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Eynsham SSC
Chipping Norton Town
Sat 3 Sep 14:00 - Witney & District FA - Premier Division Full time

Eynsham SSC 0 – 3 Chipping Norton Town

Eynsham SSC were defeated on the opening day.....

Two goals from Dan Bott and one from Mark Corbett saw Eynsham SSC fall to an opening day defeat at Oxford Road on Saturday against Chipping Norton Town.

The Social were frustrated for the majority of the game as they looked edgy but also dealing with the fact that 5-6 first team regulars were missing for different reasons, meaning reserve team players had to step up from Division Four.

Chipping Norton Town broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, when a ball delivered in from the right wing found a Chippy player unmarked in the box to fire the ball past Ash Bowerman in goal who had to replace Tom Bryant moments before kick-off.

The host did try to get a foothold off the game and did play some passing football at times but couldn't find that final ball to create a goalscoring opportunity for the attacking players.

Last minute call goalkeeper Ash Bowerman was to be thanked for keeping the scores at 1-0 making a number of heroics saves most notably a one-on-one which he managed to tipped over the bar from off the ground.

Though on 38 minutes the visitors lead was increased, a low corner from the right was swung in and was failed to clear at the near post the ball was knocked in for an easy tap-in.

Half-Time: Eynsham SSC 0 – 2 Chipping Norton Town

During the interval it was known that the next goal was important as if the host got it then the game would be back on but if a third from Chipping Norton then it would most probably kill the game off.

The half started in the same way as much off the first half was played out, and again Ash Bowerman was on hand to make save after save.

On the hour-mark, Barry Stratford began to make changes to try and get back into the game, on came Shaun Rowbotham to replace débutant Tom Gonzales.

Eynsham SSC did start getting into the game creating half chances but nothing clear-cut for John Ayres to get on the end off to open his account for the season.

Ten minutes later, a second substitution was made as Dan Johnson came on to replace Lee Parsons, but on 74 minutes the game was out off reach as a third goal went in. The striker was put through on goal and this time had the ability to slot the ball past the keeper.

On 82 minutes, Barry Stratford brought on reserve team manager Neil Latham to replace Stephen Chappel at left-back. But that was how it stayed.

Full-Time: Eynsham SSC 0 – 3 Chipping Norton Town

Barry Stratford's verdict

"We knew it was always going to be a tough job with the players we had out but have to give credit to the players that came in and did a job, it's tough stepping up four divisions. We know we have some work to do before Combe next week and hopefully we will have players back, we will dust ourselves down and go again."

"On the plus side I thought Ralph Rankin had a decent game at centre-back after a couple of season break from the game. Ash Bowerman was our player of the match after making many decent saves throughout the 90 minutes."

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ashley Bowerman is awarded player of the match for Eynsham SSC
85:00 Sub Off
Stephen Chappel is substituted off for Eynsham SSC
85:00 Sub On
Neil Latham is substituted on for Eynsham SSC
70:00 Sub Off
Lee Parsons is substituted off for Eynsham SSC
70:00 Sub On
Dan Johnson is substituted on for Eynsham SSC
60:00 Sub Off
Tom Gonzales is substituted off for Eynsham SSC
60:00 Sub On
Shaun Rowbotham is substituted on for Eynsham SSC
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As it happened

  • Eynsham SSC
  • Chipping Norton Town
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  • Tom Gonzales Sub Off 60:00'
  • Shaun Rowbotham Sub On 60:00'
  • Lee Parsons Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dan Johnson Sub On 70:00'
  • Stephen Chappel Sub Off 85:00'
  • Neil Latham Sub On 85:00'
  • Ashley Bowerman Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Bowerman, Ashley Bowerman, Ashley
Timms, Alex Timms, Alex
Chappel, Stephen Chappel, Stephen
Gonzales, Tom Gonzales, Tom
Leach, Max Leach, Max
Rankin, Ralph Rankin, Ralph
Stratford, Andy Stratford, Andy
Parsons, Lee Parsons, Lee
Blackman, Jason Blackman, Jason
Primhak, David Primhak, David
Ayres, John Ayres, John

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# Team Pl Pts
5. Kirtlington 20 29
6. Hailey 20 27
7. Combe 20 26
8. Spartan Rangers 20 23
9. Minster Lovell 20 20
10. Eynsham SSC 20 11
11. Witney Royals 20 7

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