Rufforth United 1 v 1 Wilberfoss AFC
Having made it 12 wins from 12 matches last week, Yew tree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC eventually relinquished their perfect league record away at Rufforth on Saturday. With several first team regulars missing, it was a changed line up that took to the field and found it tough going at times against their spirited opposition.
It looked as though it would be business as usual for ‘Foss in the early exchanges and they created the first real chance of note, Houlder not his usual clinical self as he spurned an opportunity from 12 yards. As the match progressed Rufforth gave as good as they got and eventually took the lead when a rush of blood to the head from keeper ‘Cole midway through the half left the home team forward with an empty net to roll the ball into. The score remained at 1-0 through to half time with the key message for ‘Foss being to up their physicality and start to get the passing game that has worked so well all season going. Haughian took to the field to replace the unwell Drydal as ‘Foss reverted to a classic 4-4-2 with two big men up top.
The change seemed to work the oracle as ‘Foss found themselves back in the game almost immediately, a slick passing move resulting in a corner kick that skipper O’Brien whipped in for O’Reilly to finish from close range.
As the game progressed, clear cut chances were hard to come by for both teams in the tricky conditions. Having reverted to a front two, ‘Foss often found themselves pressed in midfield with the only way out being high balls lumped up front for the forwards to chase, much to their frustration. Both teams had good shouts for a penalty in the second half, Vale particularly unlucky not to be awarded one following a mazy run that was only stopped by a trip from the defender when bearing down on goal.
In the end the draw was a fair result and kept the ‘Foss unbeaten streak in tact.
This week’s man of the match, sponsored by Keyline, went to Rich Tinson for his tireless work in midfield.