This match was a great advert for football in this Evo-Stick Souther League as both teams battled away up until the final whistle.
The Yarnton Road Stadium pitch was pretty damp after all the overnight rain but some sterling work from groundsman Martin Baker had it in near perfect condition come kick off.
The game was fast paced from the off and when Kidlington's Lewis Coyle was brought down some 25 yards from goal we were just about to see our 1st goal of the afternoon. Coyle got up and dusted himself down before firing a low dipping shot past the visitors wall and inside the near post for 1 - 0 in only 4th minute.
The Rovers weren't a side to take this early set back lightly and were soon putting together some swift penetrative attacking moves. Elliott Bailey and Rod Orlando-Young combined well and when Orlando-Young broke through only a fine stop from Kiddy keeper Sam Warrell prevented him tying the scores.
Orlando-Young wasn't to be kept off the score sheet for much longer and he was the player who equalised for Rovers in the 18th minute. His was a fine individual goal, he broke away and beat the Kidlington defenders for pace before firing low and hard past Warrell for 1 - 1.
After this goal Rover had a purple patch and certainly looked like taking the lead after they breakaway time and again with pace, but Kidlington's defence held out with a combination of stout tackling and some luck, the later when Hartley shot over the bar when only 10 yards out!
Toward the end of the half Kidlington were coming back into the game and when Anaclet Odhiambo was left all alone inside the Rovers penalty area the little striker perfectly headed home a Lewis Coyle cross. Coyle had done well wide on the left and his cross picked our Odhiambo who's placement from his header was perfect, 2 - 1 on 39 minutes.
Kidlington now led 2 -1 at half time but if I'm bluntly honest it was probably more by luck than judgement as Rovers in my book had been the better side.
After we kicked off the second period you sensed that the Kidlington players had had a bit of an ear bashing from their manager as they certainly looked to have more zest in their play.
After 50 minutes Mark James had to be substituted with a natural replacent in Tommy Castle coming on to replace him on the left flank.
Sam Warrell had to be on his guard again in the 52nd minute to save a thunderous attempt from Orlando-Young after the speedy striker darted forward once again to get a shot on goal.
In the 59th minute it was Kidlington who were applying some prfessure to the Rovers goal. After forcing a couple of corners which Lewis Coyle delivered the second one of these was met by central defender Henry Owen, Owen's powerful header beat Keeper Lewis Todd but unfortunately came back off the post.
In the 68th minute Anaclet Odhiambo was released down the middle of the park by a superb pass from Elliott Osbourne-Ricketts, the little striker sprinted for goal but was fast being closed down, however he did manage to get a shot away which keeper Todd did very well to get a hand to and palm out for a corner.
Shortly after this action Ryan Brooks entered the action in place of a tiring Jack Dunmall who'd put in an excellent shift.
On 77 minutes with the scoreline still at a precarious 2 - 1 keeper Green's keeper Sam Warrell once again distinguished himself pulling off a brilliant save to deny Rovers substitute Conner Colcutt what appeared to be a certain goal.
Kidlington eventually sewed the game up and secured themselves the points in the 88th minute. A quick free kick from Osbourne-Ricketts freed Ryan Brooks on the right flank, Brooks powered forward before delivering and excellent low cross into the box. With Barton's defenders back peddling the ball had just enough weight on it to elude them and pick out Coyle who had sprinted forward and Coyle did the rest firing home for 3 - 1.
We played though about 3 & 1/2 minutes of added time before the final whistle was greeted with cheers from the crowd at Yarnton Road for a job well done.
Kidlington's second half performance had been excellent especially after the stuttering display in the first period and they thoroughly deserved the points from this hard fought encounter. McCalmon's half time team talk certainly looked to have had the desired effect and that's 3 wins and a draw from The Greens last 4 league matches.
Team - Sam Warrell, Chris Weedon, Mark Flanagan, Henry Owen, Tom Franklin, Lewis Gabbidon, Elliott Osbourne-Rickets, Anaclet Odhiambo (Jack Quainton 88 mins), Jack Dunmall (Ryan Brooks 69 mins), Mark Janes (Tommy Castle 50 mins). Subs did not play Callum Harvey & Bojan Tetek.