‘Foss in ‘Seven Heaven’ as they hit top spot.
Wilberfoss AFC Reserves 7-2 Fulford United Reserves
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC Reserves welcomed Fulford FC Reserves to the Storking Lane Ground on Saturday looking to keep up their 100% start to the season in all competitions in tact.
‘Foss knew that Fulford hadn’t started the season great but could never take their opponents for granted with Fulford creating the first chance of the game. ‘Foss were looking to evade going a goal down for the 4th game in a row and it was the home side who put their opponents on the back foot having Fulford penned in their own half for the first 15 minutes but being unable to break the deadlock as they hit the post twice and kept the keeper busy. The first goal of the match came in the 25th minute when Joe Drydal playing a more central role picked the ball up and drove at the defence before cutting the ball across to Sam Gibney who with his weaker foot fired the ball into the top corner to give ‘Foss the lead. Fulford continued to try and work their way out of their own half but couldn’t hold onto the ball until the 30th minute when Fulford’s No.15 picked the ball up 25 yards out and with no pressure on him swung his leg at the ball and somehow found the top corner of the net with a strike that left goalkeeper Sam Hendry a spectator. With knowing they could do anything about the equaliser ‘Foss brushed themselves down and went again. With 10 minutes remaining in the first half the home side produced a 4 minute spell of dominance resulting in 3 quick fire goals.
The first of the three came from a Joe Drydal corner which fell inside the six yard box to Ian Cappleman who’s touch fell straight to Charlie Dodds who’s shot was on target but took a deflection giving the keeper no chance putting ‘Foss back in front. ‘Foss third came straight from the resulting kick-off when Fulford’s No.15 delayed on the ball and Dan Jacques nipped in and stole it off him to then play Sam Gibney through on goal who calmly slotted the ball between the keepers legs and into the net to make it 3-1. Again from the kick-off Foss pressed the ball back into Fulford’s half with the ball not being fully cleared and landing to Joe Drydal who then just rolled the ball into the net to give Foss a 4-1 lead at half-time. Foss made one substitution at half-time bring off David Laverack who was carrying a hamstring injury from the last game and brought on Jacob Allen who had started on the bench after missing last game.
Foss started the second half like they finished the second not letting Fulford have a moments rest on the ball. As they pressed looking for a 5th Sam Gibney broke in behind his full back and played a ball across the 6 yard box to which Joe Drydal was unable to steer in. He managed to keep his shot going for a goal kick though and returned the favour by playing a ball across for Sam Gibney who was able to control and calmly slot the ball past the keeper to make it two hat-tricks in two games. Paul Jacques then made his second change of the game bringing on Benjy Taylor for Carl Wormsley. Moments later Charlie Dodds received the ball on the half way and with his first touch turned the advancing defender to free himself and have a clear run on goal and as the keeper advanced out off his line his coolly fired the ball into the roof of the net. As the game became a slower pace and more of a training ground match feel to it from a short corner Joe Drydal picked up the ball at the corner of the box and fired the ball hard and low into the bottom corner of the net making it 7-1 to the home side. Fulford picked up a consolation goal with 5 minutes left when Foss switched off at the back and gave Fulford a tap in from 6 yards out.
Manager Paul Jacques said after the game he was happy with the performance and to get another win and move top of the league so early on but wanted to drive the message home that on another day against a stronger outfit they have to be more clinical and focused for the full 90 minutes.
MOM – Joe Drydal – Playing in a more central role created two goals and chipped in with two goals himself.