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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Shrivvy survive dramatic comeback
SHRIVENHAM nearly threw away a four-goal lead against Newbury but eventually prevailed 5-4 as they sealed their first win of the season.
Dave Turner’s men got win number one of the Hellenic Premier campaign despite a stirring second-half fightback by the Berkshire side.
Gary Dredge put the hosts in front early on but goals from Steve Robertson (2), Ryan Wilkinson, Matty Bown and Richie Miles put Shrivvy 5-1 up with 50 minutes played.
However, further goals from Gary Dredge, Darren Jones and Alex Oakham - the latter effort five minutes from time - made it a nervy finale at Faraday Road.
“Once we got over the fact we nearly threw away a 5-1 lead, we were buzzing,” said Robertson.
“When we were 5-1 up I thought the game was dead and buried, but they came right back at us and I was starting to think they might equalise.
“They chucked their centre-back up front and our defence backed off a bit.
“But we got through it and it’s good to get three points. We just need to focus on getting a clean sheet now.”
Shrivvy, who have completed the signing of defender Ben Wells from New College, host winless Kidlington today.
“We’re hoping to get some points out of that but I’ve always found it a tough game against Kidlington,” said Robertson.
“I thought we were unlucky in the first couple of games as we’ve played some of the better teams in the league.
“In the next four or five games we should be looking to pick some points up.”
Shrivvy have a full squad for the clash with Kiddy, the opposition being off the back of one draw and two defeats so far in 2013/14.
And boss Turner has vowed not to underestimate the Oxfordshire outfit.
“We’re hoping to get the win but we won’t take anything for granted,” he said.
“Kidlington are normally very strong but they have had a bad start so they are to be up for it.
“We were 5-1 up against Newbury and 20 minutes later it was 5-4, so you don’t take anything for granted in this league. We ‘ll just go about it as we normally do.”
Elsewhere, Richie Saunders scored a goal at both ends within a matter of seconds as Highworth kept their unbeaten league record going with a 2-2 draw at Ascot.
The experienced midfielder handed the Yellamen their first on 40 minutes when he directed a cross into his own net.
But moments after the restart, new signing Toby Clark smashed a fizzing effort goalwards and Saunders slid home Highworth’s opener.
With the interval imminent, Aaron Maximen and Clark combined to set up skipper TJ Bohane and he drilled the visitors in front.
The score stayed that way until five minutes from the end of the second period, when confusion at the back allowed Ascot’s Jermaine Roache to fire in the equaliser.
Highworth travel to Wantage today to take on a side that have won four out of four in the Hellenic League so far this season.
The Alfredians are managed by Highworth-based Gary Ackling and beat the Worthians twice without conceding in the previous campaign.
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