Oxford steal the points
By Simon King
A harsh score line for the 'Glassboys'
A harsh score line for the 'Glassboys' as we returned to action after a lengthy lay off. This showed in the first 20 minutes as we were a little slow and pedestrian in our play. This was no more evident in the first goal we conceded. We had an early warning of how lively the Oxford CF was when he went through after 5 minutes and blazed high and wide. Five minutes later Tom Hunt was dispossessed and the striker coolly finished past Oli. The score 1-0 at end of first period we spoke about the need to get closer to the striker and midfield needed to press the ball better.
The boys started great almost scoring within the first 30 seconds when a sweeping move saw James Fletcher
just unable to get his toe to a cross that would have surely levelled the score. Callum Swain
went on a terrific run that saw him slice wide with his left foot. Hayden Reeves partnering Tom Hunt now started to dominate any forward runs as we continued to win the ball back and threaten in wide areas. Will Bishop winning numerous corners. From the set pieces we were just unable to get a clean connection. A sustained period of dominance saw a fantastic ball cross from Tom Trevis find Fletch but his shot was blocked against a resolute Oxford defence.
Half time boys were much happier with their performance and we felt if we could just improve our final ball / cross we would get the goal our play deserved.
We started brightly again with Jimmy hitting a lovely strike from 25 yards that forced a fine save. Oxford were still looking dangerous on the break. We looked most threatening down the left side but we either over hit the cross or an Oxford player blocked the final ball. It was the left side that saw us win a penalty. A lovely move saw a through ball for Corey who was fouled in the area. He picked himself up to score the penalty. However disaster as in the next two minutes we conceded two goals. The first was soft (not defending the cross properly). The next Oxford goal was a fine team goal. Quick play and passing saw the dangerous striker round Oli and slot home. The boys responded finishing the stronger forcing a number of corners and saves which gave us plenty of hope for the final 20 minutes.
Swainy went up top and Amari central with Oli and Lewis making up a new look right side. We continued to dominate possession and territory but decision making kept letting us down. Amari and Cal found themselves 2 v 1 but the ball was delayed meaning the chance went away. Corey hit the side netting when he should have pulled the ball back. A strong Lewis Nicholls run saw him shoot from distance which went wide. Oxford continued to pour forward making an entertaining game where both teams continued to attack each other.
Oxford had 5 shots today - 4 on target and scored 3 (clinical). We had so many good opportunities today and on another day would have scored 4 or 5 but that's football. Today was a great advert for JPL football with both teams playing their part. We look forward to the return game in two weeks.