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Today at Goals Willenhall, Wyrley Warriors fielded a full squad and played two tournament games.

Our first match was against Brewood Juniors Colts. At the start of this game Wyrley played brilliantly. Isaac moved swiftly down the wing and past the Brewood defence. The ball passed to Lewis who was able to take a shot at goal. All the play was in the Brewood half. First, Isaac just missed goal from a throw in. Next, he passed to Lewis who also had a shot at goal and finally, Carter was almost on target.

Unfortunately, the opposition fired a long ball into the Wyrley net much against the run of play. Brewood now began to take the offensive and started testing the Wyrley defence. This is where our new goalkeeper, ‘CJ’ came into his own. In the next attack by Brewood,  ‘CJ’ saved the ball and gave Wyrley a chance to get back into the game. Sam worked clear of the Brewood defence and nearly scored. ‘CJ’ then saved again after the Wyrley defence was beaten. However, Isaac broke free and nearly scored. Finally, he took a corner, crossed to Lewis who scored the equaliser. Brewood retaliated but ‘CJ’ made an excellent save when Wyrley defenders were nowhere in sight and twice after this, before half time ‘CJ’ saved the Warriors.

In the second half  ‘CJ’ continued to keep the Warriors’ hopes alive with another brilliant save but sadly Brewood once again took the lead. Wyrley were then awarded a free kick after Harry was knocked over near the Brewood goal but unfortunately he missed the target. This situation repeated itself when Hayden was pushed over and he too missed the goal, from another free kick.

Shortly before the match ended, ‘CJ’ thrust the ball over the bar to make another great save and deny Brewood a goal. Unfortunately, Brewood did go on to score again when they thundered a long ball into the net but ‘CJ’ had little chance of stopping this one.

Our second game was against West Bromwich Allstars, a tough team who inflicted a heavy defeat on Warriors earlier this month. This time however, WBA had to work a lot harder against the Warriors. WBA immediately put pressure on Wyrley and their fast pace made life difficult again for the Warriors. Cole and the other strikers could make little headway. Then a high ball flew into the back of the net giving WBA the lead. Their No.6 once again troubled Wyrley but although he scored their second, he also missed an open goal! ‘CJ’ again made some good saves which kept the score against Warriors from piling up. Warriors had some lucky escapes but eventually succumbed to a long ball in the second half which defenders like Alfie could do nothing to stop.

Lee commented that the Warriors played well with some great passing taking place. He reminded them that when too many Warriors chase the ball, opposition players are left unmarked. When this happens, if the opposition gain the ball they inevitably break away – forcing the Warriors to race to defend their own goal. Two players were awarded man of the match awards, ‘CJ’ for ‘fantastic’ goalkeeping and Sam for his work rate especially in mid field.

Rob Smith

 

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