Strensall dent promotion push
Strensall FC 6-2 Wilberfoss AFC
Wilberfoss AFC’s chances of promotion took a big hit on Saturday as a depleted side were out fought and battled by a well organised Strensall side. Andrew Palfreyman was again forced into a number of changes with Howat, Willoughby, Wain all missing and new signing Paul King frustratingly unavailable to play after clerical issues with the York FA.
Strensall started the brighter of the two sides forcing ‘Foss keeper Rich Cole into a number of early saves however deservedly took the lead on 12 minutes. Palfreymans men soon hit back through a smart finished from Simon Houlder after he raced away to finished left footed in off the post.
As the first half went on ‘Foss grew in to game and could of taken the lead if Oliver Newby had been able to get more on a teasing cross from Jack Lockwood. It was however Strensall who went in to the half time break a goal to good when ‘Foss lost possession and allowed Strensall striker Chris Johnson the opportunity to bully his way past Tinson and Keeper Cole to finish into an empty net.
(Pictured: Jack Lockwood looks to mount a 'Foss attack)
Strensall started the second half in the same fashion as the first and soon had Wilberfoss on the back foot and were winning their individual battles all over pitch. Strensall soon made it 3-1 from a corner after Cole had brilliantly saved a penalty awarded to Strensall. It was very quickly 4-1 before manager Palfreyman changed things and brought on Jed Vale to add more attacking threat. It seemed to work when Newby was brought down in the box to win a penalty before calmly slotting the ball home from the spot to give ‘Foss a glimmer of hope. However a glimmer is all it was as Strensall then won another penalty and this time smashed in the net to make it 5-2. The scoring was ended when Strensall striker Coupland fired home from just inside the area to add to his tally.
Following the game Andrew Palfreyman commented “Today was a bad day at the office, we didn’t win our individual battles and got out fought. They are a good side but when we are struggling to get a settled side week in week out its always going to be hard.”
MOM sponsored by AMC: Jack Condren – despite being part of a defence that conceded six, he couldn’t be blamed for any and put in another outstanding composed performance.