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WBAFC 1-1 Poynton
Written by Passarella   
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:55


Another enforced reshuffle saw Alfie Hodges move in to a central berth alongside Sutton with the Broome, strapped up from the Congleton game, unexpectedly and to his credit appearing against all the odds at left back; Gilbride, still carrying an injury, taking his place in midfield. Young Jacob O’Donnell came back in up-front alongside the effervescent Tom Scorer with the still cricketing Jack Gregory and Jamie Kay both on the bench alongside young Dan ‘Connell….. the injured Langford, Leadbetter & Gemmell all still side-lined with injuries.

So to the game and the home side, playing downhill, pretty much dominating the first half and as per usual created early chances hitting the post twice in quick succession; the first a Scorer effort close-in following some Hodgkinson trickery down the left and then a 25 yard Drayson free kick that rebounded to safety low to the keeper’s left. Typical of Whaley’s luck at the moment but tails were up and the mood decidedly more upbeat than in recent games with the home side quicker to the ball and pressing well.

Jacob O’Donnell showed some neat controlled runs and partner Tom Scorer did what he does best by keeping the defence under pressure with some bullish direct running, both holding play up well to get the midfield involved. Poynton’s main threat seemed to emanate from either wing with the number 10 particularly effective down the left side. Poynton resilient throughout played some neat stuff out and across the back but didn’t create any real chances in the last third.

However, yet again it was an unforced Whaley error that gave Poynton the lead against the run of play midway through the half. A straight forward high ball was allowed to fall unchallenged into the box leaving the hapless Sutton exposed and with no alternative but to stretch for the ball clipping the striker in the process; 0-1 via the penalty spot.

On the hour Broome moved forward to replace injured Gilbride with Kay coming on at left back and Gregory taking over from Jake Drayson who played one of his best games. Coincidentally Whaley’s equaliser came roughly at that moment when Scorer got himself in the right place at the right time to jab the ball in from a yard following a goalmouth scramble initiated by an O’Donnell run in from the right.

Whaley continued to produce some good football in the last quarter, Kay in particular linked well down the left with the skilful Hodgkinson who created havoc with some dangerous final balls into the box, Scorer latching on to one cross only to see the Poynton keeper pluck the ball out of the air. The influential Streets also looks to be getting fitter by the game and Gregory, playing in his first game of the season, looked as calm and confident on the ball as ever.

So, a ‘frantic’ August is out of the way and that was the last of the midweek games; you have to ask whether playing a third of the season in August, throughout the summer holidays and the cricket season, really is good for grass roots 'amateur' football? All teams are in the same boat to some extent but it does seem that if you are fortunate enough to get a decent settled team out in August then that can have a major impact on the final league positions 9 months on!

Tattersall; Broome; Hodges; Sutton; Bailey; Drayson; Gilbride; Streets; Hodgkinson; O’Donnell; Scorer

Gregory; Kay; Connell

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