U19: Kidlington Youth 2-2 Chipping Norton Swifts
Chippy very definitely deserved more than a point from today’s game at Kidlington. They dominated the match from start to finish and played some fine football. However, as in previous weeks, Chippy found it very difficult to convert chances into goals.
Report by Richard Morris
Kidlington, playing with just 10 men, had very little to offer. They were pegged back in their own half for long periods while Chippy repeatedly assailed them. Chances to score came regularly but finishing once again proved problematic for Chippy. When they did get the ball on target they found Kidlington’s ‘keeper in fine form. A phenomenal stop to deny Hedley Smart on 12 minutes was the pick of several great saves he pulled off during the game.
The first half progressed with Kidlington offering no threat at all. The game was played in Kidlington's half with Chippy having all the possession. Ethan Taylor in Chippy’s goal barely got a touch.
The opening goal came on 37 minutes when during a rare venture into Chippy’s half Kidlington won a free-kick 25 yards from goal and 5 yards in from the sideline. It was struck exquisitely by Fraser Day and watched by the Chippy players as it curled perfectly into the top corner of their net!
Chippy almost equalised just before the break when Jack Legg delivered a lovely threaded pass to Orlando Giannini but Orlando’s shot struck the post and rebounded to the ‘keeper.
The equaliser finally came in the second minute of the second half when Sam Davin made one of his trademark full-blooded runs down the left. His fierce strike came back off the base of the post and Max Mazower pounced to tuck the ball home.
Chippy continued to dominate. Sam Davin forced another great save out of Kidlington’s goalie and Max flicked the ball onto the bar. The ‘keeper tipped a Luke Briggs effort around the post and did the same with a side-footed shot from Max.
With 9 minutes to go Bradley Smith did a great job of tracking back and taking the ball from a Kidlington attacker. His well-timed tackle left the player on his backside and Bradley came away with the ball. But as he did so he said something that the ref didn’t like. The ref stopped the game, booked Bradley, and gave Kidlington a free-kick. The ball was thumped into Chippy’s box and bundled into the net by Jack Sale. It was an awful, and wholly avoidable, way to concede.
Chippy looked for a way back into the game. They continued to pressurize the home side. Sam Davin forced another save out of the ‘keeper and Bradley drove a free-kick over the bar. A Jack Legg free-kick on 87 minutes was gathered safely by the ‘keeper and a minute into injury time he was there to deny Jack again.
Chippy still didn’t give in and as the third minute of injury time approached Sam Davin forced his way into the box and was blatantly tripped. It was a clear penalty and Sam didn’t hesitate to step forward to take it. He didn’t strike it cleanly, but the goalie went the wrong way, and thankfully the ball settled into the back of the net.
So, a point for either side. Not what Chippy wanted or deserved. They were the better side throughout and should have had the game sewn up well before the break. They played some excellent football but found it hard to break down a Kidlington side that stuck 10 men behind the ball. Despite that, Chippy created a host of chances, and had their finishing been better and the Kidlington ‘keeper not quite so brilliant, they would have won very convincingly.
Chippy remain fourth in the B league, level on points with third place Halse and fifth place Launton. Chippy’s next game is a home tie against Summertown on Sunday 13 January 2019.
Happy Christmas all!