After two hard fought away wins, Wrington relished the visit of unbeaten Churchill Club 70 to The Rec. As you would expect from a local derby, it was a hard fought close encounter but with plenty of good football even if clear chances were hard to come by. With Tom Hendzel and Ashley Giles lively up front, Churchill started brightly and it needed Dean Rix and Nick Curtis who are forging a solid defensive partnership, to be at their best to keep them at bay. However, Wrington grew into the game and playing out from the back produced some good football of their own with Louis Rouvais and Mickey Edmunds prominent. In fact Wrington had the two clearest chances with Joe Moore forcing a fine save from Charles Lovell and Rouvais missing a header from the only decent pass Clements managed all game after good work from John Flynn on the left wing. However, it was Churchill who struck first and the home side will be disappointed with the soft nature of the goal even if extremely well taken by Henzel. A long throw was allowed to bounce in the box and Hendzel turned his man to volley into the net. Wrington roused themselves before halftime but no matter how hard Johnson and Vowles worked up front they failed to manufacture any clear chances.
Even against the elements, Wrington held their own in the second half and showed a lot of character even if this spilled over into arguing amongst themselves at times and giving away too many free kicks. However as the half progressed Churchill seemed to grow stronger and it took two fine saves from James Williams to keep the home side in the game the best from a powerful drive by Sebastian Winter. Dave Valle was introduced to provide some fresh legs on the Wrington right allowing Joe Moore to move into the centre. Valle was involved in several good passing moves and was very neat and tidy on his home debut. With time ticking away, it looked like the home sides efforts would come to nought. However, with two minutes left a long throw rebounded to Lucas whose cross somehow found its way to Moore who jubilantly swept in the equaliser. Although generally accepted that a draw was a fair result Churchill will also be disappointed to concede in such a way and so late in the game.
Wrington Reserves: Williams, Lucas, Rix, Curtis, Clements, Moore, Rouvais, Edmunds, Flynn
Johnson, Chris Vowles :sub Valle
Churchill: Lovell, O’Brian, Winter, Tucker, Spittal, Lewis, Giles, Goldsborough, Hendzel, O’Connor, Davey. – Subs Sloan, Lyons, Mereh.