Friendly: OXFORD CITY 1 VALE 2

VALE OF WHITE HORSE PRIMARY SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

 Saturday 15 October 2011

OXFORD CITY v VALE OF WHITE HORSE

Friendly At Cheney School, Oxford The VALE played into a very bright sun in the first half and despite being put under some pressure early on gained the first corner which came to nothing. Both sides attempted to play the ball around to feet but neither side was in the ascendancy for the first quarter of the game. In the 17th minute the ball was passed back to Crowther but he lost his footing on the greasy surface in his attempt to position himself to clear the ball. The ball ran free and presented an Oxford forward with an easy chance which he took and gave the home team the lead. The VALE boys showed their character and attacked down both flanks. Sykes, finding himself with a little space down the right but at a narrow angle, really stung the home keeper’s hands with a vicious drive which was pushed round the post for a corner. Oxford were denied any shooting chances thanks to the VALE back four of Brinkley, Blackwell, Allum and Woodall who played well individually and as a unit. Webb was causing a lot of trouble down the VALE’s left hand flank and in the 27th minute he was bundled over by a defender as he was about to shoot when well inside the penalty area. He brushed himself down and took the penalty which the keeper got a hand to but had no chance of stopping such was the ferocity of the shot.

HALF-TIME: OXFORD CITY 1 VALE OF WHITE HORSE 1

The VALE opened the second half very brightly with Standbridge, Farmer, Sewell and Wallace using the wide open spaces well to inter pass and give Webb and Chedzey a good supply which forced the Oxford boys to defend in numbers. After 3 minutes of the half Webb beat several defenders before being thwarted by a diving block but the corner was cleared. Shortly afterwards Sewell played the ball out to Sykes who cut in from the left and let fly with a powerful left foot drive which the home keeper was relieved to see fly inches wide of the far post. Minutes later James Ormrod who had replaced Chedzey at the front, with the latter dropping into midfield, outpaced the defence and slid the ball past the home keeper only to discover that he had been adjudged offside. In the 18th minute Allum won possession in his own half and drove forward with great intent. He slid an inch perfect pass through the home defence and Ormrod used his pace to run on to the ball and this time his well taken effort was not disallowed.

FULL-TIME: OXFORD CITY 1 VALE OF WHITE HORSE 2

VALE SQUAD: Matthew CROWTHER (Rush Common, Abingdon); Joe BLACKWELL (Millbrook, Grove); Sam BRINKLEY (Willowcroft, Didcot); Ted CHEDZEY (Manor, Didcot); Jake FARMER (Millbrook, Grove); Dominic ALLUM (Faringdon); James ORMROD (Wantage CE); Jack SEWELL (Millbrook, Grove); Jamie STANDBRIDGE (Dunmore, Abingdon); Calum SYKES (All Saints, Didcot); Daniel WALLACE (Goring); Dylan WOODALL (Northbourne, Didcot); Scott WEBB (Wantage CE).

Next fixture: Saturday 22 October 2011

Against: Swindon

Venue: Ballards Ash Playing Field Witney Cup – Round One

Kick-off: 10.30 a.m.