League Cup Round Two
31/08/22 - Kinsley Boys vs Wombwell Town
It is funny how things can repeat themselves in football. In January the club travelled to Kinsley Boys to come away with a 5-1 victory and a late red card that could have been avoided and while the circumstances were difference for the game eight months later, the result was still the same.
The game started with the visitors looking for an early lead and on seven minutes Jordan Cooper was able to work his way into the penalty area past two Kinsley defenders on the right with the ball falling to Luke Haslam at the far post who saw his shot blocked.
It wasn't a good evening for referee Stuart Royston who made numerous errors throughout the evening. The first gave Kinsley Boys the lead on 17 minutes. A free-kick played into the box was collected by Jono Davis in the air cleanly, only for the Kinsley player to head the ball, push the keeper and put it in the net. No foul given. Goal stood.
This made The Wellers all the more determined and it took just a minute for them to equalise through captain Eddie Agnew. A free kick of their own was put into the box for Agnew to rise up and power his header over Andy Sephton from 14 yards out.
Agnew gave Wombwell Town the lead for the first time on 22 minutes when his sublime finish gave Sephton no chance.
Now losing and seeing little of the ball Kinsley Boys became frustrated and just two minutes after the second goal, while Brodie Cooper was on the ground following a winning challenge, the KB number 9 jumped in two footed just below the midfielder's knee. Cooper was lucky not to be injured, and the number 9 was lucky only receive a yellow card.
On 26 minutes Will Harling found himself in the box, but was stopped by a Cynical challenge, which gave the referee no choice but to award the penalty. No further punishment was given. The score stayed at 2-1 though as the spot kick was put wide.
The game did go 3-1 shortly after as Jordan Cooper twisted and turned the defence ten yards out before picking his spot and scoring his first of the cup campaign on 31 minutes.
Half Time: KB 1, WTFC 3.
The second half started with a slower, more controlled tempo, but the drama started on 61 minutes when Harling was cynically taken down again, this time on the half way line, and KB's number 4 was shown yellow.
Two minutes later and it was the turn of the number 5 to hack down Harling and pick up a yellow.
Players and those on the bench and in the crowd were left baffled when a penalty wasn't awarded on 65 minutes when Agnew took the ball into the area from the right hand side only to clearly pushed to the ground by number 4 with the referee having a clear view. The ball was cleared but another foul by KB saw the number 7 booked.
Any faint hope Kinsley had of a comeback were dashed on 72 minutes when Harling played Brad Kerr through on the right hand side. Kerr's unselfishness saw the all-time top scorer play the ball across for Haslam to tap in for his first goal for the club.
On 80 minutes a ball over to the left wing saw the KB player jumps and palm the ball to the ground with his hand. It wasn't a surprise that he too was booked.
A fifth goal was added on 88 minutes as Harling pounced on the loose ball after substitute Cian Everard travelled with the ball into the box, using his trickery to get past three challenges before the ball was deflected away from him into the path of Harling, who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.
In retribution for his goal, KB's number 15 joined his team mates in the book for a foul on the midfielder just a minute later with Wombwell Town officials shaking their heads at what they were witnessing.
It was became too much in added time when Davis collected the ball in the area and went to ground, only for the KB number 12 to needlessly kick the keeper. Unsurprisingly, Davis reacted and went to have words with the player.
As Davis was moved away by his team mates and the referee was about to show both a yellow card the rest of the Kinsley Boys team and full dugout had raced to the keeper's penalty area to confront him and in a moment of madness the keeper defended himself by touching a KB player on the neck, giving the referee no choice but to send off the keeper. Had the referee clamped down harder on the challenges by KB would this final straw have broken the camel's back?
Order restored (somewhat) Gareth McDermott filled in for the missing keeper to complete a rare achievement for a player. McDermott can now say he has played in every position for Wombwell Town.
One snap-shot across goal by KB saw McDermott untroubled with the referee blowing his whistle one final time.
Kinsley Boys 1
Wombwell Town 5
(Agnew 18, 22, J. Cooper 31, Haslam 72, Harling 88)
1. Jono Davis
16. Declan Cocking
15. Gareth McDermott
4. Will Harling
5. James Copley
6. Alf Thompson
14. Luke Micklethwaite
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Eddie Agnew (Captain)
10. Jordan Cooper
3. Luke Haslam
12. Brad Kerr (Agnew, 68)
11. Joe Griggs (Micklethwaite, 63)
17. Aminur Rahman (Haslam, 75)
7. Cian Everard (J. Cooper, 81)
Wellers Player's of the Match