Cropredy secured their first North Oxfordshire Derby win of the season as they dispatched 9-man Adderbury Park 4-0 at Williamscot Road on Saturday.
Still hurting from the heavy opening day defeat to Adderbury, and then the heartbreak of losing to our local rivals in the Charity Cup on penalties, Cropredy were determined to put that all behind them and extend their lead at the top of the Oxfordshire Senior League.
Adderbury came out the blocks intent on taking the game to Cropredy, missing an open goal and threatening in the early stages. Cropredy were content in their patient approach and grew into the game as the first half progressed. Adderbury will feel they should of had a penalty after Shaun Anderson felled Josh Gibbons in the box, it was as stone wall as they come but the referee waved play on to the joy of the home side.
A spell of intense Cropredy pressure saw Dan Reeves open the scoring, Reeves shot from the edge of the box & Adderbury Keeper Joe Davies spilled the ball into his own net, a nice festive gift but a deserved lead nonetheless. Cropredy continued to dominate proceedings and a moment of Dan Watkin magic saw them go 2 up, Keeper Kurt Fox's accurate long pass was brought down by an outrageous touch from Watkin. He was then allowed to glide through the Adderbury defence with ease before driving the ball across the face of the goal only for Park's Elliot Hillman to continue the festive gift giving adding the decisive touch via his shin and double Crop's lead. Just before the half time whistle Cropredy had their own penalty claim waved away by the man in the middle, Dan Watkin was bundled over in the box, but the referee again not interested or maybe making up for his earlier mistake?
After the half-time break Cropredy continued to look dangerous going forward and at other end the defence coped with Adderbury's long balls comfortably.
Adderbury shifted to a 3-5-2 formation as they looked to get something out of the game, this played very much to Cropredy's advantage. Adderbury had struggled to contain wide men Buckingham and Watkin all game and suddenly they had even more space to run at the fragile Park defence. Chay Buckingham was instrumental in setting up the all important 3rd goal, Buckingham's quick thinking saw him rob the Adderbury Park defender Elliot Hillman, his inch perfect ball to Luc Thornton was powerfully directed into the back of the net by the front man, it put the home side into a commanding position at 3-0.
Josh Northam, the man Adderbury Park manager Liam Shea sent on to try and claw his side back into the game was soon sent off, a reckless and late challenge on Dan Reeves saw him receive a straight red after only being on the field for a matter of minutes.
It went from bad to worse for Adderbury as they were soon reduced to 9 men. Now, it was a feisty local derby with a plethora of yellow cards already shown by the referee for both sides, however Jorden Molloy showed a lack of maturity (or maybe it was a clever ploy to avoid further torture from the Cropredy attack). Molloy picked up 2 yellows in 20 crazy seconds after what is best described as 'foul and abusive james blunt language' directed at the home side and then a tirade at the referee himself, he would of escaped with just a yellow but managed to persuade the referee to give him a red card to the embarrassment of his own teammates!
Before Molloy had even made it to the dressing room Cropredy's smallest player on the pitch Chay Buckingham rose above the Park defence to head home from a corner leaving Davies no chance (though Adderbury not having enough players on the pitch to cover the posts!) Cropredy peppered the Adderbury goal making the most of the 2 man advantage, Chris Horn smashed the post with a shot from the edge of the box and Dan Reeves blasted over from close range, on another day it could of been a much higher score line but for some great last ditch defending and missed opportunities. Adderbury arguably had their best spell of the game with 9 men, they battled hard and started to play some neat football without creating any real chances. Cropredy however sat back and saw the game out comfortably to pick up 3 points and increase their lead at the top of the table going into the Christmas break.
Updated 12:43 - 17 Dec 2017 by Ryan Holmes