Saturday 31st Jan 2015
Wrington Redhill v Bridgwater Town Res
Despite some initial unfounded fears over the condition of the pitch the game went ahead against a young Town side.
The game started with both sides playing some decent football.
On 15 minutes a neat passing move saw Leigh White break into the Town box unfortunately ‘Whitey’ was just unable to control the ball while travelling at speed and the ball ran into the keepers hands.
On 20 minutes Town got the ball into the Wrington net but it was correctly ruled offside by the now limping Jake Murry.(Asst Referee)
Bridgwaters’ young side were playing out from the back with Wrington trying to press high up the pitch. The tireless Leigh White closed down Towns centre back Josh White and on passing the ball to Callum Laird, Home debuting Louis Keane robbed Laird and ran towards goal. The Town keeper moved towards Keane who picked his moment and clinically finished with a neat shot at the near post. 1 -0
Bridgwater were now passing the ball well and Wringtons defensive shape was always being tested by this neat footballing side.
On 38 minutes Towns’ Matt Connolly broke from midfield and found the impressive Chris Young just outside the Wrington box. Young placed his shot high into the Wrington net giving Clarke no chance. 1-1
Town continued to press hard and only a brilliant double save from the in form Clarke in the Wrington goal kept the scores level.
Wrington though were always in the game as an attacking force and on 42 minutes Neil Andow broke in from the left and fired in a low shot that was well saved by the Town keeper.
Half time came with both defences on top in what was becoming an entertaining end to end game. H/T 1-1
The second half kicked off and a long a range Town effort was well saved by Clarke.
Wrington were soon into their stride and more neat football led to a shot from Simon Rigg that went just wide of the post.
On 63 minutes a quick throw from the alert Chris Bradley found Louis Keane in a yard of space. Keane whipped in lovely ball to the far post where the lurking Grahman Cheeseman finished with a powerful trademark ‘Cheeso’ header. 2-1
Town now pressed hard for an equaliser and gaps began to open up in their defensive shape allowing Wrington opportunities in attack.
Try as they might though Town could find no way through a back line that was being well marshalled by Sam Johnson.
As the game entered the closing minutes Gary Clarke saved what looked a sure fire equaliser. Following a Town corner the ball was headed clear to the right side of the box and a fierce shot was fired in with Clarke moving in the ‘wrong’ direction he somehow dived to his left and stopped the ball on the line with his left hand.
There was still time for another Town corner that caused havoc in the home teams defence but with bodies flying into to tackles the ball dribbled past the post with Clarke beaten .
The referee playing 5 minutes extra time eventually whistled for the end of the game for an excellent Redskins win.
The game very much mirrored the earlier fixture at Towns ground where they played some neat football but Wrington were always a threat and with their excellent defence and threat in front of goal ‘The Redskins’ managed to prevail in both games
MOTM: Gary Clarke (Pictured) for his assured handling and 3 top class saves.
The below link has a number of photos of the game if your interested