‘Foss go top after 10 goal thriller
Easingwold Town 4-6 Wilberfoss
Yew Tree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC were back in league action Saturday gone as they travelled north to Easingwold Town. Town were one of the early season favourites to bounce back having been relegated from Division One last season and ‘Foss knew they would have to be up for the challenge. ‘Foss travelled to the superb setup at Bull Hill missing 4 key players. Centre forward Phil O’Reilly was struggling with an injury with Jack Condren, goalkeeper Rich Cole and Rich Tinson all unavailable. This meant a reshuffle for manager O’Brien and Palfreyman who both decided to name themselves in the starting 11 with Jack Lockwood preferred as a centre forward and Tom Matthews accompanying Newby and Willoughby as a midfield threee. Furthermore it was great to see 16 year old Dan Gibney named in the first 11 following impressive Reserve and U19 team performances.
‘Foss started brightly and could of been 1-0 up as early as the 2nd minute when Newby fed the ball into Jack Lockwood whos shot produced a good save for the Easingwold keeper Johnson. Sam McAllister then spurned another chance before ‘Foss finally took the lead on 8 minutes, good work down the right from Lockwood allowed him space to fire a ball across goal that was diverted into the net by an Easingwold Town defender. ‘Foss made it 2-0 after 4 minutes later when Sam McAllister latched on to a through ball from Matty Wain and coolly slotted home. With the East Yorkshire men in full control they pressed high and when Dan Gibney chased a lost ball forward his persistence made the Easingwold keeper make a poor clearance to right back Matty Wain who from 40 yards lobbed the ball into an empty net.
(Pictured: Matty Wain (No.2) whose audacious lob put Wilberfoss AFC 3-0 ahead)
The 3rd goal was the start of a poor 10 minutes for Foss’. Easingwold gained a lifeline when a cross from the right picked out the unmarked Thomas Rushworth who headed home. Town made it 2-3 when poor organisation from a free kick allowed the Easingwold Town captain Andrew Metcalfe to curl to ball into the bottom corner and it was game on going into half time!
‘Foss again started the second half brightly with Mark Willoughby constantly breaking up any Easingwold attack and it was he who fed a great ball through for Tom Matthews to stride through and smash the ball home off the inside of the bar to give Wilberfoss a 2 goal cushion. Town responded as Rushworth got his second of the game when he outpaced Wain and Howat to slot home to make it 3-4.
Changes were made by both sides and on 70 minutes saw the goal of the game. Lockwood, not for the first time in the game won a free kick in a dangerous position. Up stepped player-manager Kieron O’Brien to take the free kick, his first effort hit the wall but the ball rebounded to his left foot and his sweet strike produced an unstoppable shot which cued mass celebrations as ‘Foss took a 3-5 lead. It was 6 soon after when Knowles played a ball down the left channel which Lockwood picked up before lashing the ball home, a goal his performance had full deserved. With the game petering out Easingwold did take something from the game when the impressive Rushworth gained his hat trick when he lost his marker to fire home to make it 4-6.
After the game both O’Brien and Palfreyman commented on the ‘Foss performance. O’Brien said “I felt we controlled large parts of the game and going forward we were frightening at times, we just have to cut out the sloppy and individual mistakes.” Palfreyman said “Hats off to them, they were a hard working young side who never gave in. I think our experience showed but we should of put the game to bed and not allowed them the chance to get back in the contest.”
Joint MOM: Nothing between two players this week.
Jack Lockwood – who was constant pain to the Easingwold defence with a well taken goal.
Dan Gibney – took the step up to the First Team like a ‘duck to water’. The Easingwold left back simply couldn’t handle him today.