Defeats dent youngster’s title hopes

March 28 2016

Old Sodbury Under 15’s 2 Downend Saints 4

Old Sodbury Under 15’s 2 Downend Saints 4

A rain-affected season for Old Sodbury Under 15’s found them facing a tricky home fixture against a much-improved Downend Saints after a month without a fixture.
The visitors started the better of the teams and coped with the uneven surface more effectively than Sodbury, so it was no surprise when they took a deserved lead following a speculative strike that looped over the head of home goalkeeper Reagan Richardson.
This seemed to wake Old Sodbury from their collective slumber and the hosts dominated for a 20 minute spell, during which time birthday boy Harry Trigg netted a deserved equaliser. A mixture of good goalkeeping and wayward finishing left Sodbury feeling they should have been in front as the first half ended.
The second period belonged to a resurgent Downend as they sailed into a 4-1 lead. Sodbury’s injury hit squad had left them with no substitute options and with one or two of the boys carrying minor knocks. Ross Womack’s late consolation was just that and Old Sodbury suffered their first League defeat of the season and their first home League defeat for 15 months.

Old Sodbury U15’s 6 Keynsham Town 1

Old Sodbury Under 15s rediscovered their best form in the visit of promotion rivals Keynsham Town. The boys were focused and determined and negotiated their way through what was always going to be a challenging encounter.
Keynsham started strongly and had it not been for a high class save from Miles Theobald in the Sodbury goal they would have taken the lead. Theobald’s acrobatics stirred his team into action and Old Sodbury took the lead with a tidy finish from top scorer Ross Womack.
Sodbury gained confidence from the goal and Callum Heaphy’s excellent wing play resulted in another score before his run and cross provided Womack with his second and Sodbury’s third just before halftime.
The expected onslaught from Keynsham never came, largely due to fine sweeping by Theobald and good organisation from skipper Dan Liddiatt. Sodbury were rewarded with goals from Robbie Foxwell and a third for Womack, while Ethan Lloyd’s persistence resulted in an own goal for his team’s sixth. Keynsham managed a late consolation but Sodbury fully deserved their convincing win.

AEK Boco Juniors 2 Old Sodbury U15’s 1

Old Sodbury Under 15s visited AEK Boco Juniors hoping to maintain their push for the title however their recent inconsistencies continued and they slumped to a second League defeat of the season.
Old Sodbury started brightly but were troubled by the counter attacking pace of the hosts and conceded two goals in quick succession midway through the half. Sodbury regrouped at the break and enjoyed lots of possession resulting in a penalty which Robbie Foxwell coverted for his 24th goal of the season.
Boco were awarded a penalty of their own as the half wore on but Miles Theobald pulled off a very good save to keep his team in the contest. Sodbury’s forward line of Ross Womack, Ethan Lloyd, Harry Trigg and Callum Heaphy persevered but Boco’s five-man defence stood firm leaving Old Sodbury to reflect on a missed opportunity.