Report - Shrivenham 1-4 Oxford City Nomads
Floodlit Cup success
Oxford City Nomads progressed to the Second Round of the Perpetua Press Hellenic Floodlit Cup on Tuesday evening thanks to a 4-1 victory away at Shrivenham, a result which reflects harshly on the hosts who more than played their part in the game.
The Nomads made the better start and managed to venture into the Shrivenham box a couple of times in the opening 3 minutes, Connor Mattimore forcing 'keeper Mike Alexander into a sharp save to his left with an effort across goal. A further chance on 8 minutes saw Dan Collins turn and rifle a shot just over the bar from just inside the box.
They took the lead just two minutes later as Udoka Godwin-Malife ran through a few challenges into the home side’s box where he finished confidently across Alexander's goal to give the Nomads the lead. On 17 minutes, another quick break forward saw a clearance off the Shrivenham line following Marlon Agyakwa's venture forward. This came at a cost for the hosts' ‘keeper Alexander who picked up an injury following a collision with his own defender, however he was able to continue.
The home side grew into the game following this and forced a first save out of Andrew Stringer on 21 minutes as a Jason Milhench cross was deflected towards goal, producing a strong left-handed stop out of the Nomads 'keeper. They should have levelled the score on 27 minutes as Josh Fowler was played through one-on-one with the 'keeper, however his effort was sliced out for a goal kick.
Fowler did grab his goal 10 minutes later as a Shrivenham break saw Stringer rounded and the ball was crossed to the striker who had the simple task of tapping into an empty net.
The sides had one more good chance each before the break, Jack Tutton forcing a good save out of Alexander on 39 minutes from a free kick before Fowler headed just over in stoppage time.
Shrivenham made one change at the break: Goalkeeper Alexander was unable to continue following the injury he picked up in the first half, so was replaced by outfield substitute Adam Rudman for the second half.
The busy Fowler had the first effort of note of the second period, his curled effort from the edge of the box forcing Stringer into an excellent save.
The Nomads management duo of Rob Tutton and Paul Mulvany made their first changes on 62 minutes: Dan Collins and Will McEachran replaced by Henry Landers and Siyanda Gila.
It took Landers just 5 minutes to get himself on the scoresheet, racing away from the defence and slotting home with ease after rounding the keeper. This quickly prompted the final substitution: Connor Mattimore replaced by Bradley Singh.
Landers made sure of the result with two goals in the last 10 minutes. On 84 minutes he sped away from the defence and finished confidently with a dink over the keeper. On 90 minutes he latched onto a loose ball on the defensive line and finished under the keeper to complete his 23 minute hatrick.