Match Report – Saturday 19th September

At last the Hallions first team made their home senior league with another local derby against table toppers Bicester Town Colts. Although missing the injured Ryan Brooks and Liam Godin the team was in an upbeat mood with the return to action of manager Lee Tyson Smith after his extended sabbatical. The return to a decent playing surface also would hopefully allow their footballing skills to shine through.
An early chance fell to the Hallions although the visitor’s keeper Brad Chiverton saved and quickly set up a counter attack which actually split the home defence in what turned out to be the only time in 90 minutes play. However the Colts forwards were didn’t appear to be on the same wave length.
Gradually the Hallions appeared to gain the upper hand with both Tai Thomas and Lewis Bland causing havoc down the flanks.
Therefore it came no real surprise when in the 13th minute a bad defensive error by a somewhat panicky Colts defence saw Dan Smidge seized the opportunity to calmly round the advancing Chiverton to give the Hallions a deserved lead.
The Hallions had now got their tails up and increased the pressure with a high degree of quality football.
Surprising despite numerous chances the home failed to increase their advantage, although the onslaught on the visitors defence continued and only abated with a drinks break.
Then in the 25th minute the advancing Lewis Bland was fouled on the of the penalty area , upped stepped Jamie Mundy to provide a pin point free kick which found Dan Bone whose header was clinical giving Hallions a two goal advantage.
Minutes later and two became three when a cross field ball from Sam Graham found Lewis Bland who applied one touch to find Dan Smith who netted a well-constructed goal.
In the 40th minute another precision corner kick by Jamie Mundy saw Dan Bone rifle a shot past the stranded Chiverton.
On the stroke of half time Dan Bone was somehow robbed of his hat trick when his goal bound effort was deflected for a corner.
What a half by the Hallions who outplayed and to be fair outclassed their opponents. How the score only read 4-0 was a minor miracle.
HALF TIME 4 – 0
The only question was would the Hallions onslaught continue in the second half.
In the first minute of the restart it looked as if they has netted number 5, however rather surprising it was disallowed.
Throughout the half the Hallions remained in complete control without getting out of second gear.
A number of decent chances were created but an improved colts defence plus a few missed opportunities kept the score line down.
In the 62nd minute a Blandy thunderbolt rattled the crossbar from some 20 yards out.
The game gradually ease along till the final whistle sounded with the Hallions gaining 3 valuable league points.
A great all-round team performance especially in the first half when we were treated to exhibition football and in truth the scoreline flattered the visitors who didn’t really create a single opportunity.
A win that takes the Hallions to the top pf the league.
FULL TIME: 4 – 0
REFEREE: Jon Payne
BICESTER HALLIONS SCORERS: Dan Bone [2] Dan Smith [2]

OXON SENIOR LEAGUE – DIVISION 2
MARSTON SAINTS RES 3 V BICESTER HALLIONS RES1

Despite a vastly improved team display the reserves lost 3-1 with their goal coming from the trusty boot of Basher Barber. Surely a win is only a matter of time
BICESTER HALLIONS RES SCORER: Darren Barber

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