A tale of three penalties as ‘Foss take the spoils
Wilberfoss AFC 3 v 2 Selby Olympia
This weekend saw Yew Tree Associates sponsored ‘Foss back in league action against a young Selby Olympia team who were starting to put an impressive run of results together. With the reserve team game cancelled a big crowd at The Storking Lane Ground enjoyed an eventful game which had many twists and turns.
‘Foss welcomed back Mark Willoughby to the team and manager Brian Walker decided to have a reshuffle with last week’s team. Robin Walker slotted back into centre back alongside Howat with Tinson playing alongside the returning Willoughby in the centre of the park. This allowed skipper Newby to play his preferred advanced role to support a front three of Vale, Haughian and Drydal.
The open exchanges saw both teams trying to get the ball down and play however it was Foss who created the first chance when Vale was put through following a neat Newby flick with the Olympia keeper saving well. Straight up the other end Selby almost took the lead when their striker was clean through but Cole narrowed the angles well forcing the ball wide. From the resulting corner Watt cleared a shot of the line as the game started to gain pace.
Moments later Willoughby produced a superb 40 yard diagonal ball spotting the late run of Newby from midfield, his touch took him past the defender only for the Selby man to bring down the Foss captain resulting in the referee pointing to the spot. After last week’s penalty misses Newby took over spot duty and picked himself up to take the penalty which initially was fingertip saved onto the post by the ‘Olympia keeper before Newby followed up the rebound to put Foss in front.
5 minutes later the ref was pointing to the spot again when O’Brien fed Newby down the left hand side again he beat the Selby Olympia right back before been bundled to the ground. This time he made no mistake from 12 yards putting Foss 2-0 up.
On the half hour mark it could and probably should have been 3 when young Drydal beat his man and powered in a strike that had the keeper beaten only for the ball to cannon off the post straight to Haughian who’s rebound was saved well.
Following a lengthy stoppage due to an injury Foss could of conceded right on the stroke of half time when a sloppy back pass let the Selby Olympia winger in on goal but again Cole saved well with his toe. Half time came with Foss leading 2-0.
Early into the second half Vale was in again following a Newby through ball this time from a tight angle his shot came back off the post and to safety. Wilberfoss then took their foot of the gas and poorly defended a simple free kick that was headed home by a tall Selby midfielder. Minutes later Foss regained their advantage when Watt played an inch perfect ball through and taking his shot early Vale finally got the goal he deserved to make it 3-1.
On 75 minutes Foss failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell kindly for a Selby striker to smash the ball home to set up a tense final 15 minutes. On 80 minutes a last ditch tackle by Howat stopped the Selby Olympia striker getting a shot on goal however on 85 minutes Olympia had their chance to steal a point when Watt made a clumsy tackle which resulted in a penalty being awarded. Keeper Cole guessed right and saved the spot kick to win all three points for Brian Walkers men and maintain their 100% league record.
This week’s man of the match, sponsored by Callaghan Construction, was awarded to Neil Watt – for a commanding performance at full back playing a killer through ball for Vales winner.