At last...a performance of two halves
Heyford Athletic returned to playing action after the seasonal break looking fit and hungry for 3 points, facing a robust Yarnton side.
In an uncharacteristic twist, Heyford exploded out of the gate, creating a few chances and pressing Yarnton all over the pitch. This good work paid off when following a slick passing move Dan Savin's shot was parried only for James Gregory to turn in to put the Golden Bears a goal to the good. The goal seemed to give Heyford license to return to their old ways and grind down the opposition to little avail. The Golden Bears did double their lead when a long clearing header from Captain Philpott set Callum Lloyd free who planted a fine finish beyond the well beaten keeper. They did have the ball in the net once more but Dan Green's effort
was ruled out for offside and despite his discernible bleating that it "berrrrt daaa orrfffsidddeee" the ref stuck to his guns and the score line remained 2-0.
Familiar territory for the Bears meant that the players came out knowing that if they worked hard, they'd get the result that they deserved. Yarnton did well to keep Heyford at bay, with the home side going close on more than one occasion. John Dent pulled up lame meaning that Matt Horle was introduced to shore up the midfield with Greg's moving out to the left. Shortly after this, Captain Philpott also came off injured, replaced by Kieran Chambers who went into the front line with a shuffle of personnel meaning Greg's moved into left back. Heyford's attaching Play continued and had their reward when Danny Delahunt robbed the left back high up the pitch before squared it for Chambers who teed up Lloyd and he duly dispatched for his second and Heyford's third. It was 4 shortly after when Roberts clipped in a well placed cross for Chambers to head against the bar and Green to prod home. Heyford continued to create and spurn chances meaning the scoreline wasn't as generous as it might have been (Callum forget how to press X and Steve had his thumb firmly pressed on O).
A fine way to start the second half of the season and kick off the charge to potential glory. No game next week means that the next Ultras day out is the 21st away to Yarnton.
The Heyford Play Your Cards Right rolls over to the next home game after Jack Evans, Big D and Tom Mac failed to replicate the heady heights of Sue Philpott's historic victory. The new Jackpot £40!