Reserves Give Rufforth a Roasting
Wilberfoss AFC Reserves 5-0 Rufforth United Reserves
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC Reserves welcomed Rufforth United Reserves to the Storking Lane ground on Saturday looking to bounce back from last weeks result and went into the game knowing that they would be up against it again with Rufforth bringing 5 first team players after their game got called off earlier in the day.
Manager Paul Jacques went back to a back four this week with James Haughian and Carl Wormsley coming back in for the absent Nathan Knowles and Josh Evans. It was Foss’ who started the quicker of the two teams getting their foot on the ball hoping to keep possession whilst working their way into the game and not to concede that first goal. Tackles were flying in with players from both teams and the referee was determined to make sure it didn’t get out of hand and after already been warned for his high feet in challenges Rufforth’s No.10 went off the ground to try win the ball which forced the referee to produce a straight red and give Foss’ a man advantage with the scores still at 0-0.
The first goal eventually came for Foss’ in the 23rd minute when a corner came in and as Haughian went to attack the ball he was deemed to have been pushed to the ground and the referee pointed to the spot. Dan Jacques stepped up and with the ‘keeper going the right way he had no chance as it was dispatched into the side of the net. The second goal of the game came 3 minutes later when a ball into the box by David Laverack was not dealt with and bounced up as Rufforth’s centre half moved his arm towards the ball to stop it and again the referee pointed to the spot. Again Dan Jacques stepped up and going the same way cooly dispatched the penalty away. With the game end to end as Rufforth look to play the ball over the top at every opportunity Foss’ back four held a solid line catching them offside on many occasion. Before half-time Foss’ increased their lead to 3 when Alex Zachariou chased down a ball back to the ‘keeper who then went to clear the ball and hit it against him and saw it bounce into the net.
Paul Jacques said at half-time that he wanted his players to stay solid as a unit and look to keep their first clean sheet of the season. Foss’ again came out of the traps in the second half and added two goals in the first 5 minutes with the first coming from Charlie Dodds when Matt Oxley played him through on goal beating the high line to then chip the ball over the oncoming ‘keeper to take his tally to 9 goals in 10 games this season. The second came when Sam Gibney picked the ball up on the right hand side and ran at the Rufforth players gliding past 3 to find himself in front of goal and produced a bullet of a strike to give the ‘keeper no chance and Foss’ a 5 goal lead. Few chances fell Rufforth’s way in the second half with them tiring after playing the majority of the game with 10 men but when they did the defence dealt with them with the only clear cut chance being put over the bar. The scoring was wrapped up for the afternoon when Ben Taylor who came on as a sub picked the ball up in the area and his cross found Sam Gibney at the back post for a tap in to an empty net bringing him his 14th goal this season in 9 games.
Manager Paul Jacques said after the game he was pleased with how the team bounced back to get a clean sheet and produce some very attractive and clinical attacking play and hopes they can now gain momentum going into an important run of fixtures in their push for promotion.
MOM sponsored by SES – Matt Oxley – Controlled the midfield play starting many of Foss’ attacks.