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2 November, 2015 16:43

EASTER MONDAY 24TH MARCH 2008

LONG MARSTON 0

STEEPLE CLAYDON 6

Claydon were celebrating this week after hitting Long Marston for six to again win the coveted Oving Villages Cup at the Oving Recreation Ground on Easter Monday. After a minutes silence in memory of Pete Tombs and Fred Rickard, chairman and committee member of the competition, the annual Oving Village Cup Final kicked off on a very wet and sticky pitch. After five minutes Claydon created the first chance of the game when Simon King shot wide.

It wasn't long before Claydon took the lead when King scored from the spot after Sam Balls had been brought down in the box. They then doubled their lead almost immediately when Ross Firth headed home from a cross. After this double setback Long Marston started to get back into the game and forced a number of corners. It was from one of these that Mark Swiercynski forced a fine save from Massey in the Claydon goal. Despite having much more of the ball, Marston could not find a way through the well organised Claydon defence. After resisting the pressure from Long Marston, Claydon almost scored again; King's shot from the left forcing the Marston keeper to concede a corner. From the corner there was a scramble in the goalmouth which saw the ball cleared off the line before Firth headed wide. Half time arrived with the score still 2-0.

Long Marston came out strongly at the start of the second half and after ten minutes, they won a penalty when Carl Dell was brought down. Dell took the responsibility from the spot but his wek penalty was easily saved by Massey. That proved to be the turning point as soon after King broke down the left and hit a shot from outside the box that skimmed across the surface into the far corner of the net. King completed his hat trick soon after when a spectulative shot caught the Marston keeper off his line to make the score 4-0. The sticky pitch was not helping either side as they tried to play football but Long Marston's cause was not helped when Paul Tidmarsh was sent off with 20 minutes to go for dangerous play.

The final part of the game saw Claydon add two more goals from Paul Gibbs and Daniel Jones to make the final score 6-0 and Claydon champions for another season. The trophies were presented to the players and officials by President Percy Young. Competition organisers would like to thank all the committee for all their hard work preparing the pitch in order that the game could go ahead.

 

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