Match Report – Saturday 26th September 2020

After last week’s resounding victory Hallions were hoping to maintain their recent good form and gain a further 3 points against Woodstock Town Development.
With striker Ryan Brooks still injured, the squad was further depleted by the absence of Lewis Bland through injury plus the loss of both Ryan O’Connor and Ricki Bridges.
On a rather dull and windy day it was the Hallions who were quickly into their stride exerting early pressure on the Woodstock defence.
In the 7th minute a typical piece of Stu Bridges magic set up Liam Godin on the right flank and his instant cross was only inches too high for the onrushing Dan Bone. In a rare Woodstock attack Nathan Emmett burst through the home ranks in the 10th minute, but Wayne Blossom as usual calmly showed his experience to halt him and immediately set up a counter attack.
In the 14th minute there was a slight delay when the poo control officer was brought into action to remove the offending ….
Back to the action and keeper Haynes had to be very alert as he sprinted off his line to clear with Dan Bone in pursuit. It seemed a matter of time before the Hallions would open the scoring ,although a combination of good goalkeeping and missed chances kept the scores level.
As the half progressed the Hallions were gaining control of the midfield, with Woodstock conceding numerous free kicks in a vain attempt to stem the Hallions attacks.
In the 30th minute yet another mazy run from the speedy Liam Godin saw him leave the visitors defence for dead and his cross yet again eluded Boney by inches with both keeper Jacob Haynes and his fellow defenders stranded.
At last in the 33rd Woodstock finally forced their first corner which fell to Emmett whose effort easily clear the crossbar and adjoining club house.
Then in the 37th minute the Hallions were served a cruel blow with Dan Bone retiring from the action with a hamstring injury.
Undeterred the Hallions pressed forward and only a brilliant point blank save from Haynes kept out Liam Godin effort.
With one minute left on the clock before half time Hallions got the break through which they richly deserved. An inspired pass from Grezza Graham found Liam Godin who was duly dumped in the penalty area, spot kick awarded, upped stepped Dan Smudger Smith to fire home.
With strength in their favour the Hallions were looking to push home their advantage.
In the 47th minute keeper Haynes somehow kept out a clever corner kick from Jamie Mundy for another corner. From the second corner it was the upright that came to the rescue.
Then in the 55th minute a long throw in from Dan Warne saw Tai Thomas neatly flick on for Liam Godin to head home to increase the Hallions advantage.
In the 62nd minute it game, set and match as Dan Smith latched onto another Liam Godin pass to blast home past the stranded keeper.
The scoring was completed in the 75th minute when an inspired substitution saw debutant Billy Morton net with his first touch for the Hallions.
The Hallions were now in cruise control and saw out the game to record a consecutive 4 goal victory with another good team performance.
FULL TIME: 4 – 0
REFEREE: Alex Sargent
BICESTER HALLIONS SCORERS: Dan Smith [2] Liam Godin. Billy Morton.

The Hallions reserves made the trek to outward bounds Cropredy and were subjected to a battering. Goals from Disco Dyer and Iggy were of little consolation.

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