Houlder puts Blades to the sword

Houlder puts Blades to the sword reports I. Cappleman

Wilberfoss AFC 6 v 2 Jorvik Blades

Yewtree Associates sponsored ‘Foss with 5 regular first team players missing continued their free-scoring form from last week to make light work of their Division 3 fixture against Jorvik Blades on Saturday afternoon.

It didn’t take long for the home side to find their stride, taking the lead within 5 minutes; Drydal the creator, his direct running at the defence off the right wing again working to great effect, the end cross finding Thompson in the centre to finish tidily for his maiden first team goal. A mixture of last ditch defending and the woodwork prevented ‘Foss from doubling their lead from a corner after ten minutes. However it was the away team that struck against the run of play five minutes later, a deep cross headed back across goal and finished well by the Blades forward.

‘Foss didn’t have to wait too long to be back in front, skipper Newby sending Houlder through on goal two minutes later to finish easily past the keeper.

Blades stuck to their task well and had chances to get back into the game, experienced ‘Foss keeper Cole positioning himself well to snuff out any threats. ‘Foss finished the half strongly however, building a three goal cushion to take into half time. A repeat of the Newby/ Houlder combination made it 3-1 before Parkin scored the goal of the match for 4-1, Houlder’s cross finished exquisitely with a side scissor kick.

The second half started with a goal, Houlder completing a well taken hat-trick with a finish from just inside the box with after another Newby through ball. Stand-in manager Watson made three changes in the second half, Meredith, Womersley and Taylor all getting game time. Meredith scored the sixth ‘Foss goal, hooking a deep Gibney cross back over his head that bounced up into the top corner for his third goal in two weeks.

The ‘Foss defence of O’Brien, Haughian, Tinson and Allan dealt well with second half threats up until the closing stages when the Blades managed to get a late consolation for 6-2.

Man of the match, kindly sponsored by Mel Deighton Decorating, went to Sly Houlder for his efficiency in front of goal.