EV2 County Senior League Premier Division - Game 3
24/09/22 - Wombwell Main vs Wombwell Town
The highly anticipated all Wombwell derby promised to be a glorious spectacle and was to contain action, drama and most likely a few scuffles at the two teams clashed for the first time since the formation of Town back in 2018.
Unfortunately, the Wombw-EL Classico (thank you Ryan Thacker - here's your credit) didn't quite turn out two tribes going to war, more two tribes cancelling each other out.
Both sides will probably feel they had the better of the first half with Main blazing a few chances over the crossbar and failing to force Lewis French into a note worthy save, while at the other end Simon Chadburn was slightly busier making a fingertip save over the crossbar from James Copley's header.
The same could have changed drastically when Jake Simon, son of Main's Manager Terry, caught Luke Micklethwaite on the ankle. The challenge saw the first pushing and shoving between the players, however referee Mark Ullyott, who was unsighted for the challenge calmed the situation down well and play resumed.
A second clash later in the first half where players again surrounded each other following a tackle saw the Wellers Joe Egan pick up a yellow card, despite claims he won the ball cleanly.
Half Time: WM 0, WTFC 0
The second half saw a lot of endeavour but little in the way of chances for either side. Another contentious moment came on 55 minutes when Weller's captain Eddie Agnew went for a ball from behind, but caught Sam Jones who fell badly. Agnew was immediately apologetic and the referee gave himself time to think about what decision he had to make. To keep the game even he booked Agnew, who was probably fortunate to stay on the field.
Both teams, desperate for find a winner stepped up the tempo for the final third of the game and it gave Wombwell Main their best opportunity of the game as highly rated Gadhafi Kiwanuka shot across goal from the left side of the penalty area with no one running it for the home side.
Brad Kerr, who had been restricted to just one substitute appearance before the game due to work commitments entered the game from the bench once more to have arguably the two best chances of the game.
A free-kick from 25 yards saw struck by Kerr and the crowd groaned as the ball thumped the crossbar and was cleared with just three minutes remaining on the clock.
The final chance of the game fell to Kerr two minutes into added time when he collected the ball free in the penalty area, but dragged his shot across goal and wide without troubling keeper Simon Chadburn.
No doubt both sides will be wondering what they could have done differently to win the game, but both will be looking forward to part two down at the Recreation Ground later in the season.
Wombwell Main 0
Wombwell Town 0
1. Lewis French
2. Dec Cocking
3. Gareth McDermott
4. Joe Egan
5. Alf Thompson
6. James Copley
7. Luke Micklethwaite
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Eddie Agnew (Captain)
10. Jordan Cooper
11. Will Harling
12. Jordan Good (Micklethwaite, 67)
14. Brad Kerr (Cocking, 75)
15. Joe Griggs (Agnew, 89)
16. Cian Everard
17. Pete Bartleson
Wellers Player of the Match