Moreton Rangers v Faringdon Town – Hellenic Div 2 West
With Town unbeaten leading into this match, we knew this would be a different proposition having been beaten 3 times by Moreton last season and knew it would be tough.
We started really well, came out the traps and looked dominant. We played some really good football for the first 15 mins. We forced the first corner which was deep, Paul Smith managed to retrieve it and re-deliver back into the box where James Tranter managed to head home. Town started really well and deservedly 1-0 up.
For 30 mins after Town kept a good shape and made it difficult for Moreton, however, we started to let Moreton squeeze on to us and force us deep. A couple of half chances for Moreton came and went, a great opportunity came for them to get an equaliser when a cross was cut back but the forward put it wide, fortunately for Town.
A couple of corners that were defended well by Towns defence and keeper. A looping effort was scrambled off the line. A chance fell for Ryan Bradbury, coming from a lovely ball by captain Matty Pill but the shot went wide. Town didn’t really create too much else and managed to get to halftime 1-0 up.
At the break, we were disappointed that we had started so well but had let Moreton back in the game. We knew we could up it for the second half.
Within 10 mins of the restart, Town conceded the equaliser. Moreton started where they left off the first half and were pushing us back. A quick free-kick was clipped back post and the Moreton player managed to squeeze it in. 1-1. Town stuck
to their shape and defended hard. Town had a half chance through Christian Wills but his shot was well saved.
As the game went on The Don were committing poor fouls around the area and it felt as if we were going to hand Moreton the winner, however, we stood firm. With a number of players pulling up with injuries, we became slightly disjointed. Substitute Richard Evans won a few free kicks and relieved the pressure at times. We managed to see the rest of the game out and deservedly took a well-earned point.
Considering the results from last year this goes to show how far we have come and what we are capable of, Moreton are a strong team and we competed well against them at their place. A number of forced changes through the game didn’t help but we still managed to come away with a huge point and still unbeaten.
All credit goes to the lads and the way they are driving each other on, the energy and effort levels are superb and it’s giving us the chance to win games and compete. The quality wasn’t as good as it has been in recent weeks but a good solid performance against a top side.
How consistent can we be? How much do we want it? Time will tell but we are doing everything we can at the moment, let’s keep it all going! Great stuff.
Final Score: Moreton Rangers 1-1 Faringdon Town
Man of Match: Paul Smith, defended superbly and settled us down at the right times