Oldland scored an impressive away victory at high flying Devizes Town yesterday to give manager Jon Toy his first win at the helm.
The O's boosted by four new signings and with new assistant manager Mark Brown in the dugout looked strong and composed throughout despite the fact that the new faces had to slot in. With yesterday's squad absentees returning and available for selection along with hopefully one or two more new faces the new management team will have some interesting selection decisions in the next fixture, at home to Chippenham Park next Saturday 13 October (3pm).
Oldland started brightly and the passing was sharp and crisp on a wide but dry and firm pitch. After the opening pushes forward by both sides Oldland took the lead on 17 minutes when their centre forward struck a fine low shot from distance which the keeper could only parry and his striking colleague popped into the roof of the net. Shortly afterwards the same player had another goal disallowed for offside and the Blues looked to be in control. Devizes however proved they were worth their place in the top four and came back strongly, keeper Chris Manns who was excellent throughout pulled off two or three world class saves in the opening half an hour to keep Oldland in the game. Devizes were awarded a penalty for a weak challenge wide on Oldland's left in the 30th minute but thankfully their opponent blasted it wide. As the half continued Liam Gale twice cut inside from wide right but his efforts were both narrowly wide of the post whilst a Devizes forward somehow managed to head over whilst free at the back post and only a couple of feet away from the goal. With both sides attacking at the half-time tea break many in the crowd agreed that it could have been 4-4 if either sides forwards had been more accurate or the keepers not been at their very best whilst Oldland's full backs Joe Walters and Luke Troke were having impressive games alongside their colleagues in the centre of defence.
The second half brought more of the same with both sides having chances and it was a great open game for the travelling fans. Troke picked up a booking for retaliation after a challenge but he was impressive throughout and only narrowly shaded out of the man of the match award by Chris Manns. After announcing that there were still ten minutes remaining at ten to five, the referee then shortkly afterwards blew his whistle and a relieved Oldland came off the pitch with a valuable three points against good opposition.