Wallington ‘Wonder’ Strike Secures A Point

 

Saturday 28th February 2015

Wrington travelled to Odd Down for this Somerset County Premier Division encounter.

The game kicked off with Wrington making the best start playing some controlled football. On 15 minutes a neat passing move led to Cheeseman playing the ball wide to Chris Bradley who fired the ball across the box and with Leigh White sliding in on goal he just failed to get the all important touch.

The home side were always in the game playing long accurate balls up to their big centre forward who won the majority of the balls and bringing other players into the game. Wrington continued to pass the ball well and another ball played in from Bradley was also just missed by White following a good late run into the box. The Wrington Back four were beginning to sort out how to play the long ball and although the home team had a couple of good chances to score the game made it to half time 0-0.

Both teams must have felt that the game was their for the taking and Manager Smith stressed the need to get off to a good start in the second half. This unfortunately did not happen and on 49 minutes Odd Down won a penalty.

There appeared to be no danger as Wrington left back Tom Smith controlled the ball in the box. The ball should have been cleared but Smith with a call of ‘time’ took a split second to decide what to do. When Smith attempted to clear the ball the Odd Down forward just toed the ball away from him and Smith made contact with the forward bringing him down for a correctly awarded Penalty.

Andy Keen stepped up and scored sending Clarke the wrong way in the Wrington goal.

Wrington then had a shaky five-minute spell but once they cleared their heads they began to get on top. A good passing move saw the ever dangerous White run in behind the home defence where he lobbed the onrushing keeper only to see his lob hit the bar. A snap shot from Cheeseman also just went wide of the post.

Then on 79 minutes up stepped Mike Wallington, Wallington standing just inside the Odd Down half saw the keeper a couple of feet off his line. Then with lightening quick thinking Wallington took careful aim smashing a long ‘Beckhamesk’ shot that flew over the keepers head rippling the back of the net with its power and precision for a once in a lifetime wonder goal……or Wallington horribly mishit a long ball that somehow the keeper misjudged and with it bouncing over his head and with just enough power, dribbled over the line into the net for the equaliser. 1-1. Those of you that made the trip will know the truth!

The Wrington back four were playing well with Sam Clements and Sam Johnson coming out on top in the personal battles with the Odd Down forwards.

From then on Wrington looked to be the more likely side to win the game. A few half chances were created and a free kick deep into injury time was cleared by the home team to see the game end in a draw.

A decent game of football to which both sides contributed. On balance probably a fair result with Wrington extending their unbeaten run to four games and with a record of only losing twice in the last eleven games the effort of the players is there for all to see.

Thank you again to the travelling Wrington supporters and for Club chairman Finch for stepping up to run the line while the leagues number one linesman, Mr Steve Andow recovers from some minor knee surgery. Get well soon (Very Soon) Steve

MOTM : Sam Clements – Immense at the back