RESERVES PROGRESS IN COUNTY CUP
By Mark Wilkins
Reserves 100% record continues with County Cup victory
The reserves returned to Chinnor on Saturday in the OFA Intermediate Cup, just as kick off time arrived the heavens opened but the teams lined up for a minutes silence as the rain lashed down. Saints had the majority of the play in the first half and were the much stronger team, Ben Evans
and Guy Swain
were linking up well down the right side with David "Booey" Hook and Craig Bloomfield
controlling the midfield. James Munday
and Kyle Downie
were doing the same on the left side, with Owen Harris
and Jae Sharkey
linking well up front and captain Rich Hathaway and Callum Bloomfield
holding strong in defence.
The breakthrough came with a well worked team goal that started at the back with Callum Bloomfield
, he picked up a loose ball on the edge of his own area and broke forward laying the ball off to Booey who turned and spread the ball wide for James Munday
who in turned played the ball down the wing for Downie, whose cross found the head of Craig Bloomfield
who directed his header past the keeper. It was again Craig Bloomfield
who netted his second after Evans ran down the right hand side, he laid the ball off to Sharkey whose shot was blocked and Bloomfield put the rebound inside the far post from the edge of the area to put the visitors in control.George Howlett
picked up a yellow late in the half when he came running out of his area and flattened the Chinnor forward.
The teams came out for the second half with Evans making way for Sam Bird
but it was Chinnor who stepped up their game assisted by a few silly fouls from Saints, one of which led to Chinnors first goal when they were awarded a free kick. As a result the kick found its way straight into the Saints goal after missing everyone in the box, Chinnor then got a second shortly after to make it all level. Late arrival Leonard Lion Sackey came off the bench and was soon in the thick of it and was on the score sheet when another Downie cross found "The Lions" head to put Saints in front again. With the heavy ground in the centre of the pitch making things difficult Liam Gommersall
came off the bench for Booey to add some fresh legs. Following another free kick on the edge of the area the ball smashed off the crossbar and was cleared off the line by Munday and despite the protests from Chinnor the referee waved play on, Chinnor also had a goal disallowed for offside. But the Matthew Jacob's lads held on and are now 9 wins from 9 in all competitions.