Shrivenham Dev 1-3 Highworth Town Res
By Mike Markham
Smash and grab victory!
Having not played for a couple of weekends, the Reserves faced a tricky local derby away at Shrivenham Development. On a very tricky surface that had obviously been cut up at the weekend, Shrivenham started the better and deservedly took the lead midway through the first half after a bobbling cross was scrambled home at the far post.
It was the wake up call the Worthians needed and they duly equalised not long after when a long pass from Harry Ayres set Jamie Sheppard free and he was fouled in the box when through on goal giving Highworth a penalty. Jordan Clark stepped up and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way for the equaliser.
The rest of the half was fairly even, and the closest anyone came to another goal was Billy Aldrich hitting the bar with a cross-cum-shot from distance.
Half time 1-1.
After some harsh words at half time from the management trio on how lacklustre we’d been, the boys started the second half in better form. Their pressure finally told when a great run from midfield by Jonah Beer, breaking through the defence from another Ayres pass led to Beer delivering a cross from wide in to Sheppard whose smart swivel and finish nestled nicely in the bottom corner of the net.
This had the same affect on Shrivenham as it had on the Worthians in the first half and it was only a super save from Simon Randlesome in the Highworth goal that kept the boys in the lead!
The hosts had a real head of steam up at this point and it was only some last ditch defending from Ayres, Axford and lastly Haines, keeping the scoreline intact.
Shrivenham also hit the woodwork on two occasions as it was a bit like the Alamo at times, but with just minutes remaining and Shrivenham pressing forward for that elusive equaliser, a long ball was flicked on by debutant Sam Roberts who set Dan Grieve through on goal and he casually slipped the ball past the advancing keeper for 3-1 and complete a real smash-n-grab win for the Worthians, with Shrivenham surely wondering how on earth they didn’t get something from the game.
The management team told the local press after the game we were lucky tonight but it’s the sign of a good side if you can dig out 3 points without being anywhere near your best.