MATCH REPORTS Season 2007 / 2008
Bloxham 5 Bourton Rovers 0
With both these teams facing potential relegation a tense day was expected, however with both managers relaxed about the prospect the players were sent out to enjoy themselves. The first half was closely fought with the hosts perhaps shading possession but defences on top and Bloxhams trio of Rufus Barker, Declan Desousa and Rhys Hewitt were on top form giving Bourtons attackers little joy. On the odd occasion that the ball got through Alfie O'Sullivan in the Bloxham goal was quick off his line to clear. Midway through the first half a Jake Manning header was handled in the area and the penalty was despatched into the bottom corner by Jacob Bedlow. Bloxhams players were clearly buoyed by this and with great touchline support from the rest of the squad went on to produce the kind of performance that we knew they are capable of but have only seen in fits and starts throughout the season.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Bloxham playing their flowing passing football so evident earlier in the season. Bloxham scored a second goal early in the half when Jake Manning swept over a cross which Jacob Bedlow volleyed home. Within a few minutes Bloxham scored again when a lovely Jake Manning through ball put in Tim Groethe who slid the ball past the advancing keeper. Bloxhams fourth was the move of the game with lovely interplay by Tim, Jacob and Jake, seeing Jacob the provider this time as he crossed for Tim to score his second. Bloxhams last goal was a cracking 25 yard free kick into the roof of the net from Captain for the day Jake Manning who got his reward for a great all round Captains Performance. All credit to Nick and the Bourton players who never gave up and continued to play the game with excellent spirit and in the right style by passing the ball around. Good luck to you whatever happens at the end of the season.
Finally, well done to all the Bloxham players for producing an excellent performance especially given the circumstances, your coaches and parents are proud of you all.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bloxham 6 Yarnton 0
Long-time leaders Bloxham picked up three points with a 6-0 victory over a spirited Yarnton side in the Under-11 A Division.
Bloxham played some good football throughout with their neat passing game but Yarnton also contributed to a good game and defended well. Joe Miles and Logan Kelling gave Bloxham a 2-0 interval lead with Tom Smith, Giorgio Rasulo, Jonny Stirrup and Lewis Reeves-Smith adding four more goals in the second half.
Under-15 Knock-Out Cup Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Semi-Final
Bloxham 1 Chipping Norton Town Swifts 2
On a windswept afternoon at Chipping Norton, Bloxham failed to avenge their semi final defeat of last week in the OFA Cup to slide out of the Witney Knock Out Cup by a narrow 2-1 margin. In a game dominated by the elements Chippy played with the gale force winds at their backs in the first half but found the Bloxham defence and a packed midfield in resilient mood. Only a header well saved by Matthew Brice caused any major alarms in the opening quarter. In fact Bloxham took the lead when a fine Ryan Wilson run down the right flank forced a mistake in the Chippy defence and Charles Hawkins forced the ball home to make it 1-0.
Chipping Norton helped by the wind continued to press and got their reward when a long throw in found Oliver Brotherston who turned the Bloxham defence and finished low into the corner of the net to equalize. At the other end Bloxham had a great chance to retake the lead. Robbie Catling setting up Ryan Wilson with only the keeper to beat but Lewis Kemp did well to block the shot with the goal yawning. The score remained 1-1 at the interval. Bloxham looked to kick on in the second half but Chippy had other ideas and enjoyed the better of the play for long periods. A fierce Alex Gandy strike was BloxhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best attempt on goal while Gareth Price had a great chance for Chippy only to drag his shot wide. Chipping Norton then took the lead when Price made amends to score a fine goal cutting in from the left to strike right footed low into the net. Bloxham huffed and puffed to get back into the game and half chances fell to Dan Kirwin, Luke Hodson and Alex Gandy but none were taken and Chippy held on for a second semi final win in two weeks.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bloxham 1 Carterton 0
On a dry, overcast blustery day 2nd placed Bloxham went into their last game of the season against 1st placed Carterton. Looking to extend their 10 game unbeaten run and only a win would guarantee Bloxham 2nd place, they knew this was never going to be easy as Carterton had yet to lose a league game so far this season.
Carterton won the toss and elected to play against the gusting wind. With both team very evenly matched the game took a while to get going with both midfields closing each other down quickly. Bloxham sprung to life when Nick Deeley won the ball in midfield and played it to striker Brandon Haden, who was beginning to find a lot of space by dropping of the Carterton defence. Brandon played in striking partner Jake Knapton but his long range shot was well saved by the Carterton goalkeeper. Carterton then went on the attack themselves only to be foiled by a fine diving save by Bloxham goalkeeper William Adams. Half time 0-0.
Carterton started the second half and were on the attack straight away but some excellent defending by Luke Barton and Jack Welch prevented any strikes on goal. Bloxham slowly began to dominate the second half and Craig Charles and Nick Deeley controlled the midfield and with Brandon linking midfield and attack they began to get some attacking momentum. Try as they might Bloxham could not find a way past a solid Carterton defence. As the game went into the final minute, Bloxham mounted one last attack. William played the ball out to Luke, he found Nick in some space and he played in Jack Welch, Jack played the ball down the wing to Jack Gill. Jack turned the defender and played the ball into Brandon. Brandon lobbed the ball over the advancing defender, and cutting in from the left unleashed a fierce left foot drive. The Carterton goalkeeper made an excellent save, but was stranded as the ball looped into the path of Craig Charles who fired the ball into the roof of the Carterton goal. Full time 1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 0.
Bloxham man of the match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Brandon Haden
A fantastic game by two closely matched teams. Congratulations to Carterton for winning the Ã¢â‚¬ËœCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ division and congratulations to Bloxham as runners up.
Carterton again won the toss for the B game but this time elected to play with the blustery wind. Bloxham were straight on the attack with some fine midfield work by Luke Barton and George Hall set up Thomas Howarth, but his shot was just wide of the post. As Carterton attacked the defence of William Thompson and Catherine Howse remained solid and when Caterton did get a strike on goal James Parker was on hand to make the saves. As the half progressed Bloxham began to take control of the midfield with Taylar Ross, Luke and George all playing well. It was a tackle by Taylar that found George, he beat a player then laid the ball into Jack Gill. Jack shot was blocked but Thomas was on hand to score his first goal of the season. With Bloxham still celebrating the goal Carterton took advantage and from the kick off immediately went on the attack, forcing a corner. The ball was played into a crowded Bloxham penalty area and somehow found its way into the goal. Carterton continued to mount the pressure on the Bloxham defence, but William, Catherine, Taylar and Luke were all busy closing the Carterton players down. With the half drawing to a close Caterton made a quick break and a nice one two between their strikers found them through on goal and a well placed shot was just out of reach of a diving James. Half time 1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2.
With Jake Knapton going into the Bloxham goal for the second half a quick reshuffle saw James come into the midfield. With James holding slightly deeper this gave Jack and George more width and this looked like it would result in a goal for Luke, but the Carterton goalkeeper made a great double save. As both teams tired Bloxham sent on William Adams to support Luke in attack. WilliamsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extra pace nearly brought him a goal but again Bloxham were denied by the Carterton goalkeeper. Carterton sealed the win when their midfielder picked up a lose ball and avoided three tackles before placing a shot pass an unlucky Jake into the corner of the Bloxham goal. Full time 1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3.
Another excellent performance by all involved on both sides.
Bloxham man of the match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ George Hall.
Under-11 Knock-Out Cup
Semi Final Ducklington 2 Bloxham 2 (after extra time - Bloxham won on penalties)
Logan Kelling scored the vital spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out to book Bloxham's place in the final of the Under-11 Knockout Cup at the end of a typically hard fought semi-final at Ducklington. Thomas Costley gave Ducklington a deserved first half lead when his free-kick caught out keeper Ed Barker but Bloxham hit back with two goals at the start of the second half to turn the tie around. Giorgio Rasulo finished off a good move straight from the restart and Baylee Cannon put the visitors ahead from close range after Lee Rogers helped the ball on from Tom Smith's free kick. But Ducklington forced the game into extra-time late on when Brandon Mead-Talbot chased a long pass and when the ball ran free from Barker he turned into an empty net. Lewis Reeves-Smith had a goal bound shot blocked right at the end of extra-time but it needed successful penalties from Jonny Stirrup, Angus Brown, Rasulo and Kelling to see Bloxham through in the end.
Under-14 Knock-Out Cup Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Semi Final
Bloxham 4 Wychwood 3
An enthralling game with the outcome in doubt until the final whistle.
Wychwood took the lead early on with Ross Barrett racing past a static Bloxham defence before netting past the advancing keeper. The home side were under a lot of pressure with some timely clearances from David Matthews stopping further scoring opportunities. Despite having to reorganise following the loss of an unwell Matt Foley, Bloxham gradually got back into the game. The equaliser came after Dan Clark stayed on his feet despite being fouled (well done to the ref for playing advantage) before he passed to Adam Atherton who hit a fierce shot low to the keepers right. Man of the match David Lynes set up Bloxham's second. Winning the ball well in the left back position, he beat a player before hitting a tremendous long pass for Joe Higham to run onto. Joe got to the ball just before the keeper and prodded the ball over the line. Wychwood came straight back into it. In attempting to clear a shot from Charlie King, Dan Clark mishit an attempted clearance and despite a good effort by Jon Cooper in goal to keep it out, the ball found the net. The visitors then took the lead again with another goal from Ross Barrett and almost extended it when David Lynes hooked a clearance but was fortunate it hit the post before Jon Cooper gathered safely.
Whilst never at their best the second half saw a much improved performance from Bloxham. After a good passing move the ball was played in from the right to the feet of Dan Clark. In attempting to get the ball his marker conceded, perhaps harshly, a penalty, which Joe Higham confidently converted. Wychwood were then fortunate to be given a free kick for handball but could not take full advantage of it and Bloxham cleared. The winning goal was a fantastic team effort. Bloxham engineered a flowing move from defence to attack. After several passes, the ball was passed out to Chris Read on the left hand side and he struck a low shot that gave the keeper no chance. Ashley Phillips then hit the bar with a tremendous header from a corner, and in the scramble that followed Wychwood defended well and the keeper held on to a fierce shot at the end of it. In the last 10 minutes Wychwood looked for an equaliser to take the game into extra time, but the Bloxham defence, making up for earlier errors, were excellent. The midfield also worked very hard to get back behind the ball, preventing clear cut scoring opportunities.
A good game - well done to both teams.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bloxham 2 Banbury United 2
A bright sunny day saw a great game played by both teams. Banbury started stronger and went in front when a scrambled backpass wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t cleared by Bloxham and Banbury fired high into the net. Bloxham started to get their game together and afree kick from Jack Welch was smacked over the wall and over the keeper for 1 -1. Bloxham still unable to find a rhythm and were still unable to breakthrough as halftime came. The 2nd half Bloxham went in front when they broke from a Banbury throw in deep in their own half and Craig Charles raced from his own half beating 2 players to slot under the keeper. Banbury then pushed for an equaliser but Bloxham defence and William Adams in goal were holding strong. With 5 minutes to go a Banbury corner was hit into the crowded box and deflected off a Bloxham player past the goalie to make it 2 -2. Bloxham piled on the pressure but an equally strong Banbury defence held strong until the end. The game finished all square in a credit to C league football from two strong sides.
Bloxham 2 Garden City 0
Two second half goals from Giorgio Rasulo earned leaders Bloxham another three points with a 2-0 success against Garden City in the A Division. Despite the blustery conditions both sides tried to play good football and although Bloxham had most of the first half possession they did not create too many openings against a well organised City defence. Bloxham stepped up a gear after the break and began to pass the ball quicker and they finally made the breakthrough when Rasulo curled the ball into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box. Rasulo doubled Bloxham's advantage in the closing stages but it took a double reflex save from Ed Barker near the end for the leaders to keep a clean sheet.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Tower Hill Stars 0 Bloxham 0
Bloxham made their last away trip of the season to a blustery West Witney to play Tower Hill Stars, in their last game of the season. After a week without a game Bloxham were slow into the 1st half and it was Tower that had most of the chances. Tower should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute but Bloxham Goalkeeper William Adams made a great double save.
Tower again came close when an unmarked player hit his shot over an open goal. As the half came to a close Bloxham began to find some rhythm with Luke Barton running out of defence with the ball, setting up some strikes for Brandon Haden and Lewis Bletchley. Bloxham began the second half more like the team that had not conceded a goal in the last seven outings. Nick Deeley and Craig Charles began to close the midfield down and Luke and Jack Welch were able to run the ball out of defence.
Bloxham went close when a Luke Barton pass found Lewis wide on the right, his cross found Brandon, but the Tower keeper made a great save at his near post. Try as they might Bloxham could not find a way past the Tower keeper who made 4 more great 2nd half saves. Although 0-0 the score line does not do a great game justice. Well played to all.
Bloxham man of the match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Luke Barton.
Under-11 Knock-Out Cup Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3rd Round
Banbury Wanderers 0 Bloxham 4
Bloxham booked their place in the last four of the U11 Knockout Cup with a 4-0 victory at much-improved Banbury Wanderers with Giorgio Rasulo and Logan Kelling each bagging a brace. Wanderers had the better of the opening exchanges and keeper Ed Barker had to be alert to thwart the hosts early on. But Rasulo broke the deadlock when he broke away on the flank and turned inside to open the scoring with a fine drive into the roof of the net despite the keeper getting his hands to the ball. Bloxham quickly doubled their lead when the impressive Baylee Cannon released Keeling with a neat pass and he beat the advancing keeper to score from an acute angle. Another quick passing move by Bloxham ended with Rasulo grabbing his second just before the break and Kelling added a fourth shortly after the restart.
Bloxham 2 North Leigh 0
Bloxham took the three points in another close tussle with North Leigh. The home team dominated the early play and went in front when Anthony Charles slotted in a Daryl Harrison cross from the right. More goals seem likely as Bloxham went close on a couple of occasions including hitting the bar, but North Leigh came more into the game as half time approached, without creating any clear cut openings. In the second half the visitors upped the tempo and were unlucky not to level it, striking the bar themselves as the Bloxham goal lived a charmed life. The home team also had chances to seal but couldn't take any until Ben Hawkins curled in a great free kick in the last minute of the game.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bloxham 2 Grendon Rangers 0
On a lovely sunny morning and with a lot at stake a tense affair was expected but the boys had clearly not read the script. This was a flowing and entertaining game of football with much to enjoy.
Needing a win Bloxham were fast out of the traps and took an early lead when Declan Desousa won the ball in his own half and sped down the wing before slipping the ball to Jacob Bedlow. However, his one on one was well saved by Grendon keeper Tom Rogers as was the follow up effort of Jake Manning but the ball fall again at the feet of Jacob who despatched it into the roof of the net. Clearly buoyed by the early strike Bloxham worked hard to close down Grendon who threw men forward in search of an equaliser but came up against a Bloxham defence on top form. Man of the match Rufus Barker was everywhere and was well assisted by the dependable Rhys Hewitt and Declan. On the few occasions the defence was breached in form goalie Alfie O'Sullivan showed why he is keeping regular first choice George Capel out of the team with good handling and quickness off his line. At the other end hard working Tim Groethe was combining well with Jake and Jacob to play some good attacking football which ended up with chances going begging along with some very good Grendon defending especially from their last man.
The second half mirrored the first with good defending at both ends but with Grendon throwing men forward Bloxham were catching them out with quick counter attacks and one of these midway through the half wrapped up the game as Jacob played in Jake who provided an excellent finish to make it 2-0. Bloxham then closed the game down to gain a much needed three points. Our thanks to Andy and his lads who played with great spirit and sportsmanship and contributed to an enjoyable morning.
Bloxham 2 Eynsham Youth 0
On a bright, perfect day for football, Bloxham welcomed Eynsham for this U10C clash.
Eynsham were straight on the attack and once again the Bloxham defenders, Luke Barton and Jack Welch were busy keeping the Eynsham strikers at bay. Slowly Bloxham began to play their way into the half and some good work in midfielder by Craig Charles found Bloxham striker Brandon Haden free on the edge of the Eynsham penalty area. BrandonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crisp shot looked certain to be heading for the bottom corner of the goal but the Eynsham keeper produced a superb dive and tipped the shot around the post. As much as Bloxham tried even with having seven corners they could not find a way through a solid Eynsham defence and the half ended 0-0.
Bloxham started the 2nd half and straight from the kick off midfielder Nick Deeley found an unmarked Lewis Bletchley wide on the left. Lewis played quick a 1-2 with Brandon, then cut into the area and placed the ball beyond a diving keeper into the goal. The goal sparked Eynsham and they mounted some pressure, but once again goalkeeper William Adams was on hand to make some excellent saves for Bloxham. The game was beginning to get stretched from end to end as Eynsham looked for an equaliser, and Bloxham looked for a 2nd goal. With time running out Bloxham had to make a substitution due to an injury to Lewis. Luke Barton found substitute Jake Knapton who laid the ball into striking partner Brandon, Brandon rode two challenges before sending his shot high over the advancing keeper and the ball bobbled into an empty net.
This was another entertaining game by both teams in what has turned out to be a very close C division Ã¢â‚¬â€œ thanks to all the children involved. Bloxham Man of the Match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Lewis Bletchley.
The second game saw Bloxham quick of the mark and soon striker Jake Knapton had them 1-0 up with a nicely placed shot into the Eynsham goal. Bloxham continued to pressure the Eynsham goal and midfielder Jack Gill found Oliver Foley free and his header was just wide. Jack and Jake combined well only for JakeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot to go just wide. Jake soon made it 2-0, also his second, after some great work in midfield by Taylar Ross and James Parker set him up for a 1st time shot into the bottom corner. Jack Gill made it 3-0 just before half time when Thomas Howarth found him on the edge of the penalty area and his shot went in off the post. Eynsham started the second half brightly and Bloxham goalkeeper Jake Knapton was forced to make a great fingertip save. William Thompson found some space and he passed into Catherine Howse she laid the ball into Oliver Foley and his shot made it 4. Luke Barton went looking for his second Bloxham goal only to be denied by the Eynsham goalkeeper. James Parker nearly grabbed his first Bloxham goal but some scrambled defending stopped the ball on the goal line. Jack Gill worked hard in midfield and his through ball found Oliver who made it 5-0. George Hall made it 6 for Bloxham when he turned in a cross by Jack Gill in the final minutes. Another great entertaining game well done to all.
Bloxham Man of the Match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jack Gill
Bloxham 4 Deddington Colts 4
This thrilling local derby finished all square with Bloxham coming from behind four times to deny Deddington their first league win since October.
Deddington started the brighter and took the lead when Charlie Wise swivelled in the box to send a strike into the top corner. Bloxham took a while to get going, but then equalised following a corner when David Gill fired in a loose ball, and had the better of the game to half time without creating any clear openings.
The first ten minutes of the second half were end to end, but Deddington gradually increased the pressure and took the lead when Wise scored his second, heading in a Matthew Alexander corner. Bloxham bounced back straight way when Daryl Harrison found space on the right of the penalty area to send a looping shot into the top corner. Deddington regained the lead from another corner when Jason Warland's header was deflected in but this again was short-lived as Anthony Charles's shot came back off the bar for Harrison to tuck away the rebound. With time running out Matthew Alexander sent in another corner which somehow eluded everyone to give Deddington the lead for a fourth time, but a battling Bloxham were not to be denied a point as defensive hesitancy allowed Charles a tap in to level it again.
Bloxham 3 Chesterton Juniors 3
Bloxham entertained league leaders Chesterton and dominated the early part of the game. Unfortunately possession was not converted into goals. Bloxham played well but lacked composure in the final third of the pitch.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play when a cross come shot from the left hand side beat Jon Cooper at the near post. This goal gave Chesterton confidence and they had their best period of the game before half time, scoring a further twice to lead 3-0 at half time.
The second half began with Bloxham again in the ascendancy but still being unable to score, due in part to missing good opportunities and in part to some good work by the keeper. But Bloxham kept playing good football and when the visitors lost concentration Bloxham got back into the game.
Their first goal was scored by Joe Higham when he got on the end of a good cross from the left. The same player then won the home side a penalty, when he took the ball around the keeper in the box only to be pulled back. Richard Whiston scored confidently with the spot kick. Chesterton then tried to push Bloxham back on the defensive and created a few chances. One attack ended with a fantastic save by Jon Cooper when he pushed a header onto the bar. It looked as if Chesterton were going to hold onto the lead but another Joe Higham shot from a narrow angle just got over the line to equalise, with what turned out to be the almost the last kick of the game.
Chesterton remain top of the league and unbeaten. But after losing a three goal half-time lead will view this as two points dropped. The Bloxham players had a great attitude throughout the game and their football deserved the draw.
Chesterton goals came from Nathaniel Wickson, Luke Whistler and Kyran Pick. Their man of the match was goalkeeper Bradley Chiverton who was outstanding for the whole game.
Under 15's Cup
Bloxham 4 Cumnor 3
Bloxham entertained Cumnor on a positively spring like afternoon in the Witney and District quarter final. Despite dominating the game for long periods Bloxham were pushed all the way by a resilient Cumnor side and ended up winning by only a narrow 4-3 margin. Bloxham started strongly and an early Charles Hawkins shot went close. In a slick movement Louis Chadwick slipped a square ball to Robbie Catling whose first time through ball split the Cumnor defence and was perfectly weighted to allow Hawkins to squeeze the ball home to open the scoring. Bloxham then had numerous chances to extend their lead. Daniel Welling providing two delightful crosses but Hawkins could only head over from one and the other flew invitingly across an empty six yard box. Cumnor conceded a penalty on the fifteen minute mark but justice was probably done when Daniel Welling sent his spot kick sailing over the bar.
Sam Allen set up Ryan Wilson with a long ball but he was unable to finish one on one with the Cumnor keeper Josh Tippin. In another delightful move Charles Hawkins sent Louis Chadwick away down the left flank and his superb cross shot struck the inside of the post and rebounded invitingly back into the hands of a prostrate Tippin. Wilson then rounded the keeper but Tippin got back to deny him. Next Wilson got free again and advanced on the Cumnor goal unopposed but this time he also struck the foot of the post as Bloxham looked to gain a deserved cushion of a two goal lead.
This was not to be as Bloxham conceded an unnecessary corner and failed to clear their lines allowing Sam Whitehead to equalize against the run of play. The score remained 1-1 at the interval. Bloxham started the second half and immediately reasserted themselves. Quick goals from Charles Hawkins and two from Ryan Wilson in the first five minutes made the score 4-1 and it looked like Bloxham would coast to a comfortable victory. Cumnor, however had other ideas. Despite Bloxham creating further chances with Tom White firing wide from a good position and then Charles Hawkins forcing a brilliant save from man of the match Tippin Cumnor snatched a goal back when from another corner Mark Kovacevic was adjudged to have forced the ball over the line before Matthew Brice saved. 4-2 was still comfortable for the home team and Luke Hodson and a good chance saved by Tippin but some poor defending allowed Sam Whitehead to unbelievably reduce the arrears to 4-3 with still five minutes remaining.
Bloxham responded with a lovely flowing move when Charles Hawkins set up skipper Alex Auld but his ferocious shot was once again saved by the Cumnor keeper who lived up to his name by tipping the ball over the top. In a last gasp counter attack by Cumnor Bernie Grossi made up some really good ground to make an important tackle and prevent a late strike on goal from a good position which sealed the 4-3 win for Bloxham in an entertaining game. Full marks to the Ã¢â‚¬ËœBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ side team who gave a really good account of themselves and never stopped trying all afternoon.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Ducklington 0 Bloxham 6
On a bright frosty morning, third placed Bloxham travelled to second place Ducklington, in this top of the table C division clash. But with the words of their coach still ringing in their ears and plenty of sleep still in their eyes, Ducklington found that it is easy to get to second in the league but harder to stay there! Loosing one of their key midfielders, Dan Townsend through injury after five minutes did not help Ducklington. With the game only a minute old Ducklington had Bloxham under pressure and a cross from the right found its way through the Bloxham defence to an unmarked striker. His 1st time shot was straight at Bloxham keeper William Adams who made a superb reflex save.
This brought Bloxham to life and immediately midfielder Craig Charles found striker Brandon Haden wide on the left, he sprinted forward and crossed into striking partner Lewis Bletchley whose shot found the back of the Ducklington net. Minutes later Bloxham doubled their lead when Lewis cut in from the left, his shot could only be parried by the keeper and Brandon was 1st to pounce on the ball and shoot into an empty net. Bloxham continued to deny Ducklington any time and space on the ball and some good work by midfielder Nick Deeley found Craig in space, CraigÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot looked to be going wide, until Lewis stuck out his foot to deflect it past an unlucky Ducklington keeper. Lewis completed his hat-trick in the 11th minute when Nick floated the ball over the defence and Lewis cut in from the left to place his shot in the opposite corner of the goal. Ducklington never gave up trying but found the defensive pair of Luke Barton and Jack Welch difficult to get past. With half time looming Nick was 1st to a Ducklington goal kick, and from just inside the Ducklington half, sent his shot high over the goalkeeper and into the goal.
Ducklington kept on trying to find a goal in the 2nd half, but once again William Adams was in fine form in the Bloxham goal and produced some excellent saves. Brandon completed his brace when a Luke Barton clearance found him in space on the left wing, he beat the defender and calmly placed his shot under the advancing keeper. Bloxham Man of the Match was Lewis Bletchley.
The second game saw a highly entertaining encounter between two evenly matched teams. Bloxham opened the scoring when Jack Gills shot was parried by the Ducklington keeper, striker Jake Knapton was on hand to shoot into the goal. With William Thompson and Catherine Howse holding the Bloxham defence solid, the midfield of Jack, James Parker and Taylar Ross worked hard. Ducklington equalized when a fine through ball left the striker 1 on 1 with Bloxham keeper George Hall and George was unable to get to the fine shot. Jake gave Bloxham the lead again when he dribbled down the by-line and squeezed the ball under the goalkeeper from a tight angle. Jack Gill made it 1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3 with a fierce long range shot which found the top corner. Ducklington pulled another goal back when a great in swinging corner was poked home in a crowded Bloxham penalty area. Bloxham were unlucky not to increase their lead with both Luke Barton and Thomas Howarth being denied by some great goalkeeping. In the final minute Jake was unlucky to get his hat-trick when his mazy solo run and fierce shot was superbly saved by the Ducklington keeper. Bloxham Man of the Match Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jake Knapton.
Chesterton Juniors 3 Bloxham 8
Bloxham came away from Chesterton with the three points after a fine attacking performance, although credit goes to both teams for producing an entertaining game in difficult blustery conditions.
The visitors took the lead in the first half when a Ben Hawkins corner was deflected into his own goal by a defender and Kieran Watts doubled the lead when left unmarked at the far post. Chesterton were also creating chances and pulled one back when Edward Burgess fired home a loose ball from the edge of the box. However Bloxham scored twice more before the interval through a clever lob from Anthony Charles and a shot from Jordan Godfrey.
Godfrey scored again early in the second half with a diving header and Matthew Jackson added a sixth with a quick thinking lob after a misdirected clearance. Matthew Holroyd then made it 7-1 with his first ever goal for Bloxham but Chesterton rallied and scored twice in quick succession through Alex Wessels and Ben Dawe. Anthony Charles completed the scoring firing in a loose ball late on.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bloxham 2 Deddington Colts Cougars 0
Bloxham looked to maintain their current good form, and on a bright sunny day only a fierce cross wind prevented it from being perfect footballing conditions, as Bloxham entertained Deddington Cougars.
Bloxham started against the wind and were soon into their stride, denying Deddington players any time or space with the ball. Lewis Bletchley and Brandon Haden were a constant menace up front for Bloxham, with their pace, both were able to stretch the Deddington defence. Nick Deeley and Craig Charles were busy in midfield both closing the opposition quickly and getting the ball upfront to Lewis and Brandon. When Deddington did get into the Bloxham half Luke Barton and Jack Welch were on hand to make the tackles. Bloxham opened the scoring with an excellently worked team effort. With Deddington getting a rare strike on the Bloxham goal, goalkeeper William Adams made a fine diving save, he played the ball out quickly to Nick who passed the ball out wide to Brandon, he turned and passed the defender then crossed into Lewis. Lewis moved the ball back across the goal into the path of Craig who finished the move with a fierce shot into the Deddington goal.
Bloxham continued the second half the same as the first and their lead was extended when Luke Barton made a great tackle in defence, the ball bounced across to Jack Welch, whose long ball down the line found Lewis. He cut inside the defender and passed the ball across the goal for Brandon to pass the ball into the goal. Bloxham were close to a third when a Deddington goal kick went straight to Craig who hit it on the volley straight back at goal, with the ball scraping the outside of the post. Deddington never gave up and were nearly rewarded in the final minutes when a shot was first saved by William, then the rebound was blocked by Luke, and the third attempt was cleared off the line by Jack. Bloxham MOM - Jack Welch
Posted on May 19, 2008
Combe Junior Sports 0 Bloxham 1
With the Combe pitch unplayable, the fixture was reversed to Bloxham. The last meeting of these teams produced a great display of passing entertaining football. With today's heavy pitch and odd rain shower, no one could have predicted another great game of passing end to end football.
Bloxham were quick off the mark and moved the ball around nicely with Brandon Haden holding the ball up front then looking to lay it off for Jack Gill. Unfortunately Bloxham were unable to score and slowly Combe were able to play themselves back into the game. With Luke Barton and Jack Welch holding firm in defence, Bloxham were able to contain Combe as they applied a lot of pressure on the Bloxham goal. When they did get a shot on target goalkeeper William Adams was on hand to make 4-5 magnificent saves. 0-0 half time.
Bloxham sent on the fresh legs of Lewis Bletchley at half time, and with his pace, he and Brandon combined well up front to create a few opportunities. Craig Charles and Nick Deeley applied themselves well in midfield having to spend more time defending as again Combe applied all of the pressure. Only some strong defending by the entire Bloxham midfield and defence kept a strong Combe attack at bay. With time running out Combe mounted a quick attack and their striker was denied once again as goalkeeper William Adams dived at the strikes feet to save the ball, although injured in the challenge William bravely carried on in goal. Looking for the final whistle an a well earned draw Bloxham mounted one last attack to relieve the pressure from the tired defence, Brandon won a throw level with the Combe penalty area. The ball was thrown in, headed backwards by Brandon, and it dropped in front of Craig, who rifled the ball into the Combe net. Bloxham held on for the remaining minute as Combe threw everyone forward looking for the equaliser.
Bloxham MOM - William Adams.
Highfield Juniors 1 Bloxham 2
Goals in either half from Cameron Fleming and Baylee Cannon earned Under-11 A Division leaders Bloxham a 2-1 victory at Highfield Juniors.
Bloxham had all the possession in the first half and took the lead midway through when FlemingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot evaded keeper Kieran OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Rourke. But Highfield equalised just before the interval from a breakaway with Lewis Hallen beating keeper Ed Barker who got a hand to the shot.
The impressive Cannon restored BloxhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s advantage after the break and OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Rourke pulled a couple of crucial saves to keep Highfield in contention. But their late pressure failed to produce the equaliser as the Bloxham defence, well marshalled by Barker, held firm.
Under-15 Knock-Out Cup - 2nd Round
Moreton Rangers 1 Bloxham 6
Having played just once in the past five weeks Bloxham travelled to Moreton Rangers and put on a dazzling display of attacking football to overwhelm the home side 6-1. Only wayward finishing prevented the score being greater but Moreton deserve much credit for never giving up and defending manfully.
Bloxham started the game against a stiff breeze but were immediately in their stride with an early Craig Lynes shot after good work from Louis Chadwick down the left flank. In another flowing move Robbie Catling found Charles Hawkins with an early ball who in turn sent Chadwick away down the left once more and his exquisite cross gave Ryan Wilson a simple tap in at the far post to open the scoring. Luke Hodson then sent another lovely through ball to Charles Hawkins but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper James Hicks. Only a last ditch tackle by Josh Kayter denied Hawkins again after more good build up play between Catling and Alex Auld. Moreton stirred and a good shot by Paul Whitehouse tested Matthew Brice in the Bloxham goal but his handling was secure. Bloxham went two goals up when Dan Welling found Hawkins up front in a 2v1 situation and he squared for Wilson to score easily. Immediately afterwards a wonderful long Sam Allen pass sent Hawkins away on goal but his first touch was a little heavy and he lifted his shot over the bar. Welling then set up Ryan Wilson who really should have bagged his hat trick but he dragged his shot wide. In another flowing move Robbie Catling, Welling and Chadwick combined and Ryan Wilson was nearly on the end of another tantalising Chadwick cross. Wilson then unbelievably sent the ball over the bar from two yards out after a good low cross from Charles Hawkins but he made amends moments later when Hawkins set him up again to make it 3-0 and this time he made no mistake to claim his hat trick. Moreton had a late chance to reduce the deficit but a neat flick by Josh Kayter at the near post went over the bar and Hawkins was denied at the other end when he had the ball in the net but was adjudged off side from Wilson's pass. The first half finished as it began with another sweet Bloxham passing movement when Catling found Craig Lynes who sent a brilliant diagonal ball to Charles Hawkins but his shot flew just wide. The score remained 3-0 at half time with Bloxham well worth their comfortable lead.
In the second half with the winds at their backs Bloxham continued to dominate but Moreton were unlucky to go four goals down when an attempted shot from Craig Lynes was miss-kicked to Charles Hawkins who finished well. Tom White set up Jack Bonham for a shot on goal as BLoxham looked set to run riot and a penalty following a foul on Hawkins allowed Dan Welling to blast the spot kick home to make it 5-0. Moreton should have got a goal back when Patrick Abrahams blazed over from a good position eight yards out but with Sam Allen outstanding in defence for the visitors their goal looked pretty secure. Bloxham made it 6-0 when a deep Welling corner found Charles Hawkins unmarked at the far post for an easy nod in. Dan Kirwin then set up Tom White but his shot was just wide. Moreton gained a late and deserved consolation goal for all their efforts when a Gary Luker shot went under Matthew Brice to make the final score 6-1 to Bloxham in an entertaining game of football.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Banbury Town Youth Colts 1 Bloxham 3
Two goals just before half time turned this game, played in difficult blustery conditions, in Bloxham's favour.
The home side had taken the lead in the first five minutes when Nat Bagnall was given time on the edge of the area and buried a shot in the bottom corner. The visitors then gradually increased the pressure as the half went on and equalised when Kieran Watts turned in a cross from the right. Bloxham went ahead soon after when, following a corner, the ball was laid back for Sam Mattock to score with an unstoppable shot from outside the box.
Bloxham dominated the second half, but Banbury defended resolutely to keep themselves in the game, until Ben Hawkins found space in the area to fire in the third to clinch it.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bloxham 1 Tower Hill 3
On a fine but cold winters morning Bloxham entertained the League leaders expecting a tough match and that was exactly what they got. However, it was the hosts who started more brightly and had the better possession but Towers tough and well organised defence are hard to break down.
Bloxham had half chances but did have a good chance when Jacob Bedlow curled a shot just wide from the edge of the area. Midway through the half it was Tower who broke the deadlock with their first shot of the match. A strike from the edge of the area was fumbled by the normally reliable George Capel in the Bloxham goal and this clearly buoyed Tower and deflated Bloxham. Tower then had the majority of possession and when Bloxham gave the ball away on the edge of the area the Tower forward jinked through the defence to slot home number two.
The second half was a fairly even contest with limited chances at both ends. Tower were now playing with confidence and this was shown when their player unleashed an unstoppable drive from just outside the area into the top corner which gave George in goal no chance. Bloxham threw caution to the wind and took off a defender and replaced him with a forward. They were finally rewarded in the closing minutes when Jake Manning broke down the right and crossed to the far post where Jacob Bedlow crashed the ball into the roof of the net to complete the scoring. Towers scorers were Jordan Garrett, Joe Aust and Alex Cowie. Congratulations to Mark and his team who are a strong side and are certainly capable of going on to win the Division.
Bloxham 1 Tower Hill Stars 0
After their five away games, and a break for Christmas, Bloxham started the new year with rare home game. Both teams struggled with the long grass and lack of match practice, the most memorable 1st half moment came from a Tower corner. The ball found its way to an unmarked player on the edge of the box who rifled a shot goal bound. Bloxham goalkeeper William Adams managed to get both hands to it and push it onto the crossbar and away to safety. As the second half wore on both teams began to find more space and counter attack as the players tired. William Thompson and Jack Welch kept the Tower strikers at bay, with Jack able to run the ball out of defence, setting up a few Bloxham attacks.
Brandon Haden and Jake Knapton were unable to find a way past the Tower goalkeeper, and with the end of the game approaching Lewis Bletchley and Jack Gill came on to see if fresh legs could help find a winning goal. Once again Nick Deeley and Craig Charles had run, tackled and passed the ball all day. In the final minutes a Deeley through ball was cleared for a Bloxham corner. Jack Gill crossed the ball in and Craig lunged at it, the ball hit his knee straight into the top corner of the goal. With a goal so late in the game there was no time for Tower to respond. A great start to the new year.
Man of the Match was William Adams
Ducklington 0 Bloxham 2
Leaders Bloxham picked up three points with a good all round performance at Ducklington.
In-form Logan Kelling gave Bloxham the first half lead with a neat finish while at the other end Ed Barker saved well from Thomas Costley after he found a rare opening in the visitors' well organised defence.
Cameron Fleming grabbed Bloxham's second goal midway through the second half, creating space on the edge of the box to find the bottom corner of the net with a crisp finish.
Banbury Town Youth 2 Bloxham 2
Bloxham travelled to near neighbours Banbury Youth after the Christmas break and found the home team in a determined mood and they made life very difficult for the visitors. After a cagey opening Louis Chadwick delivered a fine cross for Bloxham but there was no one on the end of it. Banbury started to gain the early initiative and only a brilliant Craig Lynes clearance off the goal line prevented Josh Northam giving Banbury the lead with Matthew Brice beaten. Bloxham responded with a Charles Hawkins half chance but the ball flew over the bar. Banbury continued to look the more likely to open the scoring making Sam Allen work hard in defence. Sam Matthews squared the ball to Chas Hopkins for Banbury and he really should have done better but sent the ball over with the goal gaping. Bloxham took the lead rather against the run of play when a long Daniel Welling free kick found Charles Hawkins who finished superbly. Hawkins then had a great chance to make it 2-0 but Josh Guiness saved well in goal for the home team. Indecision in the Bloxham defence following a long clearance then let in Chas Hopkins who atoned for his previous miss with a sweet finish to equalize for Banbury. Guiness saved well from Hawkins once more while at the other end Kyle Wolstencroftson produced a good save from Matthew Brice but the score remained even at the break.
Early in the second half Sam Matthews dragged a shot just wide of the Bloxham goal before Jack Bonham restored Bloxham's lead with a shot that Guiness could only help the ball into the net. Bloxham had another chance when from an indirect free kick inside the penalty area the ball somehow stayed out from a Hawkins shot which hit the post and ran along the line before Banbury managed to hack the ball away to safety. Ryan Wilson set up Daniel Welling with a great opportunity to seal the game for Bloxham but he put the chance wide with just keeper Guiness to beat. This proved the turning point as Banbury finished the game strongly and it was no surprise when from a corner Tyler Parker pounced to tuck the ball into the net to make it 2-2. Both teams then had chances to win the game in the final minutes. Louis Chadwick for Bloxham firing wide from a good position and Josh Northam doing likewise for Banbury but a draw was probably a fair result.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Bampton 0 Bloxham 1
Bloxham took the points from this hard fought contest that produced few chances as defences dominated. Bloxham arrived only just before kick off as Declan Desousa was taken ill en route and this forced the visitors into another reshuffle after they had already decided to experiment with a different formation for this match.
The game started fairly evenly and the teams were well matched throughout the first half as both goalkeepers had only routine saves to make. The second half was much like the first and both attacks were struggling to create chances against two well organised defences. Bloxham broke the deadlock when Jacob Bedlow crossed from the left and Alfie O'Sullivan stole in at the near post to flick home on the volley. Bloxham had another good chance which went just wide and Bampton had a couple of good chances which were both well saved by George Capel. However, both defences stayed firm and the game ended 1-0 to Bloxham but both teams should be congratulated for their hard work and endeavour. Alfie O'Sullivan probably just shaded man of the match not just for his goal but for the way he battled all game against a big strong Bampton side whilst playing in an unfamiliar postion. Credit also to Bloxhams reshaped defence who gave everthing to achieve their first clean sheet in the League.
Bicester Town Colts Stars 0 - Bloxham 1
Bloxham finished 2007 with their 5th successive away game, this time at Chesterton to face Bicester Town Colts Stars. Bloxham started the game brightly and began to find the free flowing passing football that they have been playing. With William Thompson starting in defence with Jack Welch the pair were able to cut out any BTCS attack. With William T winning the tackles Jack was able to pass the ball out of defence to Jake Knapton on the wing but Bloxham were unable to find a way through the stretched BTCS defence. As it looked like the 1st half was going to finish goalless Craig Charles pounced on a short goal kick, composed himself and placed the ball under the diving keeper for a well deserved goal.
BTCS did mount one last attack before the half was out, but Bloxham goalkeeper William Adams was quick of his line to clear the ball. Bloxham continued to control the match in the 2nd half, with Nick Deeley and Craig Charles performing excellently in the midfield. Brandon Haden and Jake Knapton were unlucky not to increase the Bloxham lead with the BTCS keeper making some fine saves. The closest anyone came to score was when BrandonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ball across the BTCS penalty area found Jake whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s superb shot on the turn bounced off the BTCS crossbar.
A well deserved away win. MOM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Craig Charles
The second game saw a well balanced contest between two well matched sides. A new defensive pairing of James Parker and Oliver Foley kept the BTCS attacks at bay, whilst Jake Knapton kept a 1st half clean sheet. The midfield of Taylar Ross, Luke Barton and George Hall were full of running. Thomas Howarth and William Adams combined well in attack and only some fine goalkeeping saw William not score a couple of goals in the first half. Nick Deeley replaced Jake in goal for the second half and the game continued from end to end. George Hall made some excellent runs down the wing and Bloxham were continually denied by some fine goalkeeping. As both teams tired and the game looking like it was going to finish goalless, Brandon Haden came on to replace William Adams.
In the final minute Talyar's long ball found Thomas on the right wing, he beat the defender and crossed to Brandon, he in turn passed the ball to George whose shot found the bottom corner of the BTCS net. Deep into injury time Brandon made a sprint down the left wing, only to be fouled by the defender. OliverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s free kick shot was on goal but was blocked by the BTCS defence but BrandonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s looping shot found the back of the net. Excellent team work this performance showing what can be done by never giving up.
MOM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Oliver Foley
Wychwood 0 Bloxham 1
A solitary strike from Daryl Harrison secured the points for Bloxham in an entertaining and close game. The visitors had the better of it territorially in the first half without threatening to score too often and Wychwood had their moments forcing a number of corners. The game was settled five minutes into the second half when Harrison broke away to fire an unstoppable shot past Callum Godfrey. Wychwood pressed hard for an equaliser but the Bloxham defence held firm. Bloxham had chances to extend the lead with Harrison being denied a second by a terrific block by the keeper.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Under 9s KO Cup
Middleton Cheney 0 Bloxham 4
On a fine sunny morning Bloxham finally overcame Middleton's stubborn resistance to book their place in the next round of the cup. Both teams made enforced changes with Middleton's regular goalie ill and Bloxham missing the ineligible Rufus Barker. It was a fairly even start to the game with Bloxham trying to get their passing game going against a strong and well drilled Middleton defence whilst at the other end Middleton were counter attacking well. Bloxham were shading the possession but with defences on top for much of the half chances were limited and those that were created went begging including a good chance for BloxhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Alfie O'Sullivan. Bloxham thought they had taken the lead when Jacob Bedlow's well struck shot was grabbed at the second attempt by the keeper and adjudged not to have crossed the line.
Bloxham did however take the lead towards the end of the half when Jake Manning strode forward from midfield and unleashed a powerful drive into the top corner. Bloxham had to make a change early in the second half with Tim Groethe feeling poorly allowing Michael Dawes a second taste of first team football but forcing the visitors into another reshuffle.
This paid dividends shortly afterwards however when Declan Desousa who had been pushed forward into the midfield from defence broke down the right and his cross shot was deflected past the keeper by a Middleton defender. Bloxham were now on a roll and their passing was better and they went further ahead went Jake Manning was tripped in the area after a good run as he was about to shoot. Captain Jacob Bedlow stepped up to fire an unstoppable penalty past the keeper who injured himself trying to keep it out and had to be substituted. Bloxham were in the ascendancy but Middleton still had some chances to test Bloxham keeper George Capel who was again solid along with defender Rhys Hewitt.
Bloxham completed the scoring when Jacob Bedlow picked the ball up in midfield and went forward and with his coach and teammates expecting a pass he hit another rasping shot from outside the area which the keeper could do nothing about. Bloxham had to battle hard to eventually overcome a strong, resilient and difficult to beat Middleton side and our thanks to Phil and the rest of his team and players for making it a competitive and enjoyable morning.
Freeland 0 Bloxham 3
Bloxham travelled to Freeland looking to continue the good form of the last few weeks. A tight first half Bloxham matched a strong Freeland team who were pushing forward with the wind. A couple of breakaways from Bloxham were saved well by the Freeland keeper and William Adams made an excellent save to keep the score at 0-0 as the first half finished.
In the second half Bloxham upped their game with Craig Charles and Nick Deeley winning everything in the midfield pushing Freeland on to the defensive. Jake Knapton crossed the ball for Brandon Haden to calmly slot home to make it 1-0 to Bloxham. Freeland tried in vain to break down the resolute and calm defending of Jack Welch and Luke Barton. Sub Jack Gill came on to immediate effect and crossed for Brandon to grab his second of the game. A free kick was the smashed against the bar by Jack Gill to leave Nick Deeley an easy tap in to make it 3-0 Bloxham. An excellent second half performance all round and great keeping from William Adams gave the three points to Bloxham. Man of the match was Nick Deeley
Banbury Wanderers 2 Bloxham 4
A League leaders Bloxham picked up three points at improving Banbury Wanderers with Jonny Stirrup and Giorgio Rasulo grabbing a couple of goals apiece.
Stirrup gave Bloxham the early lead and doubled the advantage from the penalty spot before Wanderers reduced the arrears. Rasulo restored BloxhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s advantage after the break and, after Baylee Cannon hit the bar, grabbed his second. Stirrup also hit the bar before Wanderers pulled another goal back.
Under 15 KO Cup
Bloxham 6 Grendon Rangers 4
Bloxham entertained Grendon Rangers in the Knock Out Cup and were given an almighty fright by the Ã¢â‚¬ËœBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ league side as the visitors deservedly led 4-3 at half time.
On a cold afternoon with a gale force wind blowing both teams found the conditions tricky but it made for a thrilling encounter. Grendon created the first chance when Alex Patterson fired over but Bloxham responded with an excellent Ryan Wilson through ball which sent Alex Gandy through on goal. However, his first touch was too heavy and goalkeeper Luke Young gathered safely at his feet. Charles Hawkins then set up Gandy again with a neat header but once more the chance went begging. The opening goal was not long in coming because soon afterwards Charles Hawkins showed great strength and determination to bundle the ball home from close range for a scrappy but valuable finish.
This should have settled the home team down but in fact the reverse happened and some sloppy defending allowed Harry Dalton to nearly equalize for Grendon. Moments later Joe Cobbold went close again as the visitors more than matched their Ã¢â‚¬ËœAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ league opponents. It came as no surprise when Grendon made it 1-1 with a fine strike from Harry Dalton. Dalton was everywhere for Grendon often helping out in defence and involved in everything going forward for the visitors where his pace and strength were severely testing the home team. Dalton then seized on some more Bloxham dithering at the back when he nipped in to tuck the ball under Matthew Brice from close range to put Grendon in the lead. Bloxham responded and were level within a minute when Alex Gandy found the back of the net from an acute angle but Bloxham conceded a penalty to gift Grendon the lead once more. Matt Ginger was fortunate to be given a second opportunity when his first shot was brilliantly saved by Matthew Brice but the referee ruled he had encroached off his line too early. Ginger made no mistake with his second effort to put Grendon 3-2 up in what was becoming a pulsating game and a rather uncomfortable afternoon for Bloxham. The situation became worse for the home team when the livewire Dalton was unnecessarily fouled out wide and his free kick somehow evaded everyone to nestle in the back of the net to send the visitors remarkably 4-2 up. Bloxham rolled up their sleeves for a real battle to get back in the game and Alex Auld sent Charles Hawkins away but Young saved well. Robbie Catling then pulled a great ball back across the face of the goal which was only half cleared from virtually underneath the cross bar by Grendon but Ryan Wilson smashed a superb shot into the roof of the net from the clearance. The score remained 4-3 to Grendon at half time with an upset very much on the cards.
With the wind increasing in intensity in the second half the game became rather disjointed making flowing football very difficult. Bloxham had an early chance when Gandy passed to Charles Hawkins but his shot was just wide. Young made another brave save at the feet of Louis Chadwick but Grendon broke free and Matthew Brice was forced to pull off a wonderful save from Joe Cobbold to keep Bloxham in the game. Hawkins then drilled a superb ball across the face of goal which Tom White almost reached but the equalizer wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come for Bloxham and with conditions worsening the outcome looked ominous. However, Charles Hawkins had other ideas and he made it 4-4 with a fine solo goal. Receiving the ball outside the box he beat three players before calming slotting the ball home. A minute later he went one better driving a superb free kick high into the net from 20 yards out to get BloxhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s noses in front once more. Jack Bonham had a half chance for Bloxham to wrap up the game but his shot was straight at Young but finally Bloxham sealed the game with five minutes left with the move of the match. Hawkins, Bonham and Tom White all combined in a flowing move which belied the conditions and Ryan Wilson was on the end of a cross to make it 6-4. Bloxham saw out the rest of the game albeit with one or two more hairy moments and were extremely relieved to hear the final whistle and book their passage to round two.
The match was played in a tremendous spirit by both sets of players and supporters and refereed very well by Mike White. Meanwhile, Grendon Rangers, can feel immensely proud of their performance which came very close to securing a fine away victory against their higher league opponents.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Eynsham Youth 2 Bloxham 2
On a cold and frosty morning Bloxham battled out a draw in difficult conditions. Early on Bloxham controlled the game and a nice one two between Lewis Bletchly and Brandon Haden put Lewis through with only the goalie to beat which he did with a calm finish. Eynsham sparked into life and only good defence from Luke Barton and good keeping kept them at bay. Deep into stoppage time in the first half Bloxham failed to clear a corner and Eynsham scrambled the ball home.
At the beginning of the second half BloxhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rhythm was disrupted by injury and with two subs on Bloxham failed to settle and a strike from Eynsham was parried into his own net by William Adams. With their confidence up Eynsham looked to close the game out but a late free kick from Craig Charles was blocked on the line only to be rammed home by captain Nick Deeley to earn a deserved draw.
Bloxham man of the match was Luke Barton
Also well done in the friendly game as Bloxham demolished Eynsham 9 nil with a hat trick from Elliot Harrington and goals from Jack Gill, George Hall, Brandon Haden and Luke Barton.
Under 11's Knockout Cup
Hook Norton 0 Bloxham 5
Bloxham moved into the second round with a 5-0 victory at Hook Norton, who made their A Division opponents work hard for their success.
Both teams produced some good football in testing conditions and Bloxham only led by a solitary first half goal from Ollie Haynes for much of the game. B Division Hooky defended well with Josh Hunt working hard in midfie