Get Out Of Jail Free
Aston fail to turn up, but still earn a point
After a resounding victory last week over Eynsham, which in truth should have been more, Aston were looking to make it 2 wins in 2. This was going to be a much sterner test, as like the home side Tower Hill are tipped for promotion.
Edwards was unable to name the same team as last week with Angus unavailable, Mr Love again choosing romance over football and Harriss mistakenly thinking St Patricks Day had come around again. Long, Beer and Tolley came into the 11, Hewer, Cross and a late call up for Lewis (due to perm heads belly like a washing machine) starting on the bench.
The team were in high spirits before the game, but like many days last season a decent warm up was non-existent. Having Pep’s protégé as assistant manager you would think the cones would have been laid out at the crack of dawn. This is another of Astons Achilles heels and I am sure if this season’s aim is to be promoted then this will need addressing.
The game started in a similar fashion as last week. The lions were slow and sluggish in possession and were giving the away side far too much encouragement early on. Tower Hill had the bit between their teeth, and as the home side were so disjointed they smelt blood. Within the first couple of minutes Edwards decided to beat his Guinness book record set last week for the loudest foul mouth tirade. This did nothing to ease the uncertain start Aston had made, and the team looked very nervy. The away sides’ first good opportunity came after 5 minutes. Another poor spell of Aston play led to possession being given away on the half way line. The ball was worked right and then into the strikers feet. He got himself into the penalty box and struck a stinging save that Edwards got down really well to save. This was pretty much the theme for the 1st half. In the 15th minute Tower got the goal they inadvertently deserved, and it came from the spot, no thanks to the Man in Black deciding to make the game about him. A cross from the left was over hit back to the opposite side where the right midfielder for Tower was standing. Controlled just in the box Cade seemed to slip with the Tower player falling over also. Penalty given, Aston players bemused and aggrieved, and now 0-1 down. The rest of the half went much of the same way until the 40th minute Beer gave the Lions and unlikely lifeline. A cross by Cade fell to Colleton, who miscued his strike, but luckily found its way into Beers path who tucked it away. 1-1 and Halftime.
Lucky to still be in the game Edwards needed something to lift the atmosphere in the camp. The home side needed to wipe the slate clean and just come out 2nd half a different team. The weather took a turn for the worse and with Long and Fleming Jr the masters of a slide pass surely things would be looking up. Although the quality was still lacking there was much more fight from the home side, but Tower were still looking the more dangerous side. They are a young, and well organised team, with quality from certain players mixed in. Aston needed their big players to start influencing the game but they just couldn’t find that spark. On the 65th minute the away side get their reward. The left back picked it up on the half way line and dribbled some 20-25 yards without being pressed. He hit a sweet strike, which zipped off the surface and into the corner. 1-2. Edwards was being tested more than he would have liked with the players he has in his team, and again kept the team within touching distance with another smart save from close range half way through the 2nd half. Changes were made to try to grab an equaliser. Hewer and Lewis came on for Cade and Beer. Lewis had Aston’s best chance to make it 2-2. After using his wide set frame to his advantage by bouldering his way through 2 challenges he was ready to let fly. The players knew what was coming, a thunderbolt to rip the net off, only for Lewis to lose his footing and fall with an almighty bang. The ripples were felt across the globe and rumour has it that the destruction in Mexico was a result of this. With time ticking away the lions did get an unjust leveller. A scrappy corner was turned back into the 6 yard box by Fleming Jr and put in by Evans. 2-2. Still time for a dramatic end with Mr ‘All about me’ to make it ‘All about me’. Last minute a long throw came over Fleming Jr and the Tower strikers head. Both players eyes fixed on the ball in the air ran into each other and fell to the ground……………….PENALTY. If there was any justice in the world, or a god, the away side would miss it. There wasn’t either of those things just an Edwards, and he came up trumps. A brilliantly placed penalty was stopped on the line by the strong right glove of Edwards. There was still time for him to blind panic whilst looking like a fish out of water, and push the ball out for a corner. Finished 2-2.
A bad day at the office but got away with a point, and against a rival this is not to be sniffed at. Tower were a decent side and hopefully we can do ourselves justice against them in the reverse fixture. There won’t be games where everyone struggles so roll on the next fixture so we can get back to winning ways. Man of the match goes to the gaffer for keeping us in it and obviously earning the point at the death.