Another Win For Letcombe
Letcombe complete their league programme with a deserved victory
Letcombe completed their league programme with a deserved victory at Shrivenham. They controlled the first half with keeper Danny Joyce not having a shot to stop throughout the half, but the visitors again failed to turn their superiority into goals. Tom Eatwell shot over the bar following a corner and it took a great save from home keeper Luke Kuczynski to deny Eatwell again, turning a fierce header from another corner over the bar.
Playing down the slope, Shrivenham came more into the game in the second half, but Letcombe still had more of the play. The visitors should have taken the lead when a cross fell to Andy Goodchild only four yards out, but his shot hit Kuczynski and was cleared.
Jordan Davies shot narrowly wide before Shrivenham had their first clear sight of goal, but Jamie Prictor`s shot was straight at keeper Danny Joyce. The only goal came ten minutes from time when Luke Faircloth went down after a challenge from Tyler Johnson and the referee awarded a penalty and cautioned Johnson.
Both decisions seemed harsh, but captain Andy Goodchild drove the penalty into the roof of the net. Having missed seven of nine penalties during the season, Goodchild was Letcombe`s sixth different penalty taker. Soon afterwards Shrivenham were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area, but Lance Lewis` effort hit the defensive wall and deflected for a corner. Tom Eatwell had a great chance to make the game safe, but his back post header from a corner went narrowly wide.
One of the most pleasing features for Letcombe was the outstanding performance of central defender Jack Hamblin who was home from university and was playing his first full game of the season, having come off the bench seven days earlier. He is not even playing at university, but was clearly Letcombe's man of the match.