Town made the short trip down the A420 to local rivals Shrivenham. After recent results Town were confident and keen to bring home the 3 points.
In the first, 5 minutes Town were knocking the ball about nicely, some good play from forward Rob Owen bought a chance for Elliott Day but it came to nothing. Towns’ first corner created a good chance just headed over by Will Bazen and not along after quick feet from Rob Owen saw another chance go begging.
25 minutes gone and Town had created some great chances, we looked sharp and dangerous going forwards and were solid all over the pitch. Defensively looked organised and switched on and weren’t giving Shrivenham a sniff.
30 minutes gone and Town finally took the lead. A deep free kick from captain Matthew Pill was headed back out to the waiting Adam Sly, he managed to control a first-time volley that smashed into the back of the net, great finish and Town finally 1-0 up.
Shrivenham did have a chance from a corner but Faringdon were given a lucky foul. Towns next chance came from a similar one to our goal, captain Pilly with another great delivery into the box was headed just over by Elliott Day. Some great work by our outstanding wingers Christian Wills and Adam Sly created another chance, a low cross from Christian landed at the feet of Rob Owen who’s smart touch, swivel and shot going just wide.
Christian Wills was getting at his opposite number a lot and found himself in a position to let a shot go, he absolutely smashed it against the bar and the ball unluckily bouncing down but not going over the line. Towns last chance before the half was again created by Christian, he cut back a ball for the onrushing Elliott who’s great effort was well saved. Town were commanding the game but were lucky when a Shrivenham cross struck the post just on the stroke of half-time
We spoke about the need to take these chances, on another day we could have gone in 4-0 up at least and with the scoreline only at 1 we knew we couldn’t be complacent. The second half started and Town continued to control the game but the intensity had gone and a 20 minute period was a battle between both sides.
We did eventually manage to get back to what we did on the first half and created a great chance for Christian Wills, he was put through one on one and chipped the keeper only to see the ball come back off the bat again!
Captain Pilly, covered every blade of grass found himself down the right, his low cross was met by the onrushing Adam Sly but he was stretching and couldn’t quite get the contact required. A corner from this chance saw Mike Van De Mortel rattle the bar again with a header.
Shrivenham has a couple of half chances through a few mistakes but nothing that looked like hurting us. They did continue to work hard and were a tough opposition. Town did finally get their second goal, a superb team goal.
VDM headed down to Pilly who played a one-two with Tom Bazen, he carried the ball 20 yards and played a great left footed ball across the pitch to release James Tranter who made no mistake with a well composed finish into the bottom corner. Town 2-0 up. Town controlled the last ten minutes and saw out the final whistle.
Final Score: Shrivenham Development 0-2 Faringdon Town
MoM: – Will Oglesby, solid full back performance, won everything, composed on the ball making the right decisions. A real confident performance.
Next Match: Away v Morton Rangers – 29/9/18, 3 pm KO
Overall extremely proud of the lads, superb first half display showing a lot of quality. We worked hard and looked good and dangerous in possession. Defensively were superb and took charge. Chances were a constant but we do need to learn to take more of them. A massive 3 points against local rivals was deserved and potentially the score line could of been 5!
Every player had a shout for man of the match, captain Pilly again instrumental. Both wingers were sharp, the whole back line were superb and our midfield and forwards gave everything they had. Momentum is building and looking to take this great win into a tough game next week at Moreton. Great effort gents