Match Report – Great Shelford vs Foxton - League – 30.09.2023

October 1, 2023

Foxton picked up a point on Saturday after a 3-3 draw away to Great Shelford.

The home side started well and Pinney was called into action and saved well in the first few minutes, after a Shelford attack where they should’ve scored.

They took the lead in the 15th minute after another good attacking move and a good finish.

Foxton were all over the show and struggled to get any kind of foothold in the game, too often giving the ball away and too often not picking up any “second -balls”.

Shelford doubled the lead in the 25th minute with a shot from outside the box that took a slight deflection, giving Pinney no chance in goal. 

They stayed the better and dominant side, causing problems pretty much with ease every time they went forward. They picked up a deserved 3rd goal on the stroke of half time, after a mistake in the Foxton back line gifted them an opening from close range, which they comfortably scored from. 

After a few stern words and a change of formation at half time, Foxton finally woke up. In the 50th minute they pulled a goal back when a dangerous Jack Davis free kick was glanced into his net by an outstretched Shelford player.

Almost immediately, Foxton had another chance when new signing Antwan Ebanks-Blake linked well with Alfie down the right. Alfie’s cross was met well by Antwan, but his header went agonisingly wide of the post. 

Moments later Antwan got his first goal for the club, when he latched onto a through ball in the box and finished well over the Shelford keeper.

Foxton were well on top with the two early goals and had a much better competitive streak about them.

Although, Shelford managed to “hang in there still” with a 3-2 lead and were able to slow Foxton down, with what I will call some “experienced” play. 

They were also still a threat on a couple of occasions.  A good attack from them, led to a shot from the edge of the box which had Pinney beaten and cannoned back of the upright, going across the box, finally being cleared by El’s.

Another attack from them moments later, albeit a half chance, was excellently blocked by an airborne El’s.

Foxton then attacked and won a free kick after a foul on Alfie. Jack Davis took the free kick and forced the Shelford keeper to make a full stretch save. 

Heading into the last 15 minutes Foxton introduced new signing Kaane Fehmi who had an immediate impact and kept the Shelford defence on their toes.

This seemed to give Foxton a lift and they managed to get back slightly in the ascendancy. 

Foxton got a deserved equaliser in the 86th minute, when Fehmi scored his first goal for the club with a beautifully struck free kick from 25 yards out, which gave the fully stretched Shelford keeper no chance.

What to do next was the question, stick or twist, I think we choose twist (🤷🏼) and this nearly came back to haunt us in the dying seconds, when Shelford broke through and had an opportunity to take the points, but fortunately for Foxton, the strikers shot skimmed the outside of the post after Pinney got his fingertips to the ball.

So, in the end a 3-3 draw and probably a fair result. 

TEAM -   Pinney, Gillies, Beard, Hoskins, Knight, Dusi, Meredith, O’Dell, Davis, Williams, Ebanks-Blake

SUBS – Byrne, Fehmi, Leighton

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