It was not to be!!!

Posted: January 7th, 2012 by Andreas

Penn & Tylers Green FC 0 – Thatcham Town Reserves 0

On a bright and fresh afternoon on an excellent pitch Penn & Tylers Green FC and Thatcham Town Reserves, incidentally the only two teams to beat Newbury this season, played out an exciting 0:0 draw.

Action at French School Meadows

Our visitors from The Colthrop Board Mills (closed down in 2000), where paper had been produced for over 200 years played in their Red, black and yellow away kit today. They normally play in the same colours as Penn & Tylers Green FC.

The first half saw a slight territorial advantage for our visitors from Thatcham but this was not turned into anything tangible with Matt Cannings having to save only once from close range. Penn & Tylers Green FC were a little bit too passive and despite creating a few openings with Rino Sepede working hard as the lone striker today, there was just not enough agility in midfield for the majority of the first half.

Before anyone could blink the first half was over and everyone eagerly headed back to the clubhouse for hot a beverage and update on the FA Cup scores.

Half Time 0:0

So close

The second half was much better from Penn & Tylers Green FC’s point of view. The pace picked up and there was an aura of urgency about. In fact the boys in blue and white definitely had the upper hand. Unfortunately this advantage could not be turned into goals. The biggest chance came from the penalty spot. Liam Ratcliffe was fouled by the goal keeper Steven Howe after an excellent through ball. He was booked for his troubles (right decision I think). Chris Hurst, who scored from his last two penalty attempts, saw his spot kick saved well by the keeper. Thatcham had a couple of counter attacks but did not really seem to trouble our defense too much.

The boys kept going forward, playing some very good football and were very unlucky to see Rino Sepede’s shot rebound from the inside of the post. Another two chances were kept out by Thatcham’s keeper Steven Howe before Chris Hurst saw another attempt from close range go straight into the keepers arms.

We had enough chances to win the game but as in previous matches we just do not have the “killer instinct” at the moment.

Man of the match James Louison

After last week’s defeat at Chinnor a draw is definitely a point into the right direction. We are now looking forward to next week’s away league encounter with Lambourn Sports.

Man of the match: James Louison

Match report by Andreas Latta (Secretary)