After a four week enforced break due to the weather and other clubs being unable to field a side, Town Vets were back in action at the Cinder Lane Stadium with Chinnor A Vets the visitors.
The two sides were sitting in fourth and fifth positions prior to kick off, separated by three points. The reverse fixture was a tough encounter with Town failing to impose themselves, before falling to a 2-0 defeat, something the management team didn’t want to repeat.
Town continued to press, bossing the midfield and the visitors struggling to cope with the Town movement, creating a half-chance for Anthony McCusker and a great opportunity for Paul Hulme, who headed wide when unmarked. Chinnor
Moments later and Chinnor had their first shot in anger and Town keeper Lee Ruddle did well to tip the effort onto his bar and out for a corner. This provided Chinnor with some momentum and for the remaining ten minutes, Town
It had been a good first half for Town, but the levels had dropped towards the end of the half. The management knew that Chinnor wouldn’t lie down and if the game had to be won, they would have to win the individual battles all over the pitch. The opening fifteen minutes of the second period was a midfield slug-fest with the quality of football being very low.
On fifty-seven minutes Paul Smith had a great strike on goal, but again the visiting keeper was a match for the effort. From the resulting corner, Town should have doubled their lead, but Troy Redman’s diving header hit the side netting and not the goal from close range.
Chinnor was applying loads of pressure as the match came to a close and it was Town looking to exploit the gaps in the
Town had other chances to get a shot at goal but the wrong option was often taken or the spring loaded linesman’s flag halted proceedings.
The match came to a close and Town grabbed a valuable three points to thrust them into
“We made a point of ensuring all the lads got at least 30 minutes football today. With the long lay-off, fitness was always going to be a problem and so we made full use of the sixteen man squad and rotated them at regular intervals”.
Final Score: Faringdon Town Vets 1-0 Chinnor A Vets
Squad: Lee Ruddle, Steve Pugh, Dave Legg, Damian Francis, Gary Sutton(c), Chris Pettis, Liam Humphreys, Paul Hulme, Andrew Lynham, Chris Roche, Anthony McCusker, Patrick Graham, Paul Smith, Colin Yates, Troy Redman, Phil Thompson
Man of the Match: Chris Petis
With no fixture next Wednesday, the side has another break but their remaining fixtures are listed below:
|Sunday 3rd March 2019||Berks County or Holyport Veteran Veterans||B&B County Cup 2nd Rd||Away|
|Wednesday 6th March 2019||Old Hooky Vets||Vets League||Away|
|Wednesday 13th March 2019||Witney Royals Vets||Vets League||Home|
|Wednesday 20th March 2019||Abingdon Town Vets||Vets Cup Semi Final||Away|
|Wednesday 27th March 2019||Aylesbury FC Vets||Vets League||Away|
|Wednesday 17th April 2019||Abingdon Town Vets||Vets League||Away|