‘Foss ‘Wether’ storm to grab victory
Wilberfoss AFC Reserves 6-5 Wetherby Athletic Reserves
Yew Tree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC Reserves welcomed Wetherby Athletic Reserves to the Storking Lane ground on Saturday knowing they could close the gap on top of the league to 4 points with 2 games in hand. After the teams played out a 3-3 draw last week ‘Foss knew they had to get off to a quick start but like last week they found themselves 2-0 down within the first 15 minutes. The first goal came when the ball wasn’t cleared fully down the left hand side and Wetherby’s No.10 found himself through on goal and calmly finish. It was 2-0 shortly after when James Haughian forced his man wide of the goal but he then forced a shot across the goal which found its way into the bottom corner.
With Ian Cappleman and Dan Jacques finding themselves up against 4 players at times with ‘Foss not putting enough pressure on up front manager Paul Jacques decided to change things around going two up top trying to force Wetherby back and take the pressure off the midfield. Just like last week after going 2-0 down ‘Foss hit straight back with a goal when Sam Gibney played a ball through to Alex McCallum who beat the keeper to the ball to poke it home making it 2-1. It was only a matter of minutes before ‘Foss found themselves level when Matt Oxley making his debut got to the byline and delivered a cross to the far post where Ian Cappleman had made a bursting run into the box and rose above 3 players to head ‘Foss level. Having the momentum with them ‘Foss looked to go into half-time in the lead and managed to go ahead in the 35th minute when again they gained success down the right but this time it was Sam Gibney who beat his man and drove into the box before looking up and seeing Alex McCallum stood unmarked on the 6 yard box, picked him out for him to turn the ball into the bottom corner to put ‘Foss 3-2 up. Wetherby could of easily gone into half-time level if it wasn’t for Sam Hendry in goal for the second week running producing some excellent point blank saves keeping his team in the lead. ‘Foss knew coming out for the second half they had to put the game to bed and not let their opponents get back into the game. Again Sam Hendry made sure of this with more saves as Wetherby started the stronger in the second half and found themselves level 10 minutes in the second half. The goal came when a ball across the box found Wetherby’s striker who’s shot took a big deflection off Chris Turpin’s back into the back of the net. It only took 5 minutes for Turpin to make up for this when he delivered a free-kick into the box. A Wetherby centre half tried to clear the ball but instead flick it into the feet of Sam Gibney who after setting up two goals already managed to turn it home to get himself on the scoresheet. Manager Paul Jacques then made changes to try and seal the game with Allen, D.Gibney and Dodds all coming on.
This had an immediate impact when Dodds picked up the ball and drove at his man and just as he was about to pull the trigger Wetherby’s centre half tried to nip the ball from behind but got it all wrong and brought Dodds down in the box. Dan Jacques stepped up to take the penalty and even though the keeper went the right way was unable to reach the penalty as ‘Foss took a 5-3 lead. ‘Foss then thought they had killed the game off when a ball forward to Sam Gibney to which he just stepped over and let run through caught all of Wetherby’s defenders flat footed but not Dodds who read the ball and went through one on one before calmly putting the ball across the keeper and out of his reach to put his team 6-3 up. Wetherby knowing they had nothing to lose threw men forward in the hope of salvaging a point and with Sam Hendry making save after save it looked like it was not going to be Wetherby’s forwards day, until a corner with 10 minutes to go came in and was fired goal wards but stopped brilliantly on the line by Allen but ‘Foss were unable to clear fully and after a goal mouth scrabble appeals begin from Wetherby players who thought the ball had gone over the line as the referee took his time before giving the goal. With 5 minutes to go Wetherby pushed forward again and as ‘Foss stepped up trying to catch them offside a man from midfield ran through creating a 4 on 1 situation which keeper Hendry was unlucky not to come out on top of when he made the first save but unfortunately the ball fell to the feet of another player for a tap in to an empty net.
As the game became more stretched both teams had chances to grab another goal but ‘Foss held on to secure all 3 points in an 11 goal thriller. Manager Paul Jacques said after the game he was disappointed to concede 5 goals but happy to see his team score 6 in a game which his team would of thrown away last year but showed togetherness and grit to get them over the line before a top of the table clash with Poppleton next week.
Man of the Match sponsored by SES- Sam Hendry – For the second week running kept his side in the game pulling off some brilliant one on one saves ensuring ‘Foss took all 3 points.