Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 28
03/02/24 - Shirebrook Town vs Wombwell Town
Both teams came into the game at WH Davis stadium on the same points, but with the Wellers holding two games in hand over their opponents.
The Wellers certainly had the better of the first half and forced keeper Owen Evans into making his first save after three minutes when Jordan Kershaw's cross-come-shot from the right wing had to be tipped over the crossbar.
From the resulting corner Evans made another save down low to his right, but Kane Reece was sharp enough to put in the rebound to give the visitors the lead.
There was more pressure from the Wellers and Kershaw forced the keeper into making another save on 23 minutes as Eddie Agnew won the ball and set up his strike partner just outside the penalty area.
Frustrations started to creep in as Kieren Watson was sent to the sin bin on 28 minutes, but bizarrely returned to the pitch less than eight minutes later.
During that time Nathan Watson also saw yellow, but stayed on the pitch after a stud crunching challenge on Louis Wardle saw first aider Dave Milner in action on 33 minutes.
On 39 minutes a long ball saw Agnew and the Shirebrook right back jump for the ball with Agnew's arm going across the opponent. With the angry crowd shouting abuse (as they had done all game) the referee booked Agnew saying he was "levelling things up".
This poor decision was then followed by an even poorer one four minutes later as a challenge on Agnew in a 50/50 tackle saw both first aiders on and Agnew getting a second yellow.
With more abuse being flung at the Wombwell Town dugout and supporters the visitors were glad to hear the half time whistle. Complaints were made to the "security" official of Shirebrook, but nothing was done.
Half Time: STFC 0, WTFC 1.
Backs to the wall the Wellers battled bravely against Shirebrook who saw yellows for Lewis Macaskill, Lewis Marr and Josef Turner, but eventually the extra man paid off as Nathan Watson beat Jono Davis from the edge of the area, putting the ball into the keeper's bottom left corner on 75 minutes.
With few stoppages it was another baffling moment from the referee when he announced there was to be seven minutes of added time, claiming Davis had been time wasting - although at no point did the referee have to speed up the keeper or talk to him about wasting time.
As is the case in football that seven minutes proved costly as Kieren Watson scrambled home the winner from a tight angle six minutes into the added time.
The Wellers then finished the game with nine men as the referee called Jordan Good over and sent him to the sin bin with the substitute looking completely baffled having not said a word as he walked away into position for the re-start.
Shirebrook celebrated like they had won the FA Cup final after the ten plus minutes of added one time finally ended the game. It was almost as though beating little Wombwell Town was some kind of trophy?
Shirebrook Town - 2
Kieren Watson 75
Nathan Watson 90+6
Wombwell Town - 1
Kane Reece 4
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