Old Sodbury youngsters endure tough start to season

October 04 2016

Last season’s division 4 champions Old Sodbury under 16s were handed a tough fixture at much fancied Bitton on the opening day of the new season.

Last season’s division 4 champions Old Sodbury under 16s were handed a tough fixture at much fancied Bitton on the opening day of the new season.
Sodbury started strongly creating numerous early chances, leading to a deserved two goal lead. Debutants Oskar Earp and Owen Ladip opened their accounts with Earp’s excellent strike quickly followed by a reactive finish by Ladip.
A change of shape by Bitton led to a goal late in the half and an equaliser immediately after the break. Old Sodbury reacted by taking control of midfield again with man of the match Dan Watson battling away.  The pressure brought just reward when Ross Womack’s fine touch and pass found Ethan Lloyd who sprinted through to give the away side the lead once again.
Bitton’s greater physical presence drew them level and they then roared them into a two-goal lead. Last season’s top scorer Womack pulled a goal back with his first of the campaign but Old Sodbury couldn’t recover and fell to a 5-4 defeat.
Old Sodbury Manager Damian Frodsham said afterwards; “While the loss is a frustrating one there were lots of positives to take into the first home game of the season.’
Despite dominating possession Old Sodbury were once again left ruing missed chances when they hosted league leaders Midsomer Norton.  The home side began brightly with Dan Watson and Owen Ladip controlling the midfield. Ross Womack’s pace caused the visitors problems but their imposing goalkeeper kept them in the game.
Against the run of play, Midsomer Norton broke away and took their chance to score, but within minutes Sodbury were awarded a free kick 25 yards out which Womack dispatched with dip and swerve to equalise.
After the break the pattern of play continued with Sodbury creating chances. Against the run of play Midsomer Norton took the lead but were pegged back immediately with a Sodbury equaliser, when a long-range effort from Robbie Foxwell caused confusion amongst the away defence and an own goal ensued.
The away side took a surprise lead and despite a late bombardment from Old Sodbury they held firm to leave with all three points.