Aston come from 2 nil down to thump Bampton
Aston made the small trip to face local rivals Bampton in the first village derby of the season. Bampton won 2 out of the 3 meetings last season and would be looking to put a dent in the reds (yellows for this game) undefeated record. Having won comfortably in the shield last weekend the lions were looking to push on and create a gap between them and the chasing pack.
Turning up in dribs and drabs the lads were still waiting for Ian to deliver the kit come 1.20pm. Even Hermes have a better delivery service, but he had an excuse and didn’t he made sure we all knew about it. The traffic light story was still being told all through the warm up until just before kick-off.
For once Edwards did not have to change his team………..said no one ever. Clarke was replaced by Rowe at centre back, and Beer dropped in at right back with Cross missing. They formed a back 4 ahead of Edwards which also included Harriss and Angus. Evans took the central midfield spot left with Beer moving to the back, to pair up with Austin. Cade and Fleming Snr continued on the wings. Kennedy and Colleton staying up front. Lewis and Fleming Jr on the bench
The early stages of the game were pretty erratic, with neither team really getting much control or dominating. The home side however were fighting for every ball and not afraid to put in a tackle, which in turn gave them a massive lift. It wasn’t long before they were soon to get further encouragement. After an Aston attack the ball broke kindly for the home side and a long straight ball was played through the middle of the Aston defence. Trying to play offside the Bampton striker was clean through to go round Edwards and pass it into an empty net. 1-0 Bampton. The lions were shaken and needed to compose themselves. Two good chances for Fleming Snr and Colleton could have got Aston straight back into it but both missed the target. These misses were punished soon after, when the Bampton striker picked up the ball on the corner of the area and curled into the opposite side of the goal. 2-0 Bampton. A Bampton player was so impressed with this he bragged at being 2 nil up to an incoming supporter. He spoke to soon. Aston recomposed themselves and hit back immediately. Kennedy was allowed to turn 30 yards out and play a great through ball to Colleton who struck it in the corner. 2-1. This was the lift the away side needed and they didn’t look back. Kennedy had to be replaced with Lewis after a clash of knees. With the half drawing on and Aston now controlling the game much better they got themselves level. Beer passed the ball to Cade on the right wing, who burst passed his man and crossed in well. A poor touch by Fleming Snr meant he had to try and head the ball onto Evans, but the Bampton defender pushed the ball away with his hand. Penalty Aston. Fleming Snr spotted the ball and put it to the keepers right. 2-2, and the half ended with honours even.
Edwards was proud of his team. They had shown real fight to get themselves on level terms, and now it was time for them to make the momentum count and get those 3 points. No changes were made, with Fleming Jr still sporting his work gear it didn’t look as though one could be made anytime soon anyway.
Aston didn’t disappoint the gaffer, and were looking to get this game won early in the second half. Ten minutes in and they finally had the lead. Fleming Snr was played in behind the Bampton defence by Angus. He got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Lewis on the penalty spot, where he fired into the roof of the net. 2-3 Aston. Lewis quickly doubled his tally. A ball clipped in over the top was flicked on by Colleton. Lewis picked the ball up and bundled his way through a couple of defenders, and with only the keeper to beat put it bottom corner. 2-4. The home side were rocked, and so much so their captain soon lost the plot. Angus being held up by the right back found himself against the by line and with seemingly nowhere to go. The ginger ninja decided to 2 foot Angus for no reason. Ref had no choice but to send him off and from here the Talbot bridge flood gates opened. Aston got their 5th when from a free kick where Fleming Snr played a ball down the side of the wall, which allowed Evans to shoot 1st time across goal into the net. 2-5 Aston. Angus’s first goal of the season quickly followed, when Cade flicked a ball on for him to rush onto. One touch out of his feet and finished into the corner. 2-6 Aston. Cade was then given a rest and Fleming Jr came into the middle and Evans wide right. There was no holding up, and Colleton was next to double his tally. Evans got past his man wide right and drove into the box. He squared the ball to Colleton who stroked home from close range. 2-7 Aston. Lewis then grabbed his hatrick in the easiest of fashions. Colleton played a through ball to Lewis, which he latched onto ‘OUT PACING’ the centre back. Shooting across goal the keeper swung a lazy leg at it, missed the ball completely, and ended in his net. 2-8 Aston. Austin also got his first goal for the 1st team, albeit fortunately. Evans again drove into the box and past 2 defenders. Only the keeper to beat (although should have squared it to Austin anyway) he shot straight at the keeper. Austin picked up the pieces and couldn’t miss from a yard out. 2-9 Aston.
Now excuse me for adding this irrelevant part to the report but I am sure Austin would have told all his friends about it, if not anyone who would listen. To sum it up he hit the bar with a left foot shot which he hit pretty well. That’s it. I will continue…..There was still time for a 10th when Austin played a ball over the defence and Colleton got on the end to grab his hatrick.
A great show of character by Aston to come from 2 nil down, and end the game with such a one sided result. A good test of where the team are at on this promotion quest and one the gaffer can be very positive about. Hard to pick a MOM with a lot of players having stand out games. Rowe had a very decent game on his return to the team, the midfield all made telling contributions, and the strikers both got hatricks. Just pipping it though was Colleton.
No game next week and we then return the week after for the visit of Chadlington in the Fred Ford.