Redmarley FC v Westbury United Reserves
By Aaron Smith
Hawes Wonder strike “buries” Westbury
Eager to press on from their impressive opening day victory, Redmarley played host to a committed Westbury United side, in what proved to be an entertaining, incident-packed encounter! With Tomas Griffin predicting an unbeaten campaign, the pressure was on the home side to continue their promising start to the season! Once again, coach Heynckes has the luxury of a strong squad available (minus man-mountain Ben Wasley, busy playing with Mickey Mouse in America), and decides to welcome back Oli Osborne
and Paul Jones into the familiar 4-5-1 set-up.
With a Ronald Zubar themed team talk running deep in the player’s thoughts, Redmarley looked eager to build on the previous week’s display, adopting an intense, high-paced approach. This is immediately rewarded with just 2 minutes on the clock. Captain Aaron Smith
threads an intelligent ball to Dean Vaughan
, who squares the ball to the on-rushing Dan Jeeves to convert home from 10 yards. An instinctive, side-footed finish from Jeeves, the first of many this season several predict!! The perfect start for Marley, 1-0 and a delighted Chris Davies (PC World’s very own Stephen) can be seen on the touchline, feasting on a packet of Skittles!!
With the wind firmly behind their sales, the home side look to push home their advantage, with Jeeves and Vaughan again exchanging nicely, with the latter forcing the Westbury keeper into a smart save after shooting on the turn.
Westbury are a side who never lie down however, and after 10 minutes begin to establish a foothold in the game, with both sides gridlocked in a captivating midfield battle. Fresh from the previous clean sheet, Adam Draper and Oli Osborne
look assured at the back, and successfully negotiate sustained Westbury pressure who look to exploit their pacey strikers.
After notching last week’s winner, fans favourite Matt Duberley looks high on confidence, and begins to weave his magic playing a smart through-ball to Dean Vaughan
who’s goal-bound effort is saved well.
A real high-spot for Marley has been the emergence of Luke Brunsdon, and moments later, the re-invented left-back starts to influence proceedings. Paul Jones sprays the ball to meet “Brunny’s” overlap who crosses for Dean Vaughan
who narrowly pokes the ball wide.
21 minutes into the first-half, and Redmarley’s failure to capitalise on early chances is punished, with Westbury producing the game’s second goal. Uncharacteristic hesitancy in the Marley defence is exploited by the away team, with the centre forward delicately lifting the ball over Jon Hopson, who was left with no chance. Nick Blewitt left perplexed on the sideline, sporting the look of a man ready to smother himself in ice cubes!! 1-1 and very much game on!
The equaliser appears to act as a wake-up call for Marley, who soon spark into life. Midfielders Scott Davies and Paul Jones begin to dictate the game’s play feeding lively wingers Matt Duberley and Ben Hawes. And on 24 minutes, Marley soon regain the lead. Samba Paul playing a short corner to Dan Jeeves, who smartly finds Ben Hawes, who in turn produces an emphatic drive that is spectacularly cleared off the line. Unfortunately for Westbury, it is only cleared as far as Dean Vaughan
who is on hand from 7 yards out to guide the ball home. Last season’s top scorer is off and running!!
Redmarley continue to seize on their attacking momentum, with a long-range Dan Jeeves drive testing the Westbury keeper, who quickly reacts to parry a Ben Hawes follow-up! A fantastic double-save from the away team goalie who is having a tremendous match.
Ben Hawes is starting to receive more service, and on 27 minutes makes another telling contribution feeding the lively Dean Vaughan
who forces another save from close range. And moments later the same combination combine to feed the overlapping Aaron Smith
who miscues his shot inches wide.
But just as Redmarley’s short passing play appeared to gathering full swing, Westbury served a timely reminder of how the game of football can rapidly change. Clever movement from the away team’s centre forward is accurately found, and the striker makes no mistake drilling a sweet strike from 15 yards into the bottom right corner. 2-2, a high quality finish that left Marley feeling shell-shocked!
It was the home side that had the final say of a captivating first half however. On 44 minutes, deep midfielder Scott Davies produces a delightful, inswinging delivery that finds target man Dean Vaughan
with his back to goal. Dean instantly produces a clever knock down to Ben Hawes on the edge of the area, who unleashes a vicious, swerving strike into the top right corner from 25 yards. The goal just reward for a fantastic team move, capped off by a strike of individual brilliance. Cameraman Ben Mackett looked particularly happy, describing the goal as “better than porn”!!
Half time: Redmarley 3-2 Westbury United
Coach Heynckes makes a subtle change during the interval dropping the influential Paul Jones back into deep midfield, with Scott Davies moving forward into centre midfield.
A determined Westbury United immediately start the second half brightly, giving Redmarley a real scare on 46 minutes. The Westbury striker producing a carbon-copy finish of his earlier goal into the bottom corner past the despairing Jon Hopson. Thankfully for Marley, he marginally strays offside and the linesman saves their blushes! A genuine warning to the home side who were well aware of the threat Westbury offered.
The home side seek to regain control of the game and on 50 minutes Scott Davies slides a shrewd through ball into the path of Dean Vaughan
, who is unlucky not to score from 7 yards. The resulting corner narrowly evades the head of Oli Osborne
55 minutes into the game and coach Davies decides to make his first change of the afternoon, assuring fans and players alike that Jamie Hopson is indeed alive and well, with the bus driver replacing the impressive Dan Jeeves for his first appearance of the season.
And the change has an instant impact sparking Marley back into life, with a marauding Luke Brunsdon combining nicely with Matt Duberley to deliver a telling cross for Hopson who fires over from 12 yards. A lovely overlap once more from the home side’s converted left-back!! Moments later Scott Davies makes a telling run into the box, feeding Ben Hawes who narrowly misses the left corner.
With both teams locked in a tense midfield battle, Redmarley boss Davies put his tactics board into use once more, with the “high-pitched” Jay Stephenson replacing club legend Aaron Smith
. It appears Heynckes loves nothing more than playing utility man Scott Davies in as many positions as possible, so it was little surprise to see Scott (O’Shea) assume the vacant right back slot.
On 72 minutes, Redmarley almost wrap the game up. A foul on Psy-lookalike Jay Stephenson presents dead-ball specialist Jamie Hopson with an inviting opportunity. His powerful 25 yard free-kick rattling the Westbury crossbar, with the matchball flying into orbit! 2 inches lower and it was a certain goal; Hopson may feel unlucky but can take comfort from the strike appearing in Ben Mackett’s RFN Goals Extra show!!
2 minutes later and it was the turn of his brother Jon to take the plaudits. The home goalkeeper producing a sensational, point-blank save to deny the lively Westbury striker and keep the scoreat 3-2! Indeed this proved to be a match winning save, one which his resident barber Paul Fox would have been proud of!
With Westbury pushing hard for an equaliser, Alex Blackmore-Davey is introduced to the action, bringing an end to another brilliant performance from Ben Hawes! ABD may currently feel like a lost man, with his new Nike boots still rooted in a Dusseldorf sweatshop, but he did not show this and put in another energetic display.
This was epitomised on 89 minutes, with ABD combining effectively with Jay Stephenson. With the ball sitting up nicely, Stephenson unleashed a dipping half-volley which rattled the crossbar from the edge of the area!!
Full Time: Redmarley 3-2 Westbury United
The win marks a new landmark in the club’s history….20 competitive matches unbeaten (18 wins, 2 draws)!! A very impressive achievement that everyone connected with the club should feel extremely proud of!! Well done lads, long may it continue…
Aftermatch thoughts – Andy Davies
I’m delighted to record our second win of the season, during what is a period of adjustment for the lads in this particular league.
Ben Hawes goal capped a great day …. All in all a superb move, Scott’s (Davies) cross, Dean’s (Vaughan) cushioned knock down and Bens great first touch and wonder strike …. A goal worthy of winning any game and an early contender for goal of the season.
Dubes (Matt Duberley) is in a purple patch form wise at the moment, he’s had a great start to the season and his game has gone from strength to strength with movement and taking up improved positions to receive the ball being a key factor. Well done Dubes an example to us all.
Jay Stephenson is another who had a very influential game today, a genuine attacking threat who makes things happen . A clever player.
2 wins out of 2 ….. Things are taking shape and we haven’t played anywhere near our best yet… next Saturday can’t come quick enough.