Manager: Phil Godwin
KPR 1 – 2 Oxshott
The Reds were looking to build on the good result last week against Woking, against an Oxshott team representing the normal standard of opposition this year – another fast, strong, hardworking and technically good team!
Oxshott were off the blocks more quickly than the Reds, with the boys were finding it hard to put passes together and drive forward against some strong but fair tackling and good Oxshott attacking play. However, the boys played themselves into the game building on the strong defensive platform of Pip, Alex, Jack and Alfie, and started to drive forward, with Ben, Joe and Jackson combining well and a Ben shot from the edge of the box just wide. The boys were starting to build possession and create attacks, with Sean linking well and driving forward on the right. More good pressure and good movement with Sean and Ben led to Oxshott conceding a freekick in range, with Joe’s kick going close, and then Ben had a strong shot requiring a good save to keep out.
However, chances for both sides were sparse and it took some excellent pace, reading of the game and tackling from Jack and Alex to keep the score at 0-0. Half time came without too much incident. It had been a tight half without much flowing play.
As the second half got underway, the Reds started to show more attacking initiative, and a flowing move from Sacha, Joe and Ben saw Joe’s stinging shot well saved. Henryk was starting to impose himself on the left and made two strong runs getting behind the Oxshot defence creating danger. Alfie was starting to find space and drive the Reds forward at pace, with Oxshot conceding a corner. Next up Jackson ran through with a quick ball to Tarun whose shot was well saved. The Reds were creating chances, and more pressure led to a series of corners, the closest of which saw Jack’s whipped cross only just scrambled away by Oxshott. The boys were starting to play some really good stuff, and the pressure finally told with a good ball forward from Alex well anticipated by Tarun, who ran behind the defence to beat the on-running keeper with a deft lob into the net from the edge of the box. 1-0 KPR and a good reward for the boys play.
Jackson and Tarun clearly had their radars tuned, with the pair combing twice in quick succession with a defence opening up pass and well timed run leading to Tarun’s shot hitting the post. So close! Henryk beat his defender again running into the box from the left with a cross/shot that could easily have found a head of the onrunnning Reds but was tipped over by the keeper.
Alex was mopping up the rare Oxshott attacks, Sean was looking solid on the right combing well with Ben was continuing to look menacing with another shot going close.
With less than 5 minutes to go the Reds were looking to secure a win their play deserved against a strong and skilful Oxshott team. However, Oxshott did not give up, and broke quickly following a Reds attack and despite Henryk’s heroics tracking back forced a goal in from close on the right. Worse was to come, as almost immediately after a quick throw in on the left caught the Reds off guard and a good finish giving Pip no chance made it 1-2 Oxshott, right at the end of the game. A bitter blow for the boys.
The Reds again showed some really good play particularly in the second half, with a number of good chances created, but received a tough lesson in being stronger in the tackle and retaining possession when leading a game, which the boys will hopefully learn from going into the next games.
MotM: Tarun – excellent finish for the goal in a tight game.