Chilcompton Sports 3 – Wrington Redhill FC 0
GK, Matthew Hill
Defence, Daniel Caulfield, Chris Holland, Chris Bradley, Ethan Johnson
Midfield, Adam Caulfield, Leigh White, Mike Rowcliffe, Joe Moore
Forwards, Callum Vickery, Jacob Horton
Subs: Thomas Clark (for Daniel Caulfield), Anthony Badman (for Adam Caulfield)
This was an intriguing encounter away to table toppers Chilcompton Sports who have been scoring goals freely in recent matches. Manager Grahame Cheeseman had to make enforced changes to a defence that had not conceded for the past four games with the central duo of Sam Clements and Sam Johnson absent for today’s game. Despite the final score the shuffle with Chris Holland and Chris Bradley taking their places and young Daniel Caulfield taking the right back slot and Ethan Johnson at left back still looked pretty solid and gave their all to the cause.
The game was fairly even with both sides probing and having to contend with a very strong cross wind. The home side had most of the possession but it was 10 minutes into the game before Matt Hill was called into action parrying away a long range effort. For a period after Joe Moore and Callum Vickery were running amok down the left flank with Leigh White driving wide from Vickery’s pass and then himself shooting just wide. A lead would have been deserved but as so often happens a quick break down the left flank and a cross into the box was stabbed home by Harvey Haddrell for the home side to take the lead.
Despite this setback Wrington Redhill continued to compete and take the game to the league leaders. Mike Rowcliffe and Adam Caulfield kept plugging away and after a Vickery free kick was pushed away by the home ‘keeper Chilcompton broke away again this time down the right flank. Unable to clear the resultant cross the ball fell to Dane Edwards to cleanly stroke the ball home to extend the lead on 37 minutes. A late flurry of corners from White caused problems and Jake Horton rifled over the bar but a goal was denied.
Starting the second half at 2-0 down Chilcompton started to pen Wrington Redhill in their own half but were only able to create half chances. On 65 minutes Whitey played a short free kick to Vickery and getting to the by-line put a great ball into the box but no one was able to get close enough to poke the ball into the net. Shortly after Bradders cleared a breakaway for a corner and at the other end Rowcliffe shot just wide. Another Whitey free kick to Vickery saw him go on another mazy run and his left foot strike went just past the post.
In added on time the home side scored again after a three man passing move on the break ended with top scorer Ryan Gay rifling in a shot which Hill had no chance of saving. A somewhat harsh final score of 3-0 but a lot of positives can be taken from the game with debuts as substitutes of two more young promising players Thomas Clark and Anthony Badman contributing well.
The man of the match for Wrington Redhill was awarded to Callum Vickery.
Next Saturday another stern test will be home to Shirehampton which should be another exciting encounter to look forward to.