Mixed fortunes over Bank Holiday Weekend


Wyrley went to Wem Town on Saturday without their keeper and two strikers and dropped points in the top off the table clash.

Wem started the game at a very high tempo and took the lead after ten minutes when there left winger cut in and hit a shot which deflected off Stuart Foster and bobbled past Lee Holliday deputising in goal for the injured Richard James. On twenty minutes Wem extended their lead when Phil Bowater was adjudged to have tripped the Wem striker on the edge of the box. From the resulting set piece the Wem winger got his second of the game, bending the free kick around the wall and into the top corner.

This then fired Wyrley into action and Chris Geldart should have reduced the deficit on 40 minutes when he went round the keeper. Instead of rolling the ball in with his left foot Geldart tried to check back on to his right foot and this gave the Wem defender time to get back on the line and clear. Wyrley were then denied two stone wall penalties inside the final 5 minutes of the half.

After half time Wyrley performed much better and they pulled a goal back when Danny Dolman bent home a 25 yard free kick in off the upright. Wyrley then continued to push for the equaliser and went close a couple of times through Jamie Fowler and Chris Geldart but they could not seem to get the break through.

With five minutes left Wyrley changed formation to 3-4-3 in an attempt to pull level and this obviously left space at the back which Wem exploited in the final couple of minutes scoring a third goal on 88 minutes before adding a fourth in the 4th minute of added time. A scoreline that flattered Wem and leaves Wyrley with an uphill task in their quest for promotion.

Wyrley Team – Lee Holliday, Steve Foster, John Littler, Phil Bowater, Stuart Foster, Paul Yeomans, Jimmy Moore, Chris Fowler, Jamie Fowler

, Chris Geldart, Danny Dolman. Subs – Dan Martin, Mark Brindley

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, Aidan Smith, Paul Baker.


After Saturday’s fixture Wyrley entertained Wrens Nest FC on Easter Monday. Wyrley welcomed back keeper Richard James and striker Shaun Charles but due to injuries collected on Saturday they were without Chris Fowler, Paul Yeomans and John Littler.

 Wyrley could not have asked for a better start when the returning Shaun Charles gave them the lead after just 22 seconds. Steve Foster played the ball forward from right back and Jamie Fowler challenged the Wrens Nest defender. The loose ball dropped to Charles 25 yards out and he curled a lovely left foot shot into the bottom corner.

On fifteen minutes the lead was extended when Jimmy Moore got his first goal of the season. Moore took a deep corner that ended up at the feet of Stu Foster. Foster twisted and turned before crossing the ball back into the box and Moore arrived late at the back post to volley home. It was 3-0 shortly after when some good build up play eventually saw Jamie Fowler slipped in behind the Wrens Nest defenders and with only the keeper to beat Fowler made no mistake with a lovely low finish.

Shortly before half time Wyrley wrapped up the scoring when another corner from Moore was met by Chris Geldart who headed home from eight yards out.

With the game won it gave Wyrley chance to make some early substitutions in the second half and rest goalscorers Fowler, Geldart and Charles. Wyrley continued to dominate the second period but despite the constant pressure they never managed to build on the four goals scored in the first half and the game finished 4-0.

Wyrely Team – Richard James, Steve Foster, Dan Martin, Phil Bowater, Stuart Foster, Jimmy Moore, Aidan Smith, Danny Dolman, Shaun Charles , Jamie Fowler , Chris Geldart . Subs – Lee Charles

, Dan Kalinski, Paul Baker.

Man of the Match – Jimmy Moore

Wyrley are at The Red Lion Ground on Saturday in the League Cup Semi Final First Leg against Penkridge Town before encountering a league fixture against Stone Old Alleynians, again at home on Tuesday 13th April.

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