High five for Reserves
By Mark Wilkins
Five second half goals secure the points for the reserves.
After not having a game for three weeks the reserves were back in action against Heyford Athletic Res. The two teams observed a minutes silence before the game to pay their respects to young Aidan Sollis of Kidlington FC, who sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier in the month. The weather was the only damp part of the afternoon as the Reserves totally dominated this fixture, straight from kick off Saints put Heyford on the back foot and were using the width of the pitch to their advantage. Youngsters Jacob Hitchcock and Jae Sharkey
were giving the two full backs a torrid time and Carl Bloomfield
and Leonard Sackey
up front were getting chance after chance, but after three weeks without a game the target was proving hard to hit. Jacob Hitchcock came closest when he hit the post and Carl Bloomfield
saw a couple of efforts go wide. Despite all the early pressure the teams went in 0-0 at the break and you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was going to be "another one of those days".
But Saints had other ideas and 10 minutes after the restart Tyrone Brackett
slid a decisive pass through the Heyford defence for Jae Sharkey
to cut in from the right wing, Sharkey didn't even break stride as he beared down on the keeper and cooly slotted his shot into the back of the net for Saints opener. Craig Bloomfield
got in on the act as he grabbed a second for Saints 5 minutes later, his brother Carl then got a third when Heyford failed to clear a cross and he steered the ball home at the back post. Then came goal of the match when Saints won a corner on the left, while Heyford were marking up in the box Jordi Mulvany
was lingering on the edge of the box totally unmarked. Jae Sharkey
pinged the cross straight to Mulvany who brought the ball under control, got the ball out from under his feet and smashed an unstoppable right footed shot into the back of the net, reminiscent of a Paul Scholes strike back in the day. The lads were in full stride when Josh West found himself in the Heyford box and just when you thought he had taken the ball to wide, he quickly adjusted his feet and lofted his effort of the Heyford keeper for Saints 5th, securing all 3 points and capping off a fine performance for the Reserves.