U17s first loss in the league since September
By Andrew Walton
Difficult match for both teams due to the very windy conditions
Carterton started this game playing a 4-5-1 formation and had limited chances in front of goal. It was Kidlington that took the initiative and a clever chip from just inside the box gave the visitors the lead. Carterton brought on striker Marcus Owsnett and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation which gave the team better balance and shape. Carterton pressed for the equaliser and with a strong wind behind them , they got a deserved equaliser after Marcus Owsnett finished with a typical poachers goal knocking in from close range. Carterton looked to be in control but Kidlington were threatening on the counter with quick runners from the midfield. Carterton continued to pressure the Kidlington defence who held strong but it was record goal scorer Dyan Butler who scored a wonder goal from an extremely tight angle after rounding the goalkeeper to give the home team a 2-1 lead at half time.
Carterton made some substitutions at half time and early in the second half suffered an injury to play maker Byron Townsend. Kidlington looked to take a bit more control in the second half and their early pressure paid off with a goal that caught Carterton napping. The conditions were taking a hold on the game making the football difficult but both teams had chances to clinch the winner with Carterton unlucky not to have taken the lead after hitting the post and going very close with a free kick. In the end Kidlington scored the winning goal after a quick run in the box produced an angled shot that ended up in the bottom corner of the Carterton net to make the final score 3-2 to Kidlington.
A very competitive game from two good footballing teams.