Chadlington Reserves travelled to Wootton on Tuesday with a large away support in their final game of the season. Having already won the Division Four title there was just pride at stake as they came up against the in-form team in the league.
Wootton Res had won 5 consecutive games and hadn't conceeded a goal in the last 4. They had shot up the Division 4 table as a consequence and had beaten many of Chads rivals for the title on their way. With victory they could still have finished as runners-up however promotion would be denied due to their First Team playing in Division Three.
Chadlington Reserves were in good form themselves having not conceeded in the last 3 and were unbeaten in the 10 league games of 2019. The fixture would therefore surely be a tight affair.
So it proved, with the opening exchanges being cagey. Wootton had the best of the play and they looked a potent threat going forward. At times Chad were panicky and Wootton should have taken a lead in the game. Josh Betts justifying his reputation as best keeper in the league kept them out.
As the game went on Chad got better, and it seemed as though the pressure was mounting when Kevin Mulhearn rifled the ball into the net from a corner for his third of the season to establish a 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to stun Wootton and from then on, Chad were in command and didn't look back.
Ellis Godin started tormenting the back line, turning players inside and out he eventually lashed the ball home from long range to double the lead shortly before the half time break.
Three changes were made at half time with Cameron Hannington, Miles Taylor and Will Foster all being introduced into the game with the aim of countering the energy that Wootton might throw at Chad to get back into the game. In particular, Hannington took up Godins mantle by tormenting the full back as his pace saw him get in behind several times.
The team stood strong and snuffed out any remaining Wootton resistance. After 20 minutes the score was made 3-0 as Alfie Peachey scored his 23rd goal in all competitions.
Late in the game he, Ellis Godin and Adam Tinkham were given a rest as James Hobden, Matt Waller and Ollie Jordan were reintroduced.
The game became a scrappy affair to the end as both teams tired and settled for the resulting scoreline of 3-0 to Chad to leave the large number of travelling supporters and family happy. A massive thanks goes to all of them for making the trip and confirmed just what a special club this can be.
Team: Betts, A Godin, Jeffcock (c), Mulhearn, Hardiman, E Godin, Tinkham, Hobden, Waller, Peachey, Jordan. Subs: Foster, Hannington, M Taylor.