JCP Construction NCEL League Cup - Round One
19/09/23 - Ollerton Town vs Wombwell Town
Before the game Karl Rose and his coaching team warned the players that Ollerton Town might be more of a threat following our win over them just last Saturday.
Two goals inside the opening ten minutes proved that this wasn't going to be the case.
The opener came after just four minutes as an Owen Sykes corner on the right was bullet headed in by captain Rikki Paylor, for his first goal for the club.
Ollerton may have equalised two minutes through Sam Cullingworth as his deflected shot was punched over the bar by Jono Davis, in what was, his only action of the evening.
Another corner in the 10th minute produced the second goal for the visitors as another Sykes corner was delivered into the box. The Ollerton defence were unable to deal with the ball, which fell to Gadhafi Kiwanuka with his back to goal at the right hand post.
After gaining control of the ball the creative player flicked the ball up and overhead kicked it straight past Charlie Clayton and the defender on the line.
It was only a matter of time before the Wellers scored again and it came on the 26th minute after a lovely piece of play down the left. Kiwanuka was involved again with Matt Thornton involved in a 1-2 before the latter played in Freddie Russell who had made the run from left back. Russell's low cross into the box saw Ethan Hargreaves slide in and take the ball into his own net. Russell has generously been awarded the goal by the home side.
There would have been more goals if not for some outstanding saves by Clayton, including a Sykes effort from the right on 32 minutes, which was tipped onto the crossbar and blocked once again as Kane Reece followed up the shot.
Half Time: WBFC 0, WTFC 3.
With a commanding lead it allowed Wombwell Town the chance to freshen the side and give good minutes to some who needed them. Both Gareth McDermott and Luke Micklethwaite played the full 45 of the second half and it didn't take long for one of them to be involved in a goal.
On 53 minutes McDermott came down the right and found Jordan Good in space at the edge of the area who shot first time. The strike found the keeper's right hand post and the rebound was quickly pounced on by Thornton who deserved his goal.
This re-opened the floodgates and just three minutes later Reece bagged his first goal for the club as he majestically made his way through the Ollerton defence into the box and fired across goal to beat Clayton for the 5th.
A final goal was added on 58 minutes with Thornton and Reece combining deep to set up Brodie Cooper through the middle who fired low under the keeper for his third of the season.
Special mention to James Copley who was substituted after an hour. The defender returned to the first team having not played since December due to injury. We've missed the 'giraffe' and we hope he will be involved in the squad more regularly as he returns to full fitness.
The final half hour could have produced more goals, and Ollerton could have had a consolation if not for Owen Birks intercepting a breakaway in the final ten minutes.
Jason Paling, roaming from right back in the final five minutes, looked desperate to score with a shot from the edge of the area, however Kane Reece, his own teammate, was unfortunate to block the shot and deflect it just wide of the post.
Wombwell Town progress to the second round of the JCP Construction NCEL League Cup.
Ollerton Town - 0
Wombwell Town - 6
Rikki Paylor, 4
Gadhafi Kiwanuka, 10
Freddie Russell, 26
Matthew Thornton, 53
Kane Reece, 56
Brodie Cooper, 58
Player of the Match