Brize Make Short Work of Chad Side
Four Goals, But a Hatful of Missed Opportunities
Brize Norton Reserves started 2017 as they finished 2016, with a good win on a very cut up pitch.
Some enforced changes from manager Mark Carpenter, with Captain Kevin Ridgway away at the seaside (yes in January in the UK!) and Oliver Puddle off sick with Man Flu, they were replaced by Haydn Parker, playing on the left side of a front 3 and Ryan Chapman taking over the captain’s armband as well as a CB berth.
Brize started brightly and could have been 1-0 within the first 5 minutes had it not been for some poor finishing, or if you speak to Richard Duffy, great goalkeeping. Brize were having fun out pacing and out smarting the Chad defence, the ball came into Richard Duffy, who only had to pass it past the keeper, instead, opting to drill the ball into his chest. It was to be a frustrating day for Reserves top scorer, back from a 1 game stint with the first team.
Brize wouldn’t be thwarted for long, some great play in the final third, some pants well and truly on the floor from the Chad defence and Richard Duffy had his second clear cut opportunity of the day, hit shot could only find the hands of the goalkeeper, fortunately for Brize, he could only parry the ball to his left for the on running Daniel Thomas to thrust himself in front of the defender and make it 1-0 to Brize. The goal was coming, and richly deserved from a front 3 that were working well together in the opening exchanges.
It wouldn’t be long and the visitors made it 2-0, Chris Mayhew with an exquisite pass that cut open the Chad defence, Haydn Parker had made the run behind his marker who got caught on his heels and slotted it into the onion bag. This was followed up by another goal in the first half, a bit of a scramble in the opposition penalty area, Jason Hirshfield managed to find enough space to take a touch and put his foot through the ball, which was helped into the net via a deflection from a Chad. Some, probably most, would argue that it was an own goal, Jason was adamant that it was going in anyway…. We’re not so sure!
Half Time 3-0
The second half started and it was clear to see in the first 10 minutes what Chad wanted to do, they had brought on a second striker who resembled a brick wall on wheels in the way he played, unfortunately for him, Mark Carpenter and Ryan Chapman are bigger brick walls, and even with Chad pilling players forward, Brize in truth didn’t look like conceding.
With Chad committing players forward, it left space at the back for Brize to hit them on the counter, Richard Duffy had an opportunity from a ball over the top from Mark Carpenter, only to be thwarted once more by the Chad keeper, in the end though, Brize managed to make it 4-0, a surging run down the left from the impressive Haydn Parker, the ball found itself to Lee Litton, who, after finding his feet, slotted it low and hard into the bottom left corner of the goal, a deserved goal for another hard working performance from the combative midfielder, a goal that also went in without a deflection, much to the disappointment of Jason Hirshfield.
In the last 20 minutes of the game, Chad kept pushing, with some resolute defending and a belly flop of a save from Steven Towle kept the Chad strikers out. One moment of note was seemingly missed by most of the Brize players, Jason Hirshfield being nutmegged by one of the Chad players was greatly amusing. Brize had a few more opportunities to score, Lee Litton breaking down the middle after a Chad attack had run out of steam, with 6 players against 2, you would have thought that it would have been easier to score than miss, unfortunately some heroic defending and poor touch meant the ball ended up being driven over the bar.
A very good result that most definitely should have been more convincing, but you can’t be unhappy about 3 points, a clean sheet and 4 goals. A confident performance and Brize move onto another away game next week against FC Ascott, looking to repay them for dumping them out of the cup.