Two from two as Claydon triumph over Padbury
Claydon come out on top during local derby
Steeple Claydon Football Club made it two wins from two league games with a solid 6-1 victory at home to local rivals, Padbury Village.
Padbury were promoted to Division One last season and consolidated their position well as well as introducing a Reserve team to take part in Division Two. It was the visitors who made the brighter start to the game, putting an unchanged Claydon defensive line-up under pressure from the off.
The Magpies made two changes to the starting 11 from the University of Buckingham game, George Carpenter moving to his preferred central midfield position following an injury to Liam Roberts with Grant Cole returning to the side at right wing-back. Nick Shrimpton started the game at the expense of Jacob Hodgins to take his place up top alongside Christopher Jones.
Claydon then started to string some good sequences of football together, starting with defensive distribution from Adam Cowley, Lee Hodges and Dave Terry into the midfield to penetrate into the Padbury back lines. The Magpies were rewarded when Shrimpton was put through on goal to poke the ball under the on-running Padbury 'keeper. Claydon again pressed on with Terry playing the ball inside to Fedoriw from a Mark Smith goal kick. Fedoriw linked well with Matthew Gibbs and Ronnie Harrington with some quick one-touch football before delivering a hard cross to the sprinting George Carpenter who finished with aplomb into the roof of the net.
Claydon finished the half strongly with a couple of decent chances while Padbury hit the post themselves. At half time, the management team of Mark Whiting and Tony Gibbard asked the players to keep playing their game and the rewards would come. This is exactly what Claydon did, who soon made it 3-0 with another well taken Nick Shrimpton finish. Some good work from Christopher Jones free'd Shrimpton again to finish his hattrick with a low, hard drive into the bottom of the net.
At 4-0, Claydon started to ring the changes with the returning Andrew Hammond taking to the field in place of Grant Cole and a straight swap between Alex Webb / Dave Terry and Christopher Jones /Jacob Hodgins saw Claydon press for more. Jacob Hodgins grabbed his opportunity in front of goal, firing in shortly after his arrival onto the pitch before a defensive error saw Padbury pull a goal back. Some quick work between Hammond and his midfield saw the ball released to Nick Shrimpton who rounded the Padbury 'keeper to fire in his fourth of the game and sixth of the season.
An impressive performance for the Magpies, although some basic work to be done with a week's rest until their next home game against Great Linford Reserves.