|Date||24 September 2016|
|Venue||Wolverhampton Grammar School|
|Result||W 3 - 2|
An early start at WGS for the first outing of the season for the 5ths in the last set of friendlies before the new season.
The fifths fielded a couple of debutants in Sean and Dan both returning to the game after some time off. They also fielded young Luke Archer making a rare outing outfield.
The first half was dominated by Wulfs who produced a hatful of chances. A number of these were wasted by the profligate Lally. Lally also providing Sean with a difficult chance from a 2 on 1 opportunity, his shot going just wide.
Lally eventually made amends and opened the scoring with redirected shot into the corner. Lally scored again before the break deflecting an Archer shot past the keeper.
In a rare attack Lichfield had a a series of shots which ping ponged off Thomas in goal and around the goal. Very unfortunate not to score.
2-0 at half time, possibly should have been more.
During the game we regularly had two different interpretations of the aerial pass. From Lally (R) we had the traditional up and under which regularly caused problems for the Lichfield defence. The second style from the experienced Lichfield defender could only be described as a mishit golf drive, with the ball seemingly hitting the ground and looping overhead. Again an effective attacking tool.
The second half bought more Wulfs pressure, Savage and Harrison unfortunate not to score from short corners.
Lichfield gained a foothold in the game but this skilful youngsters lacked a final pass against the wise old heads of the Wulfs defence. (A back 5 with over 270 years between them)
The game then turned on its head with two long balls not being dealt with by Wulfs and resulting in two goals. Direct hockey but very effective hockey.
Wulfs then woke up again and Nightingale (Ca) in a short cameo started to terrorise on the wing. He found Lally who slotted to complete his hattrick. He also fed in Sean who just failed to reach and slot home. Sean earlier being unlucky with a 1 on 1 being saved well by the keeper.
A deserved victory for Wulfs in a game played in a good spirit. Bring on the 2nd season.