OXFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION
BURE PARK 0 V BICESTER HALLIONS 2
For the third time this season the Hallions met local rivals Bure Park hoping to secure the league title, whilst continuing their unbeaten run.
With a full squad available for the first time for months, would this be Hallions day to clinch the title!
The Hallions kicked with the slope in their favour, although a cross wind probably erased any real advantage.
The first effort on goal was fashioned by Hallions Piers McGlynn in the 7th minute however home keeper Gareth Jones pulled off a great blocking save.
Bure Park quickly countered with striker Michael Spaull bursting through, but his theatrics brought no response from the official.
Then minutes later the same player saw his effort deflected for a corner which came to nothing.
In the 20th minute a Fred Beaty snapshot was easily held by Hallions keeper Reece Green as Bure Park looked for a breakthrough goal.
However, gradually the Hallions appeared to take control of the proceedings in what was a rather scrappy affair.
Then in the 29th minute the deadlock was broken when a superb free kick by captain Stu Bridges saw Wayne Blossom ghost past the home defence to head a memorable goal to give the Hallions the lead.
Two minutes later and one nil became two nil when the industrious Piers McGlynn conjured up a fine cross which saw striker Ryan Brooks net a superb headed goal from a acute angle.
For the remainder of the half the Hallions were in complete control and only great saves from keeper Jones stopped both Brooksy and Boney increasing the Hallions advantage.
The early stages of the second half saw keeper Jones once produce a couple of good saves to deny Jamie Mundy and Ryan Brooks.
However, the home team hadn’t given up the fight and were prevented from reducing the arrears when Hallions keeper Reece Green pulled out another of his customary brilliant saves to keep a Michael Spaull effort out.
As the half progressed the standard of play seemed to falter, although the Hallions seemed to have one hand on the title.
Hallions manager Lee Smith then introduced his full compliment of substitutes and only fine play from keeper jones and fellow defender Phil Nunes stooped Callum Tighe from increasing the lead on a couple of occasions.
With full time approaching a bullet strike from a Sam Graham free kick whistled past the Bure Park upright before resting in the nearby churchyard.
The final whistle sounded with victory to the Hallions as both the players, managers and supporters celebrated.
LET THE CELEBRATIONS START-THE HALLIONS ARE THE OSL PREM CHAMPIONS
Official: Mike Holdsworth
MOM: Dan Fraser. Liam Godin plus the other 14 players etc….
Bure Park Team: Gareth Jones. Rossi Salvatore. Nathan Hallam. Dillon Channer. Phil Nunes.Tom Bosher. Fred Beaty.
Ross Goodman-Brown. Rowan Chappell. Jack Hornett.Michael Spaull.
Subs Played: Aaron Watts.
Hallions Team: Reece Green. Wayne Blossom. Chris Schooling. Tai Thomas. Stuart Bridges [Capt.]
Piers McGlynn. Jamie Mundy. Dan Fraser. Ryan Brooks. Liam Godin. Dan Bone.
Subs Played: Dan Smith. Sam Graham. Callum Tighe. Ronnie Donaldson. Nick Neal.
Scorers: Wayne Blossom. Ryan Brooks