Impressive ‘Foss hit South Milford for six – reports I. Cappleman
Wilberfoss AFC 6 v 0 South Milford
Yewtree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC continued their impressive start to the league on Saturday, registering their fourth win from four in tricky conditions. ‘Foss really found their rhythm this week against arguably their toughest opponents of the season to date, scoring a high calibre of team and individual goals.
It was the away team that started sharpest as a chipped ball down the right flank sent the pacey Milford winger through on goal in the first few minutes of the match. Following his heroics the previous week, keeper Cole was equal to the early challenge denying the one on one opportunity. The first ‘Foss goal arrived on the ten minute mark, a free-flowing move had seen a Willoughby shot blocked on the line and the midfielder fouled as the ball broke on the edge of the area. It was full back O’Brien who stepped up to rifle a bullet into the top left hand corner from the resulting free-kick. Clear cut chances were few and far between until the 35th minute, a clever back heeled through ball from skipper Newby putting Vale through only to find the keeper on form to make a smart double save. Five minutes before the whistle ‘Foss had their second goal, Willoughby’s quick free-kick into the feet of O’Reilly was returned to him and his driven shot across the face of the keeper nestled into the corner. ‘Foss continued to push for a bigger lead at the break and would have had three if Drydal’s brave diving header from close range hadn’t been beat out by the Milford keeper.
Both teams traded chances as the second half started frantically but it was ‘Foss that extended their lead after 50 minutes. Good work down the right cumulated in a deep Drydal cross that evaded the goalkeeper and Vale stooped low to head in from an angle. The fourth also followed soon after, some neat one-touch play eventually released Newby who held of the Milford centre back to finish smartly into the bottom left corner. ‘Foss really started to put some gloss onto the score line after 65 minutes when Vale cut in from the left wing, beat two defenders and finished via the post with his right foot from twenty yards for an excellent individual goal. The ‘Foss outfield defensive unit of Watt, Howat, Haughian, O’Brien and Tinson kept their work-rate high as Milford pushed for a way back into the match to no avail. Subs Gibney, Thompson and Meredith were introduced in the second half and it was the latter who added the sixth in the closing stages with a well taken effort.
Men of the Match
This week we thank Bradley Mason Building Surveying for sponsoring the man of the match award that was jointly awarded to Howat for a warrior-like performance in defence and Vale for relentless work-rate and two clinical finishes.