Pre-season Friendly Number 3
03/08/21 - Dearne & District vs Wombwell Town
On a warm evening, played in glorious sunshine new Central Midland League outfit Dearne & District were put to the test by County Senior League side Wombwell Town.
The Wellers, playing one division below their hosts, were much the better team over the 90 minutes as manager Karl Rose saw his near strength side put in a good shift to gain fitness and home their skills for the season ahead.
Dearne & District started former Weller Connor Peace, however he didn't see past the 35th minutes as injury ended his game early. Wombwell Town saw the return of several players, including Eddie Agnew who last played in 2019.
Wombwell Town finally put pressure on the home side after an even first ten minutes as Gareth McDermott was played through and forced the first save of the game from close range.
Eight minutes later and Lee Bennett tested the keeper and won a corner after he was played through by captain Luke Exley.
The breakthrough came on the half hour as Bennett took control of the ball following good play by Brad Cresswell. Bennett waltzed through the defence and slotted the ball into the far corner after a mazy run into the box.
Dearne & District almost equalised from a corner, however a fingertip save by Jono Davis denied them. The touch was so slight, the referee gave a goal kick to boot.
Two minutes before half time a corner from Luke Exley was somehow controlled by McDermott who swivelled and volleyed the ball into the net before the keeper and defence could react.
The second half saw the hosts pull a goal back on 50 minutes as Lovell volleyed home past substitute keeper Jordan Watson following their corner.
It took just three minutes for Wombwell Town to restore their two goal lead as McDermott raced down the right wing and took a shot which was parried by the keeper to the feet of Bennett, who made no mistake in bagging his second after taking the ball around the stranded keeper.
Dearne & District looked to get back into the game and made it 3-2 just before the hour after the follow-up shot was smashed home by Needham following a parrying save by Watson from a long-range effort.
With both teams tiring and substitutes disrupting the rhythm it took a while for either side to get another shot on target, but on 74 minutes Bennett completed his hat-trick with a skilled back-healed deflection from a Jack Butterley shot following Cresswell's good work down the right wing.
Dearne & District had two more wild efforts fly over the crossbar in the fnial stages, but it was the step eight side who came out on top over their step 7 counterparts.
Dearne & District 2.
Wombwell Town 4.
Wombwell Town Line-up:
1. Jono Davis
2. Josh Dixon
3. Will Harling
4. Tom Smith
5. George Westwood
6. Kieran Price
7. Luke Exley
8. Brad Cresswell
9. Lee Bennett
10. Eddie Agnew
11. Gareth McDermott
12. Joe Lund
13. Jordan Watson
14. Mark Harling
15. Jack Butterley
16. John Lund
17. Connor Housley