Ardley must bounce back in derby

Manager Kevin Brock will be looking for ''Ardley United to bounce back at Thame United
Manager Kevin Brock will be looking for ''Ardley United to bounce back at Thame United

Ardley United travel to Thame United for Saturday’s UHLSport Hellenic League derby where manager Kevin Brock will be looking for his side to get back on track.

A brace of goals from Tommy Castle were enough to seal the points for Kidlington in Saturday’s premier division derby at Ardley where the visitors won 2-1.

Kidlington took control from the start and were rewarded with a goal in the ninth minute when Castle beat Harry Brock and fired past Jack Harding. The home side were missing the suspended Callum Convey and then lost his central midfield partner Ollie Stanbridge with a calf injury.

Although Kidlington were having the better of possession, Ardley managed to work their way into the game. Ricky Johnson, Luke Ingram and substitute Troy Bryan all had chances to level but Ryan Curtin, Lewis Coyle and Castle went close at the other end.

The second period continued much as the first with chances at both ends but Ardley were reduced to ten men in the 65th minute when left back Adam Beckett was shown a second yellow card for a foul followed by the inevitable red.

Just five minutes later Castle again found himself free through the middle and made no mistake as he slotted the ball past Harding.

The floodgates could have opened but the home side dug deep to again take the game to Kidlington and twice went close in a couple of minutes when first Conor Ingram shot straight at Mike Bawn with the goal at his mercy and then Johnson blasted over the bar with just the keeper to beat.

Johnson reduced the arrears in the 84th minute when a slip by a defender allowed him to gain possession on the left of the box and fire into the far corner of the net.

In a tense finish to the game, Kidlington had good chances but were denied by a couple of good stops from Harding and a Chris Jackson block.