Oxford 5-2 Sonning
The final game of 2013 saw Oxford welcome table topping Sonning to fortress Brookes. With Matt Beynon’s weekly motivational talk of “a win today will take us top” the boys were certainly up for it. So it seemed were the opposition, word must have got around the league about last week’s half-time sprint as seconds before the start the Sonning players all ran to the side line and back followed by a large amount of random shouting.
Oxford started the game well, keeping hold of possession and passing the ball well. Some good work down the left by Andy Small and Dave Hibbert resulted in Oxford being awarded an early short corner. The deflection from Chris Way put the ball neatly into the path of Nick Greenwood to tap in at the back post. Unfortunately, more Bendtner than Berbatov, Greeners could only fire the ball into the shin of the only defender on the goal line. The penalty flick was converted by Andy Wynd taking him into double figures for the season.
More good work from Dave Hibbert found Andy Wynd in space in the D and with the striker’s shot finding the far corner Oxford had the start that manager TC was demanding. Wyndy completed a first half hat-trick shortly after with a straight strike from a short corner which was won after a mazy run from Rupert Da Silva.
Despite Oxford’s defence having an average age of 35, they kept the young Sonning forwards at bay and rarely looked troubled. A short corner towards the end of the half found ex-Oxford player Josh Harvey at the far post tapping in to make it 3-1.
Oxford started the 2nd half in perfect style, Rupert quickly stole the ball from one of the Sonning midfielders and slipped it to Wyndy in the middle of the opposition half. Despite beating 3 Sonning defenders and rounding the keeper like a young Michael Owen, he somehow managed to top his shot and the ball only just made it over the line. 4-1.
Another storming run from Da Silva found Hibbert on the penalty spot, a horror tackle from a defender meant that the ball fell to Wyndy to tap in his 5th. Unfortunately the umpire was a bit early on the whistle and a penalty flick was awarded. Despite turning up with a camping mat and all his possessions in a rucksack, we have been told that Rupert doesn’t live on the streets, however having seen him beg to take the flick, should he spend a night in our fair city it will certainly be a successful one. He fired the flick into the top right corner and Oxford had a deserved 5-1 lead.
The game then turned a bit scrappy with Sonning grabbing another goal from a short corner and Oxford being reduced to 9 men. The final few moments saw Russell Self run the length of the pitch and cross for Wyndy to tap in what could have been his 6th only for the umpire to award a short corner instead.
A well-deserved win and the fact that Marlow could only manage a draw against Slough means that the 2s are top of the league for Christmas!!
Final Score: 5-2
Goal Scorers: Andy Wynd (4), Rupert Da Silva
MOM: Andy Wynd for scoring 4
DOD: Andy Wynd for not scoring 6 (thanks Dave Rump)