Thatcham Town Development Team score but go down 3-1 at home
Match report by A.Miller
A severe contrast of playing styles was on show in this Hellenic div 2 east fixture with Thatcham and their intricate free flowing passing football and Penn and & Tylers green development (development obviously meaning development for their veterans team) and their up in the air long ball game. The game started with both sides looking to impose their game plans to good effect but after the first ten minutes It was clear that the visitors were looking to ruff up and intimidate the Home team by the number of challenges flying in early doors whilst also using their physical presence to their advantage.
After 15 mins Niall Aspell had to replaced by Tom Jordan due to injury. Chances were few and far between with the large portion of the battle coming between the 2 sets of midfielders, the visitors broke the deadlock from a set piece with a vicious strike from Penn & Tylers number 9, that seemed to open the game up a bit more with a couple of half chances going either way before another injury to Jerome Pringle meant he was replaced by the returning Josh Elms, a nicely worked move got Thatcham back in level terms just before the brake, Aaron Randall collected the ball from Tom Jordan before laying it off to Thierry Carrington who’s sweeping pass out wide found Josh Howell who attacked the full back and whipped in a cross for Randall to finish high into the net. After the break the game was very tight with Thatcham shading the possession but with no real cutting edge, the only chance of note for both teams was a lung busting run from Nathan Haresnape breezing past 6 players before getting his shot away which squeezed underneath the keeper but unfortunately for the Home side didn’t have enough pace to carry it over the line allowing the keeper to gather it then a game changing moment which saw Journey Waters sent off for 2 yellows in the space of 10mins swung the game in the visitors favour and they took the lead just moments after with long ball into the box which was only half cleared resulted in the ball being knocked back into the box and the visitors number 11 looped a header over Liam Harris in the Thatcham goal.