Current affairs are amass to “save our steel” so it was quite fitting that today Wyrley displayed theirs with abundance.
At this stage of the season it is apparent that Burton has shown the consistency to be worthy league leaders, so Wyrley would need to be at their Sunday best to blunt their spearhead attack.
With no recognised keeper, 2 debutants and a re-shuffle to accommodate, this was a huge ask.
The response from all players took the ‘mild’ out of steel.

The first effort on goal came in the 4th minute as Mish sheared the Burton defence to send Rach chasing through and smelter past the last defender only to fire wide of right upright. 2 minutes later Emily rifled over from range having made space on the right side of the 18yard box. Burton immediately responded and forced their way clear only to see stand-in keeper Gee push the effort away at full stretch. Wyrley broke down the left only for former Burton player Elicia to splice the final effort wide of the left post on 8. In a carbon –copy, Burton broke down the left from the goal kick with the same result. Lisa and Emily combined to send Laura clear on 16, and after a 1-2 with Rach; watched her engineered effort turn the wrong side of the left post. Burton began to display a renewed urgency in pressing and harrying Wyrley into conceding possession. On 23 & 25 Burton displayed some deft link-up play, only to see both efforts slither wide from 15 yards out. This point of the game appeared to be the stimulus for Shan to show what she’s made of. What experience of playing centre-mid was lacking was more than made up for in the Rockwell challenges that pursued for the remainder of the game. And she wasn’t alone: on 27 Kayl sniffed-out another move with the determination and a precision cut challenge to thwart any danger. Burton were on the ascendancy and further threatened on 31 & 35 when they narrowly sprung the offside trap, only to scuff wide on both occasions from the edge of the box. On 41 Burton chanced another long range effort that fired high over

HT 0-0
Wyrley were relieved to hear the whistle. Burton were beginning to find a flow that threw the kitchen sink and all the iron mongery at Wyrley. Wyrley may have had the better in the first 20 minute, but were on the back-foot for the remainder. However at 0-0: still in the game.

The second half continued where it left off with a Burton attack on 49, only to shoot wide from the edge of the D. The wolf was trying to blow the house down, but up-stepped Wyrley in unity. Emily, and Lisa pressed, Shan and Laura broke-up the play at whim and if anything got through the gate: Kayl, Mish, captain Rach and Alex threw body and limb in the way of anything that threatened to form a security railing for their stand-in keeper. On 55 Laura pierced through from the right, only for the keeper to clear from her feet and leave her in a molten heap as both players desire collided. On the hour Burton shot from distance, but thankfully straight into Gee’s impregnable chest and safe hands. In the 2nd half there were some notable committed challenges from both sets of players, but on Wyrley’s part: Shan, Emily, Laura and ALL of the back four were notably strong, but fair. For her endeavour, Alex needed lengthy treatment after a hefty challenge midway into her own half on 69: to leave the field with a back injury. Wyrley down to 10, regrouped, Rach dropped to right wing, Laura to right back and the heels were firmly dug-in.
Immediately after the restart Burton shot straight Gee’s chest from 25yards. 3 minutes later Gee pulled-off a worldy of a save by dropping like a marly to her right to sharply push the effort round the post and keep out certain goal. On 76 Burton hit bar from 8 yards from a central header after a neat dink from the right wing. Again Burton pressed and chanced their armoury from range on 78 & 79 as they sensed Wyrley would buckle: only to be cut out by timely challenges from the Wyrley centre-half partnership. The metal within this team was truly uncovered when the injured Simmo entered the fray on 80 to even the numbers and help steady the ship. Having done so, she chased and harried every lost cause in a monumental effort to achieve ‘A’ result other than loss.
Having soaked the pressure, Wyrley broke promisingly at pace on 83 and although Elicia appeared to shoot low but tamely into the path of the Burton keeper, it appeared to momentarily wrong foot her. Sadly the Burton keeper recovered to save any embarrassment. 2 minutes later Simmo chased through but was snuffed-out as she steadied the trigger. Burton forced one last effort on 87 but spliced wide from distance.

FT 0-0

Wyrley efforts on goal were expectantly restricted, judging by Burton’s season record. It was a lonely affair for Wyrley’s top scorer (Rach) as she chased lost causes and changed position part game. Emily, Lisa and Laura C fought tooth n nail for every ball. Mish, Rach H and Alex were superb in containing the Burton frontline to long range efforts: with Kayl notably at her absolute best performance in stopping anything that dared pass her way. Gee: absolute respect for taking the keeper’s shirt and further more for pulling-off not 1, but 2 ‘worldy’ saves that prevented the breach of last line of de-fence.
• Elicia some neat touches and had the better of the Burton right back when confidence kicked-in to do so
• Shan: woke up 20 minutes into the game, but when you did…….OUCH! Strong, firm but fair!
Both will improve with match fitness, which definitely whets the appetite for future Wyrley games!

Special mention for Laura Cumberledge: AWESOME!!! Covered every blade

Pride in each and every Wyrley player today: as this was THE best defensive display I’ve experienced in my 1st season with Wyrley Ladies

Save our steel? Come watch our ladies: they have it in abundance!

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