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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Shrivenham silence the critics
SHRIVENHAM manager Dave Turner was pleased to give his team’s doubters something to chew on after Shrivvy ended a difficult week with a 3-0 victory Wokingham & Emmbrook in the first round of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.
Following the cancellation of their league game against Binfield last week due to the fact Turner was unable to raise a team, some members of the local non-league community had suggested all was not well at Barrington Park.
Two goals from Josh Fowler and one from Ethan Delaney gave Shrivenham plenty to smile about on Saturday, however, as progress was secured into the next round of the competition despite the dismissal of Scott Scanlon midway through the second half for a handball on the goalline.
Turner thinks the result proves last week’s incident was just an unfortunate blip, saying: “It’s been a tough, long week but I’ve kept saying that what happened was a blip and a total one-off. I’ve been involved in the game at this level for 10 years and not had something like that happen anywhere I’ve been.
“People are entitled to their opinions but to be honest I try not to listen to them. Most of the things that were being said we being said by people who weren’t brave enough to put their names to them.
“I wish there were more people like John Fisher, to be honest. He might not be everyone’s cup of tea and I might not be on his Christmas card list but he comes out and says what he thinks and has the nerve to put his name to it.
“I have a lot of respect for him because there aren’t many people brave enough to put their names to what they’re saying.”
Turner reserved special praise for debutant midfielder Harry Etheridge and goalkeeper Louis Le Touche, who saved a penalty on his first appearance for the club.
“I’m absolutely delighted. It was a very good day for us and we played some of the best football we’ve played all season,” he said.
“It was a great way to finish the week and we had a team night out planned for some time beforehand so that made it an even better night with the result.
“Even with 10 men I thought we had the better chances, even though there was a worry we might lose a bit of control with 20 minutes to go.
“The new goalkeeper, Louis Le Touche, was excellent and he saved a penalty and I thought Harry Etheridge was very solid on his debut in midfield as well.
“It was a good team performance that got a result.”
Elsewhere in the competition, Malmesbury were hammered 8-0 at Ardley, Fairford lost 4-2 at Wantage, but Purton went through with a 2-0 win over Headington, Jonathan Coole and Mitch Wyatt netting.
In Division One West of the Hellenic League, New College were beaten 2-0 at Letcombe.
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