Brize Win While Turkey Celebrates
Young Turk Nods in a Fine Header
Turkey was in jubilation this evening after their foreign export grabbed himself a rare goal in the correct onion bag, for years, they had been used to seeing their favourite midget score in the wrong net, today that was changed....
Brize started the game with a new formation (4-2-3-1), manager Mark Carpenter keen to try something new after two disappointing defeats, especially after a pre-season of optimism and good performances. The new formation, combined with a narrower pitch meant that Brize spent the first 15 minutes dominating proceedings, and on 12 minutes, their persistent pressure told, a break through the centre and Chris Mayhew poked a ball through for the on running Richard Duffy, who calmly slotted the ball into the opposite corner. This seemed to wake the visitors up a little, who started to apply more pressure to the resolute Brize defence, however they couldn't be kept out for long and their players bared down on goal, slotting past Steve Towle, who can be very unhappy not to come out of the game with a clean sheet after a much improved performance. The hosts could have thought it was same old, same old, but instead conceding a goal after such nice football in the first 15 was hard to take and they duly hit back, Daniel Simon playing the ball inside to Jason Hirshfield, who calmly took a touch, moved the ball onto his right, and sent a pile driving effort past the hapless Chadlington keeper.... Margin restored.
The second half, Brize continued where they had left off from the first half, completely dominating the possession in the centre of the park through the hard working Lee Litton and the creativity and nimble footwork of Jason Hirshfield and Daniel Simon. The visitors found it hard to escape their own half and create anything meaningful, even Scott Peaper managed to get forward from his unusual right back position and skin 5 players before being hacked down by the Chadlington Lumberjack. The next goal was nothing short of beautiful, Jason Hirshfield received the ball wide right, drifted a delightful looking ball onto the edge of the 6 yard box for Richard Duffy to float in and loop his header into the right hand corner of the net with the keeper left stranded. A rare goal from Duffy where absolutely zero pace was used! The final goal of the game was perhaps the most amazing, young Turkish import Kevin Ridgway scampered forward for a little bit of an exploration of the opposition box from a corner, only for Chris Mayhew to pick him out with a brilliant cross, right onto the little Turks head, early reports indicate his eyes were closed upon connection with the ball, so it's hard to know if he knew what he was trying to do, a nice goal to effectively finish the match off. A few lucky escapes for the Brize defence as the visitors pushed more and more players forward, but thanks to some questionable finishing (or lack of) and a bit of resilience, they held firm to complete a convincing win. We welcome the very same team at the same venue next week in the Jack Busby Cup... let's get ourselves through to round 2.