Thursday, 16 September 2010

Shortwood Ruin Snappy Headline by NOT Making Short Work of Shrivenham

Hopperational details
Wednesday 15 September 2010 at the Recreation Ground, Shrivenham 1  Shortwood United 3 in the Hellenic Premier League (Step 5).  I am here because of a second successive 7 on my pentagonal trapezohedron!
This match in one sentence
Shrivenham led at half-time, and then hung on with increasing desperation after a 46th minute equaliser, until goals in the 80th and 85th minutes sealed the away win for Shortwood.
So what?
Shrivenham have started the season poorly and still only have one league win from nine; Shortwood United move up to 7th with a game or two in hand on four of the top six.
Who caught the eye on the pitch?
A game of two halves!  Michael Silvanus’ unchallenged run from halfway set up the Shrivenham goal and 1-0 at half-time was deserved.  Their #6 (Lee McMullen I think, “Macca” for sure) was a calm influence, passed well from deep and later made an important goal-line clearance at 1-1.  However, Jake Parrott of Shortwood was involved in at least two of their goals and in the end the Shrivenham heads were dropping.  This was a harder game for the visitors than the scoreline suggests.
This match had the same effect on my pulse rate as …
… getting food poisoning after a £6 plate of calamari but consoling myself with the fact that it was only sick squid.
A snippet from the programme
Form Shrivenham manager Mark Love’s notes:

“On Saturday we travel to Sawbridgeworth Town FC in the next round of the FA Vase.  I don’t know too much about them apart from they ply their trade in the Essex Premier Division.  This is a massive game for us as we continue on the long road to Wembley.”

(I just love the fact that Wembley is not just for the highly-paid superstars!)
What I learned today
Shrivenham is a key site of the Ministry of Defence, with academy sites near the village.  Perhaps the home full-backs get to take courses on strategic overlapping.

The town itself was a deadline-day transfer (OK, I made that bit up) from Berkshire to Oxfordshire in a boundary reorganisation of 1974.

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