Reserves Win Geoff Ellis Junior Shield

Oxted & District Reserves beat Beckenham FC 5-1 in the Geoff Ellis Junior Shield final on Wednesday 23rd March at Whyteleafe FC.

There was a very healthy turnout of supporters to cheer on the team.

Beckenham took the lead early on with a well-worked goal. Oxted worked hard to get back on terms but there were some nerves on show, and only a stunning save from Alex Connolly turning a shot round the post kept the score at 1-0.

The tables were turned in the 2nd half though as Oxted started to pressure higher up the pitch and they began to find more space with the young players showing pace and skill.

Peter Seal slotted home a cool and calm finish to level things up. Beckenham had chances, but again a very fine save in a one on one situation from the young Oxted keeper kept things level.

Tiredness began to creep in from some of the Beckenham defence and Oxted took full advantage. A Harrison Pearce flicked header from a corner made it 2-1. Shortly after, Toby Thomas got on the score sheet and Oxted began to exert control and move the ball quickly and effectively. Thomas went on to complete his hat trick with clinical and deft finishing and there were further opportunities to add to the scoreline.

A mention for Oxted legend Warren Fairchild who captained the team and has given so much help to the young lads as they integrate into adult football and to manager Wayne McClean for his enthusiasm in his first season.

Great credit to both sides and the officials in a sporting contest and this was shown in the applause at the presentations.