Witney Wanderers 1-3 Brize Norton
Brize bounce straight back with a win and move up to 2nd in the table
After a disappointing loss last weekend to Kingham All Blacks, Brize looked to bounce straight back. Rob Hook named this starting line-up:
Marshall ( C )
Abbott, Humm, Western, Morrison
White, Hook, Parsloe, Clarke
For the first time this season we went with a 4-4-2 formation, Muzzle moving back to his preferred position at left back, Ceiran with a K back into the first team started on left wing and Bradley starting his first match of the season. There was a bit of confusion or lack of communication some would say between Gezz and Hook. Gezz was told the game was being played at West Witney and didn't receive the morning text to inform him this had now changed. So off he went to West Witney and therefore he missed the start of the game which also meant he was too late to even be named in the squad. He was supposed to be in the starting line-up ahead of Hook who intended to start on from the bench. He may of planned this all along.
Brize back to playing their nice short football around the back, trying to wipe out last weeks disappointment straight away, some good football led to a corner. Jon White crossed in a wicked corner to the back post where he found 'Dan Humm' storming in to powerfully head it home, 1-0 within the first 10 minutes.
The lead didn't last long at all, within 2 minutes of going ahead there was a lack of communication between the 2 centre backs, with Humm under pressure having to clear for a corner. This resulting corner was headed clear but only to the edge of the area where a Witney striker connected well with an early shot, Marshall got a hand to it but wasn't enough to keep the ball out. 1-1.
Instead of getting on each others backs and getting frustrated like last week, Brize stayed positive and continued to press. Matt Parsloe was unlucky not to put Brize back ahead with a great 25 yard shot which went inches over the bar, then BNFC came even closer from a Clarke volley which hit the bar.
On the next attack Ryan decided to go bit more direct and it worked, he accurately lobbed the ball forward to an on running 'Jon White' who ran threw with only the keeper to beat, he jinxed past goalkeeper with ease and comfortably passed it into the back of net. 2-1 Brize Norton
Brize didn't start well in the 2nd half, Witney looked like a completely different team, constant pressure on the Brize defence. The BNFC defence was having to deal with cross after cross. Most of Witney crosses were finding Marshall's safe hands. Marshall was taking no prisoners and commanding his box, even resorted to taking his own players out, just to make sure he got that ball.
With 70 minutes gone Farrugia come on for Morrison and with Brize now going with their familiar 4-5-1 formation, they looked to grab the ascendency. Farrugia was proving to be a menace with his dribbling and vision. Parsloe was having a good game in the middle of the park, maybe proving a point after, in his words, a disappointing game last week, he played a wonderful ball to set Pav free, he ran in on the goalkeeper and with great composure he chipped it into the corner, superb goal. 3-1
Only a long range shot came after which Marshall brilliantly tipped onto the cross bar. Bringing Marshall back to Brize Norton is looking to be a huge signing for the club.
Rob Hook's MOM goes to Matt Parsloe for his hard work in the middle of the park.
Back to winning ways and still unbeaten on the road, onto Tower Hill next weekend...