Worksop Van Hire North Midlands Development Football League - Game 1
08/09/22 - Penistone Church U21 vs Wombwell Town U21
Last season saw Wombwell Town struggle in their debut season of Under 21 football, however with fresh faces and a new management team in place there was a lot of hope during pre-season.
The game at Penistone Church was earmarked as a game to see where the squad were and how they could compete in the NMDFL this time around.
Five of the players who were regularly involved last season were included in the starting XI and with an average age of 18 the majority of the team can development at this level for the next two years.
News broke during the warm-up that the nation had lost it's Queen, and a minute's silence was observed before kick-off.
The game started evenly, but after the opening ten minutes had past Wombwell Town started to pressurise the hosts. Shay Bould won the ball in the area and struck Aidan Moncavage's left hand post before smashing the rebound into the keeper's chest from close range which was then cleared.
Just moments later, on 13 minutes, a Lewis Easterbrook through ball from midway in the opponents half found Bould on the opposite edge of the penalty area. The strike beat Moncavage, hit the post, but this time the angle was right for the ball to find the back of the net for the opening goal.
Penistone Church then had the better opportunities to score for the remainder of the half, but failed to register a shot on target of any note.
Half Time: PC 0, WTFC 1.
It wasn't a case of hold onto what we've got for The Wellers as they pushed to doubled their lead in the early stages of the game.
Easterbrook and Bould both had chances when they were went one on one, but the best opportunity came from Josh Deakin on the edge of the area as the centre backs volley was deflected wide for a corner by the outstretched fingertips of the busy Moncavage.
Penistone Church had their best chance from a free-kick on the left wing as they struck the crossbar before forcing a reaction save from 16 year old keeper Ben Eades and a third attempt was booted clear by Dan Tyler.
With less than 15 minutes to go it could have been game over as substitutes Brandon Glaves and Josh Collins gave The Wellers attack fresh legs. A ball across goal travelled just too quickly for Collins to reach and tap in at the near post.
The five minutes of added time were nervous moments, but the resolute defending throughout the side gave our U21 side the three points.
Penistone Church U21 0
Wombwell Town U21 1
Wombwell Town U21:
1. Ben Eades
2. Harry Clague
3. Bailey Wilson
4. Josh Glynn
5. Josh Deakin
6. Dan Tyler
7. Harrison Cox
8. Kian Hall
9. Shay Bould
10. Lewis Easterbrook
11. Jacob Galloway-Moreton
12. Brandon Glaves (Cox, 64)
13. Aaron Davison
14. Josh Collins (Galloway-Moreton, 64)
15. Harry Carter (Glynn, 90+1)