Shortwood 2-4 Winchester City
We made the long journey to Shortwood and somehow got the coach up the hill to the ground (well done driver!!!), ready to take on a Shortwood side who are well established in the Southern League and always been difficult opponents.
We gave a debut to Coxy and had some very difficult selection decisions, however the team we selected we were confident in, we were also very pleased with the attacking substitution options especially! First games of the season are always strange affairs with players having to get out of pre season mode and it sometimes gets a bit frantic! It definitely started that way, we soon took charge of the game, having most of the play, we eventually scored when Oli Bailey latching onto a ball over the top, cutting inside a couple of players and finishing superbly. We had another goal chalked off for offside which would have given us a nice half time cushion.
Second half we came out of the traps well and a fantastic move involving Oli Bailey and Pat Cox ended with Coxy slipping the ball past the keeper cleverly. Straight away we went 3-0 up with Coxy glancing home a Jenks cross, soon after that it was all but game over with Oli Bailey turning and driving at the defenders and slipping Coxy in to finish into the top corner, 4-0!
Annoyingly they scored a goal straight after to go 4-1 and another consolation late on 4-2 to put a spin on the game that made it closer than in fact it was.
Superb start to the season, great result and performance in the main was very good. Slightly disappointed with the goals conceded and we need to sharpen that up, however we can't ask for much more from a tricky looking away game first game of the season!
We now have to recover and get ready for what will be a harder game, Kidlington are a very decent side and we will need to be switched on in this game, avoid the sloppy moments and carry on that attacking threat we have!
Well done to the boys and roll on the next one.
Subs. 12.Carr 14.Mlambo 15.Hill 16.Davis 17.Byres