Beating the weather for the first time in 3 weeks, AFC U9 Hotspurs arrived in Calcot to face a Barton Rovers side yet to be defeated in league and cup this year.
Hotspurs attacked from the off, putting together some slick training ground moves, hitting the post once and coming close in several goalmouth scrambles. But they failed to maintain the pressure on the large pitch, and sitting back, let their opponents dominate and take a 2 – 0 lead into half-time.
The 3rd quarter was evenly contested until leading goal scorer, Marlon Brough, jinked through the Barton Rovers defence and struck the ball cleanly into the bottom corner. Another goalmouth scramble saw Jonty Priestley calmly slot home from a few yards and the scores were level going into the final 12 minutes. Hotspurs upped the tempo, the midfield battling for every ball, Gudjohnsen-Mitchell, Ingram, Mennie, Van Blerk, Aitken-Woods and Edwards covering a lot of ground.
With just 4 minutes left Harvey Weller was in the right place to scramble the ball home from in front of their keeper. One final counter attack from Barton Rovers was only denied by a brilliant save by Eddie Dixon-Ainscough. But that was the final chance and Hotspurs returned to Henley with their well deserved narrow win.