Reports

 

Three wins on the bounce move Brackley Town saints into second place in The Hellenic Premier after a comfortable win away at Shrivenham FC on Tuesday evening.

Two goals either side of the break for Charlie kille was enough to seal the points on a perfect autumn evening for football.

 

Saturday 6th October

UHL Hellenic League Premier 

Flackwell Heath (1) Brackley Town Saints (3) 

SAINTS: Worby, Brock, Kille, Baldwin (Godfrey 94), Goddard, Middleton, Ball (James 80), Watts, Stott, Jordan (Knight 60), Hammond 

Subs not used: Cox, Bridges 

After a stylish victory in midweek this was a far more disciplined and resilient performance against a FH side who never stopped battling and worked very hard to disrupt Saints. To their credit Saints matched FH for effort and intensity and eventually were fully deserving of the 3 points which maintained their third placed position in the league. 

The early part of the game was tight, hard fought and niggly, with much of the action in midfield. After 10 minutes FH created the first attempt on goal from a corner, but the header was comfortable for Worby to collect. Saints first opportunity came after a poor clearance from the FH keeper. Ball galloped free down the left but his cross was just too a touch close to the keeper, who collected off of the toes of Jordan. Saints were then fortunate when Worby passed the ball out straight to the FH centre forward but he delayed and Saints did well to snaffle out the opportunity. 

Saints were holding their own but the bumpy pitch and wet windy conditions were certainly making it harder for them to knock the ball around in their usual style. However Saints took full advantage of a piece of good fortune on 25 minutes with an incisive move following a hotly disputed throw in, which was given to Saints, but which to most people looked to be a throw to the home team. However most importantly not to the referee. Whilst the FH players vented their frustration at the referee Saints took the opportunity to get on with things and a slick passing move involving Kille, Stott and Hammond saw the latter play Jordan into the box, and although the keeper was able to save Jordan’s shot Stott was on hand to tap in the rebound. 

The remainder of the half was tight with lots of action in the midfield area but no clear cut chances of note. 

HALF TIME – FH (0) Saints (1) 

Within 4 minutes of the re-start FH had levelled. A long ball down the right wing found Sinclair who timed his run excellently and he was able to lob the despairing Worby. Saints wobbled a little and for the first time were a little untidy around their own penalty area. Even so they were defensively solid and quickly regained their composure and discipline and slowly began to take the upper hand. 

On 60 minutes Stott played Knight through and his shot was heading for the bottom corner but the FH keeper got down well to tip the ball around the post. Ten minutes later Saints won a corner. Brock swung a long high ball over and Stott rose highest, at the far post, to get a header on target. Although the keeper saved the header Stott was the sharpest to react and tapped in his third rebound in 2 games. 

FH had the strong wind behind them in the second half and Goddard and Middleton were bombarded with long kicks from the FH keeper which in the main they were able to cope with very well. Stott again managed to connect with a header from a corner and was perhaps a little unfortunate that it was blocked when goal bound. Saints were in the ascendancy. Baldwin was solid in central midfield and Watts and Hammond were beginning to find more space. Watts was thwarted at the last minute after a typical run through the midfield and Ball hit a stunning left foot shot having cut in from the right wing. The FH goalie pulling off a cracking save to keep the deficit to one goal. 

Stott was then released by a great pass from Ball and he played Knight through but the ball would just not sit for Knight as he approached the keeper and the chance was gone. FH ramped up the pressure in the final 5 minutes. Worby made a great save a minute into stoppage time getting down well to his left to push the ball round the post.

 As FH pushed on they were taking more and more chances at the back and in the 92nd minute Knight ran unopposed through behind the defence and lobbed the keeper for his 6th league goal of the season.

 Next game – Shrivenham V Saints – 9th October 2018

 

 

   

3rd October 2018 – UHL Hellenic League Premier

Brackley Town Saints (3) Ardley United (0) 

SAINTS: Worby, Ward, Middleton, Goddard, Watts, Baldwin, Brock, Ball (Kille 68), Stott (Steele 76), Hammond, Jordan (James 80)

Subs not used: Bradley, Bridges 

Saints moved up to third position in the league with this impressive display against local rivals Ardley. A great team display, solid in defence and inventive, skilful and incisive moving forward. Also much praise to Ardley who were prepared to knock the ball around nicely on what was a stunning St James Park pitch.

 

Bluefin Sports (UHL) Challenge Cup – Saturday 29th September

Bishops Cleeve (4) Brackley Town Saints (3) – After extra time 

Saints: Worby, Brock, Middleton, Goddard, Ward, Godfrey (Bridges), Baldwin, Hammond, Kille, Watts (Rheema), Jordan (Steele) 

Subs not used: 

Fair to say that defences were not on top in this game which without exaggeration could have finished 10-10, but for some fine goalkeeping and some poor finishing. 

Saints took the lead on 12 minutes but prior to that the warning signs were there as BC created 2/3 reasonable chances with their direct play. However a typical Saints sweeping move saw Jordan’s shot deflected for a corner. Watts swung over a dangerous cross and although Ward’s header was blocked the ball fell to Goddard who smashed the ball in off of the post. 

Worby was immediately called upon to protect the lead with a fine save tipping the ball over the bar. Although Saints were looking good coming forward they were guilty of giving the ball away cheaply on a few occasions, and but for another good save from Worby and an important block by Goddard BC would have equalised. Worby unusually spilled a cross after 30 minutes but the forward failed to take advantage blasting the ball over the bar. On 32 minutes Saints gave the ball away in the attacking third. BC quickly moved the ball out wide and from the cross Martin buried his header in the corner giving Worby no chance. From the kick off Baldwin played Hammond through who showed great strength and his dink over the keeper looked to be heading for goal, but came back off of the crossbar. 

BC should have taken the lead with Ward clearing off of the line and the winger blasting the rebound over the otherwise empty net. Worby then made a great save from a BC free kick. It seemed only a matter of time before BC scored and on 40 minutes they did. Again Saints squandered possession and a lofted ball down the middle saw BC’s Watts finish clinically. 

Saints managed to up the ante and a good move involving Brock, Kille and Hammond saw Watts come close. In the 44th minute Hammond and Jordan played a 0ne two in centre field with the former chipping an astute pass out to Kille who met the cross on the volley directing it skilfully past the despairing keeper. 

However within 60 seconds Saints were again behind when Watts was bundled over by Ward in the box. Watts jumped up and slotted the penalty past Worby.

 Amazingly Saints then produced 2 further attempts on goal in added time with Watts chipping the keeper after bursting through, but the ball drifted wide and with Baldwin striking a shot a couple of feet wide. 

Half Time: Cleeve (3) Saints (2) 

Within a minute of the restart Saints were level. Baldwin again set Hammond free into the box and although his shot was well saved by the Cleeve keeper James Watts did extremely well to be first to the rebound and he gleefully found the back of the net from an acute angle. 

Hammond then set Jordan away into the box and only alert goalkeeping thwarted his run. BC continued to have success with the long ball and a flick on again carved through the defence and only a fingertip save by Worby prevented the goal.

Finally the game settled into a more mundane routine punctuated by fouls, injuries and substitutions. It was not until the final 5 minutes that the game sparked back to life. Arguably the best chance of the half fell to Hammond in the 83rd minute when he cut inside strongly and again found himself one on one with the keeper. His shot was pulled wide of the left post arguably, as far as the away team felt, as a result of a foul challenge on Hammond. Not according to the referee who gave a goal kick. 

On 43 minute Steele and Middleton combined excellently down the right wing and the final cross was not far from finding an onrushing attacker. But BC broke at speed and only a great save with his feet by Worby kept the scores level. 

Full Time Cleeve (3) Saints (3) 

Extra time was a tense affair and although both teams created half chances neither keeper was really troubled. Cleeve won the game with a goal 10 minutes into the second period of extra time. Saints completely fell asleep at a throw in on their right hand side. The left back was left to waltz unchallenged into the penalty area and although his first effort hit the post he collected the rebound and coolly slotted home.