Walker’s men on course for ‘Invincible’ league campaign.
South Milford F.C 2-4 Wilberfoss AFC
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC are now only one game away from an almost perfect league campaign. ‘Foss went into Saturday’s game with South Milford as Champions after being crowned league winners following Wednesday night’s victory of Civil Service.
Brian Walker made two changes to the team that beat Civil Service with Ben Thompson coming in at right back and Joe Drydal replacing the unavailable Jed Vale.
‘Foss started brightly and controlled the early stages, missing a number of early chances with Willoughby pulling the strings from midfield. Against the run of play the South Milford striker broke free and fire home an unstoppable strike into the top corner to give the home side the lead.
Walker’s men hit back straight away as Oliver Newby was released down the right and laid on a great cross for the advancing James Anderson to side foot home. The centre back ghosted into the box unmarked to score his first goal for the club.
(Pictured: Goal mouth scramble following a 'Foss corner)
Newby should have then made it 2-1 when Simon Houlder delivered a teasing cross to the far post but he shot wide. He soon made amends by giving ‘Foss the lead. The ball fell kindly for the Wilberfoss captain 25 yards out, before beating his man and smashing the ball home from 20 yards.
Young striker Sam McAllister went close early in the second half as ‘Foss looked to put the game to bed. Newby saw a goal denied by the upright before McAllister finally got his goal to make it 3-1 with a great finish, one-on-one with the keeper.
The third goal saw ‘Foss take their foot off the gas and after some poor defending South Milford pulled a goal back to make it 3-2. Chances started to fall at both ends but neither team could convert until the 90th minute when Wilberfoss midfield Rich Tinson was fouled in the box. Newby stepped up and placed the ball in bottom left hand corner to claim his 17th goal of the campaign and confirm a 4-2 victory for ‘Foss.
(Pictured: McAllister and Newby (No.8) link up)
Manager Brian Walker commented after the game ‘to come here and get a result on an awful pitch is superb, the lads showed great desire and never stopped working. The result doesn’t tell the full story as it could have been double figures if we’d taken or chances.’
Man of the Match sponsored by Finnies went to Mark Willoughby – who commanded the midfield and showed superb energy.