Highworth Town Res 2-1 Shrivenham Res
By Mike Markham
Character shines through
By Chris Ayres
Back on home soil after a run of six games away from home, the Reserves faced Shrivenham Development in a local derby. With only playing 48 hours earlier, Chris Ayres and Ross Adams shuffled their pack from Thursday night's game at Langley with Lagan, Slinn and Stagg in for Lomax, Beer and Wilkins.
And it was the hosts who had the first chance after some good play set Dan Grieve away on goal and his shot was saved by the advancing keeper. With only 8 minutes on the clock and with Shrivenham’s first attack they took the lead when a mistake from keeper Johny Holland saw his punch fall to the Shrivenham forward 10 yards out and with the goal at his mercy he rolled the ball into the empty net.
This seemed to be the kick up the ass the home side needed, and they soon began to control the game and create chances. After 20 minutes they were level when at the second bite of the pie, Cam Lagan volleyed into the top corner after his initial shot had been blocked.
As the half went on Highworth created chances with Grieve volleying at the keeper from close range after good build up play between Slinn, Steele, Roque and Aldrich. Lagan then came close to adding to his tally, but with no more goals the sides went in level.
The second half carried on in much the same vein as the last 20 minutes of the first. The home side dominating the play and creating chances. Shrivenham who on the break looked dangerous, largely had their keeper to thank they were still in the game as again he made some fine saves from a Morrison header at a corner and Roque who was giving his full back a torrid time should have scored with a shot from an angle.
With time ticking on, it was looking increasingly likely that it wasn’t going to be the home side's day. The management team sent on Dale and Wilkins for Stagg and Steele and it worked the oracle as with only four minutes remaining the home side got their deserved winner when Roque crossed for Lagan who rolled it back to Slinn and his square ball was crisply driven in from the edge of the box by Dan Greive capping a good win and some real character shown.