Faringdon Town 3 – Hook Norton Res 1 –
The Don entertained Hook Norton hoping to get their season back on track. Hooky had failed to win either of their two opening league fixtures so the Don were targeting a decent result from this game. With the management team away Darryl at a wedding and Paul on holiday. Dave Clausen and Simon Harrington were called out of retirement. Dave flying in on Saturday morning from his holiday.
The team selected was much the same as the previous week the only changes being George Hegg in for the injured Matthew Pill, Jamie Broadfield coming in up front for Jordon Wilkins who dropped to the bench and Ryan Bradbury coming in for Dominic Wills who also dropped to the bench.
The Don started brightly and had the major share of the possession keeping the ball for long spells but creating very little. Neither keeper had any saves of note. Christian Wills delivered a couple of excellent corners without result. The Don who conceded from three corners last week set themselves up much better this week and never looked in danger from set pieces with Joe Clauson, Martyn Gatehouse and Louis Bowers dominant in the air aided by Josh Forth cutting out any near post deliveries. Liam Tudway continued his fine form of recent weeks. He seemed to be getting on very well with the ref judging by the amount of times they were in conversation and he but was fortunate not to pick up a booking after several fouls.
Half time arrived scoreless and action less.
While the management were happy with the general play the lack of goal scoring opportunities was a concern. Having dominated possession and territory they were reminded that dropping points today was not an option.
Within ten minutes of the restart Town were one down no one taking responsibility for an innocuous ball in the box the Hooky player saying thank very much tapping home from close range. It was felt some fresh impudence was required and with half an hour to go, Jordon Wilkins replaced Jamie Broadfield shortly followed by Dominic Wills for Ryan Bradbury. Within five minutes the Don were level another great ball in from a corner by Christian Wills saw Martyn Gatehouse rise almost as high as Dave’s blood pressure to nod home at the far post. Five minutes later the Don were in front. Sub Jordon Wilkins cut in from the left running across the 18yard line he got his shot of and a slight deflection off a Hooky defender gave the ball some height and it flew into the top corner to the delight of the home support.
To their credit Hooky then had their best spell and the got hold of the game for the first time. Town seemed to be panicked, passes started going astray poor clearances and poor decisions were being made. Justin Yates came to the rescue with a brave blocking save on the edge of his six-yard line. Daniel Lawson replaced the impressive but tiring Liam Tudway as Hooky pushed players forward and this was their undoing for the Dons third and decisive goal. A long ball forward caught the remaining Hooky defenders square and Christian Wills raced onto the loose ball beating the advancing keeper with a fine lobbed finish.
Dave’s blood pressure finally returning to something near medically acceptable. The Don eased home to a fully deserved three points.
Next week sees Town travel to another new venue Easington Sports.