succumbed to the pressure, with Mark Pritchett’s side capitulating in a five-minute onslaught from Steve Cleal’s side. First, on the hour mark, a huge clearance from keeper Mat Wieczorek somehow found its way through to Watts, who found himself in acres of space before finishing confidently past the advancing Rovers keeper Alex Avenell Within two minutes, Liam Wright (one of six former Tuffley Rovers players in the Cleeve line-up) was given the freedom of the Rovers penalty area but produced a low, measured finish to make it 3-0, after Watts had cut the ball back to him.
Any faint hopes the visitors had were then extinguished, on 65 minutes, as Watts completed his hat-trick, smashing the ball home from close range after Pritchett’s team had been unable to clear a corner kick. Rovers found some renewed vigour but were unable to break down a Cleeve defence, well marshalled by Ashley Davies and Tristan Haswell, and the hosts saw out the game, to record a 4-0 win, their first of the season, on a night to forget for Rovers.
Royal Wootton Bassett Town 2 Shrivenham 3 (away view)
Shrivenham picked up their opening points of the season at the Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground in what turned out to be the sides first derby win of the season.
New signing Ollie Rejak who could have given the visitors an early lead after 8 minutes after a neat move from Shrivenham, but he saw his effort aimed straight at Declan Lehmann for an easy save before the home side saw a chance of their own go begging three minutes later when the ball was blasted over the bar.
Two minutes later however, and Bassett’s effort did pay off when a brilliant initial parry from Mike Alexander from a Brad Pagliaroli effort, fell to the advancing Danny Langford who calmly headed home from the rebound on 13 minutes.
Not to be outdone, a brilliant ball from Ryan Stanners put Rejak through on goal and he unselfishly set up Josh Morse in turn to catch out the sleeping home defence for what looked an easy equaliser with 24 minutes gone.
With everything to play for, Rhys Talmarsh perhaps blew his sides chances just 7 minutes from the interval, after he head-butted Jamie Prictor and saw a straight red and just two minutes later, the visitors took the lead when Stanners acted quickest to fired Shrivenham in to the lead from a corner.
After the break, captain Sam Ockwell netted Shrivvy’s third with 52 minutes on the clock, when he tried his luck from all of 25-yards out after the ball fell to his feet and with their huff and puff, the home side finally were handed a lifeline when Shrivenham gave another soft penalty away – their second game running, with Callum McGhee-Parsons slotting the ball beyond Alexander with 20 minutes remaining.
Morse made way for Lewis Petrie (75 minutes) and Aaron Dainton came on for the final 10 (swapping with Rejak) but by the time Dave Bampton picked up a red for a second bookable offence, there was little the home side could do to secure their second comeback in two games (after their 3-3 draw with Holmer Green three days earlier) and by the time referee Tom Green blew his whistle, Shrivenham had moved six places up the standings to tenth place.
RWBT: Declan Lehmann, Tinashe Gwavava, Harrison Lea, Johnny Davoile, Tyron Leigh, Tom Cole, Rhys Talmarsh (SO), Giorgio Wrona, Daniel Langford 1, Callum McGhee-Parsons 1p & Bradley Pagliaroli. Subs (TBC): Stephen Yeardley, Christopher Jackson, Caine Bradbury, Matt Bennett & Mani Roper.
Shrivenham: Mike Alexander, Jamie Prictor, Matt Horsell, Sam Ockwell © 1, Dave Bampton (SO), Liam Edmondson, Nathan Blackford, Ollie Rejak (Aaron Dainton), Ryan Stanners 1, Josh Morse 1 (Lewis Petrie) & Tom Ballard. Subs: Joe English, Rob Hendry & Dan Lawrence (GK)
Virginia Water 3 Easington Sports 1
A terrific match in front of a good crowd, played in excellent spirit, during sun, hail, thunder and lightning! The home side ran out deserved winners, but not without a fight by a determined and organised Easington side.
VW started well and were unfortunate not to take the lead early on, with Dale Wright, Liam Whyte, Jake Baker, Josh Hennah, Joel Drew and Louis Sanders, all having good efforts on goal in a frantic first quarter. Then on 24 minutes, against the run of play, we gave the ball away in midfield, and from a speedy counter attack, their striker was brought down in the box, for a definite penalty, which was slotted home just beyond the dive of Matt Jones in goal.
In fairness to VW, they continued to press and on 38 minutes scored a brilliant equaliser, when the excellent Liam Whyte curled a great shot into the bottom corner, after being set up by Josh Hill wide on the right. All square at the interval, with VW ruing some missed chances.
In the second half the home side dominated for almost its entirety, and went ahead on 55 minutes when Josh Hill took a long ball in his stride, beat a few defenders, and was brought down in the box. Joel Drew stepped up to slot home.
VW pushed on for a third, and after sustained pressure, Liam headed in his second from a trademark Finn Evered long throw. We went close to adding to this, with Adam McNamara, Liam, Joel all threatening, and thankfully we were able to nullify any attacking danger from the visitors, and see the match through for a good win and three points.
We now look forward to our debut in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Westfields 4 Longlevens 1
Westfields continued their impressive start to the new Hellenic League Premier Division season with an emphatic 4-1 home win over visiting Longlevens from Gloucester on Tuesday night. This result followed on from the 5-0 home win over Windsor and Westfields now find themselves at the top of the uhslport Hellenic Premier Division after 2 games.
Westfields played some fine flowing football against a good, strong visiting Longlevens side. Westfields took the lead as early as the 6th minute with a sweet flowing movement which saw Ben Hayes curl a shot into the far corner of the net following an excellent 5 man move.
Westfields led at the break 1-0 but after the interval Richard Greaves was on the spot to convert a cross from Aidan Thomas to put Westfields into a 2-0 lead but the visitors came storming back and pulled a goal back through Brad Martin. However, Westfields restored their 2 goal advantage when Ryan Green headed home at the far post to put Westfields 3-1 ahead before Wintle in the Longlevens goal produced 3 stunning saves to keep out further shots from Craig Jones, Richard Greaves and Ben Hayes.
Westfields eventually scored their deserved 4th goal when substitute Joe Bates was put through by Craig Jones and he buried his shot low into the corner of the net to give Westfields an emphatic 4-1 home victory. Westfields’ victory would have been more resounding had it not been for the heroics of the visiting goalkeeper Wintle who produced a string of fine saves throughout the game.
Westfields now visit Congleton Town away on Saturday in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round and next Tuesday they make the short trip across to Gloucester where they meet Tuffley Rovers on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm
Kidlington Development 3 Marlow United 1 (away view)
The euphoria of last season and a successful pre season came crashing down as United suffered an opening game defeat at Kidlington.
After a bright opening twenty minutes in which a much changed Marlow had looked the better team, creating a number of half chances with Liam Bushay and Josh Fox both causing problems to the home defence, United found themselves two goals down in the space of two minutes.
On twenty three minutes poor marking from a corner from the United right allowed Arron Morten a free header with the ball breaking loose from keeper Cannings save before Morten reacted first, knocking the ball over the line. Stung by this reverse the visitors were rocked a minute later as Adam Harman was judged to have fouled his opponent in the area with Elliot Powell stroking home the resultant penalty. A shocked United huffed and puffed but despite having the majority of possession poor passing and a lack of a goal threat meant they never looked like reducing the arrears against a disciplined Kidlington defence, the closest they came a shot from a narrow angle by Thomas being saved by Lacey.
Marlow brought on Charlie Bull for Paul Rake for the second half and again it was the visitors who dominated possession but in truth they failed to test Kiddy keeper Lacey, there play lacking drive or a cutting edge. The home team looked to break with speed, Powell being a constant menace , his pace stretching the Marlow back four as they threatened to increase their lead.
United gave themselves a glimpse of a comeback with sub JC Etienne pulling a goal back on the hour, the ball breaking to him in the area where he proceeded to plant it past Lacey. Briefly it appeared Marlow could salvage at least a point but Kidlington had other ideas, Powell breaking through only for Hardie to rob him as he looked to shoot.
Marlow continued to press at the other end but with no real conviction, a goal from Jack Gaul on 78 minutes, firing home from the edge of the area after United failed to clear the ball, finally settling the destination of the three points in favour of the hosts. It's very early days with a number of players missing but all in all a salutary lesson for a Marlow team who will now realise the task that awaits in the coming season.
Marlow: Cannings, Woodward, Hardie, Woodbridge, Fox, Harman Shingleston, Rake, Thomas, Hurst, Bushay
Subs. Bull, Etienne, Sutherland
Wallingford Town 1 AFC Aldermaston 1
Wallingford Town opened up their uhlsport Hellenic League One East campaign with the visit of title favourites AFC Aldermaston. The visitors have recruited strongly during the summer and the began the season with a solid draw away at Thame Rangers the previous Saturday.
With manager Glenn Goudie on holiday, Andy Silver and Kieran Jennings took the team and preparations were disrupted as midfielder Jamie Connor pulled out on the afternoon of the match through illness and centre-half Jon Stott pulled up injured in the warm-up. Wallingford handed debuts to goalkeeper Garry Aulsberry, defender Alberto Nunes Villar, midfielders Jake Smith and Ben Rusher and winger Sam McDermaid all making their first appearance in a Wallingford shirt. New signings Tommy Elmore and Chace Jewell joined the squad also.
Wallingford's new-look side worked hard to establish a foothold in the game against a strong visiting outfit and they enjoyed the opening exchanges as the game began to settle. In the 25th minute, Nunez Villar was upended in the box and Ashley Searle (pictured) stepped up and slammed his penalty kick to put the home side 1-0 up. Shortly after, the home side created a great chance for McDermaid but his effort was narrowly ruled out for offside.
The visitors finished the half strongly and a cross from their left-back, Piercy found Lorenzo Medford unmarked who headed home in the 40th minute. The visitors then struck the crossbar from long range as the half finished even.
The second half saw both sides determined to take the points and we saw the first sin-bin as Medford was binned for dissent.
Wallingford brought on last seasons leading scorer Charlie Silkstone and he was denied in a 1 vs 1 with the Aldermaston keeper and later a defender cleared desperately after rounding the keeper. Both sides made late changes as the tempo of the game took its toll with Jewell and Elemore both making substitute appearances.
Newent Town 1 Malvern Town 7 (away view)
Malvern Town began life in the uhlsport Hellenic League, with a 7-1 victory at Newent Town.
The first chance of the game fell to summer signing, Ben Miller, whose low strike from the edge of the area was saved, whilst at the other end Adam Sauntson defended well to thwart the home side. It was a lively opening to proceedings and Miller caused more problems just before the quarter-hour mark when his effort was deflected to Kyonn Evans who failed to force the ball home. A free-kick from Miller rattled the woodwork as Harry Clark put the rebound over and then the home side had to defend in numbers to block efforts in quick succession from Miller, Evans and Louis Loader.
The home side went close when their number 9 lifted the ball over the ‘keeper only for his effort to land inches wide. It was a wake-up call as we attempted to get our passing game together. As the clock ticked down in the opening period, Ethan Moran had a low effort saved as our hosts refused to allow us any time to settle on the ball. After Evans and Loader both went close, we finally made the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time when a long ball over the top set Evans racing away and he cut inside, took the ball around the ‘keeper before teeing up Miller who fired home.
Having found the net just before the break, it took us just seconds to double our advantage after the restart when Miller burst into the area and his strike hit the woodwork before going over the line off the unfortunate defender. We were looking purposeful at this stage with the words of the co-managers ringing in the players’ ears from during the interval. Clark and Miller went close before Harry Wickett almost extended our lead when his low strike flashed narrowly wide.
An inviting free-kick was met with a deft header from Clark that went close but it was the home side who were able to reduce the arrears just before the hour-mark when they seized upon some defensive hesitation as we gave the ball away. It wasn’t long before we made it 3-1 when Evans’ hit the woodwork and Clark’s perseverance saw him force the ball home at the second attempt.
In the wake of the goal Adam Sauntson went close with a powerful header from a teasing Loader corner. Clark headed home our fourth goal following another inviting cross from the right as we stepped up a gear. Some good battling play from Miller saw him set up a chance for Moran who was denied by a good save.
We were playing some neat, sharp football whilst also forcing our hosts into mistakes and it was from a loose ball out of defence that Clark was able to make it 5-1. On 82 minutes Loader saw a free-kick hit the top of the crossbar but our sixth goal wasn’t long in arriving as substitute, Bryan Craven, stabbed home at the second attempt after the ‘keeper managed to block his initial effort from close range.
There was still time for a stoppage time from Curtis Smith whose energetic and marauding run from deep ended with him arrowing the ball into the back of the net to complete what turned out to be a convincing opening day win.
Malvern: Whitcombe, Smith, A. Sauntson, J. Sauntson, Febery, Moran (Harris 74), Loader, Evans (Craven 74), Miller (Turner 74), Clark. Subs not used: Fusco, Hayes.