Good away point

Posted: January 16th, 2012 by Andreas

Aston Clinton 2 – Penn and Tylers Green FC 2

In a hard fought and sometimes feisty game, Penn and Tylers Green FC twice came from behind to earn a well deserved point at top of the table Aston Clinton.

On a sunny but chilly afternoon, Penn and Tylers Green FC kicked off hoping to maintain their good form of late. The game was largely uneventful in the first quarter with neither side testing the opposition goalkeeper. However, following a scramble in the Penn and Tylers Green FC goalmouth an unfortunate ricochet off a Penn and Tylers Green FC player let Aston Clinton score at the far post, giving goalkeeper Conor Latta no chance.

Man or the Match - Alex Morgan

Penn and Tylers Green FC immediately fought back, prompted by Curtis Stone in midfield, and this led to a superb through ball by Joe Sullivan to Will Brangwin who shot across the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. Unfortunately Joe then had to be replaced owing to illness, upsetting the balance of the team with Ross Brace who had looked very comfortable at centre back moving to midfield and Jordan Ives coming on to take his place in defence.

Plans for Penn and Tylers Green FC to up the tempo in the second half were further disrupted when Jordan Burnard had to be replaced at half time owing to injury, causing a further formation change with Jordan Ives moving forward and Sean Bennett coming on into the middle of defence. Even though there were many changes, the defence remained solid with Charlie Whitfield and Sean Bennett performing well.

Scored the first goal - William Brangwin

Again, there was little incident in the first period of the second half with Alex Morgan marshalling the defence well and Luke Cohen covering almost every inch of ground and putting in a true Captain’s performance. However some confusion in the Penn and Tylers Green FC defence allowed Aston Clinton to put in a right wing cross and the ball was headed in without challenge.

Fabio Battista scored one

At this point, the discipline in the game began to deteriorate and Ross Brace, (along with an Aston Clinton player) was rather harshly sent off after reacting to an extremely heavy challenge. There were three further bookings, two for Aston Clinton and one for Penn and Tylers Green FC as the game threatened to boil over. A feature of this current Penn and Tylers Green FC team is that their spirit is strong, and prompted by a superb all round performance by Will Brangwin they gradually began to take control of the game. With five minutes to go, an excellent through ball put Fabio Battista away and showing great composure he chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper for a well deserved equaliser. The game ended with Penn and Tylers Green FC pressing for a winner and Aston Clinton on the back foot.

Man of the match: Alex Morgan

Match report by Alex Morgan