Oxford City vs Southampton Spartans - 24.10.15
On Saturday we secured our first regional win of the season in a close match against last year's Western Regional League runners-up, Southampton Spartans. Here are the particulars.
The first half featured impressive defensive displays by both teams. The first goal came from Southampton about 15 minutes in. This was countered by lovely long shot from Ruth, before the Dan/Dave combo got a fairly quick pair of goals putting us 3-1 up. As well as defending hard we were also playing very fast and taking shots that unfortunately didn't even provide a reset of the shot clock. Having a score of just 3-4 at half time shows the strong defensive play happening.
The second half contained an epic battle between Andy Nye and Nick, with the latter doing amazing work marking a crucial player out of the Southampton game. He also scored four goals into the bargain, and it is no surprise that Nick was named MVP. Excellent play and disciplined when decisions didn't always go in his favour. Playing to the whistle demoed brilliantly!
Dave put away another couple of goals second half but, aside from Nick, it was all about the super subs. Niall straight on and scoring a beautiful runner. Amy had her regional team debut and got two fine goals. One of Amy's goals came towards the end of the game when it was 10-10, and that goal put us ahead and steadied the ship at a cruicial time.
Southampton had made good use of their tall guys with long arms and gave us a tense game. They got two goals ahead and, after we caught up, they never made it easy. But we managed to take the lead an hold on in the tense last few minutes for our first regional win of the year. Hurrah!
MVP - Nick
Scorers - Nick (4), Dave (3), Amy (2), Niall, Ruth, Dan- Match report by Jo