Foss Go 11 Points Clear After Despatching Basement Boys Bubwith
Wilberfoss AFC 4-1 Bubwith FC.
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC went 11 points clear at the top of Division 3 after a convincing 4-1 victory over local rivals Bubwith FC.
In an eagerly anticipated local derby, Bubwith FC manager Robert Joy dipped into the transfer market to help aid his teams woeful displays this season which saw them rooted to the bottom of the division. He made 2 midweek signing from East Riding County Premier League side Swinefleet FC bringing in both Ryan Sedman & Ryan Whitlam to help combat the league’s form side.
‘Foss manager Brian Walker had also made a new signing during the week but paperwork had not been completed in time which prevented the debut of defender James Anderson. Walker also had injury problems with O’Reilly & Chelin both unfit and Newby only passing a late fitness test.
Impressive youngster Tom Corner made his first start for the first team and the ‘Foss chief had better news with the return on inform midfielder Mark Willoughby from injury. Walker also gave Charlie Dodds his first team chance including him in his 14 man squad after impressing in the Reserve Team.
‘Foss started brightly and could have been 2-0 up in 5 minutes had striker Jimmy Haughian converted two routine chances. On 10 minutes Haughian made up for his early misses after rifling home from 8 yards following some poor Bubwith defending. Just as Wilberfoss looked to build on their lead Bubwith hit back and it was the two new signings who combined with Sedman tapping in at the back post.
(Pictured: 'Foss striker Haughian (centre) lays the ball off to Jed Vale (No.7))
From then on ‘Foss took complete control, with the midfield trio of Tinson, Willoughby & Newby dictating the game, however a soft playing surface made their passing game somewhat difficult. Newby went close on 25 minutes but the ball was blocked on the line and the lively Jed Vale also had a shot well saved.
On 35 minutes the game really sparked into life when a horror tackle by veteran defender Mark Rowden left former Bubwith FC player Simon Houlder riving on the floor, luckily not breaking a leg. This sparked disappointing scenes as tempers flared and supporters from both teams were ushered from the pitch. The referee chose a yellow card for Rowden which sparked further discontent in the ‘Foss ranks with the disbelief that the referee hadn’t shown more authority in producing the Red Card the tackle clearly deserved.
The teams went in level at half time however had Bubwith striker Whitlam been able to work out the Wilberfoss AFC offside line things may have been different with him looking dangerous on the counter attack but unable to stay onside.
‘Foss manager Walker was clear in his half time team talk that the opposition would crumble if Wilberfoss scored the next goal, however pressed the point not to panic as their fitness with prove pivotal in the end result. And so he was right, on 50 mins substitute Ben Thompson who had replaced the injured Houlder finished off a superb ‘Foss move to give the home side the lead. As the game wore on Willoughby & Newby were finding more space to control the game and it was the latter who fed in Vale down the left on 60 minutes who tied the Bubwith right back in knots before being brought down in the box. Left Back Kieron O’Brien stepped up and smashed the ball home to make it 3-1. Further chances fell the Watt, Howat and Vale before ‘Foss put the game to bed on 80 minutes. A teasing cross from O’Brien found skipper Newby at the far post who round the keeper only the be fouled, however, the referee waved play on as the ball fell kindly for the onrushing Thompson who fired home his second.
(Pictured: 'Foss captain Newby plays in Jed Vale which led to the Wilberfoss AFC penalty)
As the game came to a close Walker introduced the exciting Charlie Dodds along with Jake Whitfield as Foss tightened up and completed a professional performance against a lacklustre Bubwith outfit.
After the game manager Walker commented: “We knew they would come here and try to intimidate us however I was proud of all 14 men. At the end of the day I’ve got a squad full of quality and the league doesn’t lie. We are where we are, and they are where they are due to results and today we fully deserved the 3 points. Much hype had been made about their new signings but we stuck to our game plan, I’m only disappointed in the treatment towards their former player Simon Houlder.”
Man of the Match sponsored by Stephensons Estate Agents – A tightly contesting one this week however it went to Oliver Newby. The skipper was vocal throughout and played a part in 3 goals, linking midfield and attack well.