Brize Continue Winning Run
Brize Norton Reserves grabbed their first clean sheet of the season to continue 6 game winning streak.
On a rather wet Saturday morning Brize Norton Res hosted Eynsham SSC Res who they had beaten in their previous outing 2 weeks prior. The Reserves took delivery of a brand new kit with thanks going to Jason Hirshfield for his fund raising!
The hosts started the game with two changes to the previous outing, Ryan Chapman starting in defence upon return from his sabbatical in place of Martin Edwards who pushed forward in place of the departing Daniel Simon. The change came in the form of the return of Scott Peaper to the starting line-up, replacing Jake Norman who had to make do with a spot on the bench.
The hosts started the game looking comfortable but lacking the killer ball, the first 15 minutes was a cagey affair, with the visitors looking much better this time around than they did in the opening exchanges two weeks ago. Scott Peaper was having some luck down the left hand side but saw hit shots either go wide or strike the poor donkey in the field behind the goal! Scott wasn’t to be beaten though, and much like the Viking he resembles, he was resurgent and defiant, on 20 minutes he pounced on a poor clearance from the visitor’s defence and pile drived the ball past a helpless goalkeeper. 1-0 to Brize and the momentum was finally on the hosts side.
Brize were starting to ask questions of the opposition defence, both Daniel Thomas and Scott Peaper making runs down the wings. The pressure got to Eynsham, who on 31 minutes were 2-0 down to an unusually route one goal, Steven Towle booted the ball up field and somehow it missed all of their defender, Richard Duffy gratefully accepted their gift and wrong footed their keeper who will hope and possibly prey for better days. The visitors must have thought it was a repeat of the previous meeting, their only real opportunities coming from corners or throw ins, with Daniel Southgate being kept particularly busy by their right winger.
Before half time it was 3-0 to Brize, the ball came back from the head of one of the Eynsham defenders, Jason Hirshfield collected the ball and played through Richard Duffy, who came back on himself and slotted the ball past the keeper for his second of the afternoon. Brize continued to dominate the rest of the half with only some wayward shooting from the big bearded Scott Peaper to mention.
HT 3-0 and Brize still in 3rd gear
Brize started the second half much improved from the previous meeting, where they found themselves 3-0 up against Eynsham only to let Eynsham get back into the game in the second half, that wasn’t to happen this time around. Much of the opening 20 minutes of the 2nd half was played in the middle of the park, with both teams unable to impose themselves on the game. It took until the 65th minute for Brize to edge further in front, Steven Towle lumped a kick up toward Richard Duffy, who started his run in behind the defence, while he wasn’t looking at the ball, it appears he to a shot to the head, the ball smacked him in right side of his head, somehow diverting itself into the path of the on-running Daniel Thomas, who had made his way in from the right wing, he ran through on goal with Richard Duffy still MIA from the knockout blow and drilled the ball past the hapless keeper to put the host 4-0 and kill off any hopes of an Eynsham rejuvenation.
Richard Duffy was up in time to claim that he had meant to do that all along, nobody believes him and somehow he gets to claim an assist for what has got to be one of the worst of the season to date. He made amends for his theatrics on the stroke of 90 though, Jason Hirshfield tried an audacious shot from the right wing, around 25 yards out, the ball pinged off the cross bar into the path of Duffy, who happily passed the ball into the back of the net to round off his hat trick.
Brize make it 6 wins on the bounce, their first, and also Steven Towle’s first clean sheet of the season. We continue to keep the pressure on the leading pack in Division 4 who are by no means out of sight, especially owing to the games in hand that Brize have. Onto FC Ascott Res in the cup, hopefully a similar performance and into the hat for the 3rd Round.