Bloxham Vets, recently formed thanks to manager Ray Guzenda, had their first match together, in a friendly against Kineton. The squad consisted of a group of men trying to relive their youth and it didn't take long for the memories to come flooding back as we all crammed into a small wooden hut, complete with the smell of deep heat!
19 players meant we could rotate regularly to ensure there were always some fresh legs on the pitch. Having thrown out a starting lineup the team started well, holding their own against a Kineton team that has played together for a few seasons. However, a deflected goal put Kineton 1 up. A change of personnel halfway through the first half allowed others to get some minutes into their legs but Kineton's lead was doubled, despite a good performance from Bloxham. Our pressure finally came to fruition as the deficit was reduced and shortly before half time we were level!
Kineton were down to just 11 players and our 19 man squad allowed us to take advantage of their tiring legs, in the second half. Not before Andy Knaggs unnecessarily steamrolled through the back of a Kineton player in the box, giving away a penalty. Neil was a match for the challenge, in goal, and tipped the spot kick over the bar saving Andy's blushes.
Andy was pushed up front, to avoid causing any more damage, and it looked like he'd get his name on the scoresheet as a cross sailed his way, just yards from goal. Andy sent himself airborne like a rocket but what happened next will appear on a Question of Sport one day. Lets just say no one else saw the touch Andy claims he did get, as the cross continued its journey through the box and out for a goal kick.
Bloxham scored 2 second half goals to claim a 4-2 victory, with squad rotation playing a big part. Our thanks go to Kineton for their excellent hospitality and to Ray for organising the fixture. On we go to the next one!
Updated 20:58 - 24 Oct 2017 by Richard Holmes