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League Cup winners 2017-18
Wolverton 3 Downley 1
An injury & illness hit Downley Dynamos side bowed out of the Berks & Bucks Cup at the last 16 stage after travelling to Wolverton and not being quite able to turn their play into goals.
Wolverton had the first decent effort when from a speculative cross the ball struck the far post, though Downley soon had a good chance of their own when in a good move, Charlie played a one two with Tom, and his shot was saved with some fortune by the keeper’s legs as it looked to have crept between them. Tom then brought another save from the keeper before Freddie lashed the rebound over when well placed.
Wolverton did manage their own move when an over the top ball was bravely saved by an advancing Dan. Freddie was soon involved again offensively but unfortunately took an air shot coming in from the right.
Wolverton however took the lead when in a goalmouth scramble Jude cleared off the line but the forward was on hand to net. A increasing in confidence after the goal Wolverton then had a fine 25 yard shot just over, before Tom out on the left turned inside and his cross shot nestled into the top corner. Wolverton soon regained the lead however after a cross was headed back across goal and was turned in by the striker.
Tom had a good free kick curled in from the left that the keeper palmed away before halftime came.
Downley started the second half better although they didn’t create too many chances, an acceptation being from Tom’s corner Jack’s clever flick was cleared off the line. From another Tom corner Freddie’s effort was also cleared off the line and Alfie saw his fierce drive also saved as Downley increased the tempo.
However, in the quest for an equaliser Downley were caught on the break when along punt up-field wasn’t dealt with by the remaining defenders and the striker scored to make it 3-1 with just minutes to play.
Another disappointing exit from the Berks & Bucks Cup, when you have to feel with a full side available – Fikayo, Jed, Andre, Nathan, Cole & Daniel were all missing – that Downley would surely have progressed- but even with the players available maybe they should have taken more of their chance
Berkhampshead 0 Downley 7
Downley Dynamos cruised past Berkhamstead Raiders in this League Cup match, on a heavy pitch that made flowing football difficult. Downley still however managed to put some good moves together and might have scored more goals than the seven they managed without reply.
Tom & Nathan had already had good efforts before Alfie won the ball, beat his defender before setting Tom up to score with a shot the keeper couldn’t keep out. After a flowing move ended with Ben shooting just over, Alfie doubled the lead after a neat one two with Tom.
Jack then had a couple of efforts that on another day he might have scored before half time came.
Jed soon into the second half cut inside to set Alfie up to make it 3-0 from an angle, and Jack then hit the post & had a header from a corner just over before after Charlie had had his shot saved, Nathan was there to follow up and score.
Jack then set Charlie up for a cool finish, and after Tom’s shot went wide, Freddie was able to retrieve the ball which was still in play, and cut back in and score via a defender’s leg.
Berkhamstead then had their best moment when from a corner, the ball went right across the 6 yard box, only for the forward to hit the post with his shot.
Alfie completed the scoring, and his hat-trick emphatically from Ben’s cross.
Tougher tasks lay ahead.
Downley 3 Holmer Green 0
Downley took on Holmer Green in the last 32 of the Berks & Bucks Cup, in tricky blowy and cold conditions.
The first half was very scrappy with neither team getting into a rhythm, and if anything Holmer Green seemed to settle quicker, with their wide right player causing a few concerns with his blistering pace. But Downley got their noses in front with really their first attempt of note mid way through the half. Ben started the move on the left, found Tom in the box, and he intelligently squared to Daniel in a better position, and his low shot beat the keeper at the near post.
Austin then crossed from the right wing, but Alfie screwed his shot over, while Dan in goal made a couple of good brave saves injuring himself in the process as the first half ended with few other goalmouth activity.
Holmer Green again started the second half quicker, and from an early teasing corner to the back post, the ball was blocked as it threatened the goal. Theo then fed Daniel, who enjoyed an industrious match on the wing, and he in turn found Alfie 25 yards out, and his smashed one of his specials into the top corner of the net. From Daniel’s corner Charlie had a header well saved, and Ben and Tom combined well before setting Alfie up again, but his time his effort went wide.
Next Tom beat his man superbly on the left, laid it off to Jed, who in turn squared to Charlie, but he shot straight at the keeper. Downley were now well on top and they effectively ended the contest when again from Daniel’s cross Charlie headed against the post and Jed was there to follow up and place the ball into the empty net from 10 yards.
From another Daniel corner Tom had a low shot saved, but it finished 3-0 job done, with not too many scares and Downley will know they kept quite a bit in the tank with an efficient performance rather than anything special.
Chalfont 1 Downley 1
Downley played host to Chalfont in their latest league match, hoping to carry on from their fine victory over Wendover in their last league encounter.
Downley who went into the game nursing a few injuries started positively, but it was the visitors who had the first assault on goal, when a decent right wing cross was headed wide.
In their first attack on goal, Tom’s free kick on the right wing was deflected over from Theo’s head. Dan took a good corner that Tom headed over, before Tom again fed Ben, and his fine ball through to Alfie unfortunately couldn’t find a finish as Alfie’s shot was easily saved. With Downley now well on stop, Freddie and Charlie combined for Ben from 20 yards to bring an excellent save low down from the Chalfont keeper tipping the ball around the post.
Chalfont did then manage a turn and snap shot from inside the box that just went wide, but Downley were soon on the attack again, and after receiving Freddie’s pass, Dan put over a great cross for Alfie to meet powerfully on the half volley, but unfortunately just too high. Jack’s pace then got around the back of the Chalfont defence but he just ran out of room, and in the last action of the first half, a dangerous cross across the Downley goal couldn’t quite find a finish at the back post, and in an entertaining match half time was reached goalless.
Downley started the second half again on the front foot, and all that seemed to be lacking was a finish to their good approach work, and this was emphasised early in the half when Tom cut in from the left, played in Charlie and his powerful shot was blocked excellently by the defender and the ball fell to Freddie, who put the follow up wide.
Against the run of play however, and just as Downley appeared to be turning the screw Chalfont took the lead. Fikayo conceded a free kick 25 yards out, and although the Downley defence managed to block the first effort, only Chalfont players followed it in, and one of the forwards greatly knocked the ball in.
Downley continued to press, and Alfie held the ball up to lay off to Charlie, whose shot sailed over, before he made amends when, again from a free kick- this 20 yards out he hit powerfully right into the corner of the net. With 10 minutes left it looked like Downley would finish the game off, but Chalfont defended stubbornly and well, Tom’s left wing corner found Alfie’s head perfectly, but his header was somehow cleared off the line, and then Alfie was just wide from another break.
The match ended 1-1, and although Downley will consider this points dropped, they played very well at times, but couldn’t quite find that ruthless streak that would have taken them over the line. But it was an entertaining game played in a good spirit and they kept going right to the end to try to find that winner.
Downley 3 Wendover 1
Downley Dynamos had to get back in the saddle quickly after last week’s shock result against bottom of the table Princess Risborough. This week they took on last season’s Champions, who won the league going unbeaten all season. With maximum points so far this season, Wendover were sitting pretty at the top of the league. Downley needed a win to make things extremely tight again at the top and stop Wendover running away with the League.
In an incredible start Downley went straight for the jugular, and in the very first minute were ahead. Alfie was thwarted by the keeper, but Tom followed up from 15 yards, and his goal bound shot could only be helped in with a touch of the defender’s head. Downley kept up the pressure, and after Jed had skipped past his man and cut in from the left, he found Tom, who in turn found Andre, and he shot just wide. Charlie then took an excellent teasing free kick that Alfie hooked onto the woodwork at the far post.
But it wasn’t to be too long before Downley doubled their lead when from Tom’s corner Ben headed powerfully for the keeper to save well, but Alfie was there to follow up and force the ball over the line. Alfie then struck a volley from 25 yards that forced the keeper into a great flying save, before Wendover finally had their first effort, lobbing over Dan but also over the bar. They also had the final chance of the half when from a superb left wing cross, the ball was played back across goal from the far post, but bounced along the 6 yard box invitingly but with no takers.
Half time came with Downley dominant and playing really well, matching style with determination.
Wendover began the second half far better than they started the first and from a early assault on goal shot tamely for Dan to save. Another deep left wing cross was again hooked back towards goal where Dan made a fine save hooking the ball away at full stretch. Again Wendover pressed, and this time cutting in from the right, Dan pulled off another good save.
But Downley weren’t sitting back, and Charlie brilliantly went past two defenders on the right, before crossing for Alfie, whose header was well over. But with 15 minutes left Wendover pulled a goal back, as the forward was allowed too much space on the edge of the box, and his fine shot nestled in the corner of the net. Wendover then had a close range volley straight at Dan, he again proved equal to the shot as the match got very tense. However, Alfie relieved a lot of that tension when receiving the ball 30 yards out, unleashed a thunderbolt that flew into the top of the net. An outstanding goal that deserved to win any match, and reward for him as he had proved a thorn in the Wendover defence all match with his willing running and prowess around goal.
Wendover weren’t done however, and two long range shots from 25 yards were just over, and just wide and with just a few minutes remaining got the score back to 3-2 when a free kick on the left wing found the number 5, who in lots of space somehow flicked in.
Downley weathered the late storm fairly comfortably however and registered a terrific victory against a very strong side who will certainly be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
It would be unfair to pick players out in a wonderful team performance, especially after last week’s disappointing display, but Dan’s handling in goal was top class and he made vital saves, Charlie was back to his driving force best in the middle of the park, Freddie had a typically tenacious match as he continues to improve, and Andre continually beat his man before putting in telling crosses Jude was also excellent particularly in the first half in his new role in defence. This was a fine team performance that they can all be proud of, they all gave everything bouncing back from the Risbourgh game.
Downley 1 Risbourgh Rangers 4
Downley took on Risborough Rangers in their second home league match of the season and with their 100% record so far fully expected to get maximum points against a Risborough team that had struggled so far. Risborough however had other ideas.
Risborough started on the front foot, snapping into tackles and looking keener and quicker to the ball. They had an early effort deflected wide, and then from a fine left wing cross that found the right winger, who headed back across goal for Dan to make an excellent save with his right leg. A right wing corner found the Downley defence wanting and bounced right across the goal, before from a rightwing free kick, former Dynamo Josh Connolly punished his old side with a wicked free kick that evaded everyone and flew into the net.
Downley finally managed an effort, but after being fed by Austin, Charlie blasted well over. Risborough then doubled their lead when a seemingly innocuous ball bounced around inside the Downley box, and neither Fikayo or Kian could deal with it, so the talented number 14 who caused Downley problems all game nipped in and prodded past Dan.
Another left wing cross found the 14 at the far post, and this time his fine header back across goal was brilliantly tipped around the post by Dan’s finger tips. Amazingly, Risdborough then increased their lead when Andre was dispossessed in their half, Risborough’s number 14 breaking and rode a couple of half hearted tackles before shooting across Dan into the far corner.
In the final minute of the half, Fikayo’s free kick bounced around in the Risborough box but Alfie in a rare moment of space, missed with his attempted flick. Half time came with Downley looking shell shocked and hopelessly outplayed, and I can’t remember the last time that has happened.
Surely the second half could only get better for Downley, and they did start positively with Andre firing over form 25 yards, and Freddie, Andre and Alfie combining before Alfie’s effort was blocked. Andre then got Downley back into the game with a fine shotform25 yards after cutting in well. Austin’s cross then had the defender inadvertently forcing his own keeper into a fine save with a header, and from the rebound, Alfie looked odds on to score, but incredibly the keeper pulled off another wonder save from point blank range.
But as Downley pushed forward they were taking chances at the back, and the Risborough number 8 hit the outside of the post with a decent effort. The match then was put out of reach, when in the centre of the park, the ball was played to the forward who moved inside the box and empathically finished.
This was a game that reminded you of the Downley of a couple of years ago, that we thought had disappeared. They went into the game underestimating their opponents, thought they had a right to win and had no response when things didn’t go their way. That is sport, if you don’t put the effort and application in you will get a shock, and this was certainly a shock. They hardly won any individual battles at all, and the Risborough numbers 14 & 27 caused them endless problems with their pace up front, and determination and power at the back. It will be interesting to see what character they have in a very big game again next time out.
Gerrards Cross 0 Downley 6
Downley travelled to Gerrards Cross for their third league match of the season, and left with an ultimately comfortable win.
They did struggle to get going though, and Gerrards Cross had the better of the early encounters. On 5 minutes from Dan’s goal kick, the ball fell to the Gerrards Cross forward, who sent a powerful shot from 30 yards over Dan’s head and only just wide. They then had a free kick just outside the box, that was deflected wide by the wall.
Downley now started to get a foot hold on the game, and from Charlie’s powerful run Andre screwed uncharacteristically wide. On 23 minutes they took the lead, when from Kian’s long ball Jed rounded his man and beat the advancing keeper with a cool finish.
Gerrards Cross were still having their moments however, and from a dangerous cross on the left, Fikayo made an important tackle to concede a corner. Jed, who was enjoying a fine game, then went on a great run down the right to the touch line before pulling the ball back but the Gerrards Cross defence got a block in. Downley doubled their lead before halftime when Andre tricked his man on the left wing, crossed, and Daniel at the back post hooked the ball back in to Charlie who although hitting the post with his first effort, buried the rebound.
The second half started similar to the first, and Gerrards Cross broke down the right, cut in and Dan was forced into a fine fingertip save. Then from the corner, the forward sliced wide at the far post.
Downley soon put the game to bed however, when Ben down the left set up Alfie, who read the situation perfectly and sniffed himself out a well taken goal. Daniel then floated over a teasing corner that Ben headed in well, before in the outstanding moment of the match, Jed went on a mazy dribble that took him past at least three defenders in a tight space showing great skill before unluckily hitting the post.
Dan made another brave save from point blank range before Charlie got a yellow card for the first time for what was adjudged a dangerous tackle as his studs were showing despite getting the ball cleanly. His dad was heard to mutter ’that’s my boy’ on the touchline, with a wry smile. Jed then flicked on for Andre to score with ease, and Alfie completed the scoring, making it 6-0 from a tight angle when he again followed up after Freddie’s fine 20 yard shot was only parried by the keeper.
Not a vintage performance by Downley but they eventually wore Gerrards Cross down, and although their flowing football was spasmodic they did more than enough to win.
Downley 9 Taplow 1
Downley entertained Taplow Youth in their first home league match of the season at their new home of Magnolia Park and ended up with a comfortable victory.
Downley opened the scoring after just 2 minutes, Freddie broke down the right wing, took one touch and crossed well for Alfie to score his first goal for his new club with a firm header. Theo then amazed the Downley spectators with a shot.........that sailed well over the bar. The amazing bit being that no one had ever seen him strike the ball that hard.
Despite Downley being well on top, they weren’t really turning on the style and Taplow had an attempt that Dan did very well to bravely save at close range.
At this point the referee realised that Pip, running the line before the senior lineman took over for the second half, had made the fatal error of running the line from the right back position instead of the left back position. Schoolboy error. In fairness to Pip though, he was called in at short notice as Kerry, the other rookie linesman had cried off just before with a suspected dodgy hip......that seemed to change from the left one to the right one depending on who asked him.
Anyway, back to the game, and Taplow surprisingly had the chance to get back in the game when the winger rode Kian’s tackle before being brought down in the box by Theo. The resultant penalty however was superbly tipped around the post by a wonderful save by Dan.
Alfie then missed a good chance after Fikayo had played a fine long pass to Jed who had crossed for Alfie, but Downley soon doubled their lead when after Freddie again did well, Charlie crossed low for Alfie to tap in. Further first half chances went begging when Ben crossed well and Tom’s shot was well saved and from the rebound Charlie from close range only managed to hit it straight at the keeper, Austin crossed and Jude set up Tom to blast over and Charlie played a lovely through ball to Tom who couldn’t beat the keeper, saving with his feet. Half time 2-0 to Downley but they hadn’t really got out of second gear.
The second half was a lot better however, and Downley took total control of the match playing well and scoring some good goals. Jude won the ball in midfield early in the half, played it out to Tom on the right, who played in Austin who’s superb first time cross was put in by Andre a truly excellent goal which moved the ball 60 yards with 5 perfect passes . Ben and Jude then combined for Jed to hit the post, before a real collector’s item!
Daniel J took a free kick on the right wing, and Tom.....yes, Tom .....rose like a salmon to flick a fine header into the corner of the net. Jude then played a delightful through ball for Andre to run onto and finish in style, and Alfie scored a fine individual goal for his hat trick when his persistence paid off cutting in from the right shrugging off two challenges along the way before a cool finish. Jude again the set up Andre for his hat trick before Taplow pulled a goal back with the number 9 scoring well with a fine 25 yard shot.
Jed then put a rebound wide after Daniel J had burst down the right and shot, and Alfie then showed another cool finish after rounding the keeper. Alfie again had a point blank effort well saved, before Jude played the ball out wide again to Tom just as the second half had started, and likewise Tom’s cross was headed in by Andre at the back post.
Impressive second half display by Downley ending up 9-1 winners, but they will face sterner tasks
Penn 0 Downley 1