Match Report: Blunsdon -v- Faringdon Town Res – Preseason Friendly

Match Report by Blunsdon

Blunsdon were due to play Malmsbury Vics Development yesterday but unfortunately due to their first teams commitments in the FA Vase Cup they had to withdraw from the fixture, we spent most of Friday trying to find another team to play but sadly couldn’t.

Then in the 11th hour on Saturday morning, Faringdon had a very late drop out, and up stepped Blunsdon with both teams happy to have a game, it was an interesting game to say the least that finished 2-2.

Blusndon started the game the strongest in very windy conditions and goal machine Josh Skeates opened the scoring beating the defence for pace and smashing a rocket into the roof of the net on 15 minuets, 6 goals in 5 games now for Josh what a pre season this young mans having.

Sadly Blusndon didn’t push on from scoring the first goal and Faringdon looked the better side with more hunger and desire to want the ball, they punished Blunsdon scoring twice to take the lead before the halftime break.

Second half started and Blunsdon where looking a lot sharper than they finished the first half and playing some really nice football. Midway through the second half Joel Swann levelled the game with a looping header over the Faringdon keeper from a corner.

Blunsdon nearly scored again almost immediately from another corner but this time Joel Swann could only smash the ball into Kane Wheatley who accidentally stopped the ball finding the back of the net. 

A number of fine saves from both Will Gage and the Faringdon keeper kept both teams in the game during the second half in which was a very evenly contested match. Sadly the spirit of the game was ruined 5 minuets from time when Kane Wheatley received a second yellow card and was sent from the field of play, with little time remaining it had no impact on the score line and the game finished 2-2.

Blusndon made a couple of changes during the game with substitutes Nick Seymour coming on and giving a solid performance down the wing, a blast from the past getting Nick involved yesterday but great to see him in a Blunsdon jersey again. Then Manger Ian Rosewell also made his second cameo appearance of pre season rolling back the years to come on in defence.

MOTM yesterday could of easily gone to any of 3 players who all had great games but Jack Newton was picked by one of the many spectators we had make the trip to watch the game.

A sterling performance from the young man, Jack did not stop running all match and looked dangerous on the ball every time he picked it up but he didn’t only help drive Blunsdon forward he was one of the first players to get back into position and defend each time we lost the ball. Jacks work rate is first class and a real strength to his game, so well done Jack well deserved.

Another 90 minutes under the belt for pre season that also saw Blunsdon experience their first Sin Bin, let’s hope the new ruling doesn’t ruin the grass roots game off football, only time will tell. It’s going to take common sense from refs and players alike.

It was great to see Joel Swann among the goals yesterday and some really brilliant football on display especially in the second half for Blunsdon. We go again in the week against Swindon and District side also reigning champions Ruby’s Removals.

Up the Blunny 💛🖤