Wrington Redhill 1 Welton Rovers Reserves 3
Wrington Redhill started the game well and in the opening minutes should have been leading by two goals. The first opportunity came when the ball was switched from left to right across field in a move involving Jack Hutchings, Joe Creese and Ollie Clements with Si Hewish launching the ball goal wards which just went over the crossbar. Shortly after Hutchings fired wide.
Then two goals were notched by the visitors, the first from a long ball punted over the defence and a Welton player reacting quickly and fired past James Williams into the net. Minutes later a run at the defence offering only lacklustre challenging was breached again and suddenly the hosts were in disarray. It got worse as ten minutes before the break a free kick was headed past Williams increasing the lead further.
Just as the half was drawing to a close Reece Ferguson-Obamwonyi got into the box and rifled past Billy Barter to reduce the deficit and end the period 3-1 in Welton’s favour.
Changes were made at half time with Leigh White and George Fake replacing Hutchings and Creese. Wrington Redhill began getting into the game more but inconsistent decisions by the referee was frustrating the players which led to three yellow cards issued to Hewish, Sam Parkinson and White who was also sin binned for ten minutes. There was also a controversial dismissal of Cory Thomas-Barker for alleged disputed remarks which did not help the team’s cause.
Despite all this mayhem which also resulted in Welton players also being booked it could hardly be described an ill-tempered game. Back to the football Kyle Norris struck a post for the visitors followed by Parkinson finding Ferguson-Obamwonyi and his strike to the far post was pushed away by Barter for a corner. Late on Clements fired a free kick just wide of the left post. At the death Welton thought they had notched another goal when substitute Ryan Rudland headed in a corner, but this was overruled by an offside decision.
The game ended with a disappointing 3-1 defeat, but spirits remain high, and the team look forward to the long journey to Minehead next week looking to bounce back to their best form.
Goalkeeper: James Williams
Defence: Si Hewish, Dan Ferguson, Ethan Johnson, Ryan Pugh
Midfield: Ollie Clements, Sam Parkinson, Cory Thomas-Barker, Reece Ferguson-Obamwonyi
Forwards: Jack Hutchings, Joe Creese
Substitutes: Leigh White (for Joe Creese), George Fake (for Jack Hutchings), Matt Walsh (for Ryan Pugh)