Aston hit 9 past Milton for the second season in a row!
The Aston faithful look forward to Milton away due to the lads proclaiming them as having the best clubhouse in the league. When trying to put your finger on why you would struggle, but the lads love it none the less, and we are always made to feel very welcome. The lions headed into the game still unbeaten and looking to push on and reclaim top spot from Tower Hill, who didn’t have a fixture. Most of the team arrived on time but Parker and Lady Penelope (AKA Drifter and the gaffer) were somewhat absent. Half way to Milton, Abingdon they realised their mistake and decided to join us in the Witney & district area. This error made from 2 people that have spent most of their adult life playing in this league. It was touch and go whether Ash would forgive Jamie or demote him to the bench.
For the umpteenth time Edwards couldn't name an unchanged team. Continuing with the 442 formation the team finished with last week, he himself remained in goal, with Molony, Harriss, Clarke and Hewer as his back 4. The midfield consisted of Cade, Fleming Jr, Beer and Fleming Sr, with a 2 up top in the form of Colleton and Kennedy. Pirlo Austin was the only named substitute.
After the ref had finished reading out the whole rule book to the linesman, exchanging numbers and his own warm up completed, we were ready to kick off. The away side, kicking down the slight hill, came out of the blocks like a team possessed. The Autumn sun was proving difficult for some more than others, Beer especially. He hasn’t seen glare like it since Optimas Prime had a wax and polish. Getting into their rhythm nice and early the game was being bossed by Aston, and it wasn’t long before they were a goal up. Five minutes in Edwards launched a long kick that avoided everyone and landed 3 yards outside the right hand side of Milton’s goal. The goalkeeper came out and controlled the ball with Fleming Snr bearing down on him. He tried to take it into his box but Fleming manged to get a toe in and nick the ball. With the goal unattended Fleming rolled it in. 0-1 Aston.
The lions didn’t have to wait long to double their lead, and it came from a corner. Whipped in by Fleming Snr it was Clarke who rose highest to thump and powerful header into the net even before the keeper had a chance to react. 10 mins gone 0-2 Aston. Milton were shell shocked and tried to change formation to slow the onslaught. It didn’t have the desired effect with another quick fire goal coming. A move that started with playing along the back got worked into midfield. An exchange between Fleming Jr and Beer allowed the latter to pass into Colleton’s feet at the edge of Milton's area. He squared it to Fleming Snr, who in turn back heeled to the overlapping Kennedy, and he finished to make it 0-3 Aston. Great team move, which got the finish it deserved.
The reds continued to press Milton high up the pitch, making them kick long just to relieve the pressure. This only meant giving possession back to Aston and allow for them to mount attack after attack. On 25 minutes Fleming Jr sprayed another cross field pass into Cade’s path. For some unknown reason the Milton Keeper had decided to go and fetch his cap during play leaving the goal wide open. Cade squared to Colleton to finish into the empty net. 0-4 Aston. With the game pretty much won in 25 minutes the question was would the lions relax or go for the jugular?
They didn’t relax and 4 soon became 5. Another good move on the edge of the box allowed Kennedy to turn, and dink a ball onto the forward running Fleming Snr. With the keeper diving at his feet he managed to poke the ball under him, and tap into another empty net. 0-5 Aston. 5 minutes before half time Milton did give Aston something to think about. A freekick from the right was whipped in beautifully, just begging to be finished. It avoided everyone and was recycled by Milton out the other side. Again crossed back in it found a Milton player at the far post, which caused confusion and forced Edwards into a low save. Half time 0-5 Aston.
For the first time this season the gaffer had seen his team take most of their chances and put a game to bed by half time. All he wanted was for the team to push on and send out a statement. Just keep doing what your doing was his message and his team didn’t disappoint.
Milton kicked off proceedings in the second half, I’m sure just hoping the game didn’t turn into an even worse hammering. They were to be disappointed because Aston had the bit between their teeth. The pattern of play was much of the same with the away side controlling the game and within 10 minutes of the second half it was 0-6. Beer played a through ball to an offside Kennedy. Knowing he was off he didn’t react to the ball, and neither did the Milton defence. It was like a game of stuck in the mud with each of them waiting to be freed. Colleton, who was onside, latched onto the through ball and had only the keeper to beat, where he slotted home from outside the box. This was the catalyst for more goals, and 5 minutes later Aston got another. Colleton wide right beat his man and curled in a lovely cross. Only Kennedy was in the box and he got crowded out by the Milton defenders, with one taking the ball towards his own goal. The on rushing Fleming snr pinched it from under his nose and slid the ball past the keeper for his hatrick. 0-7 Aston. The gaffer made his only change as this point with Austin coming on for Clarke, Fleming Jr dropped in at the back and Austin went centre mid. The nickname ‘Pig’ did not go down to well with the home team and murmurs were heard of ‘their taking the piss now’. Now Fleming Jr is more than capable of playing centre back, but a cross between wanting to be John Stones and boredom is not an ideal combination, and this gave Milton a consolation goal. Attempting to take on the forward, the Milton player read Fleming’s mind. A tangle soon found Fleming on the deck and the Milton player through on goal, who finished past Edwards…..Just (1-7 Aston).
The lions didn’t let it unsettle them and on 70 minutes Kennedy got his second. Kennedy made a good diagonal run and Colleton played him through. Kennedy lifted the ball expertly over the helpless keeper and into the far corner. 1-8 Aston. There was then a delay in proceeding with 15 to play whilst Colleton needed to get some water back in his gills to overcome some cramp issues. Written off one minute, he was back from the dead in another, and he also completed his hatrick. The tireless Cade still full of running crossed the ball low into Colleton. He tried an attempted dink but the ball got Fish sandwiched between goalie and player and ended up in the net. Some say own goal but he is adamant it was his toe punt. 1-9 Aston. It finished like this and a resounding victory for the lions.
Edwards was extremely happy with how his side acquitted themselves and played their own game from start to finish. Also he finally saw his side convert nearly every clear cut chance they had, which has not been the case in previous games. A tough one to call with so many good performances but the gaffer gave it to Fleming Snr. Next week cup duties return with the reds facing Witney Wanderers in the shield.