South Park Rangers Reserves v Wrington Redhill A

17th October 2015

Wrington A faced yet another away fixture this time at South Park Rangers. The hosts began the day towards the bottom of the table but have had some impressive results including drawing with top of the league so a difficult game was expected – and indeed that what was delivered.

Wrington went about their usual brand of attractive football but faced a side that were clearly well drilled at stopping such play. The steely hosts were allowed to impart their physical approach to the game by the referee and so continued to thwart the visitors in this manner.

An early chance saw Lucas, put through by McMullen, round the goalkeeper but held up well by the onrushing defence and failed to finish. Faulkner then went close with an impressive solo run smashing his effort against the bar. Wrington were again however shocked to find themselves one down with yet another hopeful ball over the top doing the trick to unlock the Wrington defence with the home side striker neatly finishing for 1-0.

As in previous weeks this seemed to trigger a newly found sense of urgency in the visitors who quickly equalised with a goal made in the 1990s with Garrett’s accurate corner header home by Ali Caulfield. The half then followed the pattern of Wrington stringing together passes and the hosts looking to break this down and spring quick counter attacks. Adam Caulfied, making his first start in senior football, gave an impressive performance at full back getting up and back time and after time and embracing the physical nature of the game.

The second half saw Briggs replace young Adam due to illness. Seaman also replaced Garrett who picked up a knock and a bit of reshuffling saw Paul Burnett in his more comfortable position of centre midfield. The game seemed to be drawing a inevitable 1-1 finish with Jon Marsh and his opposite number looking comfortable with anything coming their way until a Josh Bennett thunderbolt from 25 yards proved too hot to handle for the hosts’ ‘keeper for what was surely going to be another 3 points for Wrington. A late defensive error however handed a last minute equaliser on a plate to South Park and the spoils shared. A shame as the back line of the Caulfields, Dan Burnett, Fowkes and Seaman looked pretty comfortable for most of the afternoon.

Man of the Match goes to Adam Caulfield (Pictured) who despite only playing 45 minutes looked highliy impressive on his first senior start.

Next up is Banwell who visit The A team at their temporary Congresbury home.