Good Win For Bardwell U14s
Bardwell travelled to Abingdon today for this league fixure.......
Perfect football weather, a chilly autumnal sunny day for Bardwell to face the current table topping Abingdon Youth Greens at their home ground. Bardwell looked the stronger side in the first half with an opening goal from Aidan Wickens, assisted by Xavier Carroll whose long, perfectly placed pass from the back line found Wickens on the left wing deep in the Abingdon half. Wickens composed himself, beat the Abingdon defender and struck the ball sweetly into the back of the net. 9 minutes later and we saw more Wickens' magic when a deftly placed assist from Alex Pestana set him up nicely for his brace. He was later denied his first half hat trick when the Abingdon keeper made a good save. So, Bardwell were 2 goals up at half time.
The 2nd half saw a well organised Abingdon team determined to close the gap put Bardwell under sustained pressure. Bardwell had to dig deep, stay disciplined and focused to keep them at bay. Abingdon were unfortunate to hit the cross bar after 15 minutes of effort and were giving Bardwell little chance to break through their well organised defense. Bardwell's chance came late in the 65th minute when Jo Nugent reacted quickly to a loose ball and skillfully lobbed the Abingdon keeper.
Both teams played well today in good spirits and coaches Denton & Hendrickse were delighted with the effort and camaraderie from the lads. Special mention to the back 3; Finnan Denton, Xavier Carroll, Mateusz Grobelny who once again kept their composure under pressure and contributed well to the game with well timed tackles and impressive long range passes.
Player of the match went to Xavier Carroll.