Sat 28
Under 9's
Witney Vikings Youth
N Poole (19'), I Ledbury (28')
U9: Chipping Norton Swifts vs Witney Vikings Youth

U9: Chipping Norton Swifts vs Witney Vikings Youth

By Chipping Norton Swifts FC
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Swifts U9s found life difficult in their game at Greystones, struggling to keep out a free-flowing Witney Vikings team.

Swifts had a squad of 10 for the game; with Ethan Brook continuing in goal, supported by a back two of Ethan Soper and Isaac Payne - just as they did in the previous home game against Clanfield. In Midfield, Noah Poole and Ned Jackman played either side of Blake Howard, with Jude Rutland beginning the game as the lone striker. From the bench; Isaac Ledbury, Callum Keenan and River Winbergh all made first-game appearances.

The visitors started the game the better side - they had all the teritory with the vast majority of football being played on the edge of the Swifts penalty area - but Chippy defended strongly, making blocks and tackles wherever possible, mainly through Blake Howard, Isaac Payne and Ethan Soper. Vikings got their first real chance of the game when the number 10 got a shot away from the angle, but Ethan Brook was equal to it, making a smart save.

Swifts then had a couple of chances of their own - they were unfortunate not to gain a clear-cut opportunity after a well worked free kick saw Noah Poole and Jude Rutland link up well with a one-two - before the roles were reversed and a Noah Poole through ball set Jude Rutland clear, only for the keeper to bravely dive at his feet and make an important save.

But Vikings quickly recovered from the few chances, and set about picking Swifts off. They opened the scoring with a beauty of a finish, drilled into the near corner off the inside of the post by their number 7, before another lovely move from right to left through three players saw the number 4 touch the ball in at the back post from point blank range to double their tally within just a couple of minutes. They then grabbed another after a cross was cruelly touched in for an own goal by Ethan Soper, who could do nothing about it. Swifts were very unfortunate to be in the position they were, but Vikings were clinical, and worked hard for their goals.

Swifts got themselves back in the game before the break; some good work from River Winbergh, who came off the bench to good effect, playing a long ball over the top which caused indecision in the Vikings defence - Jude Rutland got a telling touch to the loose ball, directing it towards Noah Poole, who couldn't miss with an open goal in front of him. His 4th goal of the Season.

The second half began in frantic style - with both teams grabbing an early goal - first; a Vikings corner traveled right the way through both teams, across the face of goal, before finding the feet of the number 4, who tapped home just as he did in the first half. Then for Swifts; some more superb work from River Winbergh saw him receive a throw-in from Ned Jackman, turn, and drive to the goal line before crossing - the cross was parried away by the diving goalkeeper but only as far as Isaac Ledbury, who drilled the ball into the back of the net first time.

But in the end, the quality of the opposition showed, and took it's toll. The remainder of the game saw Vikings mainly in the ascendancy, scoring a few more goals before the game was up. It may have been different had Ethan Soper's one on one effort not been brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper after a lovely pass from River Winbergh - but instead, the resulting counter attack saw the visitors race clear with a 5 on 2 situation, making the right choice, scoring, and effectively killing off the game.

A back post rebound, and a goal direct from a corner eventually rounded off the scoring for the game - and despite Vikings coming away deserving of the result; Swifts do have many positives to take from the game. They created good chances, were well in the game up until the midway point of the second half, and defended strongly for large periods. These positives will be taken into training and then to their next match, which sees them face off against Bloxham at Greystones (October 5th).

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Match date

Sat 28, Sep 2019