Banbury M4’s create chances
Banbury 1 Oxford 0
A vigorous start from Banbury posed all sorts of problems for Oxford, right from the push back. Mervyn Long intercepted in midfield setting off the first move, a combination of passes down the left involving Gareth Thomas, Mike Robinson and Lee Allen.
Early chances fell to Allen, Robinson and John Davis, but each failed to find the target. Long pushed forward, adding to the attacking force, but the final finish vanished. Richard Dudbridge had a busy game on the right hand side, proving a handful for the Oxford defence. Route 1 was the order of the day for Oxford, and they created a few scares on the counter attack. Jamie Lamb had a busy game, and pulled off some fine saves, preventing the home side from falling behind.
The speed out of the blocks from Dipak Tandel, running 1, upset any shorts that fell in Oxfords favour. Robinson had a busy game, having close attention from the Oxford centre back, throughout the match. Davis could not match the form he showed last week against Bicester, the defenders managed to do just enough.
In the second half, Allen took an early bath, and attend to a new arrival in the family earlier in the day. Banbury continued to apply the pressure with Robinson and Long pushing higher. This was backed up by Ady Lamb and Ollie Gardner rerouting play from an Oxford attack, back into forward momentum for Banbury. A few 3 on one scares were expertly dealt with by Lamb on the edge of the D. Gardner stemmed the flow down the Oxford right, and set Thomas and Robinson up in attack.
A series of shorts in favour of Banbury, saw the ball get slammed into the back of the net by Long. The ball had not quite reached the edge of the D, so the goal was disallowed. A further offence quickly followed, so determined to get it right, Long made sure the ball had travelled well behind the line, before tapping back into the D and taking a strike. The ball ricocheted off a stranded Oxford defender onto the backboard, breaking the deadlock. Sensing that one may not be enough, Banbury kept tight, and continued to push forwards. Oxford started to rush the game, knowing time was running short. This allowed the calm approach from Garner to sweep up any danger, and keep the ball in the Oxford half.
Man of the match votes were even between Ollie Gardner and Mervyn Long, however Long stole it with a fantastic Chilli Jacket potato back in the club house – note to all, 4’s players votes can be bought with good food! If next home man of the match wants to step forward – it is 2 weeks time vs Thame (better start watching Master Chef!)
Next week M4’s take on Abingdon -Away