Walsh shines on debut win for Oxenhope reserves

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Going to Kippax, Oxenhope knew they’d have to be up for the physical battle on a tight pitch against hard working opponents and they certainly were. From the start Oxenhope matched their opponents work rate and committed challenges and quickly got a grip of the game. After only 5 minutes seventeen year old Liam Walsh, who had been brought into the side to try and improve ball retention, picked the ball up just inside the Kippax half. He kept close control of the ball and worked his way out to the left flank. Once in space, Walsh looked up and in seeing the keeper off his line floated an exquisite strike over his head and into the net.
Unlike last week Oxenhope didn’t rest on their laurels and after only 15 minutes they found themselves two up. Following some excellent pressing by the midfield and front men Liam Dyson picked the ball up just outside the Kippax area and with one of his trademark shimmys, sold his marker a dummy before smashing the ball beyond the keeper. It wasn’t long before Will Lee got in on the act when he found a sudden burst of pace to latch onto Dysons pass and find himself through on goal. Lee made no mistake, finishing with aplomb to give Oxenhope a fully deserved 3 nil lead.
Kippax didn’t give up and continued to try and find a way through but with the defence in a miserly mood it was to no avail. When they did finally get a glimpse of goal just before half time, Jack Bilney was there to block the ball on the line and clear away the danger.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with the Oxenhope frontline, led by the excellent Chris Newman, looking dangerous going forward and the defence very assured at the back. However it took until after the hour mark for ‘The Slope’ to find a fourth when Leon Smith raced onto a through ball and hammered home a sweet first time strike across the keeper and into the bottom corner. Kippax continued to work hard and missed a couple of half chances late on but Oxenhope themselves could have added to the scoreline with a number of opportunities on the break.
It was a very pleasing performance from the seconds with each member of the side playing well. The defence were solid, the attack were a handful all afternoon but special mention has to go to the midfield three of Danny Fazackerley, Will Lee and man of the match Liam Walsh for controlling the game today.

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