Oakley end campaign with a win
By The Acorn
With the game switched to the memorial ground on a blustery afternoon both sides looked to finish the season off well.
An early shot by Greg Rodger flew inches over the crossbar. Minutes later it was Jay Barkers turn to fire over following a good run from Harry Mann into the box. The Newbury keeper Simpson was finally tested when a good touch by Rodger saw Matt Geen see Simpson push his effort away for a corner. On the quarter hour a long range effort from Medanovic had Oakley keeper Dan Joyce under pressure in the wind was able to push away with good defending by Joss Neale dealing with the presence of Wyatt bearing down on him. A chance fell three minutes later when danger in Oakley`s area saw Edem combine with Reynolds-Blanche whose shot went inches wide of Joyce`s near post. With Newbury looking for an opening in Oakley`s defence again great defending by Lewis Wood saw him clear the danger. Midway through the half, Oakley went in search of the opening goal and after good hold up play by Rodger he was able to lay off into the path of Barker who again sent his shot well over. Another chance fell to Mann who curled his effort around Simpson`s far post. Next in line was a header by Neale latching onto a corner by Brandon Rusby in a crowded area get up well but head inches wide. The visitors failed to clear their lines and a poor clearance from Crossley saw Wood volley parried over by Simpson. From Rusby`s corner , Wood rose well and claimed the ball went over the line when the ball was trapped near the post by Edem and then cleared. Rodger went close in the next attack but Simpson saved well and Simpson gave his side a fright with a poor clearance straight to Geen but redeemed himself as the whistle ended the half.
The second half saw Oakley out of the blocks the quickest and it wasn`t long before the restart for the opening goal when a great cross by Mann to the backpost saw Geen guide home the easiest of goals for the lead. Oakley went two up ten minutes in when a corner by Rusby saw Wood guide goal bound before Mann headed past Simpson to double their lead. With the wind blowing across the pitch neither side really got to grips and a stubborn Oakley defence denied any danger thrown at them by Newbury. With Oakley looking for more goals, youngster Jack James whistled an effort over the bar from just outside the area. A rare attack by Newbury saw the ball held up in the air but Anderson failed to get a good connection on it. Oakley brought on another youngster in Harvey Smith who applied pressure on the visiting defence as they were being pushed further and further back into their own box. With the game petering away a slip by Neale allowed Boswell to hone in on goal but delayed in shooting allowing jamie dobkin to clear off the line.
A big thank you to everyone who attended the match and to Newbury Forest for agreeing that all gate takings went to Sam Eldridge, as we were fundraising all weekend to help Sam and his family out after his recent health problems. A substantial amount was raised on and off the pitch and we hope this helps out Sam and his family during his recovery.