EV2 County Senior League Premier Division - Game 7
05/11/22 - Wombwell Town vs North Gawber
If the old cliche of 'game of two halves' could be given to any match so far this season then this was definitely it!
The Wellers appeared sluggish from the kick off and once visitors North Gawber realised they played some good football and could have been winning comfortably by half time.
Gawber's downfall was their finishing, plus some solid defending from ever-present centre back duo Alf Thompson and James Copley.
The visitors came close on 13 minutes as Jono Davis could only stand and watch the ball hit the upright and bounce away to safety from a shot across goal from the right edge of the penalty area.
Something else that Gawber might look back on and think 'if only' was the two substitutions they were forced to make in the first half - even if the first (on 21 minutes) saw former Wellers' striker Matt 'Chocco' Thornton enter the game.
The first sniff of goal for Wombwell Town saw a Luke Haslam free-kick saved comfortably by Sam Muxlow on the half hour.
Half Time: WTFC 0, NGC 0
Some choice words at half time by manager Karl Rose and assistant Dean Cooper clearly had the right effect as the second half saw the Wellers back to their determined best.
Jordan Cooper had the ball in the back of the net just four minutes into the second half, only for referee Steve Beresford to chalk the goal off with Eddie Agnew judged to have fouled the keeper with his header at the back post.
Two minutes later there were big shouts for a penalty as Agnew went down under the challenge to stop the striker getting a clean shot at goal. A goal kick was awarded as the ball went over the target.
The pressure paid off as J. Cooper made no mistake on 52 minutes after finding himself with plenty of time in the box to face the keeper, pick his spot, and beat Muxlow down low.
Cooper almost had his second four minutes later when Will Harling took the ball down the left and supplied the cross for the marksman who fired just over.
It started to become too much for the North Gawber defence and on 59 minutes a foul on Agnew by Jake Bedford (the younger of the two players with the same name on the pitch) saw the centre back go into the book.
Last Saturday Copley had a header ruled out for a push, but this week nothing was going to stop 'The Giraffe' from getting on the scoresheet and he headed home from Haslam's right wing free-kick on the hour.
It could have been three on 72 minutes as Agnew broke down the left this time and played in the advanced Brodie Cooper on the edge of the D, who then continued the square ball to brother Jordan who put his shot just wide.
For the final ten minutes Rose gave youngsters Joe Griggs and debutante Shay Bould a chance to impress and it was the latter who almost bagged an assist after his run into the box gave him time to square to Agnew who also shot wide.
A minute later Bould did the same from the right of the penalty area after being set up by Griggs who instinctively left the ball for his new teammate.
Frustrations finally got the better of the already booked Bedford who put his studs into the back of Bould at the half way line and went for another cliche - 'the early bath!'
Wombwell Town 2
(J. Cooper 52, J. Copley 60)
North Gawber Colliery 0
1. Jono Davis
2. Dec Cocking
3. Luke Haslam
4. Joe Egan
5. James Copley
6. Alf Thompson
7. Gareth McDermott
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Eddie Agnew (Captain)
10. Jordan Cooper
11. Will Harling
12. Cian Everard
14. Joe Griggs (McDermott, 79)
15. Shay Bould (J. Cooper, 82)
16. Brad Cresswell
17. Sam Ackroyd
Wellers Player of the Match