EV2 County Senior League Premier Division - Game 24
22/04/23 - Ecclesfield Red Rose 1915 vs Wombwell Town
Disclaimer: It was hard writing the following report so it reads like we're not boasting, and we're sorry it comes across as though we are.
If top five hopes rely on goal difference then Wombwell Town gave themselves a massive advantage after their game at lowly Ecclesfield Red Rose 1915.
Ecclesfield have had a hugely disappointing season with just two victories and a minus 100 goal difference going into the game, and even though morale was clearly down before kick off the team put up a fight with no goals coming easily for the visitors.
After just seven minutes a major decision could have made the afternoon much worse for Ecclesfield. A ball through to returning captain Eddie Agnew saw the marksman sneak the ball past the advancing Ryan Eades into the penalty box. Eades, outside the box twisted and brought down Agnew who had a simple tap-in looming. Refere Jamie Mortiboys gave a free-kick on the edge of the area and decided not to show the keeper a card of any colour.
The baffled Wombwell support quickly became jubilant as Louis Wardle stepped up to take another trademark free kick. His low drive to Eades right hand side beat the keeper and the visitors took the lead.
The lead was doubled on 15 minutes as Wellers keeper Jono Davis' long kick upfield found Connor Peace. The striker turned his marker and played a great ball to Brad Kerr who scored his first goal since returning from Hallam FC.
A 27th minute free kick from Wardle - this time from a much deeper position - eventually ended up in the net as Kerr's header was pushed away by Eades straight into the path of Agnew who redirected the ball back to goal and had enough power to cross the line despite a deflection on the way through the Ecclesfield players on the line.
There were two goals within 60 seconds of each other just after the half hour as the Wellers showed their dominance and quickly went from 3-0 to 5-0.
The fourth, on 32 minutes, saw another Wardle free kick provide the catalyst. His floated ball was headed by Alf Thompson, but was blocked by the defender and Agnew was on hand yet again to mop up the loose ball and score on the rebound.
Straight from the re-start Wombwell won the ball again and Peace found himself with the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area. His shot from a narrow angle was blocked, but fell to Wardle who left unmarked by the penalty spot and hit the ball in for 5-0.
Kerr added his second of the game on 38 minutes as the striker was played through down the left by centre back Joe Egan. Kerr had the skill and trickery to deceive his marker and fire past Eades.
On his 50th appearance for the club, Kerr marked the occasion with a hat-trick, which he completed on 40 minutes. Peace was involved once again and the duo combined to free up Kerr who score in off the post.
Frustrations started to creep into Ecclesfield's game and a minute after goal number seven Tom Arnold was sent to the sin bin for comments made to the referee after a free kick against his team.
While Ecclesfield didn't pose much of a goal threat throughout the game their best chance came just before the half time whistle as a wayward cross struck the top of the crossbar, keeping Davis alert to any possible future attacks.
Half Time: ERR 0, WTFC 7.
The second half proved to be a much quieter affair, with Wombwell Town failing to score on a number of one-on-one chances.
Brodie Cooper, who had an earlier effort headed off the line, did add his name to the scoresheet on 61 minutes as he found himself on the ball at the back post following Wardle's right hand side corner. The midfielder was able to take a couple of touches to control the ball before firing off a shot to beat Eades at his left hand post.
Four minutes later and there were more woes for Ecclesfield as Kerr was brought down by the last man. After consulting with his assistant, the referee had no choice but to show Joey Marshall the red card.
Peace finally scored his first of the afternoon on 79 minutes as he broke clear of the defence and slotted past Eades to make it 9-0 and secure the club's largest win in their short history.
The side made it double figures on 83 minutes as Peace scored his second, and 12th in 14 games since returning to the club, as Wardle played through the striker in a similar fashion to Peace's first.
It was a tough afternoon for Ecclesfield Red Rose 1915 who felt before the game as though they had weathered a storm of bad results, but it was a result the Wellers clearly wanted.
Ecclesfield Red Rose 1915 - 0
Wombwell Town - 10
Louis Wardle 7, 33
Brad Kerr 15, 38, 40
Eddie Agnew 27, 32
Brodie Cooper 61
Connor Peace 79, 83
1. Jono Davis
2. Gareth McDermott
3. Will Harling
4. Louis Wardle
5. Joe Egan
6. Alf Thompson
7. Luke Micklethwaite
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Brad Kerr
10. Eddie Agnew (c)
11. Connor Peace
12. Jordan Cooper
14. Luke Haslam (E. Agnew, 48)
15. Sam Maddock (G. McDermott, 46)
16. Jake Padgett (L. Micklethwaite, 46)
17. Luke Norbury (A. Thompson, 70)
K.T. Precision Player of the Match