U19: Summertown Comets 1-8 Chipping Norton Swifts
Chipping Norton Swifts registered their biggest win of the season as they demolished Summertown Stars 8-1 in todays under 18/19 B league fixture at St. Edwards school. But as is so often the case, the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story of a game, an
In the first half Chippy completely dominated. They weren’t at their best by any means, giving the ball away too easily and failing to make a telling pass. But occasionally they did string a decent move together and they were clearly a cut above Summertown in all departments. Summertown’s defence appeared especially weak and even though Chippy were finding it hard to produce much flowing football, they were allowed to create goal-scoring chances at will. In fact, Chippy had around 20 clear goal-scoring chances before Summertown took the lead in the 38th minute. Chippy blasted the ball over the bar and wide of the post time and time again. When they were faced with a simple tap into an open net they stuck it wide. If they managed to get it on target they hit it straight at the keeper or a defender. They just could not score. There was no composure in front of goal at all. Shots were launched hurriedly, high and wide, when there was time to take a touch and place the ball. Shots were driven off-target when a simple square ball to an unmarked team-mate would have created a far better chance. It was utterly frustrating for everyone; players, coaches and spectators. The more the players missed, the more frustrated they became. And the more frustrated they became, the less composed they became. And the less composed they became, the more they missed. It was a vicious circle and it was very hard to watch.
Summertown’s efforts on goal could be counted on the fingers of a single goal-keeping glove. None of them had troubled Ethan Taylor in Chippy’s goal. But as Chippy failed to score, Summertown sensed it might be their lucky day and they slowly began to improve. 7 minutes before the break Josh Chapman tried his luck from 20 yards and his powerful strike gave Ethan no chance at all and suddenly Chippy were behind.
Chippy’s vicious circle continued to rotate and they squandered several further chances. Then on 41 minutes Sam Neal collected the ball on the right close to the halfway line. Sam’s mazy run carried him to the edge of the 18 yard box where he slotted a neat pass to Jack Stott, who broke the circle by doing what he’d been brought on to do, finishing calmly to the ‘keepers left
Before the break Chippy tested the Summertown ‘keeper who prodded a Luke Briggs effort onto the bar and pushed a Sam Davin shot around the post. Unfortunately, there wasn’t time for the corner to be taken before the half-time whistle sounded.
The second half was very different. The goals started in the 3rd minute when Bradley Smith played a short corner to Sam Davin. His floated cross was headed in majestically by Jack Stott to give Chippy the lead they deserved.
More chances materialised. Hedley Smart headed a corner wide and struck a long range free-kick wide. Luke Briggs headed against the bar and Sam Davin had a shot saved. Chippy were playing much better than they had in the first half. Max Mazower was commanding the midfield and Sam Neal’s silky feet were causing Summertown no end of problems. Having gone behind Summertown seemed to have caved in. Already a poor side, they now seemed uninterested and withdrawn. Chippy took advantage and extended their lead on 60 minutes. Orlando Giannini fired in a shot and the ‘keeper went down to make a save. The ball struck his knee and Luke Briggs pounced to knock in the rebound. 10 minutes later a Sam Neal cross from the left was met by Orlando. His shot was blocked and there was Luke again to capitalize on another rebound. That made it 4-1 and Summertown became submissive and resigned.
All the Summertown players lined up on their own goal-line on 73 minutes when Chippy were gifted a free-kick, following a back-pass, just 8 yards from goal. The kick was knocked square to Hedley but the goal-line wall did its job in blocking his fierce strike.
Sam Davin netted Chippy’s fifth with an outrageous lob from a narrow angle on 77 minutes. 4 minutes later when a super pass from Bradley Smith allowed Sam in again and he made no mistake as he fired across the ‘keeper to make it 6-1.
Chippy were now toying with Summertown who were totally deflated. When Chippy were awarded a penalty for handball Jack Stott came off the bench to take the kick in a bid to secure a hat-trick. It was a selfless act by Sam Davin who was also on a hat-trick and who would have loved to take the kick. Thankfully Jack didn’t disappoint, calmly slotting the ball into the left corner while the ‘keeper dived the opposite way.
With 5 minutes left Bradley was desperately unlucky when his 25 yard pile-driver of a shot fizzed against the post.
To round off a second half goal-fest Sam Davin got his hat-trick with a cheeky back-heel into Summertown’s net to make the final score 8-1.
Chippy’s finishing in the first half was appalling – even worse than in the second half of the Hinksey Cup game last week. It’s definitely something that requires work.
However, to end positively, 8-1 is a fabulous result and the second half performance today was superb. Jack Stott and Sam Davin fully deserved their hat-tricks. Bradley’s performance probably deserved a goal too. Max was great in midfield. Sam Neal had a good game too but picked up an injury which we hope will heal rapidly.
Next week Chippy have an away game at fellow mid-tablers Kidlington.