Matthews strike seals win over title rivals
Wilberfoss AFC 1-0 Easingwold Town
Yew Tree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC welcomed Easingwold Town to the Storking Lane Ground Saturday gone, with both teams looking to add more points to their encouraging starts to the season. With top of League Civil Service not in action this was a chance for either team to close the gap on the league leaders.
The young and lively Easingwold team, who went into the game 2nd in the league started brightly, however were unable to capitalise on an early opportunity. Palfreyman made a number of changes with a new look back 4 of Watt, Tinson, Gurnell and Wain looking to protect Cole in goal. Jones continued in midfield next to the returning Willoughby with McAllister and Lockwood occupying the wide positions and Matthews just behind Newby,who led the line.
Although Easingwold had the first chance of the game it was ‘Foss who took control carving out a number of good opportunities. However on 25 minutes a good passing move released Matthews who made no mistake firing home from 12 yards.
Easingwold responding with a number of corners, one of which needed heroic defending by Wain, Gurnell and Lockwood before Cole made a smart save.
(Picture: Gurnell, Lockwood & Cole deny an Easingwold opportunity)
‘Foss might of gone into half time 2-0 or even 3-0 to the good had Newby’s downward header not come back off the foot of the post after a teasing cross from Watt. Newby then turned provider as he whipped in a left footed cross to the back post however Lockwood couldn’t force the ball the home.
The second half offered very much of the same with the East Yorkshiremen unable to capitalise on some good opportunities. Matthews, Newby and Lockwood all guilty of spurning good chances. At the other end Gurnell and Tinson were resolute, even more impressive was that this was their first appearance together as a centre back pairing.
Dan Jacques replaced the injured Mark Willoughby on the hour mark before Dan Gibney replaced Lockwood. With 15 minutes to go Town threw everything at the ‘Foss defence and the one ball that did pass them looked destined for the top corner but somehow goalkeeper Rich Cole tipped it over the bar for easily the save of the season and ensured Andrew Palfreyman’s men gained a vital 3 points.
Alex McCallum came on with 10 minutes to go to make his Wilberfoss 1st team debut and offered a good outlet with his strength and pace.
(Pictured: Goal scorer Tom Matthews beats his man)
After the game manager Palfreyman commented “Defensively that’s the best we’ve been all season. The back 4 and Coley in goal were superb. We could of been out of sight be half time and this is something we must improve on going into next week’s game with Fulford United”
MOM – sponsored by Stephensons Estate Agents went to Rich Tinson who reverted back to his centre back position and marshalled the defence brilliantly for 90 mins.