After qualifying for the next round of the Cup, Wyrley were placed in Division 1 for the league campaign this year. A tough group but one that will challenge the players and give them the chance to develop their game more.
Despite the joy of being in the top division Wyrley started very slowly against a strong Pelsall Villa Colts team and struggled to find their passing game. Kyle and Charlie worked hard but Wyrley struggled to get out of their half, looking short of confidence and found themselves 2-0 down at half time. Changes were made at half time with Jacob replacing Josh.S in goal and Josh returning to his usual forward position. Evan made some great runs forward in the second half and was unlucy not to get on the scoresheet. Jacob was impressive in goal, making a couple of vital saves to keep the score at 2-0 and Josh.P made two superb blocks as the Pelsall forward was ready to shoot from close range. At the other end of the pitch, Kyle and Josh.S were looking dangerous and set up Ryan who had a shot saved by the Pelsall keeper. The next Wyrley attack saw the ball fall to Josh.S who drilled a right footed shot low into the net to half the defecit and make the score 2-1. This goal came late in the game and Wyrley were unable to force any more goal scoring chances, leaving the final score Wyrley 1-2 Pelsall Villa Colts. Man of the Match: Josh Pritchard
The Tigers second game of the day came against Hednesford and with no-one wanting to go in goal, Ethan volunteered and showed a great attitude to help the team. The Tigers again started very slowly and were missing the kind of determination and team spirit that had been evident in the early weeks of the season. After three minutes Wyrley were lucky to still be on level terms and if it had not been for the last ditch tackling from Finley and saves from Ethan, the team could have found themselves behind. Once again we struggled to find a way out of our half despite the best efforts of Kyle, who chased every ball. Halfway through the first half Hednesford got their deserved reward as they capitalised on the Tigers ineffective clearance and shot the ball past Ethan to make the score 1-0 and that is how the score stayed until half time. A half time talking to seemed to shake the Tigers briefly into life, with Josh.S, Evan, Ethan and Kyle starting to find their passing game and break through the Hednesford defence, with Ethan and Kyle going close with shots on goal, but agonisingly wide. Charlie took the gloves for the second half and gave a fantastic display keeping the Tigers in the game with some great saves and good defending from Josh.P. As the game wore on the Tigers pushed forward leaving Hednesford with chances and from a long ball forward, Josh.P cleared for a throw in and a quick throw and cross allowed an unmarked Hednesford player to head the ball in to make the score at the final whistle Wyrley 0-2 Hednesford. Man of the Match: Kyle Smith
A disappointing morning when the Tigers did not show the kind of performance that they are capable of. Despite being second best to most balls and outplyed for large parts of both games, we only lost 2-1 and 2-0. This shows that if we keep working hard and return to the energy levels, determination and passing football of the games in September we can be challenging these teams more.
A special mention must go to Josh Singh who volunteered to go in goal for the first half against Pelsall Villa Colts and said “Rob, I ‘ll do my best in goal, I am just doing it for the team.” – A great attitude!