A Patrick Hat Trick Stuns Wasteful Woodstock
It’s becoming an all too familiar theme of late with the Development Team. The majority of the play but nothing to show for it.
Make no mistake, unlike last weeks opponents, Bicester were an effective and well organised team who took their chances well and executed a savvy game plan to earn all three points and go top of the table after 2 games and deservedly so.(despite a frankly odd inferiority complex on social media).
Town racked up 24 shots at goal during the 90 minutes but only got 12 on target and only really worked the keeper on 3 occasions. That’s a stat that demonstrates 2 things; poor finishing and a well organised dogged defence happy to let Woodstock shoot high wide and not so handsome from range.
Town started the brighter and had the better of the early stages but could not unlock the Bicester defence. Cowles, Bluett and Prielozny all went close but it was the home side who took the lead on 14 minutes when weak tacking allowed the impressive Josh Patrick to bag his fist of the game and 6th of the season with a fine solo effort, cutting in from the left, riding 3 tackles and slotting home into the bottom corner.
He was unlucky not to score minutes earlier when a mix up at the back was seized upon and forced a good one on one save from Tom Molloy in the Woodstock goal.
Town responded well but try as they might, they couldn’t break down the Bicester back line, and when they did, the post came to the rescue after a shot from Aiden Cowles crept agonising across goal and on the woodwork and in to the arms of a grateful keeper.
The Bicester keeper was out well to save at the feet of Prielozny. The Slovak was unlucky again 2 minutes later when his far post header was on target but unfortunately straight at the keeper.
Prielozny should have put Woodstock on level terms but scuffed his one on one effort wide of the left hand post.
In typical Woodstock fashion, this pressure was remarkably turned into a goal against as indecision at the back from what should have been a simple clearance allowed Patrick to poke the ball past the advancing Molloy and expertly squeeze the ball home from a tight angle. Great anticipation and effort to latch on to the ball and a classy finish to boot.
We could go on about having more shots to no avail and without really looking threatening. We can mention the penalty we might have had when Shaun Pike was fouled but was penalised for trying to do the right thing and stay on his feet but we’ll cut straight to the next mistake which allowed Bicester to cut through the midfield and defence like a knife through butter and for Josh Patrick to complete his well deserved hat trick with a simple finish.
He was unlucky not to have 4 before the break when his audacious chip struck the bar with Molloy beaten and was smuggled behind for a corner.
Town might have pulled one back before halftime when the ball was headed on the line with the keeper laid out in the floor but it wasn’t to be.
The second half can be summed up in a few short sentences. Woodstock has loads of shots, most of them went miles wide. The Bicester keeper had one save to make, which he did, and the rebound was skied. Bicester looked dangerous on the break but didn’t really threaten the goal either. The game became stretched, and the ref didn’t do the game any favours before he blew for full time to give Bicester the win.
For the second week on the bounce, the young Develpiment boys were undone by their own mistake and quite frankly embarrassing ineptitude in front of goal.
However Bicester have themselves a special player in Josh Patrick who is far too good for Division 1 of the Oxfordshire Senior League. At every opportunity he stretched the Woodstock defence and arguably forced the mistakes and made them pay. With a well organised side around him that are difficult to break down, Bicester Town Colts will do well this season.
For Woodstock Developmen, it’s back to the drawing board.
See, that wasn’t such the bad and biased match report you were expecting now was it? Almost like last weeks report might have actually been accurate after all................
*Picture Courtesy of Bicester Town Colts