Saturday 8th August 2015
Fry Club v Wrington Redhill
Wrington travelled to Fry Club for the opening day fixture of the 2015/16 season.
On a hot sunny day Wrington kicked off and were the first team into their stride playing some decent controlled football. On 20 minutes the evergreen Graham Cheeseman struck a fine volley that just cleared the bar.
Then on 23 minutes the first real chance of the game, Fry Club defender Osbourne made a poor back pass and Wrington debutant, Liam Knight was onto it like a flash but with the goal at his mercy Knight put the ball over the bar.
On 28 minutes a low cross to the far post by Cheeseman was missed by Bradley when ‘Bradders’ was in a good position to score.
Wrington were playing well and on 30 minutes took the lead. Good work down the right by Simon Riggs saw his cross controlled by Knight on his chest and from 15 yards out turned the Fry defender (Osbourne) and smashed the ball past the helpless Fry keeper high into the goal. 0-1
Then on 41 minutes the referee somehow decided to book Mike Rowcliffe for persistent fouling.
The game had hardly restarted when Wrington doubled their lead. A delightful cross from Mike Fiaers was nodded down by Cheeseman and the ever alert Rowcliffe tapped the ball in for a two goal lead.
On 53 minutes the Fry Club manager made a triple substitution and changed to a more attacking formation.
This paid dividends as Fry Club got themselves back in the game. On 70 minutes Clark made a magnificent save following a great effort by Rich Thompson. Then on 74 minutes Fry club got themselves right back in the game. Sub, Phil Matat fed Thompson who set up Brown for a close range finish. 1-2
Fry Club now took control of the game and on 81 minutes equalised, Kyle Curtis cut in from the left and following 3 blocked efforts managed to finish low into the right hand corner.2-2
In the final moment Rory Thomas had a chance for glory but skewed his shot from range wide.
After the game manager Smith (Pictured) said, ‘Apart from Clutton facing Shirehampton this was the most difficult game of the day and a 2-2 draw may look a decent result. However, when you are leading by two goals and end up drawing all you can really feel is disappointment. After saying that I am extremely proud of my players who as always worked their collective socks off’
A big thank you as always to all the supporters who travelled to the game. Your support is always appreciated by the staff and players.
MOTM Liam Knight. Hard runnning performance and a cracking goal to open his account for Wrington Redhill