Faringdon Town 2-3 Highworth Town Res
By Mike Markham
The Reserves faced their second local derby in a week as they traveled just down the road to Faringdon Town, looking to make it 4 wins on the bounce. It was always going to be a tough encounter and fiercely contested and so it proved.
Highworth started brightly and took the lead after only 5 minutes when former Faringdon player, Sam Roberts now a Worthian was set through on goal by Jordan Clark and Roberts coolly lobbed the ball over the Faringdon keeper for 1-0.
However this lead was shortlived as only minutes later a mix up at the back led to a Faringdon forward tapping into an empty net from close range.
The game never really settled down after that but although not playing brilliantly the Reserves had more of the play, and with 18 minutes on the clock thought they’d taken the lead again when Dan Grieve out jumped the keeper to head home, only for the goal to be disallowed by the ref to everyone’s amazement.
With the Highworth bench not happy with the decision the anger was fuelled all the more when following a Highworth corner minutes later, Faringdon broke away and scored a second goal on the counter attack to lead 2-1.
The boys then had to get themselves going again and a free kick from Harry Ayres was tipped over by the Faringdon keeper, and from the resulting corner as the ball was cleared to the edge of the box Jordan Clark drove a half volley right int1o the top corner for Desmond!, and that’s the way it stayed until half time 2-2.
After a flea in the ear for one or two at half time, the boys came out and again were very sloppy for a few minutes which led to Faringdon hitting the bar.
A change was then made with Dom Stagg replacing Jord Wilkins on the wing. This seemed to inspire the lads and after a little bit of pressure a free kick on 53 minutes was whipped in by Ayres and powerfully headed home from 10 yards out by Ed Evans and to his delight he had a lovely soft landing as he came down on skipper Liam Haines, and they rolled around on the floor in the Faringdon box with all the others joining in the celebration with a bundle.
That was the last of the scoring and with the Worthians never looking like conceding they saw the game out for 3-2 win, which they probably just about deserved although were never really at their best.
After two tough derby wins on to next week where we face Division One East side Wallingford Town n the cup.