Reserve Make it 3 League Wins on the Bounce
4 - 2 Sinking of Eynsham SSC Pushes Brize up to 6th
Brize Reserves continued their recent fine form to make it 3 league wins in a row at the expense of Eynsham SSC Res. Brize started the game with manager Mark Carpenter naming a similar squad to the team that put away FC Ascott last week, Martin Edwards came in for Jamie Stubbs and Jake Norman was promoted to the first 11 as Haydn Parker went back to Uni. Ryan Chapman graced the bench for his first appearance of the regular season. The game started with a minute’s silence to pay respects to Patrick O'Flanagan of Kingham All Blacks FC who sadly passed away.
Brize started strongly, stringing some nice passes together and looking confident and comfortable to play it around, even at the back. The pace of Richard Duffy was proving difficult for the hosts and with Lee Litton, Jason Hirshfield and Daniel Simon putting ball after ball into the final third, the hosts defenders were in for a tough game. It didn't take long for Brize to capitalise on their domination, Lee Litton pierced the Eynsham defence with a through ball for the eager Richard Duffy to run onto, he rounded the keeper and put the ball in the back of the net, 1-0 Brize and looking good. The hosts were not offering much in terms of attacking threats, a few speculative shots from 25 yards were not troubling the confident Steven Towle, this lack of threat and continued dominance led to a swift second, Daniel Simon skipped through the middle and planted the ball in the back of the onion bag and Brize were gaining in confidence.
Truth be told, the visitors should have had more, Richard Duffy having several attempts saved and other balls narrowly avoiding the goal, but Brize we're to be held back for too long, Daniel Simon pouncing on a loose ball in the 18 yard box and rifling it into the bottom corner for his second of the game. Brize continued to press for the remainder of the half but were unable to find any more goals before half time, a half full of confidence and topped off with some good goals.
HT 3 - 0
No changes were made at half time and manager Mark Carpenter wanted more of the same after the break. Unfortunately, the second half showing from Brize didn't live up to the promise of the 1st half and Eynsham seemed to notice this and press forward more so than they had in the 1st 45 minutes. Brize had let their foot of the gas and seemed to be in cruise control, the hosts capitalised on the sloppiness from Brize 15 minutes into the second half, a routine free kick that took a deflection and seemed to confuse goalkeeper Steven Towle who thought the ball was on its way wide, instead the ball squirmed into the side netting and Eynsham thought they had found a way back into the match. Luckily for Brize, we have Lee Litton, his endless running and sheer determination made up for what was a very poor touch past the keeper after Martin Edwards had played a sublime ball through to him. Lee got to the byline realised he had taken his touch too far and slid to try and scissor it back for the on running Richard Duffy, instead the ball dribbled into the side of the net to make it 4 - 1 and settle the nerves a little.
The last 15 minutes was very end to end, Dawid Sojka was full of running but after being put through on goal, got his boot caught in the mud... or somewhere... and unfortunately tamely poked it wide after their defenders had even given up chasing. Richard Duffy was fouled in the box after rounding his man, Daniel Simon stepped up to try and claim his hat-trick but his effort was comfortably saved by the hosts goalkeeper, the hat-trick will have to wait for another day. They had a few more efforts towards goal but got what, based on the second half, they probably deserved, The ball came down the right, a player beat Ryan Chapman and Steven Towle and despite manager Mark Carpenter doing his best to generate enough slide to move across the ground to poke it out for a corner, the ball rolled into the net, a shame to not push on and really stamp authority on the game, but we can use the experience in future games and based on the first half performance alone, this team can do alright this season. 3 points, 6th place and positive goal difference, what a difference a year makes!
FT 4 - 2