Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 27
27/01/24 - Ollerton Town vs Wombwell Town
The Wellers travelled to bottom club Ollerton Town full of confidence following recent results, but a heroic performance by debut keeper Charlie Preston kept the hosts in the game until the second half.
Karl Rose's men went on the attack from kick off and Preston denied three shots before finally being beaten the old long ball over the top tactic on nine minutes.
A ball played from defence saw Jordan Kershaw race past the turning defence and slot the ball under the advancing keeper much to the relief of the visiting crowd who were starting to think it might be one of those days, even at this early stage.
Those thoughts crept back in as the half continued and no more shots would find their way into the back of the net.
Kershaw was kicking himself on 26 minutes as his shot from around the penalty area was parried by the keeper and with the ball now at a narrow angle the striker couldn't redirect the follow-up volley.
Antony Mackie was the next player to be denied, this time by the post, as Kershaw carried the ball to the goal-line and passed back to the winger who struck across goal - clipping the base of the post as the ball went out for a goal kick.
Half Time: OTFC 0, WTFC 1.
In recent matches the Wellers had scored some very quick goal at the start of the first half, however, against Ollerton the quick goal came at the start of the second half.
Just 35 seconds after the home side started the half they were caught out as Mackie found himself inside the area and his shot saw a deflection off Sam Cullingworth that took the ball past Preston to double the lead.
The Ollerton defence were struggling with the forwards of Wombwell Town and just three minutes later fouls on both Mackie and Kane Reece in the penalty area at the same time saw a spot kick awarded.
Preston, who took down Reece with the ball gone, only received a yellow card, while the foul on Mackie went unpunished, but the winger had to be carried from the pitch and replaced by Callum Walton.
Three minutes later and the delay to the spot kick might have made Kershaw second guess where to put the shot and Preston denied him down to his left, but Eddie Agnew was quick to react and fired in the rebound.
Agnew almost had a second on 55 minutes as Owen Sykes' corner was only half cleared to the edge of the area and the powerful drive was once again denied by the keeper.
Moments later Ollerton found the back of the net with a curling strike from right back Sam Roebuck. The effort didn't look like it would cause keeper Jordan Watson any trouble until it swerved unexpectedly in front of him and he looked just as confused as everyone when retrieving the ball from the net.
On 63 minutes A foul by Tom Sowden on Agnew right on the edge gave the Wellers a free kick and Sykes delivery into the box was denied by the raised arm of the man in the way and another penalty was awarded. Despite a crowd of home players surrounding the referee and some very choice words shouted towards him, no further action was taken when in the past such comments have seen players shown a straight red card.
Either way another two minute delay saw Walton step up for the penalty this time and beat the keeper, putting the ball into the bottom corner to make the score 4-1.
With just over a quarter of an hour to go another injury saw Cory Woodward depart the game and utility man Gareth McDermott fill in at centre back alongside Joe Egan with midfielder Connor Tonge coming on at left back. It was concluded that McDermott has now played in every position for the club.
Danny Youel thought he had added a fifth with two minutes to go, but for the Ollerton players to persuade the referee to disallow the goal. The move started with Agnew going down the right and playing in Reece in the area. The ball saw a deflection up onto Reece's arm before he played the ball across the box to Youel. The game was just about to kick off again from the centre circle when the the shouts from the Ollerton players and bench finally had its effect and the referee picked up the ball and took it to the keeper.
Cue confusion and disbelief from the travelling Wellers, but in the end it didn't affect the result.
Ollerton Town - 1
Sam Roebuck 55
Wombwell Town - 4
Jordan Kershaw 9
Anthony Mackie 46
Eddie Agnew 52
Callum Walton 65
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