Ardley pay for missed chances

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Wasteful Ardley United slipped to seventh in a very tight Hellenic Premier Division after losing 5-2 to Oxford City Nomads.

United dominated much of the game but missed chance after chance and they were made to pay by a clinical Oxford side.

Despite falling down to seventh, Ardley, who have played nine games, are only two points off top spot in a league where the top 12 teams are separated by just five points.

Things began well for United as they opened the scoring inside three minutes when Troy Bryan outpaced the defence and lobbed the keeper.

But the hosts quickly levelled before two quick goals turned the match around despite Ardley keeping the pressure on.

Nomads started the better of the two teams after the break and extended their lead through Marvin Martin.

United pushed men forward in response as they searched for a way back into the game but they were hit on the break as Adam Lovegrove made it 5-1.

Ardley pulled one back to make it 5-2 after 65 minutes when a cross from Joe Eyre, who had caused Nomads trouble all afternoon, found Bryan and he finished well.

The final 5-2 score line flattered the home side somewhat but Ardley have a lot of sorting out to do before they host high flying Wantage this Saturday.