Highworth Town 4-1 Aston Clinton
By Mike Markham
By Chris Ayers
After the Christmas period off, the Reserves returned to action in the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup at home to Aston Clinton.
The game started fairly evenly but with their first real chance, Highworth took the lead when a cross-cum-shot from Billy Aldrich was spilt by the Aston keeper and Cameron Lagan was on hand to tap home the rebound 1-0.
Highworth began to get on top in the game then and keeper Johny Holland was all but a spectator for most of the half. 1-0 should really have been 2,3 or even 4 by half time as the hosts missed several chances and some sloppy play in the final third really not helping.
So the lead was only one at half time and after a good chat at the break, we discussed how the emphasis should be on not taking as many touches but on moving the ball quicker.
The Ressies started the second half much brighter and within only a couple of minutes, Dan Grieve was on hand to round the keeper and make it 2-0 after a good move involving Cam Lagan and Sean McSharry led to McSharry squaring the ball for Grieve. This seemed to deflate the visitors and Highworth controlled things from then on.
Dan Grieve got his second and Highworth's third when he was slipped in on goal by Jordan Clark and Grieve nipped round the advancing keeper to roll the ball into the empty net.
The fourth was long in arriving after a free kick whipped in by Aldrich was headed home by Max Slinn. With time seemingly running out Aston got a consolation goal after Holland in goal upended the centre forward in the box after some sloppy home defending.
The Aston forward took his opportunity well, blasting the penalty into the roof of the net.
Final score 4-1 a game where we didn’t really get out of third gear and almost seemed a tad rusty after Christmas but all in all apart from the sloppy goal we were fairly comfortable through out. And that’s a positive for the coming weeks knowing we can play better!