Kidlington 0 Thame United 1
This result returns Kidlington to the bottom of the table once again after North Leigh took the three points from their match yesterday.
After working wonders to get Kidlington out of the relegation zone pre-christmas Julian McCalmon's side have had a horrific run of results over the festive period which has seen them take no points from any of their four matches.
It wasn't as if the team have played particularly badly, they haven’t, but where it counts in front of goal is where they are found seriously wanting!
It didn't help that all four of the teams usual defenders were unavailable, Tommy Castle, Tommy Franklin and Jack Bernisconi are injured and Jack Quainton was out of the country, whilst central striker Mark Janes is unavailable because of the birth of his new child, we miss his input greatly. Declan Benjamin and Elliott Osborn-Ricketts are not properly match fit as they are both struggling with injuries and with so many players unavailable several of the squad are having to play ‘out of position’.
However, yesterday’s match against Thame was a decent and close contest, but after Thame’s Jamie Essex gave the visitors the lead, in only the third minute, this one goal ultimately proved enough to win it.
Kidlington did have chances but they were far and few between. In the first half Anaclet Odhiambo unshackled himself from the tight marking of the Thame defenders, as he neared goal he opted to try and chip keeper Craig Hill, resulting in the Hill reading it and managing to palm the ball high over the bar to safety.
At half time Osborn-Ricketts, who had started was replaced by Benjamin and he was joined on the pitch by youngster Harry Williams who also came on to replace Nick Thorne.
Certainly in this second half Kidlington were the better of the two sides as Thame sat back on their slender lead, but ultimately The Greens couldn’t find the onion bag!
Benjamin did come mightily close to drawing the side’s level in the sixty-third minute, but his shot from over twenty yards out cannoned off the bar. This incident was quickly followed by another Kidlington youngster entering the fray, Joey Cowlishaw coming on to replace Bradley Singh.
Kidlington having the lion’s share of possession is one thing but conjuring up opportunities to score a goal is another which never came to fruition. Although it’s true that we saw some balls played into the box, there really wasn’t anyone there to convert them. Certainly all the lads in green put in a shift, but unfortunately it proved to be all in vain.
Team – Warrell, Stanbridge, Willoughby,Organ, tooke, Gabbidon, Thorne (Williams 45), Osborn-Ricketts (Benjamin 45), Odhiambo, Singh (Cowlishaw 64), Martin.
All subs used
Updated 13:37 - 2 Jan 2019 by Simon Dickens