Foxton boss happy with team's progress
Foxton 3 Great Paxton 1 FOXTON moved to within three points of second place with a good win at home to Great Paxton. Andy Cambridge's team started the better of the two teams and were quickly causing the Paxton back line some trouble with some nice passin
Foxton 3 Great Paxton 1
FOXTON moved to within three points of second place with a good win at home to Great Paxton.
Andy Cambridge's team started the better of the two teams and were quickly causing the Paxton back line some trouble with some nice passing moves.
After 15 minutes a neat passage of play involving five Foxton players set Carlow Lawrence free down the right flank, and his cross was met by the impressive Conrad Wellstead who headed home at the back post to notch up his first goal of the season.
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Wellstead continued to cause problems for Paxton with his close control and vision and on several occasions he put dangerous balls into the box but nobody was able to get on the end of them.
A moment of confusion on 25 minutes handed Foxton's opponents an equaliser; Chris Aristo picked up a loose ball just outside his own area and a mix up between himself and Edward Ranner resulted in the Paxton forward rushing through with the ball for a one-on-one with Jamie Chamberlain, leaving the Foxton keeper with no chance.
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With 19 minutes remaining in the half Foxton regained the lead from a moment of individual brilliance.
After some excellent work by Adam Fields down the left, the ball was passed towards Ian Cambridge ten yards out with his back to goal and a defender close to him.
The Foxton player turned one way, his defender the other, and Cambridge was able to belt the ball past the helpless keeper to finish off a superb move.
The second half was more evenly matched with Foxton struggling to get back to the level they were playing during the first period and the home team were probably, if anything, a touch guilty of over playing at times.
This made it easy for the Paxton defence to regroup and they were able to reduce Foxton to speculative efforts.
Eventually Nathan Davenport, who had been brought on for Lawrence, managed to get round the back of his marker before he squared the ball to Fields who was felled as he turned in the box, giving the home team a penalty with ten minutes of the game remaining.
Matt Hayden stepped up to score his fifth spot kick of the season and secure all three points for his team.
Despite his team's win, manager Andy Cambridge said his team put themselves under unnecessary pressure in the second half.
The Foxton boss said: "We managed to pick up another three points which was good and at times we played very well, but in the second half we were off the pace.
"We therefore put ourselves under pressure, which is becoming a bit of a frustrating habit, and against a better team we are likely to come unstuck.
"Overall, I am happy with things and I think we are making progress as a team."
Foxton: J Chamberlain, Tokley, Ranner, Webber, Margiotta, Lawrence, Aristo, Hayden, Wellstead, I Cambridge, Fields. Subs: D Chamberlain, Ogilvie, Davenport.