2nd Team Vs Stafford

Date 24 September 2016
Team 2nd Team
Opposition Stafford
Fixture Away
Venue Staffordshire University, Weston Rd, Beaconside ST18 0AD
Start time 13:00
Result W 2 - 1
Time played Normal time
Scorers Sam Buckley (1), Sam Aldersley (1)
Match Report

A good afternoon for Old Wulfs in a hard fought game against Stafford. The opening phases of the game saw a wrestle for dominance with both sides being unable to enjoy long periods of possession. 

As the first half progressed Stafford began to create chances but thankfully were unable to find a way past an alert Craig. Wulfs grew into the game and a flicked ball through from McNay found Buckley who was there to calmly slot home. This gave wulfs confidence and it seemed like we would go into half time on top, but Stafford countered well and a loose ball into the D wasn't cleared resulting in a leveller. 

However, the mood was still positive at half time and wulfs continued to press in the second half. A ball in from the right corner of the pitch found Buckley who managed to squeeze the ball through to Sam Aldersley who tapped in to restore the lead.

Stafford were far from out of the game and the last 20 minutes were very uncomfortable for wulfs with several near misses ringing alarm bells. Stafford thought they'd finally found the equaliser only for Craig to dive full stretch to his right to tip the ball round the post, a save of such quality that even the Stafford players applauded. The whole wulfs defence deserves credit as Stafford threw everything at wulfs but were unable to find a way through.

A special mention must go to Chris Nightingale, who made everyone chuckle after managing to get his stick caught in the side netting just as Stafford were injecting a short corner. Something Craig described as "like seeing a seabird caught in a fishing net".

With the caliber of the opposition, this is a win that gives us great confidence as we start the league season next weekend. 

Man of the match: Matt McNay

Name Squad number Position Scored Assists Cards
Colin Pearson 0 Goalkeeper
Craig Thomas 0 Goalkeeper
Alan Brown 2 Defender
Stewart Upton 12 Midfielder
William Ashworth 14 Forward
Rob Hemmings 16 Defender
Chris Nightingale 18 Defender
Alex Thompson 21 Defender
Richard Roberts 28 Midfielder
Ed Hole 32 Midfielder
Andrew Cooper 54 Midfielder
Sam Buckley 62 Forward 1
Sam Aldersley 81 Forward 1 1
Matt McNay 94 Midfielder 1