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Match Report - U12s vs Charlbury Town Youth, Sunday 11th May 2014

posted 12 May 2014, 01:30 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 12 May 2014, 01:30 by Graham Keeble ]
This fixture should have been played at home, but was reversed due to pitch availability.

Maybe the grass was too long, maybe the ball was over-inflated, but Bure Park struggled to get into their game as the match kicked off in good weather conditions. The most enjoyable aspect of Bure Park's season has been their passing game, their ability to spread the play, but today we didn't see too much of it in the first half. It seemed perhaps as if a little bit of over-confidence had crept in. Instead of playing the easy ball, Bure Park seemed to be trying to do things the hard way.

If anything, Charlbury made the brighter start, playing a simpler game of just finding the next man. As a result, Sam Gauld found himself quite busy and made several good saves.

Bure Park were trying to play a very direct game, trying to get the ball forward quickly through the central channels. Charlbury were playing narrow in their central defence, and the ball seemed to just be bouncing off them. The Blues were perhaps causing more problems when they got the ball out to their wide players, Tom Dalton and Dan Carr. Carr had an excellent first half, holding the ball up, making sure he made a pass to a blue shirt, holding on to possession, keeping it simple, but turning his player when he thought it made sense.

Just when you thought Charlbury might sneak a goal, the deadlock was broken at the other end at the quarter-hour mark. How many goals have Bure Park scored this season from corners? It has to be quite a few. Tommy Mansley's metronomic ability to drop the ball on the edge of the 6 yard box was demonstrated again. Oscar Honour peeled away from his marker and timed his run to perfection, heading into the net.

Charlbury's heads dropped momentarily, and that seemed to be enough for Bure Park to take advantage, Zac Willis scoring again less than one minute from kick-off.

You wondered if this would be the start of a deluge of goals, but Charlbury recovered their composure well, and fought hard to get back in to the game, and despite some great runs from Aiden Holliday, the half-time whistle came at two-nil.

This reporter was still buying a half-time snack in the local Co-op as the match restarted, but we are reliably informed that the goal from Charlbury was a cracker, shooting into the top right hand corner and giving Sam Gauld little chance.

The second half continued much the same as the first - two sides slugging it out. In the last ten, William Tyrrell came back on to the pitch and was shifted onto the right wing, with Oscar covering in central defense, Ben Heath right back and Lochlan Colquhoun moved up front. This gave Charlbury something new to think about and gave Bure Park some added width and pace. This resulted in some final chances for the Blues to extend their lead but the ball just would not go in.

Charlbury came out of this game with a lot of credit. Against a Bure Park team full of confidence they played their game and passed it well.

Man of the match was Oscar Honour.