Derby Day Disaster...
...in below par performance
On a slightly cooler day the mass of players that were fully behind gaffer regarding the short sleeved new kit were now possibly having a change of heart.
A squad photo which included the Reserve team saw Simon Emms and his long lens and indifferent flash take some great photos and in turn show this truly is one club in 2016.
A nervy teamtalk by Edwards after naming Sam Rowe as left back who had just left to play for the reserves led to some high laughter amongst the team, Edwards right hand man Molony chipped in with the need to press high and try to dominate. This was all after Edwards had tried out his Aston slang stating this was the most "localler" of derbies in the Witney and district. For the remainder of the teamtalk everyone seemed to be thinking of more local derbies, Spartan Rangers v Witney Royals be one stated as being much closer. Did Edwards mean the fiercest of derbies?
Aston only boasting two Astonions opposed to at least eight Bamptonites. Did it mean more to the unmentionables from up the road? Bampton started much the better team despite a good chance for Smith from a Fleming corner but he headed just over with the ball gliding off the Alpecin hair product that had been generously spread over his head pre match.
Aston were looking flat and went behind via an unnecessary corner. A flat corner and Bampton centre back Jordan Day powers home to make it 1-0.
With James Fleming more involved, a corner saw the ball fall to Vince Evans who turned nicely but was brought down by the goalie. Hedges scored the resulting penalty shooting towards the goalkeeper right. All this happening in the twenty fifth minute.
The remainder of the first half was quite frankly a bore to watch with very little incident. Many onlookers posed the question, did Luke Glaister have a fake tan just for the photo shoot and did he find any sock tape in West Oxfordshire and how did Warren Austin fit in his shirt?
Bamptons pressing was incredible and were giving Aston no time on the ball, the Lions did not seem to be able to cope with it and to their credit kept trying to play their passing game, could they have gone more direct?
Half time and Ashley Edwards read the riot act. Aston we must improve, do we even want to win he asked?
Second half and a Hedges chance from James Fleming corner saw the only player who was making the kit look good power over from around eight yards. Hot shot Hamish eat your heart out.
A cross from the marauding Molony to the far post was toe ended by Vince Evans who possibly overstretched for the ball.
The game soon sprung in to life as a Deep Bampton cross from the right saw Edwards needlessly punch the ball out for Bampton striker Connor O’Shea to lash home with aplomb. 2-1 Bampton, did a flat Aston have a repost?
It would appear not to be the case as some two minutes later a harmless ink from Bampton saw Edwards somehow drop the ball like the proverbial hot potato into Bamptons Dan Paintin’s path and he passed the ball home into the net. 3-1 Bampton and the bragging rights with it. Edwards dropping a hot potato is irony at its greatest as he has an incredible love of potatoes and food in general.
Colleton was soon booked for a seemingly innocuous incident, the ref maybe thought he was sticking his teeth out out at him, but they are just whiter than white.
A double substitution from the gaffer followed and unfortunately there was no goalkeeper on the substitutes bench, Smith and Evans both carrying knocks were withdrawn, Austin came on carrying weight. Austin's new abode above the Oxford steakhouse is categorically football career suicide.
Interestingly Aston seem to believe they had the model 2013 Austin in their midst and kept trying to use his pace as an outball, Austin bustled well and to be fair has a Great touch for a big guy. To hear of his membership at the local Chris Hoy gym was rather a huge relief for the season ticket holders that he may soon be back to the 2013 vintage.
Hedges soon had a free kick tipped over the bar by a solid looking Bampton goalkeeper. Austin and Clarke were booked late on with the referee becoming confused as to whether it was a raffle taking place later or a birthday party in dishing out the cards, a late Molony cross was handballed and Hedges smashed home the resulting penalty but it was too little too late and worryingly for Aston they didn’t create to many clear cut goal scoring chances.
A derby day disaster for Aston and similar problems to last season have arisen at this early stage. Can Edwards find the magic formula and of course a goal scorer. All in all Bampton were cleared and deserved winners just for there sheer effort and determination if nothing else.
Thoughts did however quickly turn towards the raffle but with a little concern as Edwards was supposed to be hosting it, could he hold the tickets without dropping them?