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2/3 October

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Brackley Town Saints 3 Ardley United 0
Saints moved up to third position in the league with this impressive display against local rivals Ardley. A great team display, solid in defence and inventive, skilful and incisive moving forward. Also much praise to Ardley who were prepared to knock the ball around nicely on what was a stunning St James Park pitch.

The early stages were fairly even. Ardley began confidently without creating any clear cut opportunities and it took Saints a while to settle. On 6 minutes Watts had the first shot in anger, but straight at the keeper. Ardley forced an opening at the other end but Middleton was on hand to block the shot at the expense of a corner.

Saints were beginning to dominate and look very comfortable in possession. Ward and Goddard started many passages of play with Brock and Middleton quick to get forward when possible. On 12 minutes Brock released the lively Stott who fed Hammond down the left wing and his cross was met by Jordan whose header whizzed just over the bar. A few minutes later Hammond found himself in space and got a shot away but just off target. The movement and finding of space by the Saints midfield and forwards was excellent with Baldwin and Watts marshalling play nicely.

On 18 minutes Saints took the lead. A flowing move seemed to have broken down, but Jordan held the ball up well and laid it back to Watts 25 yards from goal. Watts in this position is a dangerous proposition and he did not disappoint the expectant crowd with a crisp strike which arrowed into the bottom corner.

Saints dominated the rest of the half with calm possession football and without looking troubled at the back. Right on half time they thought they had extended their lead when Hammond played in Stott who coolly slotted past the advancing keeper, only to be flagged offside.

HALF TIME – Saints 1 Ardley 0

Ardley made 2 changes at half time and immediately showed their intent with Worby called into action 3 times in as many minutes saving well to push a shot over the bar and to block a wickedly swerving shot with his legs. Goddard muscled the Ardley 10 off of the ball after a very strong run from midfield. There were loud claims for a penalty but the referee was happy that Goddard had used his strength to win the ball fairly.

Saints continued to look dangerous moving forward and Ardley struggled to cope with their speed and fluidity at times. Stott had a good chance from close range but fired over and then combined brilliantly with Hammond who made good space but pulled his left foot shot wide.

Saints finally extended their lead on 59 minutes when Hammond finished off a great passage of play with a precise shot from the edge of the box, which was perfectly flighted over the keeper. It was nearly 3-0 a few minutes later when a clever exchange between Brock, Ball and Jordan saw the latter shoot narrowly wide.

Worby was still alert and he needed to be to get down low to save from an Ardley free kick. Goddard was alive to the danger of the rebound and tidied up nicely. At the other end Ball finished off a strong run with a left foot shot that drifted wide. Saints were in the ascendancy now and Hammond cleverly headed over the last defender, outran the defenders but could not beat the keeper with his low shot, but Stott, like a good forward should, was sniffing for the rebound and nipped in to tap in for Saints 3rd goal.

Ardley then fashioned their best chance of the night with the left winger ending a strong run by cutting along the by line and his dangerous cross looked as though it must be tapped home , but calm defending by Brock saw the danger cleared. The last 10 minutes saw Saints continue to create chances and Kille on a couple of occasions and Hammond tested the keeper with shots on target.

Overall this was a cracking game and it is fair to say a cracking team performance by Saints.

SAINTS: Alastair Worby, Joe Ward, Dan Middleton, Olly Goddard, James Watts, Lewis Baldwin, Harry Brock, George Ball (Charlie Kille 68), Alex Stott (Levi Steele 76), James Hammond, Chris Jordan (Owen James 80)
Subs not used: Sam Bridges

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Jet Veterans 0 Goring United Vets A 7 (away view)
Right from the off, Goring were the dominant side, pressing for a goal with almost every attack. After 10mins,Goring were ahead after a drilled right foot shot from Jamie Wainwright arrowed into the bottom corner. An own goal followed shortly after and Jamie once again looped a shot over the keeper to make it 3 - 0 at the break.

The second half was very much the same and early on, after a tweak in formation, Chris Hatfield scored his first of FOUR goals, three of which came within 8 minutes of each other. The fourth came with about 10 minutes to go and despite a mini surge from Jets forcing a one on one save from the keeper Grant Brent, Goring made easy work of this tie.


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