Old Sodbury look for win against old rivals

January 30 2017

In their last match of the year Old Sodbury under 16’s hosted close rivals Bitton. Having narrowly lost to them twice earlier in the season in high scoring affairs goals were expected, but so too was a home win.

In their last match of the year Old Sodbury under 16’s hosted close rivals Bitton. Having narrowly lost to them twice earlier in the season in high scoring affairs goals were expected, but so too was a home win. 

Old Sodbury started on the front foot and dominated the first half. Ross Womack’s cleverly lofted finish gave his side the lead, however a rare foray forward resulted in an equalizer for Bitton. Constant pressure by the home side led to another goal for Womack but frustratingly Bitton again equalized, this time from a corner and with half time approaching.

 Bitton regrouped and proceeded to squeeze the life out of Old Sodbury after the break. Despite the considerable efforts in midfield from man of the match Kieron Kay Bitton deservedly took the lead with 30 minutes remaining. 

Old Sodbury pushed players forward in search of an equaliser but left gaps at the back which Bitton duly exploited with two very late goals to secure a 5-2 win. The result was harsh on Old Sodbury although the second half performance wasn’t up to their recent standards.

The New Year kicked off with the longest journey of the season for Old Sodbury Under 16s when they travelled to play at Midsomer Norton.  Hoping to avenge an undeserved defeat earlier in the campaign, they didn’t disappoint. 

On an excellent playing surface Midsomer Norton dominated the early proceedings and took the lead after 25 minutes. 

 

The introduction of tenacious midfielder Owen Ladip produced a shift in possession for Old Sodbury. The tactical change worked well for the visitors who attacked with greater purpose resulting in top scorer Womack smashing home the equaliser from 10 yards just before the break. Ladip’s run into the penalty area saw him upended and Womack buried the resulting spot kick.

 

Old Sodbury dominated the tempo in the second period and Kieron Kay produced a man of the match showing to torment the home defence with two excellent dribbled goals, added to a 30-yard thunderbolt that left the keeper static. Kay’s quick feet earned his team a second penalty which Womack converted for his hat-trick and while Norton added a consolation Old Sodbury thoroughly deserved their 6-2 win.