Town travelled to Kidlington for their first step 4 match since the voluntary relegation just 3 years ago. Since those dark days, the team, under the management of Arron Parkinson has gained two promotions and two cup wins. Of the squad selected for the match, no fewer than 10 players were at the club when they played for nothing in the UCL Division 1.
Ollie Wilkinson made his second debut for the club and another Ollie, Stanbridge, played against his former club. Aaron King was signed during the week and he was named amongst the substitutes.
The pitch looked in great condition if not a little long, especially as both teams like to keep the ball down and play with it.
Before the match there was a minute’s silence in memory of Adrian Titcombe who sadly passed away during the week.
Town started brightly and the first half chance came from Phil Cassidy’s header which he flicked on for Luke Emery but the keeper, Christian Lawrence just beat last year’s top goal scorer to the ball.
First caution of the match went to Ollie Wilkinson. The referee didn’t see that he was pushed and as a result collided with their player.
First real chance of the match went to Town on 15 minutes as Taylor Orosz broke down the right. His cross just eluded Luke Emery in the middle.
Taylor Orosz stole the ball off a defender as he lost control and was clean through on goal on 25 but the referee awards the hosts a free kick.
Phil Cassidy went into the book as he clipped the winger’s ankles as he ran across him. Taking one for the team.
Kidlington came more into the game and Declan Benjamin excellent acrobatic overhead kick produced an equally excellent and acrobatic save from Iustin Cerga in the Town goal.
Town forced their way back into the match before halftime with two free kicks but neither caused Lawrence any real concern.
HT: Kidlington 0 Daventry Town 0
No changes for Town at halftime and it was the visitors who looked the more likely as first Cassidy has a header tipped over the bar then the keeper deals with a Confue header in an equally spectacular way.
The hosts went close on the hour when a speculative cross hit the crossbar and luckily bounced to safety.
More good work from Adam Confue in midfield as he won the ball back. He released Taylor Orosz, whose shot is saved and from the corner, Captain Ross Harris struck the base of the post.
Double sub for Town on the hour saw Ollie Wilkinson and Phil Cassidy replaced by Dean Lukeman and Aaron King on.
It was Kidlington who then came closest and Iustin Cerga produced another double save to deny the home side on 65 minutes.
The match turned in Town’s favour when Jacob Blackstock brought down Taylor Orosz as he went down the left wing. Blackstock had already been carded in the first half and the referee had little choice but to issue a second yellow.
Final change for Town on 80 saw Jordan Orosz on for the former Kidlington man, Ollie Stanbridge. with his constant running and is still very popular amongst the home support. Straight away, the young winger played a one two and his cross went right across the front of goal just in front of Luke Emery and his brother Taylor.
The left back was in bits as Jordan Orosz and Emery combine and the ball is cleared from right under the bar as Aaron King’s shot is blocked. From the corner, Taylor Orosz has a shot well saved by the keeper.
With seconds to spare, Jordan Orosz, won a corner on the right. Dan Childs came short for the corner and his cross found TAYLOR OROSZ on the edge of the box. His shot went through a crowded box and nestled in the corner of the goal. 30 seconds later and the official blew for full time.
One could debate long into the night as to who deserved to win the match. Kidlington worked Iustin Cerga harder than Town did their keeper however other than that, Town did create more chances, and Jordan Orosz’s introduction at the end was pivotable.
FT: Kidlington 0 Daventry Town 1
Town now welcome Kempton Rovers to Elderstubbs on Tuesday night 7.45 kick off.
|August 17, 2019||3:00 pm||Southern Division One Central||2020||90'|