Caddington Chequers lost out in a tight fixture 3-2 to AFC Oldhill today. The CCFC goals came from Dean Hinton & Michael Ryan. The game started out well for Oldhill with their long diagonal through balls causing the makeshift centre half pairing of Towler & Rolls a few problems. But the pair soon sorted out their differences and Chequers came into the game more. And against the run of play a Chequers counter attack and smooth passing move saw right back Mardell put in a beautifull cross onto the head of Hinton for 1-0. Chances were few and far between but Roullier pulled off a great save from a back post shot to keep Chequers ahead. Caddington started to push on in the game and looked the stronger team until AFC Oldhill equalised. Poor defensive work on the right saw an Oldhill player stumble through and with no one to pass to he smashed to ball against Stu Rolls. Rolls had nowhere to go and unfortunately notched up another own goal to his record. 1-1. Rolls statistics now stand at 2 goals and 2 own goals in 74 appearances for the club. The away fans jumped on this opportunity to take the mick out of the vest model and Rolls faced 10 minutes of pure abuse from the stands. HT 1-1.
The second half saw the injured Michael Towler brought off for summer signing Chris McCabe. The game continued on its even path and saw very little chances to either team. Unfortunately the one thing that was causing Chequers difficulty was Oldhill’s corners. This was the case when a corner was whipped into the back post for an Oldhill player to head home and put them in the lead. 2-1 to Oldhill. Caddington pushed on through and should have had a goal when Smith beat the last man only to shoot from the edge of the area into the Oldhill keeper’s hands. The Chequers manager rung the changes and brought on out of form winger Michael Ryan & a returning player who fans will recognise Jack Calow. A yellow card was given to the Oldhill striker for a dangerous tackle on Gareth Almey that saw the Midfielder being forced to withdraw minutes later. Disaster struck for Caddington when Oldhill’s long ball finally beat them and the carded striker eased away from the Caddington centre half before rounding the keeper and making it 3-1 to Oldhill. Although the game looked lost Chequers pulled a goal back when a Wayne Mardel shot was stopped by the Oldhill keeper only for him to drop it in the path of Michael Ryan. Ryan’s first shot was back into the hands of the keeper again but fortunately for him he dropped it again and Ryan slotted it away not prepared to make the same mistake twice. 3-2 with 10 minutes to go. The home supporters had hoped that this was the start of a comeback but unfortunately the game was brought to a standstill by Oldhill’s closing tactics. Constant diving supported by the referee on contesting for headers and attempting to keep the ball in the corner drew the game to a slow close with Oldhill ending 3-2 victors.
The sportsmanship of the away team was gravely let down when after the whistle had gone one of their players decided to hoof the match ball away from the pitch and into the trees by the golf course. The player was challenged by a number of sporting Chequers players and refused to collect the ball swearing at the players in the process.