Blowing in the wind
WYMONDHAM travelled to face Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves on a blustery Tuesday night. Not really sure if they were strengthened by first team players but with the extreme weather conditions, it was a game of contrast.
WYMONDHAM travelled to face Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves on a blustery Tuesday night. Not really sure if they were strengthened by first team players but with the extreme weather conditions, it was a game of contrast. Against the elements in the first half, Town defended stoutly and looked dangerous on the break. As you would expect Kirkley applied early pressure and took the lead after only about five minutes. The Kirkley player cut inside and curled a shot into the far corner. A good goal but Town should have been quicker closing him down. As the half progressed it became increasingly frustrating with the wind causing havoc for both teams. Town's only real chance of the half came when McCloy burst through but was denied by a super last ditch tackle. A bizarre incident occurred when Scadden was wiped out by the home keeper after a superb through ball by Wells. The referee made a huge clanger and waved away protests. This was a match changing decision as the keeper should have gone. Town's defence stood firm and went in at halftime one down. As the conditions would dictate, Town applied pressure to their opponent's goal and can maybe count themselves unlucky not to come away with a point. Two notable opportunities came. The first was a one on one opportunity for Scadden, who drew a save from the home keeper. The other opportunity came from a McCloy free kick. From fully 25 yards his shot whacked against the crossbar. Unfortunately, despite the pressure Town were unable to score and got caught on the break. Blyth cut inside and slotted past keeper Hodges with relative ease.
Wymondham travelled to face a Long Stratton team who have been struggling of late. The early stages of the game witnessed some nervous defending from Town, with Stratton pressing. Felgate was competing well in the air and even put in a Maradona turn to take the ball off the pitch. The first half was a real non-event with minimal chances at either end. The only danger for Town was when the winger went through and drew a save from keeper Hodges, although the linesman was already flagging. Garwood was less than impressed and made his feelings clear. At halftime McCloy was bought on and gave us an attacking threat down the left. Town got into their stride and began to apply some pressure. Scadden burst through but shot weakly at the keeper. The best effort from Stratton came from a free kick but Hodges saved well. Still at 0-0, Ben Williamson ambitiously shot from 40 yards against the wind. This comedy moment may have been the catalyst, as Town duly scored. A good ball from Alex Williamson found Ramsbottom on the right. From a tight angle and from 20 yards out, he shot/crossed into the far corner. Town settled and started to create chances, notably when Scadden side footed back to the keeper. The game was finally made safe with 10 minutes to go. A free kick was awarded. McCloy who had earlier cleared off the Town line after a scramble put in a great ball. The keeper palmed away, with the ball eventually finding Williamson who from much closer in than his previous effort, scored into the unguarded net. It could have been even better but as Pipe burst down the left wing he shot 'just' find of the far post. He was also unlucky not to get on the end of a Speller cross. Town held on relatively comfortably with Hill and Felgate complementing each other at the back, Wells and Williamson supporting well.
MoM: Blair Scadden, never stopped working all game.
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