Oldland made sure of another season in the SWWFL with a two goal victory over FC Chippenham last Thursday.
Apart from a ten minute spell at the end of the first half and spells at the beginning and end of the second it was Oldland that looked the better team as they won a decent game 2-0.
Despite a goalless first half, Oldlands pressing caused the away team numerous problems and it was only either poor finishing or a poor final ball that kept the Oldland score at nil! Both teams tried to play good football on a bobbly pitch but the erratic bounce didn't help the cause of either team. Chippenhams main tactic of hitting their pacy strikers as early as possible was well dealt with by the O's defence while Chippenham found it increasingly difficult to get out of their own half, especially from goal kicks but the home team were unable to capitalise.
After weathering an early storm from the visitors in the second half, Oldland took the lead on 54 minutes when Annie Hawkins-Hoare flicked the ball into the path of onrushing midfielder Jade Scammell whose powerful strike left the away keeper grasping at air.
From this point Oldland started to take control again and were unlucky not to increase their lead on 68 minutes when the impressive Beth Dale cut in from the left wing and curled a shot onto the inside of the post from 20 yards.
The O's were not to be denied however and it was only a minute later when a corner from Scammell was cleared only to Lydiya Myckalechko who cleverly hooked the ball over her shoulder and over the defender on the line to make it 2-0 to the Abbott's.
Chippenham threatened briefly in the last 7 or 8 minutes with Jayde Holcombe making two smart saves but Oldland held on for a deserved victory.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH---NICKY HAWKINS-HOARE--Second award in two matches for the midfielder,who despite taking a knock,showed typical tenacity when required and kept things ticking over in midfield with some inventive passing.
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