Hanborough Res 2-1 Brize Norton
Brize defeated after Hanborough's quick-fire double
After a disappointing result last weekend, Rob Hook named a strong looking line-up for the away trip to Hanborough Res where a once Brize captain, Richard Taylor, is now plying his trade.
Abbott, Stoddart, Western, Humm
White, Hook, Oswald, Parsloe, Morrison
Oswald making his first appearance for the first team this season after the birth of his child, he was warmly welcomed back and a much needed presence in the middle of the park. Stoddart started game from CB for the first time. And Gregor after a few weeks away is back on the bench.
Both teams started strongly with both trying to take control of the possession, from the early minutes you could tell this had the making of being a tightly contested game. Most of the game was being played in the centre of the pitch and not a lot was happening in the way of goal mouth action until Steve Marshall pulled off a wonder save from a point blank header which he tipped onto the cross bar.
Stoddart and Western were performing admirably and building a strong partnership at the back, early days but Rob Hook might have found himself a decent CB in Stoddart, who was constantly strong in a tackle and good on the ball which suits Brize Norton's style of play down to the ground.
Humm and Morrison swapping positions freely, it was Humm's turn on the left wing, Oswald had the ball on the edge of the area and played a lovely through ball to Humm who controlled it and was about to pull trigger, a brilliant last ditch tackle sent it behind for a corner. Corner didn't come to anything but minutes later, Brize caught Hanborough on the counter attack, Jon White played a superb ball through to Bartek who beat the offside trap and got to the ball before the keeper and calmly slotted it home, 3 goals in 3 games for Bart.
Brize held out with ease till half time.
Scrappy start to the 2nd half, Brize were giving away a fair few fouls, one huge hefty challenge from Ryan Western sent their striker flying, this resulted in a yellow card. Another foul from Brize midway through 2nd half, the resulting free-kick was hit towards Marshall who fumbled the ball, which an on running striker ran onto and squared it to his teammate who had an easy finish to make it 1-1. You could see the Brize heads went down, seconds later Brize lost possession and the right winger for Hanborough found himself in the penalty area at a tight angle and somehow managed to get a shot away which trickled over the line and off the far post. 2-1. 2 goals in just over a minute.
Not what BNFC wanted, they had to settle the ship and calm themselves down. Rob Hook decided to change things around with Adam Harris and Gregor coming on for John Oswald who was suffering with cramp on his return and Paul Morrison. Brize went into a 4-4-2 formation looking to claw themselves back into the match. Brize were having chance after chance, they just couldn't hit the back of the net. Bartek's constant running and beating the offside trap was causing them no end of trouble. Humm hit the post with an effort just outside area. Rob Hook hit a shot that went just wide.
Into added time, and last corner of the game. Marshall was waved forward and looking to emulate Schmeichel with a last gasp equaliser. Corner was strangely taken short, eventually ball made its way into box, but it came to nothing and Hanborough looked to counter with Marshall still up field, Gregor who was the only player back and he did well to ease the player off the ball and regain possession but that was it. Ref blew final whistle.
Very tight match, just 2 minutes where we lost concentration let us down. Plenty of positives to take from this match.
Onto Middle Barton next week....