Brize Norton 3-1 Hailey Res
Starting 2017/18 with a comfortable win
So the new season is upon us, with a few disappointing years on the pitch, Brize Norton FC were looking to erase some bad memories and start 2017/18 season with a positive result.
Rob Hook had a few tactical decisions to make before a ball was even kicked, with players pulling out and no recognised striker on the pitch, he plumped for a new formation, an unfamiliar 3-5-1-1. He also named 4 new signings in the squad, Dan Leverton, Ross Parker, Toby Goodwin and Jack Strong.
Brize Norton FC lined up like this;
GK: Steve Marshall
RCB: Ross Parker
CB: Dan Leverton
LCB: Dan Humm
RM: Jon White
CM: Toby Goodwin
DM: Ryan Weston
CM: Rob Hook
LM: Ciaran Clarke
AM: Jake Farrugia
ST: Hayden Parker
SUBS: Jack Strong, Kev Ridgeway, Olly Puddle
The match kicked off and Brize took control from the off, having all the play. It didn't take long before they took advantage by taking the lead from a well taken corner from Jon White, finding the on running Hayden Parker at the near post who flicked in. Brize were ahead in the first 10 minutes, this settled Brize down and they continued to dominate. Hailey couldn't handle Jake who was sitting in between the defence and midfield and Hayden up front, they were causing no end of problems. Hayden was always looking to run in behind and was being found with ease with some great through balls from the likes of Rob Hook and Jake Farrugia. After numerous attempts on the Hailey goal, Hayden EVENTUALLY found the back of the net again with a fine lob from edge of area from a Jake through ball. 2-0.
Brize in seemingly full control, the referee decided he wanted to try to even things up a little, by giving a penalty to Hailey for (in fact we don't know what for) After lots of appeals from the Brize players, the referee was standing by his decision. Marshall, who had had barely anything to do all game, now faced the Hailey captain from the spot. He got a touch to the ball, but wasn't able to keep it out of the net. Things then got worse for Marshall, as he politely told the referee to read the rule book, resulting in him receiving a yellow card.
Second half started much the same as the first, this time Brize were creating so many more chances. Jake missed a few that looked easier to score than miss. Haydon hit the post, missed an open goal, and had a few one on ones saved by the Hailey keeper. Even the assist king John White was trying to get in on the action, by also hitting the post. Then it came to Humm, who showed them how to do it. He was first to a loose ball in the six yard box, from a corner, he hit through a crowd of people to find the back of the net.
Hailey couldn't handle the speed of Jake, A badly timed challenge from the Hailey defender saw him receive a yellow card by sending Jake flying, luckily he managed to walk away, he wanted to show everyone his scar on his thigh saying look how high the tackle was, but too most people that would of been shin height. Few minutes later it was time for Hayden to cause the same defender more problems beating him to the ball and the defender underestimating Haydens pace, he slid in and took him down resulting in another yellow and therefore a red.
Brize comfortably saw the game out. On another day this could of been double figures, very positive to see every one enjoying their football and everyone giving 110%.
Superb start to the season, next up Hanborough Reserves at Home Saturday.