Mixed night for Millard

Wyrley entertained Bustleholme who are 4th in the premier in last nights J.W. Hunt cup and produced a superb display. Callum Humphries was welcomed back in goal after his broken finger and Mark Simms replaced Phil Bowater from the side that lost at Wellington. As expected Bustleholme started quickly and played with a lot of pace but rather than passing the ball about seemed to come with a plan of playing the ball early and long into channels. This suited Wyrley who had the rapid pace of Millard up front and could hit them on the counter attack. This paid off early when after some pressure the ball found it’s way to Asa Wright on the halfway line he played a lovely pass insde the full back and Millard raced clear of the defence and hit a low shot past the keeper. Bustleholme seemed stunned by this but carried on with their game plan. Wyrley survived some scrambles in defence but then went further ahead. When Dolman crossed into the box it looked as though there was not a lot of danger, it seems that is what the defence thought because there was no reaction and quick as a flash Millard nipped into the space between the defence and keeper and slotted home. Bustleholme now pushed 3 up front and went 3 at the back, to counteract Wyrley went man for man and used Foster as sweeper to cut off the channels. This worked welland before half time Wyrley hit the visitors again. And again it was that man Millard who used his pace to beat he defence and shoot past a bemused keeper.

Half time Wyrley 3  Bustleholme 0 

The second half saw Bustleholme make 2 substitutions immediately,they stayed with 3 up front and tried to pass the ball around a bit more. Inevitably for a premier team they put a lot of pressure on Wyrley and got the break they so eagerly sought albeit a little fortunate. When Azza Wright challenged for the ball in the box it seemed he won it, the ref thought otherwise and awarded a penalty and then booked Wright. Humphries got his hands to the kick but couldn’t keep it out. Now Bustleholme saw a bit of light and stepped up their game. Ten minutes later they pulled another back and Wyrley looked a bit nervous. Aza Wright had took a knock and was replaced by Chris Fowler this steadied the ship a bit and just as another changewas being planned that man Millard made the news again, this time for the wrong reasons though. As he chased afteryet another through ball he suddenly dropped like a stone and it was obvious his hamstring had gone. He was stretchered off and Callum Barry took over. With time running out Bustleholme really pushed on but Wyrley were always looking to pounce again and when a harmless looking ball was pushed back to the keeper Barry chased it. The goalie, instead of clearing it, tried to take him on, Barry hustled him though and won the ball and stroked it home. The game was not over yet and despite losing a player to a red card Bustleholme continued in their quest and pulled another one back. A final nervy few minutes were played out and Wyrley recorded one of their most famous victories.

Man of the Match; Nick Millard

Wyrley; Humphries; Simms, Foster (Capt), Brough,Kalinski; Azza Wright; Geldart, Dolman, Moore, Asa Wright; Millard.

Subs;  Baker, FowlerBarry, Brookes.

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