Stonesfield 2 OUP 1
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Stonesfield: Martin Hall, George Redkapp
OUP: Rui De Gorce
On an unusually calm autumn day, Stonesfield entertained a much changed OUP side who were holding onto a 100% start to the season.
The first 45 minutes was played at a furious pace, George Redknapp unable to convert a Chipper Clarke cross in the opening minutes and Martin Hall and Redknapp both going close as Stoney pressed. At the other end, Clarke turned savour as he cleared off the line from an OUP corner and Chris Days saved smartly as OUPs quick counter attacking proved difficult to contain. After a spicy 45 minutes, the half ended goalless.
With a slugglish start by the home side, the second period saw OUP take control. Their dominance was rewarded with a 63rd minute opener, Rui De Gorces glancing home from close range. However, the goal kick started Stonesfield into life as a flowing move starting from the back, saw Hall head home from a Nick Clarke cross to equalise in the 75 minute. The game opened up as both teams went for the win, Hall clean through and miscuing when it was easier to score and the same player blazed over from 12 yards.
However, the winner was not without controversy, the referee awarding a penalty for handball in the last minute of normal time. Redknapp cooly converting the spot kick and giving the Stoney boys a much deserved first victory of the season.