Reserves end league campaign in style
Civil Service Reserves 4-6 Wilberfoss AFC Reserves
Wilberfoss AFC Reserves travelled to Civil Service on Saturday to play their final league game of the season. Turning up with only 11 players and no keeper meant the players choose to pick positions out of the hat seen as they had nothing to play for.
Foss’ started brightly and managed to control the game and create a few early chances but couldn’t convert any of them to take the lead. Civil managed to break away as Foss’ pushed forward and with their usual forward Dodds in goal Civil found their shot hit the back of the net to go 1-0 up. Gibney who usually is gliding past full backs couldn’t resist doing the same even playing centre half. As he picked up the ball and took it past 4 players and laid the ball off to Drydal he was screaming for the ball back to finish but Drydal had other ideas and fired towards goal himself. His shot was saved by the keeper but was parred straight into the path of the on rushing Cappleman to head into an empty net. Just before half-time Civil’s full back picked up the ball on the edge of the box and just fired it back goalwards and as Dodds went to collect the ball found it go under him and into the net to give the home side a 2-1 lead going into the break.
As the Foss’ players drew out new positions for the second half they knew that they had been on top for the majority of the game it was just the conversion of chances that was the difference.
The second half started the same way the first ended with Foss on top and pressing for an equaliser. It wasn’t until 20 minutes into the second half when the goal came as pressure on the home sides keeper forced him to clear straight to Laverack’s feet who passed the ball into an empty net from 20 yards to draw the teams level. This was the start of a goal flurry for the rest of the half. It was soon 3-2 to Foss’ as Jacques played a ball over the top for Tunnicliffe to chase down who managed to beat the keeper to the ball and chip it over him into the net. Jacques then went from provider to scorer as he jinxed past two players and found himself with space to shot 20 yards out. His shot swerved in the air and gave the keeper no chance as it flew into the top corner. Before Foss’ could even get set back up Civil had the ball rolling and with players beginning to tire with having no subs the home side reduced the deficit to 1 goal when a cross found an unmarked player to tap the ball into the net.
Foss’ managed to gain back control and settle the game down which had been hectic for 15 minutes. As they looked to play out from the back Cappleman started the move which ended in arguably the goal of the game. Cappleman played a ball out wide which was then returned to him as he advanced forward passing the ball on to Jacques who then slide in Drydal out wide who glided past his marker and delivered the ball across the box for Tunnicliffe to smash into the net to restore Foss’ two goal lead. The 6th was not far behind as Womersley found himself in space on edge of the box and his shot well hit was too strong for the keeper who parred it into the net. As the game drew to a close Civil scored again but made no change to the end result with the game ending 6-4 to Foss’
After the game manager Paul Jacques said he was happy to end the league season with 3 points and looking back on the season it wasn’t the position they set out to achieve but two places higher, 11 points more and 23 goals scored more than last season has to be seen as an improvement and step in the right direction. He now added that the focus has to be on the cup game Wednesday with still a chance to add some silverware for the season.
MOM – Dan Jacques – Played a part in two of the goals and grabbed one for himself whilst looking comfortable playing out of position.