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Flackwell Heath 1 Shrivenham 2

Shrivvy stage comeback to beat Heathens.

Shrivenham notched their fifth straight league win at Wilks Park on Saturday afternoon [16.11.19] , with a workman-like performance to notch up 16-points in their last six league fixtures.

In another competitive encounter between the two clubs, the game looked to be pretty standard fare early on, with Antonio Gerrish seeing a first minute opportunity flashing just wide, before Aaron Watkins blocked another Gerrish effort just three minutes later.  The home side saw their first real chance in the 9th minute, when Khalid Zacaria-Simmo carved out a fantastic run along the left flank to deliver a great ball to Dean Morgan – but he saw his effort drift just wide of the upright.

Five-minutes later, the hosts almost broke the deadlock after a good spell of possession football, but this time it was Jack Taylor who saw his effort end up wide of the mark.

On 20-minutes however, the home side did take the lead – if be it, in fortuitous fashion when a deflected shot from Taylor fell to the feet of Simeon Weekes – who looked to have been offside added to a suspicion of handball, slid his effort past Curtis Meare and open the scoring.

Both sides continued to battle, however approaching the interval, it was Shrivvy who began to dominate proceedings as they looked to get a foothold back in the game, but no sooner had Tom Ballard seen his brilliant free-kick fizz narrowly wide with five-minutes to go to the break, Ryan Stanners made no mistake three minutes later when he slid the ball beyond Watkins after a rare mistake from Tyler Gregory handed him a simple chance to level things at the break.

As expected, the high standards continued after the intermission, with Meare being called in to action on 50-minutes and he produced a great stop from Zacaria-Simmo low down, while Stanners went down in the hosts box a minute later – and after nothing was given, Ollie Rejek went narrowly over with his follow-up effort.

James Mansfield entered the field for his 50th club appearance three-minutes later – replacing Tyler Gregory, before Steve Robertson almost put Shrivvy ahead on 56-minutes, but his flicked effort went just wide.

Stanners was denied his second of the game on 58-minutes, but Watkins was up to the challenge and made a good save and when Gerrish was brought down in what the hosts described as a “stonewall penalty” two minutes later, it wasn’t looking to be their day when both the referee and his assistant, waved away the protests.

With 70-minutes gone, youngster Zac Skinner came on for Stanners, while Leius Sinclair swapped with Weekes before Gerrish made way for Danny Hale a minute later and with almost his first touch, Skinner managed to round Watkins after he picked up a through-ball and place his effort calmly in to the back of the net for his first ever Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League goal.   Their tails up – Ballard almost made it three n 75-minutes, but this time Watkins was equal to the effort before the ball went down the opposite end of the field and Morgan agonised as he saw Meare produce another great save to produce a corner.

Skinner had another opportunity to score with six-minutes remaining, but his effort went wide and by the time Liam Edmondson replaced Scott Chilcott (85-minutes) a hard fought three points had all but been secured for their second 2-1 win at Wilks Park in as many seasons.   

 

Flackwell Heath:  Aaron Watkins, Cameron Gray, Tyler Gregory (James Mansfield), James Burrell, Daniel Bailey ©, Mo Ceesay, Marcus Ushiro-Lumb, Jack Taylor, Dean Morgan, Simeon Weekes 1 (Leius Sinclair ) & Khalid Zacaria-Simmo.  Unused subs:  Patrick Phillips, Ben Vicos & Marcus Richardson.

 

Shrivenham:  Curtis Meare, Scott Chilcott (Liam Edmondson), Jordan Morris, Sam Ockwell ©, Aaron Dainton, Antonio Gerrish (Danny Hale), Nick Stanley, Ollie Rejek, Steve Robertson, Ryan Stanners 1 (Zac Skinner 1) & Tom Ballard.  Unused subs:  None.

 

Goals:

1-0 - Simeon Weekes (20 min)

1-1 - Ryan Stanners (43 min)

1-2 - Zac Skinner (73 min)

 

Blunsdon Mortgages sponsored Shrivenham Man of the Match:  Tom Ballard