Saturday 28th March 2015
Bishops Lydeard v Wrington Redhill
A nightmare trip down the M5 meant that the usual pre match rituals were dispensed with as the team and assistant managers Probert (Pictured) and Clark had just 20 minutes to prepare for the game.
Wrington defended up a steep slope and against a strong wind that meant a difficult first 45 minutes was assured. The home team were quickest out of the blocks and pulled the Wrington team about in a strong opening 15 minutes. In that time Wrington managed to muster a single chance but what a chance. The ball was swung in from the left and Cheeseman rose and sent a powerful downward header towards goal. Only a fantastic save from the home keeper low down to his right kept the scores level.
Then on 17 minutes Lydeard opened the scoring. A good ball played in from the Wrington left bounced on the six yard line. Keeper Clarke came for the ball as the Lydeard striker looked to get on the end of the cross. The striker tried to shoot but missed the ball. However, this only made things worse as Clarke attempted to cover the shot. Due to the missed shot the ball never deviated from its course and carried straight on past Clarke into the net. 1-0
The home team continued to press but in the last 10 miuntes of the first half Wrington seemed to get some control in the game. Lydeard missed two good chances to increase their lead so the first half ended 1-0.
With the conditions now favouring the away side Wrington kicked off. On 50 minutes another brilliant header from Cheeseman was again saved by the home keeper. Then against the run of play on 55 minutes Wrington went two down.
A long-range effort looked to have been saved by Clarke but on landing on the ground the ball was knocked loose from his grip and the home team striker who had followed the shot in had a simple tap in. 2-0
The management team took action and on 65 minutes changed to 3-4-3 formation which had the desired effect
Wrington now pushed hard and the home team were pinned back in their half as the game entered its final 25 minutes. On 70 minutes another Cheeseman header was brilliantly saved again by you know who. Several crosses into the home team box were cleared and a number of half chances came and went, then on 81 minutes Wrington got the goal they deserved. The ball was played into the box which this time the home team failed to clear and in the ensuing goalmouth melee Leigh White prodded the ball home. 2-1
Wrington continued to press and further efforts from Cheeseman and Neil Andow were saved by the home keeper.
Then with the game in the final minutes Cheeseman won a flick header that put the strong running Leigh White clear in on goal with keeper coming out to meet him. The away team subs and management team were off the bench expecting ‘Whitey’ to lift the ball over the keeper but he unfortunately dragged his shot wide and the game ended 2-1.
A game that the Redskins deserved something from but for the first in a while they came out on the wrong side a closely fought game.
Next week we return home to ‘The Rec’ where our visitors will be Yatton FC.
Thanks again to the Wrington Away Travelling Supporters I know it was a terrible trip down.
MOTM : Tom Smith : Strong performance at Left back
Up the Redskins