Oldland were missing Annie Hawkins-Hoare,Nicky Hawkins-Hoare and Courtney Hobbs from last sundays squad as well as having Amy Street and Danni Shiner unavailable through injury and Laura Garlick and Briony Lomas also missing for various reasons.
This meant that new signing and former AEK Boco youth player Mollie Robbins would make her debut and their were first appearances in the squad this season for Elsa Robinson and another summer signing Koren Jones.
All of this meant that Jayde Holcombe started in goal with Esme Griffiths moved to right back after her impressive debut last week.Vicky Mundy and Jess Britton started in the heart of the defence with Anne Johnson at left back.
The midfield four consisted of Laura Elphick,Chloe Tape,Jade Scammell and Beth Dale.
Exciting young strikers Bryony Higgs and Livs Goozee started up front together for the first time this season.
The first twenty minutes was all Oldland with it seemingly only a matter of time before they put the ball in the net with several clear cut chances being spurned. The pace of Oldlands front two was causing panic in the Sodbury back line and with the O's midfield dominating and creating numerous chances it seemed like a goal was inevitable
There was a setback for Oldland just after the 20 minute mark as midfielder Laura Elphick fell awkwardly after jumping for a header and there was a lengthy stoppage as she had to be carried from the field with a serious knee injury that may prove to.keep her out for up to 12 weeks.
This seemed to affect Oldland as when the game restarted it was Sodbury that fashioned three quick fire chances that served as a wake up call for the O's.
Gradually though the home team clawed their way back into the game and it was Scammell that nearly made the breakthrough when her 38th minute free kick grazed the top of the crossbar.
The first half saw tempers flaring-mainly from the visitors-occasionally but no one was prepared for what transpired in the second half.
An increasingly erratic refereeing display saw some bizarre decisions given to both teams with both sets of players and coaching staff being warned by the ref as everyone became more and more frustrated with the decision making. As the game became more and more scrappy it played into the visitors hands as they started to gain the upper hand in the second half. Oldland kept battling away but lost the fluency of some of their early play due to the nature of how the game was going.
Sodbury could have snatched it at the death but their forward blazed a shot wildly over the bar from an acute angle when well placed.
All in all,a game that started with so much promise ended with so much frustration. It was a difficult enough task for either team to win in such a competitive match but the refereeing made it harder still and on balance of play a draw was probably the fair result.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH---CHLOE TAPE----Controlled the midfield in the first half for Oldland and tried her best to keep her head in the second half in difficult circumstances.