Locking Park reserves 2 Wrington Redhill reserves 1
Wrington reserves winning start to the season came to a halt with a disappointing loss away to Locking having dominated large parts of the game. Two defensive mistakes, one in each half, undoing all the good football. Strangely, for all the possession and neat play up to the home side’s 18 yard box, Lockings goal keeper hardly had a save to make.
Wrington started brightly with Holland and Flynn providing energy in midfield and Johnson and Selman looking to add to their impressive goal tally. However, with The home side defending very deep, Wrington found it hard to generate any clear cut chances. The nearest they came were two half chances for Holland and Flynn and one fine cross from Gallacher which inexplicably no one attacked at the far post and the ball slid Agonisingly wide.
It was therefore against the run of play when the Secure paring of the Burnett brothers were put under pressure from a long ball resulting in an under hit back pass which Will Poole latched on to and put Locking ahead. Wrington tried to respond with Jake Betts and Paul Faulkner controlling the centre of midfield but we’re constantly frustrated by the dogged Locking defence and awkward bounce of the ball.
Half time saw Wrington now playing with the elements and if anything increasing the pressure which resulted in Holland winning a free kick on the edge of the box after being played in by Betts. Selman duly dispatched into the top corner to level the scores. The visitors continued to press and the home side defended deeper and deeper but we’re still dangerous on the counter. Several long balls needed Williams in the Wrington gaol to make two good saves when one on one with attackers Thorne and then Poole. It looked like the game would end in a hard fought draw only for Wrington to play out from the back once too often in the last 10 minutes. Clements will be particularly disappointed to underhit his clearance on his first start of the season which saw the ball intercepted. On the counter Will Poole was fed in and his precise shot nestled into the corner to win the game. Wrington sent on The cavalry in the shape of James Marshall and Jon Marsh but typical of the game, the Locking defence held firm even when looking to be overrun.