KIngham All Blacks 1 - 2 Brize Norton
2016/17 Season opener
After a couple of hard seasons for Brize Norton Football Club, what with getting relegated 2 seasons in a row, we are now looking forward to 2016/17 season with lots of optimism.
Division 2 is where we find ourselves this season, it is looking to be a very competitive league with many clubs expecting to get promoted. And YES we believe we can and should be one of those teams challenging at the top of the league.
In the off-season both Rob Hook and Mark Carpenter have been working hard behind the scenes to get lots of new players signed on. We have made some good signings and by some would be considered as huge coups for the club. Some have been scouted and tracked for a long time and finally been persuaded to make the move, some left the club and realised grass isn't always greener and returned, some have joined to play with mates and some have signed on because they want to play for the mighty BNFC.
First game of the season is away to Kingham All blacks. Rob Hook had a fair few players missing but still named a strong line-up:
O.PUDDLE R.HOOK R.WESTERN K.CLARKE
J.WHITE S. ROONEY D.SOLLIS G.MORGAN J.FARRUGIA
Jake Farrugia and Dan Sollis both making their debuts with Adam Harris making his debut from the bench (who may I add turned up 45 mins late, good start), Steve Marshall and Gezz Morgan both starting on their return to the club. Rob Hook and Ryan Western both found themselves in unfamiliar positions due to a shortage of centre backs.
What was supposed to be a lovely summers day turned out to be anything but, heavens had opened but that didn't stop Brize from starting the game well, passing the ball around nicely like they have have for most of pre-season showing a lot of confidence. Kingham were looking to catch Brize out on the counter attack, a few of their early chances led to nothing. On what was a competitive game, débutante Farrugia didn't start his Brize career off too well after getting into a tangle with a Kingham player then lashing out and getting himself booked.
Brize were still controlling the majority of the possession but maybe there was one pass too many, a stray pass ended up at the feet of the opposition who ran through and hit the back of the net, 1-0 to the home side, which meant Steve Marshall couldn't keep his much wanted clean sheet on his return to the club.
That didn't stop Brize playing the way they wanted to play, minutes later Sollis set Pav through with a lovely ball, but Pav couldnt keep his shot down. Brize still pressing for an equaliser, Hook played Morgan in but the ball unfortunately hit his heel and a chance was gone.
2nd half started much the same as the 1st, not a lot happened for a while until Pav got the ball out wide and squared it to manager Rob Hook who smashed it just wide of the Kingham goal, that led to Kingham getting hold of the ball and playing some good football themselves and had a wonderful shot that hit the post.
Time for Rob Hook to make some subs; Dan Sollis had a slight knock and was replaced by Dawid Sojka and Jake, on a booking, made way for Adam Harris' debut.
Kingham were taking control of the game and looking to keep hold of their lead... Until Sojka got the ball out wide and laid it inside for Morgan facing away from goal who swivelled and put it in the bottom left of the goal, 1-1!!
Game is back on, our confidence flowing and Sojka again gets the ball on the wing, crossed it into box only for a Kingham defender to clear it but clearance wasn't good enough and would only reach Pav who shot, the keeper spilled the ball it fell nicely at the feet of Rob Hook who chipped it in to make it 2-1.
Kingham pushed for the equaliser but it was all easily defended by a new look defence and Brize held on for the win.
Managers MOM goes to Kieran Clarke for his solid performance and energy packed game.
Great start to the season.
Onto the next game...