CK Prairie Farm 1 v 2 Wyrley Juniors

Wyrley extended their unbeaten run in the league to 5 with a battling performance against Prairie Farm. As last week Wyrley suffered pre-match set backs with Michael Clayton & Liam Faherty unavailable. 

Wind conditions throughout the game did not allow for flowing football but both teams put on an entertaining encounter. Prairie played a dangerous, high line and when Green played inside to Crook, he released Matt Moseley down the left flank, who used his pace to advance, cut inside and hit a fine shot which the keeper turned round for a corner.

Prairie played some neat football to work a clear opportunity for the centre forward, who had time to pick his spot only to be flagged offside much to the annoyance of the opposition.

The pace of Moseley and flamboyance of Green continued to trouble the young Prairie defence but only half chances were forthcoming and much the same for Prairie as half-time came with the score 0-0.

Wyrley were given a half-time roasting for poor pre-match preparation, poor work rate, poor communication and basic helping one another out. Hopefully the end result showed this to be the right decision, even though Wyrley came from behind.  

Tom Garbett tracked back well to knock the ball out for a corner under pressure from the winger. The outswinging corner was flicked into the net from about 10 yards giving the keeper, Pollard, no chance. Almost immediately Moseley broke down the right only to be fouled just outside the box. Green took the free kick, low and hard into the box for Whitehouse to hit the ball right footed into the corner of the net.

The game then continued to flow end to end but with few clear cut chances. Pollard saved brilliantly from one long range effort, tipping over the bar. With just under 20 minutes to go, Arnold replaced Burkett, who had worked tirelessly. Arnold made an immediate impact up front, with some fine touches and excellent passing, often releasing the dangerous Moseley.

With just 2 minutes to go Whitehouse cleared a ball, hopefully upfield, where Matt Moseley had found space. Matt beat the full back easily for pace and advanced into the box. Prairie’s keeper came out well, only for Moseley to lift the ball confidently over the keeper into the net as 2 defenders tried to get back and clear – a brilliant finish – 4 in 4 games for Matt.

Wyrley then kept the ball well in the final few minutes and when Prairie did get the ball forward the solid defence of Mark Whitehouse and Andy Clayton ensured there was no way through. As the opponents said after the game the old heads combined with youthful exuberance, worked well as Wyrley turned a game they probably didn’t deserve to win into exactly that – WELL DONE LADS.   

Wyrley hope to continue winning ways against AFC Globe, at home, next week.

Team: 4-4-2
Pollard, Durbin, Wright, Whitehouse, Clayton (A), Higgs, Crook, Garbett, Green, Moseley, Burkett (Arnold).
Subs: Arnold.

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