A new year , a new decade and football returned to the Ashdene road Superbowl as the Hallions Reserves entertained high flying Bishops Reserves .
Franko was hoping that his loyal bods would make ground advantage a major plus in gaining 3 much needed points. Bishops usually play all their home games on a bald grass free pitch.
However the usual mixture of late drop outs for various reasons including pissed up, stuck to the bed linen and just can’t be bothered, saw the team struggling to field 11 players.
The game started with neither team showing any great appetite for the game, although things did brighten up when another bleary eyed player appeared to swell the numbers.
Possibly the only noteworthy action was the constant bickering from certain quarters.
It came as no real surprise when Bishops centre forward George Green netted in the 20th minute to give the visitors the lead.
The visitors seemed to take control with only home keeper Jones keeping Green at bay on a couple of occasions.
Then in the 30th minute a brilliantly taken goal from youngster Ellis Godin brought the Hallions level.
However within a minute a hopeful long shot from Green restored Bishops lead, followed by a simple goal from Lee Kelley after a defensive howler to give Bishops a two goal advantage.
HT BICESTER HALLIONS RES 1 v BISHOPS ITCHINGTON RES 3
After a somewhat even start to the second half Hallions decided to hit the self-destruction button and turned the game into a complete fiasco.
First Lewis Byfield[might have got an injury] then Vinney Orrey decided to call it a day[Got a monk on] , then keeper Jones decided to add to the teams woes by depositing his gloves on the pitch before leaving his team mate another man short[Ask him] .
Despite this those players left gave it their best shot although regretfully the reporter lost the will.
Apparently Green completed his hat trick and Ben Hibbert scored leaving Bishops easy winners.
FT BICESTER HALLIONS RES 1 v BISHOPS ITCHINGTON RES 5
Bicester Hallions Team: Mark Jones. Carl Ellis. Lewis Byfield.Jason Allen. Ashley Godin. Ellis Godin.
Paul Darch.Vinney Orrey.Darren Barber. Dan Lacey.Kynan O’Brien.
Subs Played: Dean Thompson
Hallions Scorer: Ellis Godin
News Flash: The first team made the regular trip to Banbury in a fleet of cabs to play Swis in the Jersey Cup, and despite missing a number of players they produced a decent victory in front on a rather vocal crowd. Goals from Ben Foster and Liam Godin saw the team progress to the next round were an away tie against Deddington Or Brill beckons