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U14A's secure a good win in the Mercian U14 Premier v Oxted U14

31 January 2016, 13:40, Banbury Road North (Top)

U14 Boys 5 - 2 Oxted U14 Boys

In perfect conditions at Banbury Road North the U14 Boys attacked right from the start but the jigsaw pieces were not quite fitting together. Phil Barnet was enjoying his battle in midfield with the Oxted Counter part, and supported by James Edmiston and Laurie Cooke they had the ascendency.

Chance after chance fell to Hawks but through a combination of excellent goal keeping and a lack of composure in front of goal Hawks began to let their frustration effect their rhythm and Oxted started to look dangerous on the break.

Ollie Dunn, Dan Evans, Anton Eisner and Charlie Warner held firm and Johnny 'The Fox' ensured the goal was not breached.

When is seemed as if a goal was never going to come Freddie Smith combined superbly with Jonny Sunderland and as Sunderlands electric pace left the defence in his wake, Smith finished calmly to make it 1-0.

1-0 at half time was less than the pressure exerted in the first half deserved and Oxted had shown they were a dangerous team on the break if given the chance.

So it proved as early in the 2nd half a break on the Hawks left channel saw an Oxted player break 3 tackles and as his pass was pulled back from the by line a break down in communication led to a goal and a score of 1-1.

At this point it would have been easy for Hawks to woe their luck and give Oxted the initiative. However this team are showing they have character and once again the pace of Jonny Sunderland was causing problems on the flanks as Ollie Dunn, Charlie Warner and Anton Eisner released the ball into the wide channels.

Sunderland then finished superbly when released by Edminston before the best team goal of the game made it 3-1. Warner released Edmiston in the left channel and driving left to right struck his pass to the far post and Freddie Smith swooped to deflect the ball inside the post.

Jonny Sunderland then secured his hat trick as he continued to torment the Oxted defence and although the score was 5-1 Oxted showed their determination and character to pull one back and make it 5-2.

However Hawks had done enough in the second half to reward their team play and the assured touch of Freddie Honeyman and Phil Barnet with Edmiston and Cooke holding midfield would see out a fine 5-2 win.

Man of the match goes to Jonny Sunderland who battled hard throughout, and his pace caused problems and his hard work was rewarded with a fine hat trick.

The team are showing their potential and the opportunity to develop as a cohesive, effective unit is within their grasp with more hard work and playing with a smile on their faces.

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