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12th January 2019

UHL Hellenic League- Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup

Brackley Town Saints (4) Tuffley Rovers (1) 

Saints: Worby, Green, Middleton D, Goddard, Whitmore C (Carter 45), Baldwin, Watts (Godfrey), Jordan (Bowden 45), Ball, Hammond, Knight.

Subs not used James, Whitmore E. 

The first match for Saints since Boxing day, and it showed in a first half where Saints were sluggish and repeatedly surrendered possession to a Tuffley side that started brightly and enjoyed the upper hand for the first 30 minutes after taking the lead on 5 minutes when Bradley flicked on a long ball for Warren Mann who broke into the box and calmly slid the ball under Worby. 

Tuffley continued to boss things and created further chances on 21 minutes when Brett James pulled his shot wide when well positioned and on 24 minutes when Worby saved well with his legs from Dom Kent. 

Saints began to pull themselves back into the game and on 25 minutes a half chance was created for James Watts whose shot cleared the bar, and soon after George Ball played a nice one two with James Hammond and burst free in the box but was thwarted by a well-timed last ditch challenge from the defender. 

On 39 minute Tuffley’s Dom Kent cut in from the left wing and sent a powerful shot just wide. Saints responded with Ball again showing good feet to get into a shooting position, but he curled his shot just wide 

HALF TIME: Saints (0) Tuffley (1) 

Manager Gordon Kille made a couple of tactical changes at half time with Bowden replacing Jordan and Carter replacing Whitmore. The initial exchanges of the second half saw Saints more assertive and moving the ball more quickly and Carter was immediately involved setting Hammond free down the left on 47 minutes. Hammond set up James Watts on the edge of the box but his shot fizzed over the bar. Watts then won a good header in midfield which Hammond controlled deftly but his left foot shot also cleared the bar. However the tide had turned and Saints were growing in confidence. Lewis Baldwin was finding the midfield players between the lines and Ryan Knight and Ball were beginning to find space out wide with Curtis Green and Dan Middleton both able to get further forward in support. What was needed was a little more composure in front of goal. 

On 60 minutes Watts was forced to leave the field and replaced by Jordan Godfrey. 

Tuffley were struggling to retain possession and Saints were camped in their half. On 70 minutes Hammond dribbled skilfully into the box and his cross cum shot was cleared off the line by Luke Payne. A minute later Saints finally found an equaliser breaking from deep the ball found its way out to Knight on the left wing and his delicious cross was met by Bowden. His header was well saved by Winman in the Tuffley goal but the rebound was scrambled home with Bowden getting the final touch. 

It took only 4 minutes for Saints to take the lead. Tuffley had initially defended a corner well but Saints recovered the ball just outside the box and when it was played to Baldwin he speared a right foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards giving Winman no chance at all. Tuffley dug deep but were visibly tiring and Saints are a young and fit side and were now knocking the ball around confidently. On 78 minutes Knight again found space left of centre and struck an absolute belter that whizzed past Winman before he could react. Saints purple patch was complete 3 minutes later when Godfrey picked up a pass from Goddard just outside his own penalty area. He turned on a sixpence, wrong-footing 3 Tuffley players, and sent a 60 yard cross field ball to Knight who quickly fed Bowden who shot, and although Winman made a great save George Ball was on hand to guide in the rebound to seal the game. 

To their credit Tuffley did come close to reducing the arrears when a header from a corner flashed just past the post and in the last minute when Worby made a marvellous point blank save with his legs. 

Fair to say that for long periods of this game Saints were not at their best, and Tuffley must be applauded for making things very hard, particularly in the first half. However a sign of a good team is being able to turn a potential “bad day at the office” round and Saints did this. Onwards and upwards…….

 

 

 

22nd December 2018 

Longlevens AFC (0) Brackley Town Saints (1) 

Saints: Worby, Green (Bowden 45), Brock, Middleton, Watts, Baldwin, Hammond, Knight, Goddard, Ball, Kille (Whitmore 85) 

Subs not used: March, Godfrey 

After an inactive couple of weeks Saints visited lowly Longlevens anticipating a tough afternoon on the back of Levens having secured good victories in their last two games.The enforced layoff did mean that a number of injured players were fit again and Manager Gordon Kille had almost his full squad fit and available, with central half’s Goddard and Middleton both returning to the starting line-up and with the influential Lewis Baldwin reverting to midfield. 

The early exchanges were scrappy on a bobbly Pitch. James Watts showed early intent with a left foot shot which was easily gathered by the home keeper. Although Saints were dominating possession Levens were quick to break but did not manage to test Worby. Ollie Goddard was having an immediate impact on his return and needed to be on his toes to thwart the Levens centre forward when he appeared to be moving clear. 

After 20 minutes Saints created their first goal scoring opportunity when a probing cross from George Ball found Harry Brock but he was not able to get solid contact on his volley. Ten minutes later Saints came close when Hammond broke free from midfield and set Kille free down the left wing and his wicked cross only just eluded the onrushing Knight and Hammond. 

On the stroke of half time Hammond split the defence with a slide rule pass that found Knight unmarked on the edge of the penalty box but his right foot shot was powerful but too high. Saints had dominated possession but were nearly caught cold when the Levens full back scooped an inviting cross over the bar when well placed. 

HALF TIME: Levens (0) Saints (0) 

At half time Kille shuffled the pack bringing on Josh Bowden to replace Curtis Green.  

On 53 minutes Saints took the lead. It was a brilliant yet somewhat fortunate goal. It started with some great defending from Dan Middleton who was yet again well positioned to sweep up. He played the ball back to Worby who had the confidence to immediately set Brock away. Brock ran purposefully through midfield before looking to release Ball, however his pass deflected in the opposite direction and into path of Ryan Knight who did not hesitate and finished calmly past the helpless keeper. 

On 57 minutes there was an unfortunate melee in centre field involving many of the players and resulting in a couple of bookings. It strangely seemed to galvanise Levens who had a period of 20 minutes where they pressed the Saints hard. But the defence and Worby looked very comfortable and increasingly Saints looked very dangerous on the break. 

On 76 minutes Saints nearly doubled the lead when following a great move from a throw in Hammond and Ball played a neat one two and Ball squared to the unmarked Knight whose side footed shot rolled agonisingly past the post. 

In a frantic last 10 minutes Bowden tested the keeper who saved well down to his left. The 

Levens centre forward had a bullet header over the bar and shot straight at Worby. Knight then set Hammond free down the left wing and his cross just eluded Bowden. 

That was it and Saints picked up a deserved 3 points to move them back to the top of the league. A thoroughly mature performance, some super defending and as always with Saints some cracking attacking play.

 

 

8th December 2018

UHL Hellenic League Premier Division

Brackley Town Saints (0) Bishops Cleeve (2) 

SAINTS: Worby, Brock, Walker, Baldwin, Whitmore (Green 62), Kille, Godfrey (Middleton 82), Watts, Jordan (Chukwuemeka 66), Knight, Hammond – Subs not used Ward, Rhema

 

24th November 2018

UHL Hellenic Premier Division

Abingdon United (1) Brackley Town Saints (3) 

SAINTS : Worby, Green (Rema), Brock, Godfrey, Baldwin, Whitmore, Ball, Watts, Knight, Jordan (Hayley), Stott

Subs not used:Wheeler, Chukwuemlka, Kille 

Saints arrived at Northcourt Road with a few injuries forcing manager Gordon Kille to shuffle his pack a little. However this performance showed that Saints have strength in depth and a flexible squad with players that can cover a number of positions.