‘Foss Reserves hit buffer at Railway Institute
York RI Reserves 3-1 Wilberfoss AFC Reserves
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss Reserves travelled to York R.I on Saturday as they looked to close the gap to 1 point between the two teams knowing they still have 2 games in hand on their opponents.
Both teams started the game at a high pace looking to gain the first advantage in the game. Challenges were flying in from both teams with neither backing down with the game starting to have an edge to it which added to the clash and when the referee choose to keep his cards in his pocket after a series of late challenges the away side knew they had to match their team physically before the football would be played.
The first goal went the home sides way when they hit ‘Foss on the break and an over hit cross somehow found its way into the net at the back post. Knowing that they didn’t deserve to be trailing in the game ‘Foss went on the front foot looking for the equaliser and it came in the 38th minute when Dan Jacques who is in a rich rein of goalscoring form picked the ball up 25 yards out and decided to have a go. A shot which looked to be going straight at the goalkeeper moved in the air deceiving the ‘keeper and finding its way into the net. ‘Foss went into half time level and was mainly thanks to ‘keeper Sam Hendry who pulled off two incredible saves to deny York R.I No.9.
Manager Paul Jacques told his team at half time not to get drawn into battles and just take the fouls but the main thing was to get the first goal in the second half as was vital to how the game would play out. He made one change bringing the returning Nathan Knowles on for Oliver Jacques.
‘Foss came out the second half and were on top and calm on the ball starting to knock the ball around on a surface which was in need of some rest. With chances falling to Dan Gibney, Charlie Dodds and Nathan Knowles it just didn’t seem like it was going to be ‘Foss’ day as they couldn’t seem to hit the target with any efforts. Each attack by the home side was dealt brilliantly by the back four of Wormsley, Haughian, Cappleman and Laverack as the run of games together looked to be paying off. With the midfield three of Jones, Jacques and Oxley working over time to make sure the attacks kept coming it was again a shame Manager Jacques only had one sub at his disposal to change things around to keep players fresh with the heavy pitch takin its tole. With 70 minutes on the clock P.Jacques brought back O.Jacques for Laverack as looked to freshen up the back line. More chances fell the way of ‘Foss but it was the home side who got the all in important third goal of the match. A ball in from the left found an attacker unmarked who managed to turn the ball past ‘keeper Hendry. Knowing a point would be a good result now in the promotion race ‘Foss brushed themselves down knowing more chances would come there way with the home side tiring after a long battled game. As the away side pushed for the equaliser a third came for R.I in exactly the same way as they attacked down their left hand side and a ball in was finished well on the volley into the bottom corner. The goal killed the game off and finished 3-1 to the home side.
Manager Paul Jacques told his players after the game that he couldn’t fault anyone’s performance today and was just a fact of taking their chances which last week they got away with and means that the home tie against R.I was more must win than before.
M.O.M – Dan Jacques – Took his goal well and started many of ‘Foss’ attacks whilst breaking up play too.