‘Foss Topple Bridge in Derby
Stamford Bridge FC 1-2 Wilberfoss AFC
Yew Tree Associate sponsored Wilberfoss AFC gained a 7 point cushion at the summit of Division Two after a gritty performance at the home of Stamford Bridge.
The East Yorkshire derby started at a fast pace as both teams looked to take control with neither team really carving out an opening in the first 20 minutes. On the half hour mark Bridge fiercely contested for a penalty as James Howat just got a toe on the ball before bringing down the Stamford Bridge right winger. Moments later they were appealing again when a ball was fizzed across the Foss 6 yard box and Neil Watt clumsily brought down veteran Jamie Rank. The referee chose to wave play on when many might have given a spot kick. As the half grew ‘Foss started to control possession but couldn’t find the killer pass until 38th minute. Intricate play between Newby and Willoughby forced a corner before the latter delivered a teasing ball to the box which the onrushing Rich Tinson spectacularly back heel volleyed into the net. This was slightly harsh on Bridge however moments latter it was 2-0 when again another corner from Willoughby curled directly into the net to give ‘Foss a cushion.
(Pictured: Mark Willoughby (left) curls in a 'Foss corner)
Bridge started the second half brightly however without carving out any real chances. King was replaced by Matthews as Palfreyman looked to sure up the game however on the stroke of the hour mark Bridge were back in it as they broke the offside trap, Cole made a great save to deny the first effort however the ball rolled kindly to be tapped in. 5 minutes later Stamford could of drawn level however were unlucky when an effort cannoned off the post.
As the game petered out Palfreyman introduced Houlder for Booth and the former might of done better when he selfishly shot from a tight angle into the side netting with Newby and Lockwood both unmarked on the 6 yard box. The last 10 minutes was a scrappy affair and as tensions boiled the referee reached for yellows cards on a number of occasions.
After the game Andrew Palfreyman spoke “We were far from our best today. We never really got going. We made poor decisions all over the park however two moments of brilliance have won us the game. I don’t mind playing poorly and winning, it’s the sign of good side but credit to Stamford they kept at it.”
MOM: Richard Tinson: a determined performance by the experienced midfielder who capped a good performance with a rare goal the day before his 40th birthday