Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 4
16/08/23 - Wombwell Town vs Clay Cross Town
Despite donning a new home strip for the game against Clay Cross Town, there was a sense of low morale following the Wellers first defeat of the season last Saturday.
The first half display by the home side was below par, but that was should not take away from visitors Clay Cross's performance, who put pressure on the defence for large periods of the first half.
After a couple of close shaves the breakthrough came for the visitors on just eight minutes. It was the first time Wombwell Town had conceded with the clock in single digits in the league since October 16th 2021. Callam Lytham tried his luck from just inside the penalty area with a low shot towards the near post, which somehow sneaked past and into the net.
The Wellers slowly grew into the game, forced to play counter-attacking football for the majority, but on 21 minutes right back Jason Paling found himself upfield and able to get the ball to unmarked Callum Walton on the left of the area who made sure he bagged his first goal for the club.
Half Time: WTFC 1, CCTFC 1.
In the second half the opening third was fairly even, but pressure started to build just after the hour when Alf Thompson saw a half volley collected by Ryan Hopkins following a corner. The crowd could just sense that The Wellers were finding their true rhythm.
A couple of changes later and substitute Matt Thornton took the ball to the edge of the area and was bundled from behind just outside the area. The resulting free-kick with 13 minutes to go was a lucky one as Walton hit the deadball hard enough to find its way into the net via a deflection.
There was a few nervy moments in the later stages, but in truth the energy had been taken out of Clay Cross and it was the home side who almost scored again with three minutes to go. Will Harling, on from the bench, fired across goal from 20 yards.
Mitchell Akresi had only been on the pitch for five minutes as the clock ticked over into the third minutes of added time, but he also recorded his first goal for the club to ease any last minute nerves.
A long ball forward saw a race between Akresi and goalkeeper, which the former won and a single touch was enough to take the ball past the onrushing Hopkins and into the empty net from 22 yards away, although it felt as though the ball was travelling in slow motion!
Wombwell Town - 3
Callum Walton 21, 77
Mitchell Akresi 90+3
Clay Cross Town - 1
Callam Lytham 8
Player of the Match