Old Sodbury brave the elements in 8 goal thriller

January 31 2016

Old Sodbury Under 15s emerged from their enforced winter break with a visit to improving Ashton Boys Wanderers. The game went ahead despite a late pitch inspection and plenty of surface water meant that Sodbury found it almost impossible to implement their usual passing style, one that has brought them so much success this season.

Old Sodbury Under 15s

Old Sodbury Under 15s emerged from their enforced winter break with a visit to improving Ashton Boys Wanderers. The game went ahead despite a late pitch inspection and plenty of surface water meant that Sodbury found it almost impossible to implement their usual passing style, one that has brought them so much success this season.
It took a while for Old Sodbury to adapt to the conditions and Ashton took the lead before the away sides Miles Theobald slammed home an equaliser, having chased down what looked like a lost cause. The home keeper’s handling failed him in the mud which allowed Theobald to dispossess him and make the score 1-1.
Sodbury switched off as half time approached and Ashton regained the lead going into the break buoyed by their first half performance.
A strong half time team talk by the Sodbury coach rejuvenated the away side and Tyler Dervishi began to pull the strings in midfield as the second half progressed. It wasn’t long before leading scorer Ross Womack’s quick feet brought the scores level again. Womack then brought his personal tally for the season to 41 as he gave Sodbury a 3-2 advantage, however the lead didn’t last long as the hosts’ direct style brought them two goals in as many minutes to lead 4-3.
Old Sodbury launched an onslaught on the Ashton goal for the final 20 minutes and while Robbie Foxwell’s tenacity brought them level with a fine strike, a combination of excellent goalkeeping and last ditch defending kept the visitors out and Sodbury had to settle for a draw.
Sodbury Coach Damian Frodsham commented, “Given the conditions and the work rate portrayed by the boys this was certainly a case of a point gained rather than two dropped.”
Photo courtesy of  Enrique Lloyd de Pablo
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Old Sodbury Boys FC 5 Timsbury Athletic 0

Entertaining fellow title contenders Timsbury Athletic on a typically soft winter pitch at the end of January tested Old Sodbury U15’s title aspirations to the full.
Timsbury’s only other defeat this season had been to Old Sodbury and once again they had no answer to the hosts’ organisation and attacking intent as the home side put on a display that will live long in the memory.
From the first whistle Sodbury tested the away side driving forward at every opportunity and it was only a matter of time before they took a deserved lead. Ross Womack’s deep corner in the fifteenth minute was met by Robbie Foxwell for the opening goal.
Foxwell and Dan Watson controlled the crucial midfield area allowing man of the match Miles Theobald and top scorer Ross Womack to impose themselves on the away defence. Womack’s strength and pace resulted in a first half brace to take his team in to the break with a three-goal advantage.
Timsbury began the second period with greater intent but Sodbury skipper Dan Liddiatt marshalled his team superbly and Jake Tilling’s handling in goal in challenging conditions was impeccable.
Sodbury rode the brief storm and broke away for Womack to score his third and fourth goals, the latter following a wonderful run and pinpoint cross from Ethan Lloyd to secure an excellent 5-0 victory.