Chalfont Wasps 3 Bicester Town 2
Chalfont Wasps, seeking to build on an excellent 4-0 away win last time out, hosted second-placed Bicester Town at The Nest and delighted the home crowd with an outstanding performance on Saturday.
Wasps were ‘at it’ from the start. The shape was solid, they were tenacious in the tackle, creative on the ball, had many wiling runners and caused Bicester problems all afternoon. The Stingers' first-rate attitude earned them the right to play, and they took a well-deserved 2-0 lead early on.
First, a Bradley Holt long throw was flicked on by Michael Green at the front post and Josh Urquhart pounced, hooking the ball into the far corner after eight minutes. Then, after some sustained Wasps pressure, Tom Fifield latched onto a cross and drilled his shot emphatically into the top corner after 14 minutes.
Wasps continued to press. However, it was Bicester’s Cameron MacPherson who netted next, rising well in the box to head in a free kick on 22 minutes. Wasps continued to win most of the 50-50s and develop the better chances, but it remained 2-1 at half time.
The second period started evenly. A Fifield half volley was collected by the visiting ‘keeper before Wasps defended resiliently to stave off a Bicester period of pressure before they got back on the front foot. Ryan Forbes sat on the last man and was only inches off side when through on goal on a couple of occasions, and a Steve Nott-Macaire glancing header whistled just wide of the upright.
Then Bicester got level with 16 minutes to play. Kieran Scott found space in the Wasps box and his acrobatic bicycle kick found the top right corner. At 2-2 and with 22 fully committed players this was now an enthralling spectacle.
Bicester then missed a chance on the break, and when the referee announced an extra four minutes at the end, Wasps maximised the time to bag the winner, Jack Pearce’s 92nd minute fierce drive from 20 yards deservedly earning Wasps all three points.
Wasps Reserves Made it a perfect afternoon for the Stingers with a 2-1 victory away at Wokingham and Embrook reserves in the Chairman's Challenge Cup.