Worksop Van Hire North Midlands Development League - League Cup R1
07/10/21 - Thorncliffe U21 vs Wombwell Town U21
Wombwell Town U21 bowed out of the League Cup at the first round after putting on a spirited display at a well drilled Thorncliffe side.
With over-aged players ineligible for the competition and other key players missing only four could be named on the bench.
Despite this the Wellers competed well for most of the match and were buoyed early on when they were awarded a penalty on 14 minutes as Lewis Hope was clearly tripped in the area while running onto the ball. Josh Collins converted the spot kick.
The already depleted side then lost Bailey Wilson who had to be replaced two minutes after the penalty, which gave Ethan Tarmey the chance to make his debut.
Thorncliffe then started to press forward and were awarded a penalty themselves on 24 minutes after a foul in the box.
Keeper Matty Simpson was able to dive to his left and save the penalty, but before the ball could be cleared another attempted challenge felled the Thorncliffe player and a second penalty was awarded by the referee. Thorncliffe made no mistake this time, sending Simpson the wrong way.
Action at both ends around the half hour mark saw the Wellers strike the far post with a cross shot from the left of the area, but moments later Thorncliffe took the lead of the game for the first time with a header at the far post following a cross from the right wing.
At the start of the second half Drew Russell was introduced after Jack Redmond succumbed to illness (later testing negative for covid) and the Wellers were forced to change formation.
On 51 minutes Thorncliffe extended their lead as they raced through the centre of the pitch and tucked a shot under the body of Simpson just inside the area leaving the Wellers stunned as Brad Cresswell had been clearly fouled from behind at the half way line. Showing his disbelief at the referee Cresswell was then sin-binned for ten minutes.
With the Wellers down to ten men their never give-up attitude was on show again and they pulled the game back to 3-2. Tom Smith's free-kick from the left of midfield almost caught the keeper unaware and his parry back into play allowed Russell to chip the ball over the flailing shot-stopper.
One minute before Cresswell could re-enter the pitch thought Thorncliffe went 4-2 up as they hit the Wellers on the counter attack.
Brad Cresswell's return to the pitch saw the midfielder grab a much deserved goal for himself as he flicked the ball on with his head following another Smith free-kick, leaving the keeper slightly embarrassed after claiming he was coming for the ball quite loudly.
The game of end-to-end football didn't stop as Thorncliffe scored their 5th on 68 minutes and then a 6th on 77 minutes to surely take them into the next round?
Jack Butterley's side didn't give up though and Lewis Hope capitalised in a bizarre goal kick which was played short to the defender in the box and was then pounced on by Hope as the following pass was played across the penalty box. Hope raced in and tapped home before the keeper could believe what had happened.
Another penalty was awarded as we entered into added time as the Thorncliffe player fell to the ground with SImpson diving to the ground to put the ball out for a corner. Simpson was booked for a comment made under his breath, which was heard by the assistant referee, but the penalty was a poor one a trickled wide of the goal.
A good six minutes into added time Wombwell Town scored a fifth and sadly (from our point of view) final goal of the game as Hope bagged his second of the evening in a scramble at the keeper's right hand post.
Thorncliffe progress into the next round.
Thorncliffe U21 6.
Wombwell Town U21 5.
Wellers' Man of the Match: Brad Cresswell.
Wombwell Town Line-up:
1. Matty Simpson
2. Niall Khamis-Burtoft
3. Bailey Wilson
4. Tom Smith (captain)
5. Jack Redmond
6. Tyalor Byfield-Vaughan
7. Lewis Easterbrook
8. Brad Cresswell
9. Lewis Hope
10. Josh Collins
11. Harrison Cox
14. Ethan Tarmey (on for Wilson, 16)
15. Drew Russell (on for Redmond, 46)
16. Rio Mellor (on for Easterbrook, 62)
17. Josh Tyas (on for Cox, 68)