Football League v West Witney

The Batt’s final league game was an away trip to the only other team in the league with a 100% record, West Witney. Knowing that both teams had already progressed through the semi-finals, this game was for the bragging rights of being top in the league.

The Batt started off slowly, struggling to gain possession from a well drilled West Witney side who moved the ball around the pitch well and it was not long before a break through the middle with a shot that was well saved by Ed, was then followed up for an easy toe poke home to give West Witney a one nil lead. This was quickly followed up by a second after a West Witney player found himself in free space at the back post to drill home the second. The Batt then seemed to find their foothold in the game and began to test the West Witney keeper who made some good interceptions. Just before the break Will unleashed a drive that deflected off the West Witney defender to reduce the deficit and give The Batt renewed hope.

The second half saw The Batt push hard for the equaliser but it was West Witney who scored again to give themselves a two goal cushion once more. The Batt never gave up even though West Witney’s defence were holding firm. With five minutes to go it was looking like a hard job but The Batt persisted and after a great run, Dylan slotted low into the corner to give The Batt hope. Shortly after kick off The Batt punted the long ball towards West Witney’s defence which was cleared to Will, who, from fifteen yards out released a fierce volley, the stranded the keeper powering in off the underside of the bar in what was probably the goal of the season, to equalise. With less than a minute to go, however it was not to be as West Witney’s striker got the wrong side of the defence to slot home the winner for West Witney.

Congratulations to all in what was the game off the league so far and know the boys look forward to a semi-final against The Blake.