AFC Brislington 0 – Wrington Redhill 0
This was Wrington Redhill’s fifth game in 13 days at the start of the season which saw them run out of steam having to contend with injuries to key players and Bank Holiday commitments for some players. However, there was no lack of effort from the team put together by Manager Leigh White, himself missing due to injury.
A tough earned point was disappointing at the end of a game where had key chances been taken, victory would have been assured. Nonetheless this point was enough to propel the team to an early season third position in the league.
In the first half Jack Hutchings fired into the hands of the home keeper Brad Challis and Cory Thomas-Barker saw his long-distance drive crash against an upright and Ryan Pugh also came close following an excellent run on the left before cutting and letting loose with a fierce shot. Brislington were relying more on a long ball approach, but Ethan Johnson and Dan Ferguson were coping well. Ollie Clements was as usual in the thick of the action ably assisted by Si Hewish having another good game from the right back berth.
There were several crunching tackles being made by the hosts which led to two of their players being yellow carded. In one such incident a heavy challenge ended the afternoon for Ollie Clements with a broken toe diagnosed after the game.
As the game wore on more chances were created with Joe Creese threatening and Matt Walsh’s work rate was to be applauded. It looked that victory was clinched when George Fake bundled the ball into the net but was adjudged to have assisted it by use of a hand and ruled out.
Late on Brislington tried to snatch a winner but James Williams remained resolute and kept another clean sheet to see out the game.
Wrington Redhill’s Player of the Match award went to skipper Ethan Johnson.
Goalkeeper: James Williams
Defence: Si Hewish, Dan Ferguson, Ethan Johnson, Ryan Pugh
Midfield: Ollie Clements, Cory Thomas-Barker, Matt Walsh, Joe Creese
Forwards: Jack Hutchings, George Fake
Substitutes: Jordan Bonner (for Ryan Pugh), Ethan Williams (for Ollie Clements), Mark Brown (for Matt Walsh)