Classy Foxton storm the Castle
Foxton 4 Castle Camps 2 FOXTON made it nine league games without defeat as they maintained their impressive start to the season. Andy Cambridge s side have now not lost a game in the Kershaw Senior A division since September 13 and the 4-2 win against Cas
Foxton 4 Castle Camps 2
FOXTON made it nine league games without defeat as they maintained their impressive start to the season.
Andy Cambridge's side have now not lost a game in the Kershaw Senior A division since September 13 and the 4-2 win against Castle Camps on Saturday moved them above Debden into second place.
The game started frantically with both teams having the opportunity to score within the first five minutes, but with neither doing so the game settled down after the opening exchanges.
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Castle Camps, who were promoted last season, have been struggling in the higher division this season but it was they who took the lead after 16 minutes.
A free kick into the area fell to an unmarked Camps' player who seemingly used his hand to control the ball before putting his side 1-0 up, but the offence went unnoticed by the referee and the goal stood.
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This spurred the home team into life and they were soon creating pressure of their own with some good attacking play and several set pieces.
It was from a set piece that they got back on terms when a corner kick by Adam Fields was poorly dealt with and influential captain Barry Webber was first to react as he neatly lobbed the keeper with a looping header.
Minutes later and with the home team gaining momentum Matt Hayden set Darren Chamberlain free with an excellent ball down the left wing.
Chamberlain in turn found Conrad Wellstead on the edge of the Camps' area and his first time half volley cannoned in off the inside of the post to give Foxton the lead at half time.
Eager to perform better than they did in the first half, Foxton began the second period sharper and increased their lead to 3-1 within minutes of the restart.
Nathan Davenport received the ball midway in the Camps' half where he turned and ran at the defenders before cleverly passing to Adam Fields who put the ball through a gap in the defence to allow Carlow Lawrence to bury the ball into the far corner of the net.
In a spell of good play Lawrence could then have scored his second shortly after but from an almost identical position his shot this time drifted past the far post.
Davenport also had a chance but was denied by the Camps' goalkeeper who pulled off a fine double save.
Foxton, now in control of the game, were then guilty of taking their collective feet off the pedal and were soon punished by an excellent Camps' team goal.
Almost immediately joy turned to heartbreak for the away team as Foxton restored their two goal lead when another good move was finished off by Adam Fields, albeit with the help of a slight deflection.
The final few minutes of the game were a scrappy affair, but Foxton held out for the three points.
Andy cambridge said: "I felt we played some very good football in four 15 minute periods during the game and fortunately for us we took our chances when we were on top.
"We need to try to become more consistent as a team and play for the whole 90 minutes."
"Barry Webber standing in at centre defence was in fine form and led by example. I will be looking for more of the same from him and the rest of team next week."
Foxton: J Chamberlain, Handscombe, Webber, Ranner, Chamberlain, Lawrence, Hayden, Aristo, Wellstead, Davenport, Fields. Subs: Ogilvie, A Cambridge, Poole.