Pre-season Friendly Number 2
31/07/21 - Wombwell Town vs Athersley Rec Reserves
A mixture of first team and Under 21 players joined forces to face fellow County Senior League Division One side Athersley Rec Reserves.
In a season where it is hoped the Under 21 side will provide a number of players those who were able to take part today did themselves proud and more faith could be shown in the youngsters going forward.
It take a while for the players to find their feet and it was former Wombwell Town Under 19s striker, Calum Smith, who scored first for the visitors after just two minutes.
The youngster was able to turn Mark Harling in the box and put his shot across goal and into the far corner with Jono Davis maybe getting a slight touch with a fingertip as it zipped by him.
From then on the Wellers settled into a rhythm and grew into the game. A number of corners and a fizzed shot over the bar by Will Harling put the visitors under some pressure.
The equaliser came on 38 minutes when a cross field ball by Joe Lund, one of the U21 players, found his manager Jack Butterley who curled a sublime shot into the top keeper, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Conceding sparked Athersley Rec Reserves to life and two minutes after the goal they could have re-taken the lead, but for a double save from Davis, which was then headed clear by youngster George Hodgkiss.
There were no goals in the second half, despite best efforts from Mark Wilson and Mark Harling, which forced the visiting keeper into making some saves.
The closest the Penguins came to scoring again saw them denied by the giant frame of substitute keeper Jenson Beevor.
Full Time: Wombwell Town 1, Athersley Rec Reserves 1.
Wombwell Town Line-up:
1. Jono Davis
2. Gareth McDermott
3. Will Harling
4. Mark Harling
5. Joe Egan
6. Joe Lund
7. Lee Bennett
8. Jack Butterley
9. Josh Dixon
10. Mark Wilson
11. Connor Housley
12. George Hodgkiss
13. Jenson Beevor