Adderbury Park 1 Bletchingdon 2
Saturday, 28 September 2013
AP: James Trevitt
Beltch: Ben Foster, Andy McGowan
Christmas comes early for Bletchingdon, as AP gift goals on a bad day at the office.
Adderbury Park welcomed Bletchingdon to the Lucy Plackett Playing Field looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Oakley. Park though were without 6 players from the week before and manager Collier was forced to change 3 of the back 4. There was also a change in goal and influential midfielder Dan Smith was also ruled out with a knee injury.
AP started well looking sharp on the ball and knocking it around confidently, but that 5 minute spell ended and then the game descended into something resembling a pre-season friendly. A slow pace and very little ball retention and the game was a scrappy affair, with the visitors threatening on the counter and with the long ball. Ben Fosters pace up front for Bletch causing James Gibbard and Luke Winkworth no end of problems.
Junior Howards caused a problem for the visitors when he danced passed the defenders before cutting inside but his left foot shot sailed over. Mark Essex then tested the keeper from range, but he held on to the midfielders shot.
There was very little in the way of goal mouth action until Bletch took the lead with about 10 minutes to half time. Dodge Carter rolled the ball out to Jacob Goddard, but as Goddard went to play the ball back it got stuck under his feet and the pass fell horribly short. Ben Foster who had gambled to close down Carter was on it in a flash and rifled the ball past Carter to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Before long it was 2-0, just before half-time and dealt Park a big blow. Again they were masters of their own downfall. After failing to deal with the long ball, James Gibbard was put under pressure by Andy McGowan, but keeper Carter called for the ball and was never really going to get it and McGowan nipped in too easily between Gibbard and Carter and stabbed the ball home.
Half-Time – AP 0-2 Bletch
Adderbury knew they had to improve and couldn’t afford to concede again and they improved greatly in the second half, without still getting into their usual flow and attacking ways.
They closed Bletch down higher up the pitch and stopped giving them time to play the long ball. But they still created very little as the final ball was incredibly poor. Park were then given a life-line, when a Bletch player was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, when it looked as though the culprit was AP’s Junior Howards. After much deliberation and arguing, the spot kick was awarded and James Trevitt smashed the ball home for his 1st goal of the season. You would think this would cue the immense pressure from the home side, but whilst they completely dominated possession, still no real chances were created and Bletch, in truth, defended well.
As AP pushed, Bletch threatened on the break and almost grabbed a third when McGowan poked the ball past Carter but Seeney chased back to clear the ball just before the line.
All in all, a very disappointing performance from the home side, which was certainly the worst of the season. No doubt changes will be made for the next game, as opportunities were not taken.