First win of season finally comes for Old Sodbury boys
After two narrow defeats to begin the season, Old Sodbury Under16s travelled to Whitchurch Sports believing they would register a first win
After two narrow defeats to begin the season, Old Sodbury Under16s travelled to Whitchurch Sports believing they would register a first win, only to shoot themselves in the foot with poor defending and profligate finishing, losing 4-1 in what the manager described as the most disappointing performance since the team was formed in 2014. Ethan Lloyd’s well taken consolation was more than the team deserved. Greater application was expected the following week as the boys hosted high flying Bitton - this time in the cup.
A fascinating end-to-end encounter was 3-3 at half time and 4-4 with just two minutes left on the clock with Robbie Foxwell leading the line superbly and grabbing himself a hat-trick, while Lloyd scored again. With just two minutes remaining, Bitton found the energy to scramble home their fifth past man-of-the-match Josh Pearce in goal. Old Sodbury piled forward, but leaving themselves exposed at the back, conceded again with the last kick of the game. A fabulous match but a disappointing outcome for the boys.
The team’s first win of the season duly arrived at Nicholas Wanderers the following weekend where winger Harry Trigg’s star performance swung the pendulum in Old Sodbury’s favour after an even start to the game. New signing Kieron Kay started superbly in midfield, creating one goal and scoring another, while Foxwell continued his scoring run with a brace, including a superb 25 yard effort. Oskar Earp also scored twice in a thoroughly deserved 5-2 victory.
Old Sodbury then made the short hop to The Ridings to meet local rivals St Nicholas YFC in the much anticipated inaugural Sodbury derby. On a windy day, the ball swirled around making wing play challenging with much of the game taking place in the hotly contested midfield area.
St Nicks took the lead midway through the first half, but Old Sodbury hauled themselves level right on half time when Owen Ladip smashed home from 15 yards.
The hosts took an early second half lead but once again Old Sodbury equalised when Ross Womack latched on to a through ball following wonderful build up play from the back, to slot home. The game remained evenly poised and was end to end but neither team did quite enough in the final third to win it, leaving a 2-2 draw as the right outcome.