Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 21
28/11/23 - Wombwell Town vs Dronfield Town
With the pitch passing its inspection earlier in the day there were hopes of a good result for the Wellers on their final midweek outing before the New Year.
Unfortunately, it just wasn't to be as a single first half goal was enough to separate the sides and give the points to the visitors.
The Wellers had their chances and efforts wide from Ant Mackie and a free kick put in on 15 minutes that was disallowed for a clear offside as the ball flew into the box.
Dronfield scored with virtually their first attack of the game, on 26 minutes, and it came after Wombwell failed to clear their lines not once, but twice. Midfielder Charlie Stewart said: "thanks very much" and fired a shot through the crowd in the penalty area and there was nothing debut keeper Alec Hanson could do.
Dronfield captain Lewis Naylor kept his clean sheet in tact on 31 minutes as Joe Jagger's shot of the left of the box was tipped over by the fingers of the keeper.
Naylor was the hero once more just four minutes later when Kane Reece was fouled in the area and Gavin Allott stepped up to take the penalty.
Allott kicked the ground and then the ball for the spot kick and Naylor guessed the right way and got down to make the save. Allott then had to be substituted through injury.
The final chance of the first half saw Eddie Agnew put the ball in the net, but the whistle had already gone after a clip of the heels saw Agnew's marker go down.
Half Time: WTFC 0, DTFC 1.
Dronfield nearly doubled their lead in the first minute of the second half as Hanson somehow got down to his right and deflect the ball up onto the top of the crossbar and out for a corner.
On the hour Jagger came close again as he fired a shot from the edge of the area only to see to the ball clip the frame of the goal as it went out for a goal kick.
Agnew and Mackie came close again in the next ten minutes to finding an equaliser, but neither could hit the target.
The game was made all the more difficult on 81 minutes as Harley Wilson was sent to the dugout for a ten minute sin bin offence, leaving the Wellers with ten men.
Wombwell Town kept pushing forward and forced Dronfield into a couple of late bookings as they battled to keep their clean sheet and earn all three points.
It was just the Wellers second home defeat of the season and they now jokingly wish the pitch hadn't passed inspection.
Wombwell Town - 0
Dronfield Town - 1
Charlie Stewart - 26
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