Wyrley Juniors 2-1 Black Country Rangers

After a couple of disappointing results Wyrley picked up a massive 3 points against promotion rivals Black Country Rangers on Saturday.

Black Country started the game very brightly and had a goal disallowed correctly for offside as early as ten minutes into the game. They continued to put Wyrley under a lot of pressure and they managed to get themselves in front after twenty minutes with a well worked goal. The move started on the wing and involved some slick one touch passing before their left winger found space inside the penalty area and slotted home from 12 yards.

 Black Country continued to be the better side and restricted Wyrley to one real chance in the opening 45 minutes. This came 5 minutes before half time when a lovely through ball from Danny Dolman put Shaun Charles through on goal but as Charles was about to pull the trigger the ball bobbled up and he could not get his shot on target. Black Country went in at half time deservedly leading one nil.

Wyrley changed formation at half time and this seemed to settle them down and bring them into the game a bit more. Wyrley started to apply pressure as the second half went on and after 65 minutes they were unlucky not to get back on level terms. Captain Mark Brindley managed to skip through the Black Country defence but unfortunately he could not manage to keep his shot down and Black Country were let off the hook.

With Wyrley seeing a lot of the ball you could sense the equaliser was coming and it arrived on 75 minutes when they won a freekick after Danny Dolman was tripped. Dolman took the freekick and left the Black Country keeper rooted to the spot with a lovely curled effort from all of 30 yards.

This goal fired Black Country into action who really started to apply a lot of pressure on the Wyrley back line and they were unlucky not to take the lead when their striker turned Dan Martin on the edge of the box only to see his curling effort drift agonisingly wide. Phil Bowater and Stuart Foster at the heart of the Wyrley defence put in a series of well timed challenges and blocks over the next ten minutes as Black Country continued to push for the winner.

The drama started in the last minute when Steve McMahon showed some lovely skill on the edge of the Black Country area before fizzing a low shot across goal. The Black Country keeper saved the shot well with his feet before the ball jumped up and hit a defender on the forearm and went out for a corner. Strong penalty appeals from Wyrley were turned down by the referee who claimed it was unintentional. From the resulting corner though Shaun Charles delivered a peach of a cross and Chris Geldart rose highest in the box to glance home a brilliant header and clinch the points for Wyrley.

A spirited second half comeback from Wyrley that now leaves them just 3 points off the top of the table with ten games left to play.

Wyrley are in J W Hunt Cup action on Tuesday 16th away to Walsall Wood before a very difficult league tie away to Stone Old Alleynians next Saturday.

Wyrley Team – Richard James, Steve Foster, Dan Martin, Phil Bowater, Stuart Foster, Paul Yeomans, Chris Fowler

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, Danny Dolman, Shaun Charles, Mark Brindley

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, Chris Geldart. Subs – Aidan Smith, Steve McMahon

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, Jamie Fowler, Paul Baker, Phil McGuinness

Man of the Match – Phil Bowater.

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