Thame U16 Colts 1 Summertown Tigers U16 1
Last-gasp Tigers deny Colts maximum points
The U16 Colts returned to action after a month with a home fixture against Summertown Tigers. The game was played in freezing conditions, a bone-chilling wind making what was already a cold day feel positively Arctic. The first half was a cagey affair largely played out in midfield with little for Reuben to do thanks to solid defending and good decision-making by Dom, Oscar, Joe and George W at the back. A couple of chances for Ioan at the other end required routine saves from the visiting 'keeper, but efforts on goal were fairly few and far between.
The second half was a livelier affair. Adam had two decent chances early on, and for the first probably should have gone with his left foot at the far post after the lively and combative Tom Fowler's shot found its way to him. Summertown hit the post with what was probably their first shot on target, with Reuben well beaten. The action then switched to the other end, a corner flying across the six yard box and somehow evading several neon shirts in the vicinity. Thame began to assert themselves and the action was largely focused in the opposition's final third for the last 15 minutes, eventually resulting in what looked like the winner as Tom F set Ioan away down the left, speeding away from the chasing defenders and slotting home under the 'keeper. The same combination created the chance to seal the win but Ioan shot wide from the right of the 6 yard box this time, a crucial miss as it turned out as an effort on goal at the other end was well-saved by Reuben but the subsequent corner fell to the feet of a Summertown player who poked the ball home, possibly via a deflection. There was just about time to restart the contest before the final whistle blew, to be greeted with jubilation by the away contingent but disappointment by the home team and its supporters.
Although it felt like maximum points were snatched from the Colts at the death, this was a pretty decent performance against a side from the division above considering the long gap between matches and the conditions. Jonno, James, Tom E, Barna and Curtis were all lively, positive and combative in midfield, while Finn contributed with a useful cameo off the bench. Hopefully the weather will allow the boys a run of games now: next up it's Abingdon Town in the Inter-League competition followed by Florence Park in the League Cup, meaning three consecutive games against 'C' league opposition.