After an unbeaten pre-season the Tigers played their first competetive games this morning in the Dereck Tarbuck Memorial Cup.

The first game was against Cresswell Wanderers and after an entertaining first half where Wyrley could have taken the lead through Finley and Ethan the half time whistle came with the score 0-0.  Wyrley started the second half slowly and Cresswell managed to force a shot past Josh Singh from close range.  This fired the Tigers into life and after a nice three man passing move between Kyle, Charlie and Ryan, Kyle stormed past three Cresswell players to slot the ball into the bottom corner and make it 1-1.  Wyrley were still having most of the play, with Evan, Jacob and Josh Pritchard setting up chances from defence and Josh Singh producing a great diving save to keep the scores level.  Cresswell were not to be denied with their next attack as the ball fell to their midfielder ten yards out who fired the ball home to make it 2-1.  Wyrley rallied and were unlucky not to find an equaliser in the closing minutes, a great effort.  Final Score Wyrley Tigers 1-2 Cresswell Wanderers.  Man of the match: Charlie Lee 

Second game, from one extreme to the other.  Wyrley struggled in their first game to put their chances away but in the second game vs Silverdale Hornets, the Tigers simply could not miss.  A newly formed Silverdale team were immediately on the back foot as some great passing from Kyle and Josh Singh allowed Josh to make it 1-0 to Wyrley inside the first minute of the game. It was soon 2-0 as Josh Singh crossed for Ethan to prod the ball past the advancing keeper.  Ethan then returned the favour as he beat his defender on the left before crossing for Josh Singh to drive the ball high into the net.  Then from one of Ryans trademark corners, Finley had his shot blocked, leaving Ethan to score his second of the game from close range.  Josh Pritchard was largely untroubled in defence and dribbled past two players before passing the ball to Ethan, who crossed into the middle, where Kyle was waiting to smash the ball in to make the score 5-0 at half time.  With Josh Singh and Ethan both chasing a hat trick, Wyrley started the second half as they had finished the first and When Ethans shot came crashing off the crossbar Evan was on hand to prod the ball home.  With Charlie and Ryan producing great crosses, the scoring opportunities kept coming and it was Charlies cross that caused the Silverdale defence problems, leaving Evan to slot home his second goal of the game.  With all players trying to get themselves on the score sheet, Wyrley were caught out by the Silverdale counter attack and only some great saves from Jacob in goal, stopped Silverdale scoring from their five one on ones which they created.  Ryan was unluckly not to score with his effort coming back off the post and then Ethan rattled the woodwork again after his shot came back off the crossbar, the ball eventually falling to Josh Singh who beat his man to slot the ball home and claim his hat-trick.  With six minutes to go Ethan found himself with the ball in the box and only the keeper to beat, he calmly slotted the ball past him to take his tally to three and the score to 9-0.  Josh pritchard was unluckly in the final minute as his left footed shot drifted inches wide of the post.  Final Score: Wyrley Tigers 9-0 Silverdale Hornets.  Man of the Match: Josh Singh.

Player of the week: Ethan Lavender

A fantastic morning of football, with some great goals and passing footall.  Well Done Tigers!

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    Simon Steptoe

    Unlucky first result but sound like a top second match well done rob and the boys!

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