‘Foss Crowned Champions
Wilberfoss AFC 1-0 Civil Service FC
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC closed their home league campaign in style after beating second placed Civil Service 1-0 on a perfect spring evening to gain the one point required to secure the title. The result meant that ‘Foss continued their unbeaten league run with two games to play.
Brian Walker made two changes to the team that beat Bubwith FC with Tom Chelin coming in for the injured Neil Watt at right back and Sam McAllister getting his first start for the first team after impressing last time out as a substitute.
‘Foss started brightly and controlled the early stages with McAllister causing mayhem for the Civil Service defence and should have had 2 penalties early on.
The Wilberfoss AFC defence marshalled by Howat & Anderson never looked troubled in the first half with keeper Cole having very little to do.
(Pictured: 'Foss captain Newby looks to pick a pass under pressure from a Civil Service opponent)
On the half hour mark ‘Foss took the lead. Newby was played in down the left wing, the ‘Foss captain beat his man before threading a pass to the on rushing Mark Willoughby. The ball looked destined for the top corner, but somehow the Civil Service keeper clawed the ball away, however was helpless to prevent Jed Vale tucking home the rebound.
Further chances fell to Newby, McAllister and Houlder but ‘Foss went into the break at 1-0.
The second half started very much the same as the first half however as the game grew so did Civil Service. Although they enjoyed good possession there never really troubled the home defence or Rich Cole in goal with all efforts being from long range.
In a mad 10 minutes ‘Foss missed two guilt edge chances to kill the game off with Houlder & a combination of young McAllister and Anderson all missing close range efforts. The Civil Service keeper was at it again when Houlder crossed for Newby, but again somehow the keeper managed to keep his header out with a brilliant fingertip save.
(Pictured: Mark Willoughby looks to start a 'Foss attack)
Manager Walker made one change as Ben Thompson replaced Chris Turpin in the 80th minute as his team held on to claim the Division Three title.
After the game Brian Walker commented “It’s a proud moment for us all. After 2 or 3 very difficult years I am delighted for everyone at the club to pick up our second piece of silverware this season and bring back some of the good old days to this fantastic club’
With 2 games to go ‘Foss now travel to South Milford on Saturday and could play a part in the final remaining promotion place to be fought out between South Milford and Civil Service.
Man of the Match sponsored by Daniel Gath Homes went to youngster Sam McAllister who was superb throughout on his first start for the First Team and gave the Civil Service defence a torrid time.