CSA 07 U16 Dynamos 2 Thame U16 Colts 8
Colts take the points from long trip to Newbury
A decent away following trekked to Newbury for a rare contest on a 4G pitch against CSA07. Initial impressions of the opposition confirmed that any complacency resulting from their league position could be dangerous as they passed the ball around nicely and created a couple of early chances, but Adam's pass to Cameron from which he shot wide, Oscar's surge and shot and a couple of trademark pacy runs down the right from Barna were the prelude to the opener, an unfortunate own goal resulting from a misplaced defensive intervention on Cam's cross towards Adam. The visitors regained possession almost immediately after the restart and doubled their lead, Tom Fowler putting Cam in to calmly sidefoot home. Those in neon were well in control at this stage, and George W's buccaneering run down the left was halted by a foul in the box. George stepped up to net his first of the season from the spot, and it was looking like it may be a long 80 minutes for CSA. Adam rounded the 'keeper but his shot from a tight angle was cleared for a corner, then was put clear on the right and squared it for Cameron who shot over. A 10-minute lull followed until Ash resumed the scoring after a goalmouth scramble. Adam then shot just high and wide after being put through again, but Barna made it 5 with a lovely lob over the keeper after being put through down the middle. Finn and Tom Felstead entered the fray just before the break, Finn making the most of his opportunity by scoring with his first touch. 6-0 to the Colts at half-time.
James G and Jonno were introduced for the second period, the latter soon coming out on top in a tussle for the ball with the home 'keeper after which he rolled the ball into the empty net. Finn then headed just over from Barna's cross and Jonno forced a good save from the CSA goalie. Chances were less plentiful in the second half, and CSA got the goal their efforts deserved after confusion between Reuben and his defence presented then with an open goal. The Colts did have further opportunities though, Finn notably through on goal but hurrying his shot a little, which went wide. Oscar played up front for the last few minutes and his cross from the right found Finn at the back post who unselfishly set up James G for the 8th, then straight from the restart more defensive uncertainty led to a further consolation for our opponents shortly before the final whistle.
This was probably not one of their more fluent performances but the Colts took maximum points which saw them climb the table. The 'D' league is extremely tight at the top with 4 points separating the top 6: next up a testing trip to Thatcham on 18 February. Thanks to our generous and sporting hosts and to Jason for running the line.