Friendly: Newbury 4 VALE 2

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Saturday 14 April 2012
NEWBURY v VALE OF WHITE HORSE
FRIENDLY FIXTURE
At Henwick Worthy Playing Fields, Thatcham

The VALE started very sluggishly, after their three week lay-off, by conceding a goal in the first minute when the ball was conceded to Newbury’s very nippy centre forward who beat Smith with ease.
The visitors were shaken by the early goal but their play was very disjointed and their passing imprecise. Their work rate could not be faulted, however, and Sewell, Standbridge, Fleming and Wallace gradually matched the home midfield and were able to free Masters and Webb from time to time.
Masters in particular was causing some problems down the VALE right but his crosses were not finding anyone when he managed to get them in.
Webb went close to scoring but his left footed shot went narrowly wide of the right upright just before half time.

HALF – TIME: NEWBURY 1 VALE OF WHITE HORSE 0

The start of the second half was a reverse of the first with the VALE immediately on the attack and Wallace fed Masters whose effort was pulled narrowly wide of the upright.
In the ninth minute Masters got free down the right and crossed from the goal line for Sykes to equalise from close in.
Within a minute the VALE failed to clear as Newbury attacked and Smith was again left with no chance as a thunderous drive screamed into the top left hand corner of the goal from just inside the penalty area.
Immediately from the kick-off the ball was played back to Standbridge who hit the perfect through ball for Masters to latch on to and he slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper to make the scores level.
Smith made a brilliant save from a cross shot after 16 minutes but a Newbury attacker was a split second quicker than Brinkley to follow up and toe poke the ball home.
The lively home front runners were giving Woodall, Allum, Blackwell and Brinkley plenty of work to do but the visiting defenders were up to the task of matching them.
Smith made some good decisions in dealing with over hit passes by the home forwards and his handling was very good.
The VALE made strenuous efforts to pull back the equaliser and were close to doing so before Newbury were fortunate to get a further goal in the last minutes when a very fortunate shot from outside the penalty area was miskick and the wind held up the effort and it crept into the goal just under the bar giving Smith no chance of getting a hand to it.

FULL TIME: NEWBURY 4 VALE OF WHITE HORSE 2

Vale Squad: Ben SMITH; Sam BRINKLEY; Joe BLACKWELL; Dominic ALLUM; Dylan WOODALL; Jamie MASTERS; Joe FLEMING; Jake FARMER; Jack SEWELL; Jamie STANDBRIDGE; Daniel WALLACE; Calum SYKES; Scott WEBB.

Next Fixture: Gloucester County League
Saturday 21 April
Start at 10:30 a.m.
At: Longlevens School, Gloucester