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Record Breaking Reserves!

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Chadlington Reserves returned to action this week and got their season back on track with a rampant 13-0 victory over Bampton United Reserves in WDFA Division Three.

The star of the game was undoubtedly George Slatter who completed the feat of scoring a perfect hat-trick by scoring a header, one with his left foot and one with his right foot which was captured on the video above.

Not satisfied with this achievement he set about completing the lesser known triple perfect hat-trick by skilfully scoring another with his right shin, one with his left shin, one with his right knee and one with his left knee. With Slatter running out of body parts the Bampton keeper then decided to put one in the net for him himself. Having scored 8 goals, and worrying what elongated limb Slatter might use next, he was swiftly subbed by the manager with 10 minutes to go to save everyone’s blushes.

Slatter has scored 124 goals in his last 15 seasons and now holds the modern day Chadlington FC record of scoring the most goals in a game. He beats Callum Jefferies 6 year record of 7 goals achieved at Eynsham Sports this very weekend back in 2015. Jefferies who scored himself on Saturday from centre midfield later pointed out that on that day in October 2016 he had scored all of Chads goals while Slatter today only scored 61.5% of them. Jefferies also expressed doubts over the validity of Slatters last goal and suggests that the record should be shared.

Throughout the game players other than Slatter were popping up with goals too. Along with Slatter and Jefferies, Sam Coles, Brinley Mayne, Mauro Esteves and Ethan Taylor scored. Coles has now scored in each of Chads opening three games and Taylors was a fine solo second half effort as he ran and ran the length of the pitch from a Sean Bennett assist, avoiding leg loosing swipes he slotted home. He then carried on running direct to the bench to sub himself and have a sit down. Mauro Esteves deserved more in the game than a single goal as he teased, tricked and tormented the Bampton back line to continue his formidable form to the season. Matt North and James Hobden also went close in the second half in what could have been an even bigger score line by the end.

Bampton rarely caused any sort of problem to the solid Chadlington defence and Harry Ware in goal had a relaxed afternoon. The clean sheet was a great reward for the fine displays he had put in so far this season.

The 13-0 victory is also Chadlington’s biggest recorded win of modern times and is the Reserves largest since February 2016 when they beat Wychwood Forest Reserves 9-1 in Division Four.

Final word has to go to the opposition, despite the heavy defeat they did not stop with their efforts and all credit goes to them for their attitude throughout and after the game.

Next up is the first round of the Jack Busby Cup at home to Hook Norton Reserves of Division Two.

Team: Ware, A Bennett, Hobden (c), Kemp, North, Coles, Jefferies, Mayne, Taylor, Slatter, Esteves. Subs: McElvaine, S Bennett, Betts.

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