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Penn & Tyler Green 2017

Andreas Latta

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Fantastic win for Penn at Chinnor

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The first team of Penn & Tylers Green FC travelled to Chinnor and came away with a fantastic 2-1 win.

It was all the more remarkable as Penn, with suspensions and injuries decimating the team, fielded no less than three debutants stepping up from the reserves, namely Nathan Sethi, Matt Clark and Owen Wood. Penn also gave a debut to Josiah Bridgeman, a recent signing from Windsor and also called up Jack Harding out of retirement for the day and Nile O’Meally-Newell started his first game of the season after appearing as a substitute previously. They also started with top scorer Fred Tripp at centre half. When you mix all that scenario together this was an amazing result on the day and a thoroughly deserved one as all the debutants came in and did themselves and the club proud on a cold grey day at Chinnor playing fields.

Penn started well right from the start and Chinnor were struggling to get out of their half and as early as the fifth minute centre forward Adam Harman had a good effort go just wide. Chinnor are always a difficult “nut to crack” at home on their bumpy surface and they had their moments as Penn’s makeshift defence, with JJ Lofthouse-Smith filling at left back for the day held firm and Matt Cannings between the sticks was decisive when Chinnor did threaten In the first 15 minutes. Penn were rewarded in the 18th minute when the excellent Nile O’Meally-Newell was released down the left by JJ Lofthouse-Smith and in one moment of genius. “A la Johann Cruyff”, the Chinnor fullback was on the floor, and he put in an excellent low cross which Adam Harman expertly tapped in from six yards.

Penn stayed in the ascendancy and played some lovely football and were always threatening with Matt Clarke and Danny Blatchford controlling the midfield. Chinnor were always dangerous from set pieces but the Penn back four were, in the main, in control. Penn comfortably led 1-0 at half time.

In the second half Penn were forced to defend in numbers at times but Nathan Sethi, in particular, one of the debutants, was playing his heart out and made some good interventions when Chinnor threatened down the left-hand side. New boy Josiah Bridgeman was now gaining confidence by the minute and was causing the Chinnor defence some major problems with his surging runs down the right wing. Into the last 20 minutes Chinnor had their best spell and forced the resolute Penn defence into some good last-ditch clearances and Matt Cannings, in the Penn goal, had to be alert to make two good saves to keep Penn in the game. After 65 minutes Jamie West was released and found himself through on goal only for the Chinnor goalkeeper to make a good brave save at his feet.

On 70 minutes another debutant, Owen Wood, came on for the exhausted Nile O’Meally-Newell and his constant harassing of defenders and fresh legs caused Chinnor on the back foot and took some of the pressure off the tiring Penn midfield and defence, who had worked tirelessly all game. Then on 80 minutes Penn struck when after a brilliant five man move involving the whole of Penn’s midfield, Danny Blatchford received the ball In space twenty yards out near the penalty spot and he had time to pick his spot into the top right hand corner of the net and although the Chinnor goalkeeper got a hand to it the shot was too powerful to keep out. 2-0 to Penn.

Chinnor came storming back and were now on top and after a series of attacks, and some brilliant defending, especially from Jack Harding and Fred Tripp, Chinnor finally gained their reward when in the 88th minute, when Penn failed to clear their lines and Jason Castella fired in a low shot from twenty yards through the Penn defence and the ball nestled into the left-hand corner of the goal. A consolation for Chinnor?

Not at all, as Chinnor kept attacking right to the end and in the 90th minute a fierce shot was probably rightly adjudged to have been handled by a Penn defender and a penalty was awarded. Disaster for Penn!! Up stepped the Chinnor player and to the delight of all concerned with Penn, he pulled the penalty wide of the left hand upright with goalkeeper Matt Cannings diving the wrong way. So, disaster for Chinnor and delight for Penn who saw out the remaining four minutes of injury time to gain a remarkable and deserved win and in terms of the circumstances probably one of the most satisfying performances of the season which keeps Penn in 2nd place in the league and maintains the pressure on leaders Bicester with two games in hand and two points behind.

Next up: Didcot Town Reserves (Home) Saturday, 2nd December 2017 - Kick Off: 2:00 pm

The Penn heroes were: M. Cannings, N. Sethi, J. Harding, F. Tripp, JJ Lofthouse-Smith, J. Bridgeman, D. Blatchford, M. Clarke, N. O’Meally-Newell, A. Harman, J. West. Subs: A. Davies, O. Wood (played), A. Sethi, A Bradley, N Miller