Dodds Fires ‘Foss into Next Round
AFC United 3-5 Wilberfoss AFC Reserves
Yew Tree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC Reserves travelled to Driffield to play AFC United in the East Riding Qualifying Cup looking to make it two wins out of two at the start of this season.
For the second game in a row ‘Foss started slowly turning possession over too easily. AFC United sat back for the first 10 minutes as they looked to hit ‘Foss on the break and when the ‘Foss defence failed to clear a forward ball their striker ran through and slotted the ball into the bottom corner to put them 1-0 up. ‘Foss hit straight back when they got a corner which was delivered to the back post where David Laverack headed the ball back goal-wards to Charlie Dodds who smashed the ball in off the bar. ‘Foss then got on top but couldn’t make that break through to take the lead. With 5 minutes left in the first half a long ball over the top exposed the ‘Foss defence who were caught flat allowing AFC United’s left winger to curl the ball round goalkeeper Sam Hendry and into the net to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
With manager Paul Jacques’ words still ringing in their ears ‘Foss flew out of the traps as Charlie Dodds missed his first attempt at goal within the first 2 minutes of the second half but made amends with his second attempt perfectly rising to volley the ball straight past the ‘keeper giving him no chance. With ‘Foss back level they pushed on looking to go ahead and put the game to bed. Having their opposition pinned back for the first 15 minutes of the second half ‘Foss finally took the lead for the first time in the match when Charlie Dodds picked the ball up 20 yards out stepped past his defender and slotted the ball neatly into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick. This goal took the wind out of AFC United’s sails with ‘Foss growing more confidently into the game making their opponents do all the running keeping the ball well on a poor surface which saw many players lose their footing.
With 20 minutes to go ‘Foss gained a corner which David Laverack delivered straight onto the head of oncoming midfielder Dan Jacques who rose well to head down past the keeper to give Foss a two goal cushion. The same routine happened again 5 minutes later with David Laverack delivering again from a corner to which this time it was Chris Turpin who rose at the back post to head back across goal and into the bottom corner to make the game comfortable at 5-2. With the game being played out AFC United pushed forward to try get back into the game. They managed to work their way down the right hand side and deliver a ball in which wasn’t dealt with by a ‘Foss defender who cleared straight to their striker to tap in for 5-3. This was the last action of the game with ‘Foss progressing to the next round of the cup looking to take the second half performance into next weeks game from the first whistle against Selby Olympia.
Manager Paul Jacques said after the game that he was happy to see the team progress in the cup and win the game with a commanding second half performance but feels his team need to start games quicker if they are going to push on in the league and cup this season.
MOM – Charlie Dodds – Took all 3 of his goals well finishing with 2 volleys and a well driven strike.