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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)
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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.
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22nd September 2018
Hellenic Premier League
Brackley Town Saints (1) Royal Wooton Bassett (1)
Saints; Worby, Brock, Goddard, Hartley (Ward 62), Middleton, Kille (Steele 72), Watts, Baldwin, Hammond, Ball, JamesSubs not used; Cox, Stott, Godfrey
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Northants Football Association Hillier Cup – 1st Round
Brackley Town Saints (3) Wellingborough Town (1)
Saints: Cox, Steele (Woods 77). Brock, Baldwin, Goddard (Ward 71), Hartley, Ball (Bridges 66), Godfrey, James, Hammond, Kille
A thoroughly entertaining match which Saints deserved to win but in which Wellingborough were always in contention. Saints fielded a young side with Owen James and George Ball both making their debuts. The early stages of the game saw both sides sizing each other up with Saints looking the more fluid, but with Wellingborough strong in the tackle, and with pace up front.
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Saturday 15th September
Brackley Town Saints (0) Crawley Green (1)
Saints Team: Worby, March, Goddard, Middleton, Kille (Steele 78), Watts, Baldwin (Jordan 80), Hammond, Brock, Knight, Stott
Ultimately a disappointing day for the young Saints. Easy to ask lots of questions about the Saints performance and what they did and didn’t do and often in these situations the opposing teams’ performance is overlooked. Crawley Green were well organised, defensively solid, and often dangerous on the break. Although Saints enjoyed circa 65% of possession they were unable to break down a resolute Crawley Green team.