Wrington Redhill reserves 3 Yatton & Cleeve A 1

Weston Super Mare and District League  Division 2

As Wrington Rec remains under water, Yatton&Cleeve kindly hosted the match. After a difficult period they also deserve credit for a brave performance that made Wrington work hard for the full 90 minutes to secure the win which puts them in the mix at the top of the league. With six points separating the top eight teams every point is important in this extremely competitive league. Wrington started brightly with Marshall and Johnson up front, Thomas and Horton on the flanks. Chances came thick and fast but Emrullah Kahya in the Yatton goal and his defence stood up well to everything thrown at them. With Betts and Holland dominating midfield Wrington were in control but as  they spurned more chances, frustration was beginning to mount. It took a length of the field move to break the deadlock. Williams released Clements who worked the ball to Horton whose deep cross found Thomas who jinked inside and fired left footed into the roof of the net. Soon after Horton was released again to force another good save from Kahya at the expense of a corner. Betts delivery found its way to Johnson who forced the ball over the line. At this point, Yatton could have easily folded but with Captain Taro Viner outstanding in defence and Max Cooke working hard in attack, Yatton had chances of their own.Simon Tarr turned the Wrington defence and his drilled shot reduced the deficit and kept them well in the game at halftime.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Horton doing everything but score from a number of chances and the longer the score remained 2 – 1, Yatton were always in with a chance and there was always a few nerves in the Wrington defence. It certainly helped that Wrington could bring on three subs in Faukner,Flynn and Valle to freshen up some tiring legs.
Gallacher’s shanked clearance saw him walk straight off to be replaced by Faulkner in the middle of the defence. His coolness and ball control was a steadying influence and showed once again that he can play anywhere. Flynn is like a Ronseal product that does exactly what it says on the tin……you can rely on him to be feisty and full of energy. Wrington continued to be in control but a series of free kicks given away just outside their own box kept them honest. It took until the last five minutes for Dave Valle to lay off to Clements whose cross found Horton who finally got himself on the score sheet and secure the win. I’m afraid his celebration ….’one shot,one goal’ was met with some derision from his team mates.

The Man of the Match award was closely contested. Jake Betts continued his good form and Jonny Marsh was impressive having come out of retirement looking like he’d never been away, but Rory Thomas prevailed after continuing his scoring spree.