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Match Report - Bampton Town Youth vs U12s, Sunday 23rd Mar 2014

posted 23 Mar 2014, 17:44 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 23 Mar 2014, 18:05 by Graham Keeble ]
A pre-match drink at the Horseshoe Inn at Bampton proved a lucky omen for this reporter at the U12s game today, as the blues struck their 3rd six-goal haul in four games. The sun was out yet again, although any warmth it might have generated was blown away by a blustery, cold wind which kept the spectators firmly wrapped up.

Bampton won the toss and elected to kick-off, but Bure Park put the home team under pressure from the start, preventing them from clearing their lines. In recent weeks Bure Park have been unable to convert first-half pressure into immediate goals, but today saw some clinical finishing from the start. It was still only the 3rd minute when Zac Willis opened the scoring, he had been played through into the penalty area and timed his run to avoid the off-side trap. Willis shot low and to the left of the diving keeper (below).

The goal really lifted Bure Park who had numerous attacks over the next ten minutes, with shots on target from the industrious pair of Aiden Holliday and Ethan Cavill. In midfield, Oscar Honour was proving an obstacle the home side just could not get past.

On the 15th minute, Ethan Cavill received the ball in the penalty area, and under pressure from a defender struck the ball firmly and high, past the gloves of the oncoming keeper to place the ball in the center of the goal (below). Two-nil.

Just as Cavill had earned his just reward for his endeavour, so did Holliday in the 20th minute. A goal-mouth scramble saw Aiden slot calmly home (below) and wheel away to celebrate a three-nil scoreline, which was how the half finished.

The second half started with Bure Park under pressure. It's always hard to tell whether your side are half asleep, or whether the other team has been shown a hairdryer. Either way, Sam Gauld was called in to action in the 4th minute to clear his lines after an attacker had broken through. 

Gauld seems to instinctively know when to come for the ball and always makes his intentions loudly known. It's 180 minutes since Gauld last conceded a goal and he clearly wasn't going to let that record end today, needing the magic sponge after bravely defending a one-on-one that might have otherwise led to a goal, and taking a clattering to his ankle as his reward.

In defence, Lochlan Colquhoun appeared whenever needed to mop up, and made his usual positive runs along the right wing.

The game remained very bitty, with neither side able to wrest control of the second half, and it looked as though the first half goals might be the only ones of the game, although Joe Mimpress warmed the keeper's hands a couple of times.

That all changed however with 7 minutes to go, thanks to Dan Carr. Carr had harried and harangued along the right wing, and got his just deserts with a right-footed shot through a crowded goal-mouth into the bottom left-hand corner to make it four.

That goal seemed to deflate the hosts and re-energised the Blues, and Carr had not finished yet.