Wedmore 0 Wrington Redhill reserves 5

Reserves Finally Take Chances to Secure Big Away Win

Wedmore 0 V Wrington Reserves 5
With Summer fading, you often hear cricketers bemoan the fact that ‘Catches win matches’. With football, it is goals that change games. Last week’s disappointing result was largely down to missed chances whereas in a purple five minute patch following half time, Wrington Reserves scored three goals that effectively sealed an away win which gets their season up and running. It was the away side that started brightly with Mickey Edmunds pinging diagonal balls to Joe Moore and Kyle Selman on the flanks which allowed them to feed Tommy Johnson. Johnson is a player who feeds on confidence and right from the start he looked on form and caused panic in the home defence. Having forced a corner with one such run, he then headed in Joe Moore’s perfect delivery ahead of the on rushing Briggs who looked certain to score himself. Wrington dominated the first half with good passing football, correcting last week’s sloppy habit of giving the ball away cheaply. Phil Williams was given an armchair ride as he marshalled the defence of Briggs and Curtis shielded by the energetic Adam Caufield and Matt Lenny. This gave a platform which allowed the wide players to roam forward supplied by Mickey Edmunds and Paul Faulkner who held the ball up brilliantly. The only frustration was that all the pressure and chances did not lead to any more goals. Caulfield drew a superb save from Dave Lefhay in the Wedmore goal after going the length of the pitch interchanging passes with Johnson. Curtis managed to put the ball over the bar when he looked certain to score and Selman’s shot narrowly missed the target. Joe Moore drew a double fine for going for goal direct from a corner and celebrating when it went into the side netting. Whilst it remained one, nil, there were still some nervy moments particularly from crosses supplied by Wedmore’s Nick Beason on the left. George Bennett ghosted onto one cross and headed narrowly wide. For all their dominance, a goal for the home team then could have changed the game for the visitors.
Any such nerves were dispelled immediately after halftime with Mickey Edmunds scoring two quickfire goals. One supplied by a Curtis through ball and the other presented to him by a poor goal kick. Selman beat several defenders before teeing up Johnson for his second and at 4 nil up Wrington could afford to make several changes. This gave time for Dan to coolly slot home Faulkner’s inviting cross and stoke the argument as to whether the run made the pass or the pass made the run! Mickey Edmunds was awarded Man of the Match just ahead of Caulfield and Johnson.
Wrington Reserves now meet the far sterner test of Nailsea next week with plenty of options to pick from and a welcome clean sheet. However, replicating this performance under pressure will begin to show how good this side can be.

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Portishead Caledonian Thistle 4 Wrington Redhill reserves 1

Reserves fight back only to fall away against Division Favourites

This always looked a tricky opening fixture but if they expect to challenge this year Wrington will need to dig out results away from home and certainly can’t afford to gift good teams a goal start. From the kickoff a hopeful ball was not dealt with and the visitors were immediately behind as Tom Fowler slotted home.

To their credit, Wrington showed great spirit and with Matt Lenny and both the Caufield Brothers strong in the tackle, they began to dominate the midfield. Tommy Johnson and Louis Louvrais created several good chances showing that they were still in the game. It was no surprise when they equalised as Adam Caufield chased down a back pass causing the keeper to fumble and present him with an easy finish. The visitors pushed on and had the better chances with Paul Faulkner’s fine header hitting the crossbar from a Kyle Selman pinpoint cross. However, as half time approached Thistle reasserted themselves and a period of pressure resulted in several free kicks in promising positions and finally a corner in the last minute of the half. The perfect in swinging delivery caused enough confusion for the ricochet from a defender to end up in the net.

Wrington lost the dependable Paul Burnett with a knee injury at half time and seemed to loose a bit of bite in the tackle. As a result, Portishead began to win the 50/50 challenges and gained the run of the ball. Wrington compounded this by giving the ball away cheaply. Whereas in the first half the visitors had disrupted the home side’s system, they now seemed able to flood the midfield and utilise the space down the flanks of Wrington’s back three despite the best efforts of Curtis and the persevering and spiky Briggs. Wrington continued to give the ball away and were penalised twice by lightning breakaways which sealed the match. In between Louvais and Curtis had opportunities to cut the deficit but in reality Wrington had missed their chance in the first half.

Team: James Williams, Dan Caufield, Callum Briggs, Nick Curtis, Paul Burnett, Matt Lenny, Adam Caufield, Kyle Selman, Paul Faulkner, Louis Louvais, Tommy Johnson. Subs Mike Clements, Phil Williams.

MoM: Dan Caufield for an assured debut

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Wrington Edged Out By The Odd Goal

Wrington Reserves 3 v Draycott 4 – W & D Div One

After a string of encouraging results and a defence that has developed over the season, Wrington welcomed Draycott to The Rec keen to test themselves against the free scoring, unbeaten side. Adam Caulfield joined Briggs and Holland in the back three which meant Tom Clark was given his first start in midfield. Draycott started brightly and forced an early corner. The perfect far post delivery allowed Captian Wayne Scorse to rise above the defence and head the visitors into an early lead. Wrington tried to respond but as they pushed forward a long diagonal ball released Alex Brandrick who raced clear down the left and finished expertly with the outside of his left foot. With such a disasterous start, mAny sides would have crumbled but amongst others, Louvais would not allow this to happen and largely by his strength of character dragged Wrington back into the game reacting sharpest when the ball fell to him in the box. With the game now an even contest, Wrington received another hammer blow. From a free kick on the halfway a crowded penalty area allowed Draycott to block off a couple of defenders which left Peter Symons on his own to head past Williams to restore the two goal lead. Coach Williams reacted by pulling Clements back into the midfield and pushing the in form Tommy Johnson further forward trying to release him from the shackles of the physical defence. With the midfield now battling for every ball, Joe Moore unaccustomed to playing on the left, grew into the game and a slide rule pass released that man Louvais. He made no mistake, finding the bottom corner to keep the home side well in the game at half time. Although playing uphill in the second half it was Wrington who appeared to grow stronger and with Johnson and Louvais a constant threat it was no surprise when Johnson laid Louvais on for his hat trick with another precise finish. With the pitch cutting up and taking its toll, Draycott made a raft of substitutions and Wrington brought on Phil Williams for Paul Burnett who had contested every ball before giving in to his dodgy knees. It was Wrington now pushing for the winner and Moore was unlucky to be given offside when through. Phil Williams was also unlucky when following his own interception on the edge of his penalty area, he found himself baring down on goal at the other end. He was just about to pull the trigger when Louvais return pass was intercepted. A draw was the least Wrington deserved but football doesn’t work like that. Following a speculative long ball, the ball was passed back to Williams in goal. He connected cleanly but midfielder Stan Smith had continued his run and the ball ricocheted into the goal despite Brigg’s despairing efforts. There was just time for Wrington to win a free kick which Moore delivered perfectly finding Louvais 6 yards out only for his volley to nestle into the keepers midriff with several Wrington players sinking to their knees. With no games scheduled for February, The Reserves should take heart from the character of their display and the form of Man of the Match Louvais (pictured) rather than the result.

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Rouvais Quarter pounder sees Reserves into Semi’s

Wrington Reserves 3. V Portishead United A. 1 – Hospital Cup Quarter Final.

Wrington Reserves welcomed back Louis Rouvais (Pictured) into the starting line up and he has obviously been paying attention on his trips to Old Trafford as he led the line with aplomb. Carrying a little more timber than Zlatan, he brought out all the control and power to terrorise the Portishead defence.

Similarly at the back, Phil Williams started in the absence of Curtis and appreciated the arm chair sweeping role he has been getting with Briggs, Holland and now Marsh doing all the tackling in front of them. Williams hardly broke sweat but used all his experience to organise what has become a very solid defensive unit. In perfect conditions, Wrington passed the ball far better this week and with Selman working hard on the left and Moore on the right, started to dictate the game.

The front three also showed more energy and hounded the Portishead defence at every opportunity. A hurried defensive clearance fell to Rouvais who released Tommy Johnson to run at the defence. In the form that he is in it was no surprise when his shot nestled in the top corner from a shot Danny McMullen would have been proud of, to give the home side the lead. Wrington looked in control so it was a shock when the visitors drew level. An attack broke down and with the midfield out of position a break by Bendall-Weeks delivered the perfect far post cross which was slotted in giving Sharman in goal no chance. Wrington responded with Rouvais and Johnson to the fore and again the pair worked an opportunity for Johnson to slot his second and 15th of the season. Wrington were now winning all the 50/50 tackles with Caulfield and Lenny running the midfield. Clements released Rouvais whose near post shot squeezed in past the keeper which was just as well with Johnson free six yards out begging for his hat trick.

At half time, Williams was replaced by the returning Dan Burnett and his first action was being sold short by a back pass and his despairing tackle meant that Sharman had to produce the first of many fine saves to keep the lead intact. The second half then settled and Wrington pressed with Johnson raiding down the left and when his shot was parried it fell to Clements who calmly picked his spot and then blasted the ball straight ….at the keeper. However, Portishead deserve great credit and started to dominate as they pushed men forward. Wrington came under a bombardment of corners and long throw ins for the last 20 minutes. James Marshall replaced Louvais and Wrington were hanging on. Coach Williams will be pleased with the shape, game management and battling spirit of Briggs and Caulfield in particular, along with the keeping of Sharman that saw the game out with no further score.

The Committee nominated Clements, Williams and Lenny for Man of the Match in vindication of their youth policy but in reality it could have been given to anyone. In the end Rouvais edged out Briggs for the award after a vote which controversially saw his girlfriend vote against him.

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Pitch Wins but 3 Valuable Points for Wrington Reserves.

W & D Div One

Wrington Reserves 3. V Nailsea United A. 1

In this ever competitive League the big games keep on coming. With Moore, Edmunds and Burnett unavailable! Faulkner, Selman and Marsh showed the club’s depth by slotting in seamlessly. Playing with the slope in the first half The home side were slow to get into their stride and the heavy pitch seemed to inhibit their passing game giving the ball away on too many occasions. Continuing to play with three up front they also struggled to push onto the full backs and work hard enough to give the midfield options leading to a disconnect between the team as a whole. Their attacks were limited to solo raids by Tommy Johnson and the returning Selman.

Things got worse when for once the home defence was stretched and failed to clear and from no where Wrington found themselves behind. The frustration continued as no real shape to the game developed and both sides struggled to find a forward threat. Wrington also suffered the loss of top scorer Tommy Johnson due to an unfortunate clash of heads. With James Marshall now leading the line, It took the first piece of class from Faulkner who chested the ball down and squared the ball to Matt Lenny whose left foot shot sailed over the keeper to square the score. After a disappointing half, The hair drier treatment was required at the interval but to little effect. After 10 minutes, Coach Williams shuffled his pack by replacing the ineffectual Clements with Tom Clark for his debut after impressing for the A team. The change in formation, playing five across midfield brought Jonny Marsh more into the game and allowed Faulkner more space on the right. With Caulfield and Lenny typically combative in midfield chances were limited and it looked as if the game was heading for the Reserves first drawn game of the season. However, the game swung as Nailsea pressed and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty following a saving tackle by Jon Marsh. Soon after Marsh found himself at the end of a move involving Faulkner and Lenny, beating Selman to the shot that deflected into the bottom corner.

With William’s secure handling in goal and the back three of Briggs, Holland and Curtis all vying for Man of the Match the points looked safe. The game was finally settled when Paul Faulkner, who was involved in all three goals, escaped down the right and James Marshall turned to release Selman who rounded the goalkeeper to coolly finish and cap a fine return to the side. Last week the performance was better than the result, this week…….

Next week’s game is an early 1.30pm kickoff at The Rec Vs Portishead in the quater final of the Hospital Cup. MOM.. Chris ‘Dutch’ Holland (pictured)

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Williams Diving Saves Springboard to vital Win

Weston and District Div One.

KVFC 0 v Wrington Reserves 3

In this hugely competitive division where four points separates the top 5 sides and one win or loss can shoot you up or down the table, every game is crucial. However, this fixture between regular protagonists really did feel like a massive game to end the year. With Coach Phil Williams insisting that Chelsea have nicked his tactical formation, Ali Caulfield and Paul Burnett slotted in for the unavailable Curtis and Adam Caufield whilst Paul Faulkner returned to midfield to accommodate the returning Tommy Johnson up front. Knowing that a win would take them above their visitors, KVFC started brightly and taking advantage of the slope kept Wrington under pressure with Stanley and Scribbins prominent. With Wringtons’ passing being uncharacteristically sloppy, it was Kenn Valley who created the better chances and James Williams needed to be on top form, pulling off four or five full length saves to keep Wrington in the game. However, Captain ‘Dutch’ Holland used all his experience to push slightly forward to deny Stanley any space and kept him quiet for the rest of the game. With Paul Burnett his usual competitive self and Paul Faulkner showing his full range of passing skills, the visitors began to get a foothold. Johnson and Edmunds combined well to force a corner. Edmunds perfect delivery was headed down by Johnson and Burnett was first to react to put Wrington ahead. With Moore and Thomas now bossing the flanks and Caulfield sweeping up everything in defence the game was end to end but it was the visitors who scored a second just before half time. A short corner from Faulkner saw Clements dart into the penalty area before laying the ball back to Moore who drove the ball home for the goal his form and all round display warranted. With the slope now in their favour, Wrington could control the game with men behind the ball but were also able to break quickly. Frequently supplied by Thomas, Tommy Johnson always proved an outlet and constantly beat one or two players whilst Mickey Edmunds held the ball up to bring others into the game. With Holland pushed on, Callum Briggs and Caulfield at the centre of defence won every challenge and really the visitors were quite comfortable with their two goal lead. The game was settled when a poor clearance fell to Clements whose first time ball found its way through to Johnson who rounded the keeper for his 12th of the season. As the home side continued to push further and further forward, Johnson won a succession of free kicks. Mickey Edmunds clean strike rebounded off the keeper to Clements who was four yards out only to blasé over the bar. It was a tremendous way for the Reserves to end the year with everyone of the team playing their part and a clean sheet is always welcome. Although there are plenty of contenders for Man of the Match, James Williams (pictured) was outstanding in goal and his saves changed the complexion of the whole game.

Ngolo Kante on the right wing……you heard it here first!!!

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Clem de la Clem performance from Reserves

Wrington Reserves 6 V Portishead A 1

Many good coaches have stumbled on a new winning system in adversity. Who knew James Milner could play left full back? With leading goal scorer Tommy Johnson unavailable for the first time this season, and the rest of the forward line stranded with transport problems, Edmunds, Faulkner and Clements started up front.

The selection of Clements up front raised a few eyebrows after last week’s disappointing performance and the fact that he has struggled to find a settled position in the side, his undoubted energy impossible to mould into a disciplined system. Following a respectful minutes silence for Wrington Stalwart, Vernon Stokes, the afternoon started ominously for the home side. A youthful Portishead side started confidently and knocked the ball around nicely. With Callum Briggs diving in to ruin his chances of MOM for the third time running, a low cross found its way across the face of goal for an easy tap in. With the conditions worsening and playing up hill, it needed real energy and character led by Joe Moore and Adam Caulfield to get back into the game.

With Mick Edmunds and Paul Faulkner holding the ball up well, Clements was released down the right wing and the cut back was hammered in left footed by Moore. Now back into the game, the settled back three of Holland, Briggs and Curtis continued their good form allowing the midfield of Lenny, Thomas, Moore and Caulfield to dominate. Edmunds again released Faulkner whose exquisite chip from distance turned the game in Wringtons’ favour. They had the chance to extend their lead before half time as Mickey Edmunds won a penalty but with no one keen to take responsibility the unfortunate Curtis had his shot saved. There was also time for Thomas to hit the post with the ‘keeper beaten. Mindful of their slender lead and expecting Portishead to respond strongly, it was in fact Wrington who showed more energy and urgency in the second half and extended their lead. Another cross from Thomas saw Lenny and Edmunds pressure the defence until the ball fell to Clements who was first to the ball and his deflected shot found the net. To their credit Portishead responded and it took a super full length save from James Williams to keep them out after which you could see that it wasn’t going to be the away teams’ day. Adam Caulfield who was carrying an injury had run himself to a standstill and was replaced by his Dad Ali, whose control and short passing game was perfect to protect the lead. The game was effectively settled when Paul Faulkner’s pin point cross allowed Clements to slide in for his second.

Clements returned the favour shortly afterwards as Faulkner slotted the fifth. Chances continued with both hunting a hat-trick. In the last minute Edmunds, stood over a corner and with Clements lurking on the edge of the box, delivered the cross with the shout of ‘Scholes’ . Although he couldn’t meet it on the full, the ball bounced kindly and Clements’ gentle volley squeezed into the corner for his hat trick. Who knew evergreen Mighty Mino Clements could play up front let alone score?

Wrington will now hope to keep a more settled side as they go into another crucial game in this hugely competitive League away to rivals KVFC. They will be looking for revenge after throwing away a vital 3 points at home having led up to the final few minutes. A win and they could realistically be challenging in the New Year otherwise they may be looking over their shoulder with teams having games in hand.

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Reserves Dig Out Hard Fought Win

Wrington Reserves 3 Hutton 0 – Hospital Cup

With Hutton scoring seven goals in their last outing against KVFC, this looked a tricky draw in the Hospital Cup. The reserves also had to use the depth of the club’s playing resources as Mike Shaman replaced James Williams who moved up to the the first team and with several late call offs, Harrison Barzotelli made his debut. Playing up the hill and with the manager’s plea for a more disciplined display, Wrington started cautiously and it was the visitors who dominated the early exchanges. However, the back three of Callum Briggs, Nick Curtis and Dutch Holland were outstanding and with stood everything thrown at them. Briggs and Holland tackled everything that moved and Curtis’s positional play mopped up all the loose ends. Unusually for the home side, too often the ball was played long giving Tommy Johnson and Charlie Burgess little chance of holding the ball up. However, with Barzotelli industrious behind the front two, Lenny and Clements began to get a grip in midfield which released Thomas and Moore out wide. Thomas played in Johnson whose superb ball allowed Burgess to coolly drive the ball into the bottom corner. The pattern of the game returned to Wrington playing more like the away side and Huttons’ full backs finding plenty of space out wide putting Wrington’s shape under pressure. Mike Sharman made one outstanding save from a point blank header to keep the lead intact at half time. A tinkering of the formation and now playing downhill, Wrington grew more into the game and Huttons’ full backs found it harder to get forward. Moore, Burgess and Barzotelli set up Johnson who made no mistake with a rasping shot which gave the ‘keeper no chance. This takes Johnson’s goal tally into double figures for the season. Hutton responded and the home side’s defence had to be at its best to keep them out and on the one occasion when a chance came, Shaman made a crucial double save. With the visitors trying to get back into the game, Thomas and Moore now found space raiding down the flanks, and the siege was lifted. Returning from injury, Selman came on and a typical run saw him drive into the penalty area but pushed out to what seemed an impossible angle. Not for Selman, who threaded the ball expertly into the net and effectively sealed the win. This only left time for a few soft bookings the most notable that of Clements who was booked for the first time in 40 odd years of playing!

Man of the Match was hotly debated but with a rare clean sheet it had to be one of the defence and Callum Briggs edged it. The threat of Phil Williams kitted up and named as sub, ready to make his comeback obviously working as an incentive!! A fine win, but next week’s crucial reverse fixture in the League will be a tougher assignment again. Man Of Match: Callum Briggs

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Reserves Playing Like Keegan’s Newcastle

Cleeve Town 4 Vs Wrington Res 3

Everyone’s favourite second team in 1995 was Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle who played some lovely football with the philosophy of ‘we will score more than you will’. However, their title challenge hit the rocks when they lost 4 – 3 at Anfield having led throughout the game. If you include the A teams result last week, that is three weeks running we have lost 4 – 3 having led with less than 15 minutes remaining. This leaves any chance of challenging at the top of the league hanging in the balance and coach Phil Williams shaking his head.

Having won against the same opponents at home last week, the visitors started brightly and with Louis Rouvais (Pictured) running the show from just behind the strikers they dominated even though playing up the slope. A typically battling run and challenge by Adam Caufield in center midfield won an attacking free kick. Joe Moore delivered a perfect near post cross with plenty of pace which Louvais planted into the net. Wrington grew in confidence and played some good football but this was not the same Cleeve Town as last week. Bolstered by Clayton Mat, Aaron Horner and Joel Bayliss, the home team contained plenty of individual talent which occasionally threatened. The busy Bayliss, playing up front on his own, turned his man and fed Mat who ran through to level the scores.

Wrington responded with more good football and Captain ‘Dutch’ Holland led the way with a strong run. Interchanging passes with Thomas and Faulkner before beating the keeper at the near post with a powerful strike. There is no doubt it was a good goal, but when your central defender talks about ‘doing the keeper with his eyes’ it is ‘gilding the Lily ‘ a little bit.

Wrington deserved their lead but yet again, leading into half time, they let it slip as danger man Mat was given acres of space on the right to run through unopposed. His cool finish undoing all the hard work of the first 45 minutes.

However, now playing with the elements, there was little doubt that Wrington would come again. Nick Curtis (playing like Philippe Albert in defence) exchanged passes with Callum Briggs whose long ball was expertly controlled on his chest by Joe Moore. His slide rule pass allowed Paul Faulkner to race clear. With shouts of ‘SHOOT’ ringing out he unselfishly squared the ball to give Tommy Johnson a simple tap in. With Wrington looking to protect their lead and beginning to tire, the game became untidy with lots of aimless high balls as Cleeve struggled to make headway up the hill. Micky Edmunds replaced the influencial Louvais and showed a few flashes of class but Wrington could not kill off the game and started to sit back. Wrington had a scare when James Williams in goal saved low down to his left against the post from a rare attack but the points looked safe. That was until a long hopeful free kick saw that man Mat rise above everyone else to head in his hat trick, and then from no where, a long range strike for his fourth to totally turn the game around and break Wringtons’ hearts with only minutes left.

It is easy to say that the visitors lost to a fine four goal individual performance from Christian Mat, but in truth as in previous weeks, having done so much hard work they should never have surrendered a game they should have won. It is also 36 goals conceded in 11 games!

Kyle, TJ and Louis might have to play like Ginola, Beardsley and Ferdinand for Wrington to mount a challenge from here……………but ‘I WOULD LOVE IT’ to be proved wrong.

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Reserves “Cleeve” Apart Their Opposition

Saturday 5 November

Wrington Res 4-2 Cleeve West Town Res

The first of a double-header in consecutive weeks saw a strong Wrington performance pick up all three points vs the league’s early strugglers.

The home side started uncharacteristically brightly, having struggled to get quickly up to tempo in previous games this season, and raced into an early lead thanks to a flowing move.  It started at one end from a fine save by James Williams, before Callum Briggs cleaned up and fed Joe Moore on the right.  As Wrington broke with pace, quick, one-touch passing between Moore, Lenny, Rouvrais and Selman saw Johnson put through to slot home in front of his adoring fan.

Wrington kept the pressure on, Adam Caulfield in midfield epitomising the energy and hustle of the hosts, and following a series of poor corners from Moore, finally one that made it as far as the 6 yard box enabled Wrington to double their advantage – Rouvrais on hand to poke over the line.

At the other end, the defence of Briggs, Holland (pictured) and Curtis were relatively untroubled, but Wrington have developed a nasty habit of conceding cheap free-kicks in dangerous areas, and once again they fell victim, as an excellently whipped delivery between defensive line and goalkeeper left Lenny with no option but to bury a bullet header past his own keeper.  The hosts’ other nasty habit has been giving away (at least) one goal a game though their commendable commitment to learning to “play out from the back”.  This time captain Holland was the unfortunate culpable of gifting hope to the visitors.  That aside, Cleeve rarely threatened from open play, and by the time Holland had redeemed himself by stabbing home from another uncleared corner and Rouvrais had fired home a powerful low drive from the edge of the box, Wrington could easily have had two or three more, but for an inspired goal-keeping display from the visitors.

The only negative for the hosts was the first half injury to Kyle Selman, although substitute Mick Edmunds performed superbly in his first outfield game of the season.  Selman has been an important contributor to the team’s attacking efforts this season, and although the team will have some respite from his frustrating lack of transportation and incessant moaning, they will need to step up to replace his input on the pitch.  With Cleeve’s first team not having a fixture this weekend, it also remains to be seen whether Wrington will be facing a sterner test on their return to Cleeve in their quest for another 3 points.

Williams, Briggs, Holland (C), Curtis, Moore, Caulfield, Lenny, Thomas, Selman (Edmunds), Rouvrais, Johnson

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