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Warwick Cavern
Bishops Itchington
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T Cooper (10'), J Bennett (89')
Sun 10 Sep 10:30 - The Tracey Thomas Leamington & District Sunday Football League - Division 1

Warwick Cavern 1 - 2 BIFC

Joel the Goal rescues Bishops

In terms of preparation, this was as textbook a Sunday morning as you get.
An unavailable list of around 15 would be starters, saw Bishops rock up to Aylesford slightly under strength. Matters were made worse, when a 14 man squad was decimated - Nathan had too much falling down juice the night before and didnt make it, nor did assistant Rutter. At 10:15, it dawned on those that had arrived that we only had 11 outfield players ready to start, with Joel running late and Simmo going to the home ground instead of Aylesford.
Bradshaw had a "bug" from his lad James (aka the two bob bits), Jonny B and Matty were rather less than sober from the night before, where Joe Williams had taken a liking to some natural Lilt..

So we gathered our thoughts and kicked off looking everything but a decent side. Not a lot of football was played from either side, with Warwick working hard and stopping out momentum, without passing through the Bishops ranks.
Bishops took the lead, when Ryan's corner was cleared back out and his fine cross was met by Cooper who headed home from close range to open the scoring.
Warwick levelled after they themselves had forced a corner, which was then half cleared and was then scuffed over Rob in goal who could do nothing about it.
From here until half time, not a lot happened with a bit of energy fromm Warwick interspersed with the occasional Bishops breakaway being the only real passages of note.
Half time came and went with everyone dying for a drink after Nath was at home with the team bottles. Turt's single bottle of water didnt quite stretch to feeding the 5000 but it helped.
Second half was very similar, with not a massive amount of football played from Bishops and generally everything felt flat. Subs were made to try and create a winner but Warwick were continuing to threat on the break with Bishops pushing bodies forward. It was left until the last minute, but a long throw caused havoc in the box, and Joel turned and had a strike at goal. A deflection helped it into the roof of the net, to open his account for the season and to seal 3 points for Bishops.
An improvement all round is needed next week but as this is being written, an injury and unavailability list is alarmingly low!

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Key moments

Goal Tom Cooper scores for Bishops Itchington
Goal Joel Bennett scores for Bishops Itchington


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89:00 Goal 0 - 2
Joel Bennett scores for Bishops Itchington
70:00 Sub On
Joel Bennett is substituted on for Bishops Itchington
70:00 Sub Off
Ryan Leahy is substituted off for Bishops Itchington
60:00 Sub On
Jamie Simpson is substituted on for Bishops Itchington
60:00 Sub Off
Joe Williams is substituted off for Bishops Itchington
End of period 1
10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tom Cooper scores for Bishops Itchington
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As it happened

  • Warwick Cavern
  • Bishops Itchington
  • 0
  • Tom Cooper Goal 10:00'
  • Joe Williams Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jamie Simpson Sub On 60:00'
  • Joel Bennett Sub On 70:00'
  • Ryan Leahy Sub Off 70:00'
  • Joel Bennett Goal 89:00'

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Team selection

Herdman, Rob Herdman, Rob
Yeates, Callum Yeates, Callum
Cooper, Tom Cooper, Tom
Clough, Michael Clough, Michael
Byrne, Johnny Byrne, Johnny
Leahy, Ryan Leahy, Ryan
Hughes, Matty Hughes, Matty
Turton, Josh Turton, Josh
Williams, Joe Williams, Joe
Adair, Johnny Adair, Johnny
Bradshaw, Jason Bradshaw, Jason

League round up

Other Division 1 results

HRI Wellesbourne
Leamington Hibernians
Radford Semele
Midland Rangers
Harbury Albion


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Westlea Wanderers 11 33
2. Bishops Itchington 12 22
3. Radford Semele 12 22
4. Leamington Hibernians 12 16
5. Khalsa 12 13
6. Warwick Cavern 12 6
7. HRI Wellesbourne 11 4

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