EV2 County Senior League - League Cup Semi-Final
02/05/23 - Hepworth United vs Wombwell Town
(played at South Kirkby Colliery)
The first League Cup semi-final saw Top five teams Wombwell Town and Hepworth United go head-to-head on neutral turf.
During the regular season Hepworth had been the better of the teams taking four points from the Wellers and looked to make it two wins from three to progress to the final.
The first 45 minutes proved to be a typical semi-final tie where both teams looked scared to express themselves and take control of the game in fear of being hit on the counter attack.
Ironically, the first clear chance of the game came from just that. A counter attack on 56 minutes saw Hepworth's Innocent Huly advancing on the Wellers' goal. Keeper Jono Davis came out to meet the imposing Huly and managed to deflect the shot from the edge of the area up and onto the crossbar.
Then came two goals inside three minutes that left Wombwell Town on the back foot and lots to talk about back in the dressing room after the game.
On 62 minutes a free-kick on Hepworth's left wing was put into the box, where a scramble on the goalline eventually saw Davis push the ball away from goal only for two deflections redirecting the ball past him. Hepworth crediting Tom Barber with the final touch.
The second came three minutes later direct from a corner. The ball into the box by Ryan Silvester saw Davis jump to collect, only for the keeper to miss the catch. Will Harling, on the back post, lost sight of the ball and couldn't react as the ball hit him and went in. Oh dear!
In truth Wombwell Town never really got going for what was the first of two important matches in four days and are now determined to get the points on Friday night as they look to secure 5th place on their own terms.
Hepworth United - 2
Tom Barber 62
Ryan Silvester 65
Wombwell Town - 0
1. Jono Davis
2. Gareth McDermott
3. Sam Maddock
4. Louis Wardle
5. Joe Egan
6. Alf Thompson
7. Eddie Agnew (c)
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Brad Kerr
10. Luke Hinsley
11. Will Harling
12. Connor Peace (W. Harling, 68)
14. Jake Padgett (S, Maddock, 80)
15. Luke Haslam (E. Agnew, 70)
16. Owen Wildblood (G. McDermott, 70)
17. Josh Whittaker
K.T. Precision Player of the Match