A fiery half time team talk fired up the lads against East Thurrock – hopefully it will continue to act as inspiration (or a warning!) as we board the bus for our next game.
Oxford City Lineup:
Chippenham Town Lineup:
Odds: Oxford City=6/4, Draw=2/1, Chippenham Town=13/8
Referee: Mr. Daniel Cook
Oxford are a team who like to play narrow and are especially weak down the left. Unsurprisingly, I choose to tell my team to play with width and focus our play down the right as we look to exploit their weaknesses.
We win a free kick 25 yards out in the 3rd minute and Yan Klukowski lines it up. His shot is on target and King keeps it out, but is unable to hold onto the ball. The ball falls to Hussein Mohammed, who is 6 yards out and was in lethal form last time out. He fires the rebound goalwards, but King has reacted impressively and is able to put the ball behind for a corner.
Despite being the away side, we’re looking the more likely to make something happen and in the 12th minute, Tendai Matinyadze squares the ball to Klukowski. He never needs a second invitation to shoot from that kind of range, but is unable to get his shot on target and King watches it wide.
Oxford show that they’re capable of causing problems in the 27th minute. Tshimanga, who is their danger man, looks to play provider with a long ball. It’s collected by Walley, but his shot from 20 yards goes wide.
On the half hour mark, Jordan Adekunle collects the ball on the halfway line. He sets off down the left wing and sends in a cross. The cross finds Terrique Anderson 10 yards out. Anderson wasn’t exactly shy in front of goal last time out, but his shot is turned behind for a corner by King. It’s another good save from him and I’m starting to wonder if it’s going to be our day.
Six minutes later, we win a free kick 30 yards out. Unsurprisingly, Klukowski steps up.
It’s to King’s right, but not in the top corner, so perhaps King will feel he could have done a bit better (and maybe Klukowski too!). It’s Klukowski’s 9th goal of the season and we’re around 10 minutes away from taking a deserved lead into the dressing room.
With four minutes of the half remaining, Klukowski swings a corner in. It’s met by the head of Will Richards, who is 6 yards out at the near post. The net ripples, but the vast majority of fans breathe a sigh of relief as it’s only the side netting. It would have been a fantastic time to have grabbed a second and two goals in five minutes would have put Oxford in all kinds of trouble.
We start the second half as we finished the first – on the front foot. The half is seconds old when Adekunle sends in a deep cross from the left. It falls at the feet of Anderson, but it’s a heavy touch and the ball gets away from him, allowing King to pick the ball up instead of picking it out of the back of the net. Perhaps it came too early in the half for Anderson?
Oxford were fairly insipid going forward in the first half, but it looks as though their attack might have more teeth in the second half. Langan sends in a cross from the right in the 50th minute. The cross finds Walley 10 yards out and he volleys the ball first time. He catches the ball sweetly and it crashes against Brad House’s crossbar before being cleared by Klukowski.
20 minutes into the half, Jack Compton replaces Anderson on the right wing. Perhaps last Saturday’s performance was a bit too much to live up to, but it’s not been Anderson’s best afternoon. Two minutes later, Adekunle plays the ball to Matinyadze. Who plays it to Klukowski. Who plays it to Compton. Who shoots from 12 yards.
It’s a fine move and is capped with Compton’s 2nd goal of the season. An immediate impact!
We win the ball back pretty quickly from Oxford’s kick off. Adekunle spreads the play across to Compton. He runs into the space and shoots from 20 yards.
Compton beats King at his near post for his second goal of the game. He’s been on for three minutes and has two goals in two minutes – what a substitution! Compton has completely transformed the game and we’re cruising to victory.
Can he manage a three minute hat-trick? No. With 12 minutes remaining, Seika Jatta replaces Mohammed up top.
We win a free kick 25 yards out in the 83rd minute. This is normally Klukowski territory, but he’s just been replaced by Gareth Keenan. Compton is on a hat-trick and no-one else is going to get a sniff of it. He beats the wall, but is unable to find the target.
With two minutes remaining, McEachran sends in a low shot from 20 yards. It hits the post and rolls along the goal line before finally being collected by House. Two minutes later, McEachran plays in Walley, who fires across the face of goal and wide from 16 yards. A minute later, Oastler lifts a long ball forward and Richards misses his header. Walley is in the clear, steadies himself and shoots from 16 yards. He has no problem beating the helpless House, but the shot finds the post instead of the bottom corner and allows Kieran Parselle to clear the ball.
Oxford City Ratings:
Ashby 6.4, Beattie 6.4, Tshimanga 6.6
Chippenham Town Ratings:
Klukowski 9.0, Anderson 6.4, Mohammed 6.7
League Position: 7th
Well it’s a happy journey back to Chippenham! The introduction of Jack Compton quickly changed the game and gave us a comfortable win. I felt that we were the better and more threatening side throughout, but our goal did lead a bit of a charmed life (especially in the final few minutes). It’s been the best we’ve looked away from home in the league for some time.
Gary Horgan starts his National B Licence course.
(I come third for Manager of the Month)
The Chippenham Town fans hold their own poll for our player of the month and the top 3 are Curtis McDonald, Seika Jatta and Kieran Parselle. In a separate poll, the question is asked as to whether Jatta should be in the starting XI – 58% say yes, whilst 42% say no. This could develop into a tricky situation and is something I’ll need to watch closely over the coming weeks…
With October coming to an end, it seems a good time to look at the table:
It looks like a two horse race for the title, with both Billericay and Slough having lost just the once (I wonder who it was who beat Slough…). There are a number of teams who look to be in with a shout for the playoffs, including us; we’re currently occupying the last playoff spot. It’s been a good start and we’re surpassing expectations. Or to be more accurate, are on course to surpass expectations. There’s still a lot of football to play.
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