Wilberfoss AFC Reserves continued their start to the season again in cup action with ‘Foss welcoming Swinton AFC in the York FA Junior Cup.
Again playing a team leagues above them ‘Foss started brightly and with some very good possession early in the game they finally made it pay when Dan Gibney picked the ball up wide and played a lofted ball into the box which was met by Dan Harvey who made no mistake with his head.
Chances came and went in the first half for ‘Foss with the home side coming in at half-time only 1-0 up and wondering how the game wasn’t already put to bed. Manager Paul Jacques told the players at half-time just to stay calm and to keep playing their football and try kill the game off as early into the second half as possible.
As more chances fell their way they couldn’t convert, with a number of players missing efforts. ‘Foss were made to pay when they gave the ball away 35 yards out and when a Swinton player took a pot shot it somehow managed to find the back of the net to level the scores. As the game wore on and players began to tire chances came for both teams to win it with the easiest falling to Ben Thompson who found himself unmarked 4 yards out but somehow turned the ball onto the bar instead of the empty net.
The game eventually went to penalties and with Zachariou the only player able to convert his spot-kick ‘Foss went out 3-1 on spot kicks.
Paul Jacques said after the game he couldn’t believe how his team had managed to lose such a one side game and had to learn from the last few weeks going into the league season to finish their chances and put teams away.
MOM – Ian Cappleman