Carterton u17s win local derby at Kilkenny Lane
By Philip Godfrey
Another win for Carterton u17s despite losing two players to injury in the first half.
Carterton came out really quick pressing the Charlbury back four. Marcus Owsnett
scoring in the 14th minute after some relentless pressure from Cartertons Dylan Butler
and Byron Townsend
. Injuries to keeper Logan Blake
and midfielder Tom Gray caused Carterton to reshuffle the pack and George Wright
and Matt Waite replaced them both. Charlbury responded with some good interplay between their strikers Mitchell Constable and Alex Wybrants but Cartertons Connor Butler
repeatedly showed why he was their rock in defence, twice repelling shots on goal from the edge of the box. Carterton were dominating large parts of the first half with plenty of chances not being converted due to heroics from the Charlbury keeper Jack Rideout . Eventually the pressure produced a goal in the 38th minute from the tireless Byron Townsend
to allow the home side to go in at half time 2-0 up.
Charlbury came out in the second half much the brighter side and eventually saw a way through with a goal from Alex Wybrants. Carterton eventually switched on despite showing periods of fatigue as Charlbury were bringing subs on from their bench to try and get some renewed energy. Cartertons Midfield held strong and Dylan Butler
again scored a true striker’s goal on the 58th minute with a thunderous shot that must of left the Charlburys keepers fingers stinging. This was followed up with Marcus Owsnett
scoring in the 64th minute after the Charlburys keepers mistake from a goal kick that went straight to him. Charlbury never gave up and had a consolation goal against the run of play scored by Robert Jenkins but Carterton were always in control to see the game out 4-2 winners. This brings their run in the league to six wins in a row and takes them up to 2nd in the league behind Banbury. Carterton visit Wantage away next week as their final game of 2018 looking strong going into the second half of the season.