‘Foss Reserves march into quarter finals
Wilberfoss Reserves travelled to Hull on Saturday to take on Orchard Park in the 3rd Round of the East Riding Qualifying Cup.
With not knowing anything about their opponents ‘Foss knew they had to start brightly and get ahead early. The away side managed to create the first few chances of the game but were punished when a free-kick was given away and the ball in somehow found its way through the crowded box and into the back of the net. It wasn’t long before ‘Foss drew level when Josh Evans chased a back pass down and managed to steal the ball off the keeper and pass into an empty net. Before ‘Foss could even look to go ahead in the game they found themselves going into half-time 2-1 down after a questionable offside decision left 3 Orchard Park attackers through on goal as they squared the ball for their No.7 to pass into an empty net.
At half-time manager Paul Jacques expressed how his team could be out of sight and need to be more clinical in front of goal. He related back to each cup tie how the team had not started and then finished the game of early on in the second half and to go out and book that place in the last 8.
(Pictured: Charlie Dodds is fouled by an Orchard Park defender)
‘Foss started on the front foot and within 5 minutes were level after they gained a corner which David Laverack delivered to the back post to find James Haughian, who was stand in skipper for the day, who powered the ball home. ‘Foss took the lead shortly after when Keith Meredith popped up with a contender for goal of the season when he let the ball drop over his shoulder 40 yards out and saw the keeper off his line and produced an unbelievable strike to see his ball fire straight into the net. With only a one goal cushion ‘Foss went in search of putting the game to bed and it looked like they had done so when a David Laverack corner somehow found the back of the net after taking a deflection off Orchard Parks defender and then the goalkeeper palming the ball in.
Just as the game looked settled at 4-2 a rare Orchard Park attack in the second half found Sam Hendry coming out to meet a ball but the home sides attacker nipped the ball past him and fired it across the front of the goal. ‘Foss players relaxed as they saw the ball falling to centre back Alex Gurnell with no-one around him but with a rush of blood to the head he went to clear the ball and smashed it into his own net bringing the home side back to only a goal behind. With the games in the cup having the option of roll on roll off subs Charlie Dodds came back onto the pitch after starting the game and in search of a goal. After the home sides ‘keeper had denied Dodds several times he made sure he got his goal when he cut in from the left leaving the defender with his pace and fired the ball under the diving ‘keeper to retain ‘Foss’ two goal lead.
As the game draw to a close Matt Oxley who was still in search of his first goal for the club managed to find space on the edge of the area and with the ‘keeper out of position he fired into the top corner giving the ‘keeper no chance even after getting a hand to it. As the full time whistle went and ‘Foss marched on to the Quarter-Finals with a 6-3 victory the manager Paul Jacques said he was happy with the second half performance but as the games get harder in the cup and league it is vital ‘Foss put teams to bed earlier in games with their chances.
MOM – Joe Drydal – Returning to action after weeks out managed to call the midfield and start several attacks.