Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 9
13/09/23 - Worsbrough Bridge vs Wombwell Town
Another game and another local derby. This time the Wellers made the short trip to the Totally Training Stadium to face Worsbrough Bridge.
The visitors were missing Joe Egan and Owen Birks for the first time this season, with captain Eddie Agnew missing his second game of the campaign.
It was an even start to the game with neither side really finding a way through to goal. That was until the 21st minute when Callum Walton forced a save from Brett Souter.
The breakthrough came just three minutes later as a long throw by Owen Sykes on the left clipped the head of several players, including Brodie Cooper, and deflected past Souter off a Worsbrough head. The dubious goal panel gave the goal to Cooper for his second of the season.
Worsbrough almost equalised just a minute later as a shot across goal by Jono Davis, but thankfully flew out of play for a goal kick.
The equaliser did come however and it was finished with a shot past the legs of Davis by Taylor Nicholson who had latched onto a long ball down the right and managed to fire his effort into the far corner from just inside the penalty box on 39 minutes.
A double save by Davis on 43 minutes proved to be crucial as Worsbrough gained control of the game in the latter stages. The first save saw the keeper dive to his right before saving the follow up from close range with some quick reactions.
It proved to be a turning point as in added time Walton was fouled in the area at the other end of the pitch and gave Gavin Allott the opportunity to restore the lead from the penalty spot. He duly did and the Wellers went into the break with a lucky, narrow lead.
Half Time: WBFC 1, WTFC 2.
Just like on Friday in the derby against Athersley Rec it took just two minutes for the first goal of the second half to come.
Harley Wilson played a superb through ball to Allott on the edge of the penalty area and the striker used all his know-how to cut inside onto his right foot and curl the shot across goal and into the left hand side netting.
It was almost four on 55 minutes as Kane Reece drove forward on the right only to see his shot cannon back off the foot of the post. The rebound found Gadhafi Kiwanuka and the follow-up was deflected wide for a corner.
Kiwanuka's resulting corner found Jordan Good inside the area and able to strike first time towards goal, only to be denied by the leg of Souter for yet another corner.
The pressure from Wombwell Town counted and another corner on 61 minutes gave Allott his second hat-trick in successive games and ten in just four. Sykes corner found Allott rising above everyone else to powerfully head past Souter who stood still.
On 76 minutes Bridge debutant Thomas Almond was sent off having only been on the the pitch seven minutes when he was judged, rather harshly, to be the last man when he caught Kiwanuka with a challenge on the edge of the penalty area.
Time for the Wellers to take control, but after Brad Kerr fired wide of the post after some great work by fellow substitute Matt Thornton down the left, it wasn't to be the case!
Kerr then struck the post, but it wasn't enough as Bridge dug deep and found some energy to try and produce an unlikely comeback. With a minute remaining Nicholson caught Davis out of position with a looping effort from the left wing to make it 2-4.
Five minutes into added time a shot from just inside the area was saved by the strong hand of Davis, only for the referee to award a penalty for a tug on the strikers shoulder while he shot.
Nicholson became the second player of the game to bag a hat-trick, but there was to be no equaliser in the final three minutes of added time before the final whistle blew.
Worsbrough Bridge - 3
Taylor Nicholson 39, 89, 90+6
Wombwell Town - 4
Brodie Cooper 24
Gavin Allott 45 (pen), 47, 61
Player of the Match