Oving & District Villages Cup
2 November, 2015 17:10


Steeple Claydon 4

Grendon Rangers 0

Steeple Claydon are once again the holders of the Oving Village Cup trophy after defeating rivals Grendon Rangers 4-0 in the Easter Monday final, despite playing most of the second half with ten men. The game started quietly with both sides have an equal amount of possession and it wasn’t until the fifteenth minute that the first chance arrived when Claydon’s Gibbard headed tamely in to the hands of the Grendon keeper. Almost immediately Grendon’s Adam Perna had a long range effort that again was easily dealt with.  Then in the twentieth minute a break down the left by Claydon’s Brown saw him put in a low cross that eluded everyone except Andy Hammond, who was left with an easy tap in to put Claydon one up. After this set back Grendon started to get more in to the game and forced a couple of corners, which all came to nothing. The rest of the half was fairly even with both sides forcing corners but neither team creating any clear cut chances to trouble the respective keepers.

The start of the second half saw the key moment in the final, with the assistant referee flagging for a foul Claydon broke down the right from what appeared to be an offside position. With the Grendon defence caught out Hammond was allowed to continue before squaring the ball for Tutt to side foot home. Grendon’s protests to the officials were unsuccessful and the goal was given. Then after a quarter of an hour Claydon found themselves down to ten men, after an altercation in the corner Delves was shown a second yellow card and was dismissed, unfortunately Grendon could not make the numerical advantage tell and the second half followed the pattern of the first, with neither team testing the keepers. As the game continued Grendon tried to get to get back in to the game but this allowed more space for Claydon to counter attack and this lead to Sam Balls breaking in to the area and after rounding the keeper, placed the ball wide of the covering defender to secure the cup for Claydon. It was then left to Tim Blaine to round off the scoring when he dispossessed a Grendon defender and went on to make the final score 4-0.

 Lastly, a word of thanks to the Oving Village Cup committee and all the supporters, who once again turned out on Easter Monday to support the competition.



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