October 22, 2017

HELLENIC LEAGUE: Davies delighted by Shrivenham showing

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Shrivenham boss Gareth Davies hailed his side’s performance as they defeated Hellenic Premier Division outfit Brackley Town Saints 2-1 in the Hellenic League Challenge Cup.

Danny Hale notched the winner 10 minutes from time as the Division One West side progressed to the second round where they will face local rivals Highworth Town.

And Davies said he was delighted with his side’s showing as they notched a third win in four matches.

“I thought we played very well,” Davies said.

“We had a couple of young lads come in on the bench from the reserves so we were a bit thin on the ground but to be fair, it was a very, very good performance.

“I didn’t think they (Brackely Town Saints) were bad but we upped our level.

“To beat a team from a higher level is always pleasing, it was a very good result for us.”

Shrivvy made a bright start at Barrington Park and took the lead inside 10 minutes, captain Jamie Prictor’s cross being steered home by Adam Bright.

Prictor was then forced off with a hamstring injury but the loss of their skipper did not deter the hosts as they continued to perform well, with Josh Fowler having a free-kick well saved by visiting stopper James Green shortly before the break.

The visitors were reduced to ten men 11 minutes into the second half, Ryan Knight given his marching orders for a late challenge.

However the Saints did manage to pull level 10 minutes later, a fine strike from distance by Chris Jordan gave home stopper Connor Johns no chance as the Premier Division side restored parity.

Substitute Danny Hale, replacement for injured skipper Prictor, restored Shrivenham’s lead on 80 minutes after calmly finishing following¬†Tyler Sheppard’s through ball.

Keegan Giles had a glorious chance to force the game into extra time but he blazed over when well placed late on.

And boss Davies believes the equaliser gave his side renewed impetus against their 10-man opposition.

“The red card was definitely the right decision,” Davies said.

“I think we thought it was going to be an easy game then.

“But you know the drill, when teams go down to 10 men they find that little bit extra from somewhere.

“We kept plugging away, I think the equaliser kicked us up a notch.

“Danny Hale came off the bench and I thought he took his goal very well, he did ever so well when he came on.”

Shrivenham return to action next Saturday, October 14, with a trip to league leaders Ardley United.

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