Ardley need to beat rivals to close gap in title race

Troy Bryan'' grabbed the winner for Ardley United on his return
Troy Bryan'' grabbed the winner for Ardley United on his return

Ardley United go into Saturday’s UHLSports League clash with Kidlington looking to close the gap on their second placed neighbours.

Kevin Brock’s boys go into the premier division clash on the back of a 2-1 victory at Reading on Saturday but Ardley will need to beat Kidlington to keep their title hopes alive

Ardley had the better of the final 30 minutes and the return of Troy Bryan from an extended injury break made all the difference when he came off the bench.

Reading took an eighth minute lead when a corner was headed back in by Tristan Dennis for Danny Murscroft to head home. But the lead was short-lived when following some good midfield play Diego Petriaggi fired home from the edge of the box to register his first goal of the season.

Play flowed from end to end with no further clear cut chances in the first half. Ardley were slow starters in the second period but worked their way into the game and took control for the final 20 minutes. Substitute Bryan made a big difference holding the ball up well and feeding the two front men.

And it was Bryan who grabbed the 78th minute winner when Adam Beckett headed across the goal for him to tap in at the far post. The remainder of the game was played out with little drama as Ardley returned home with the points in the sack.