‘Foss Conquer Local Derby
Wilberfoss AFC 3-0 Stamford Bridge FC
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC welcomed local rivals Stamford Bridge FC to the Storking Lane ground Saturday gone, with ‘Foss & Bridge sitting and 1st and 3rd position respectively in the league, with only 1 point separating the two teams before the game.
More spice was added to the game with manager Andrew Palfreyman giving James Hunt his ‘Foss debut against the club he left in the summer as he replaced the injured Mark Willoughby in midfield. Jack Lockwood & James Howat also returned to the First Team with the former starting on the right hand side of midfield and Howat having to settle for a place on the bench after the impressive displays from Tom Chelin and Jack Condren the weeks previous.
‘Foss started well, controlling the early stages, forcing Bridge keeper Matt Waller into a few early saves. Although ‘Foss enjoyed the early exchanges it was Stamford Bridge who had to first and probably their best chance of the game when Bridge captain Darren Brandon latched on to a loose pass, however the normally clinical Brandon fired high and wide when one on one with ‘Foss keeper Cole.
Palfreymans men reacted well, forcing a series of corners and free kicks but were unable to break the deadlock until the 28th minute when a ball was clipped in to the feet of Oliver Newby who held off his man before setting up the on rushing Tom Matthews who rifled home left footed from 20 yards giving Waller in goal no chance.
(Pictured: Houlder (No.11) looks to mount a 'Foss attack)
At half time Palfreyman and injured vice captain Willoughby encouraged the team to relax on the ball and look to exploit the Stamford Bridge full backs with the pace of Lockwood and Houlder.
Again ‘Foss started well with Tinson and Hunt controlling the midfield. ‘Foss continued to look for the feet of lone striker Newby and the driving wide runs of Lockwood and Houlder however it was Rich Cole in the ‘Foss goal who was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early second half exchanges where he made 3 superb saves, the first simply world class when he saved point blank when the Stamford Bridge striker tried to prod home from 4 yards and the second a brilliant double stop. As Bridge frustrations grew, tackles and tempers flared with credit going to the young referee Tom Lishman who managed proceedings very well. On 67 minutes Newby was played in down the right hand side and his skillful back heel released Lockwood, who showed great vision to pick out Simon Houlder who smashed the ball home to give ‘Foss a two goal lead.
(Picture: Stamford Bridge defend a 'Foss corner)
Credit to the away side as they continued to press however they were unable to break down the solid ‘Foss back four. On 80 minutes a long ball forward was poorly dealt with by a Stamford Bridge defender which allowed ‘Foss captain Newby to nip in, who raced away, rounding Bridge keeper Waller before placing the ball into the empty net to seal the 3 points for the East Yorkshire men. Palfreyman introduced Howat at left back replacing Wain and McCallum who replaced Houlder and it was McCallum who was at the heart of the last action of the game. A late challenge by the ‘Foss player on Bridge keeper Waller saw the Stamford Bridge veteran react badly and kick out at McCallum, the excellent Lishman had no option but the brandish a straight red which pretty much brought proceedings to an end.
Following the game manager Palfreyman comment “I’m delighted to get the win, last weeks draw felt like a loss but we showed great character today. Credit to Stamford Bridge they are a competitive side however we were clinical in the final third today and our defence and goalkeeper were superb. I thought James (Hunt) did brilliantly on his debut and for his age showed great maturity against his old club. We must now take this into next weeks massive game with Strensall”
MOM sponsored by SES: Rich Cole – who made 3 superb saves at crutial times in the game and overall was brilliant all game.