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Oldland Abbotonians
Radstock Town
B Dowdell (25'), L Gale (56'), M Huxley (65', 86')
Full time
Unknown (8', 58', 74')
Wed 7 Mar 19:30 - The Toolstation Western Football League - Division 1 Attendance 32

Oldland 4 Radstock 3 - wow !

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More than the wind taking the breath away

Oldland came from behind to pull out a cracking victory in an exciting end to end game at Castle Road.

The O's started with a new look front line, Olly Trevarthen having turned down numerous Toolstation Premier and Southern League club approaches this season had instead decided to stay at this level and return back home to Portishead Town FC and was finalising his move. Manager Scott Armstrong decided to 'go for it' in a Kevin Keegan style with Matt Huxley up front, new signings Ben Dowdell (from Cribbs) and Liam Gale (Stonehouse Town) playing either side of him and Josh Williams playing behind these three. It was a gamble that nearly came unstuck straight away as O's in attacking forgot to defend and Radstock scored after just three minutes. Chris Manns had to make a number of important saves as both sides pushed forward during the half. The impressive Dowdell did not stop running all night and continued to put through balls into colleagues, he himself though produced the equaliser just before half time cutting in from the left and curling a screamer into the top corner.

Oldland hoped to carry on in the second half, Josh Southway returned as right back with Joe Walters impressing in yet another different position, this time left back and Jack Metcalf joining Scott Gregory in central defence. Luke Lecrass and Lewis Parker were the engine room, full of running and tackles and we suddenly had a game on our hands. Liam Gale picked the ball up in his own half on 56 minutes and ran at the Radstock defence before shooting from outside the box into the bottom corner. Radstock didn't die though, and within seconds of the restart made it 2-2. Ten minutes later another good press forward and as the away keeper spilled a shot, Matt Huxley was on hand to poke home the rebound - his first goal on returning to the club was loudly applauded by the crowd and his team-mates, trouble is - Radstock did it again! Another loss of concentration and a quick equaliser, the match then became frantic as both sides attacked looking for a winner.

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By now, the O's forwards had it about them. One shot was knocked back out of the box and Huxley steadied then lined up a left foot volley which hit a defender, he was then tackled whilst running at the defence and lining up another before on 86 minutes a corner was cleared up and outside the box, this time his sights were right and Matt Huxley launched a 25 yard left foot volley over the keeper and into the far top corner. Radstock protested that another Oldland player might have been offside but the officials stood firm and gave the goal.

Well done everyone and from the fans, what a nice change to enjoy a home match and have a pint with a smile after the efforts off the pitch that go into getting matches on. It was also great to see a real attacking threat, three dangerous forwards all keen to have a go. Lets have plenty more nights like that in future!

Man of the Match: Ben Dowdell (an impressive debut)


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Ben Dowdell

Player of the Match

Ben Dowdell

Key moments

8:00
Goal Goal for Radstock Town
25:00
Goal Ben Dowdell scores for Oldland Abbotonians
56:00
Goal Liam Gale scores for Oldland Abbotonians
58:00
Goal Goal for Radstock Town
65:00
Goal Matt Huxley scores for Oldland Abbotonians
74:00
Goal Goal for Radstock Town
86:00
Goal Matt Huxley scores for Oldland Abbotonians

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Dowdell is awarded player of the match for Oldland Abbotonians
88:00 Sub On
Scott Fear is substituted on for Oldland Abbotonians
88:00 Sub Off
Liam Gale is substituted off for Oldland Abbotonians
86:00 Goal 4 - 3
Matt Huxley scores for Oldland Abbotonians
83:00 Sub On
Jack Miluk is substituted on for Oldland Abbotonians
83:00 Sub Off
Ben Dowdell is substituted off for Oldland Abbotonians
78:00 Sub Off
Luke Lecrass is substituted off for Oldland Abbotonians
78:00 Sub On
Alex Chapman is substituted on for Oldland Abbotonians
74:00 Goal 3 - 3
Goal for Radstock Town
65:00 Assist
Liam Gale makes an assist for Oldland Abbotonians
65:00 Goal 3 - 2
Matt Huxley scores for Oldland Abbotonians
58:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Radstock Town
56:00 Goal 2 - 1
Liam Gale scores for Oldland Abbotonians
End of period 1
25:00 Assist
Joe Walters makes an assist for Oldland Abbotonians
25:00 Goal 1 - 1
Ben Dowdell scores for Oldland Abbotonians
18:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Radstock Town
8:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Radstock Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Oldland Abbotonians
  • Radstock Town
  • 0
  • Goal 8:00'
  • Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Ben Dowdell Goal 25:00'
  • Joe Walters Assist 25:00'
  • Liam Gale Goal 56:00'
  • Goal 58:00'
  • Liam Gale Assist 65:00'
  • Matt Huxley Goal 65:00'
  • Goal 74:00'
  • Alex Chapman Sub On 78:00'
  • Luke Lecrass Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ben Dowdell Sub Off 83:00'
  • Jack Miluk Sub On 83:00'
  • Matt Huxley Goal 86:00'
  • Liam Gale Sub Off 88:00'
  • Scott Fear Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Manns, Chris Manns, Chris
Southway, Josh Southway, Josh
Walters, Joe Walters, Joe
Gale, Liam Gale, Liam
Gregory, Scott Gregory, Scott
Metcalf, Jack Metcalf, Jack
Lecrass, Luke Lecrass, Luke
Williams, Josh Williams, Josh
Dowdell, Ben Dowdell, Ben
Parker, Lewis Parker, Lewis
Huxley, Matt Huxley, Matt

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Roman Glass St George 41 92
2. Westbury United 39 88
3. Keynsham Town 39 87
4. Devizes Town 39 67
5. Cheddar 37 66
6. Oldland Abbotonians 42 64
7. Radstock Town 37 63

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