Weston and District Division 4 – Wrington A 4 – AFC Nailsea Reserves 0
After a couple of disappointing weeks, the A’s got back to winning ways with a fine all round performance at the Rec. With Skipper Paul and Josh Bennett, returning after a long injury, dictating the midfield with a wide range of passes, the front three of James Marshall, Dan McMullen and Sean Cole were kept busy. Chances came thick and fast as the home side dominated but the final ball or shot was lacking, typified by complaints from the substitutes who time and again had to retrieve balls from the hedges and fields if they could find them! The attacking formation has worked well for the A’s and certainly kept them on the front foot. However, to play 3 – 4 – 3 the midfield needs to work hard especially in the wide areas. They certainly did but then in attack, lacked a little composure and too many balls were over played or long. It was therefore a relief when Tommo and Sean Cole combined to win a free kick on the left which Dan McMullen delivered perfectly inviting James Marshall to bundle in for a typical Centre forward’s goal. With Dan Tapson anchoring the back three with Callum and Tom Clark, Nailsea hardly had a shot on goal and the only frustration was turning around only one, nil up.
Playing up the famous slope in the second half and only one up, it might have made a side nervous but Wrington were in total control and it was only a matter of time before they added to their lead.
James Marshall recovered a loose ball which he squared to Dan McMullen in space who picked his spot from 25 yards into the top corner. The only debate was whether the slight deflection aided or hindered his accuracy. With the luxury of a clear lead, Wrington pushed on again and another good cross from the Captain saw a clean header from Marshall beat the visiting keeper. Not to be out done, Man of the Match Dan McMullen (Pictured) rounded off his afternoon with another 25 yard screamer from a free kick to make it 8 goals for the season. Wrington still had plenty in reserve and Jack Hetherington, Sam Fowkes and Tom Johnson still had time to make their mark in the last half hour. With both forwards on a brace, it was anyone’s guess who would take a penalty if awarded as both were looking for a hat trick. Add Sean Cole still running the channels in search of a goal now joined by TJ, if anything the attacking area was too crowded as chance after chance came and went. It was a real surprise that the game ended with no more goals.
Wrington A’s now have a perfectly symmetrical record of won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2 leaving them mid table and perfectly poised to kick on for the rest of the season. It also sees several players pushing for the Reserves who also need a lift for next week’s home game against KVFC to cement their place, fourth in Division 1.