With Bow Brickhill stay unplayable, fixture was switched to Little Brickhill, a venue we haven’t played at for a few years.
A fairly even start with both teams largely cancelling each other out. First 20 minutes largely was contested in midfield, Oliver probably having the best opportunity but his shot was well saved by the Oakley ‘Keepers legs. Oakley forced a scare, after Thomas got caught on the ball, but recovered well enough to put enough pressure on the attacker who skewed his shot in to the side netting. Finally the deadlock was broken, Oliver and Sam exchanged passes down the right, Oliver slid sideways in to Sam who hit a left foot shot edge of the box, the ‘Keeper got a finger tip, but in nestled right in the top corner 1-0. It was probably just about deserved, as despite not committing enough bodies forward at times, the home team looked the more threatening.
Oakley did show a direct threat, their big midfielder charged rhinoceros like, towards the home goal, leaving a trail of Whirlwinds in his wake, but he lacked the deft touch to punish the home team and ran the ball out of play. Up until this point the Whirlwinds midfield and defence looked reasonably confident and in control. From the next Oakley attack the got cut apart again, leaving wide gaps in between each other and the midfield line, the defence opened the door for Oakley to walk through them and they took the opportunity with a neat passing move and finish 1-1.
We were fairly positive at half time, just needed to gamble a few more bodies forward when we had the opportunity, but also tighten up on or short passing, we had been very wasteful in the first half with the ball.
Second half kicked off, Oakley buoyed by the equaliser on the front foot, what followed was best described by the Oakley manager “5 minutes of complete madness”. Panick started in the home GK and Defence, the midfield and forwards didn’t help by not getting compact and organised, Oakley scored a second, third & fourth, all from complete calamity defending by the home team, it was heartbreaking stuff to watch, a collapse that we seen far to often this season 1-4.
A little reorganisation and order was restored, the game went back to what had proceeded beforehand, the teams largely cancelling each other out but the home side looking the more likely to score. Oliver had a chance snuffed out, a little hestitation in the box, allowing the Oakley defence to recover, Sam had free kick just wide and a headed over the bar. Time was running down, with just seconds left Sam was upended just outside the box, Oliver won the argument who should take it, he stepped up and drilled a low shot in to the bottom left hand corner, it was the final kick of the game 2-4.
Scorers: Sam, Oliver