Street reserves 0 Wrington Redhill 2
Goal-scorers Horton & Vickery
An away victory at Street Reserves was well deserved following a good all round team performance by Wrington Redhill in the first division of the Somerset County League.
Due to absences James Williams was promoted from the reserves in goal with Callum Briggs moving to central defence and Ryan Pugh starting at left back. Ethan Williams partnered Jake Horton as the attacking duo.
The game was played at a fast pace in glorious late summer sunshine with both sides seeking to play a passing style of football. Receiving a ball from Ryan Pugh along the left flank Rory Thomas sent a cross into the penalty area which was collected by the home ‘keeper Dragos Ojog under pressure. James Williams pulled off an important double save to prevent the hosts going in front with Street’s and in reply Jake Horton hit a powerful shot just wide
We deservedly took the lead when Callum Vickery played a superb ball into the path of Jake Horton who rifled the ball past Ojog to open his account for the season. Street came back strongly and Williams punched clear to Daniel Linham who fierce strike was blocked by Leigh White. Linham soon attacked again cleverly evading three tackles before shooting tamely straight at Williams.
The lead was extended when Vickery struck from outside the box, the ball sailing past the home ‘keeper into the net. At this stage Vickery was tormenting the home side who were unable to get anywhere near him unless bringing him down. He almost added to his tally but his fierce effort was charged down
Street came out for the second period and managed to get control of the game but Ollie Clements, Leigh White and Callum Briggs defended strongly whilst Simon Hewish, Ben Sheppard and Rory Thomas battled in midfield and Ethan Williams working extremely hard to retain possession of the ball in the opponents half.
James Williams was called into action again making a double save before Adam Caulfield and Jack Biggs added fresh legs as the forward pair of Horton and Ethan Williams tired in the blistering heat. The home side saw plenty of the ball through the 2nd half but we defended the lead comfortably and created some decent chanced on the counter attack. Jack Biggs was provided with the best chance in the 2nd half by more good work from Vickery but shot wide when well placed.
The game ended 2- 0 in Wrington Redhill’s favour and the performance showed great promise for the season ahead. There were contenders for man of the match, Callum Vickery for his trickery, Leigh White who controlled his defence throughout and James Williams dominating his goal area. The award was handed to Callum Briggs for his excellent second half defending performance which went a long way in ensuring a clean sheet was achieved for the victory and points on offer.
Bill Gough Man of the Match: Callum Briggs
GK: James Williams
Defence: Ollie Clements, Leigh White, Callum Briggs, Ryan Pugh
Midfield: Callum Vickery, Simon Hewitt, Ben Sheppard, Rory Thomas
Forwards: Jake Horton, Ethan Williams
Subs: Jack Biggs (for Ethan Williams), Adam Caulfield (for Jake Horton)