SHCSL Division One - Saturday 25th January - WTFC vs South Kirkby Colliery
Match Report: One Goal Wins It For Wellers!
For a game with few bad tackles it was one marred by three straight cards shown by the referee, but it was nine men Wombwell Town who held on to claim all the points.
A single goal on 24 minutes by Gareth McDermott was enough to separate the teams, but the score could have been very different had a solid team performance not been there for the home side.
George Westwood proved creator in the build up to the goal when he turned the striker and played a superb ball forward to McDermott with skill and the Wellers striker chipped the advancing keeper who could then do nothing to stop the ball roll into the empty net.
It probably should have been a second goal for Wombwell on 35 minutes as a Luke Exley free-kick was fumbled by the keeper on the line and into the net.
Appeals fell on deaf ears however and the complaints (and harsh language used) saw Chris Byrnes dismissed.
An early effort after just six minutes was the closest the visitors came to a goal when a cross hit the post and really their only other notable effort came in the 42nd minute when they shot wide.
The Wellers were down to nine men just four minutes into the second half when the referee claimed he saw a stamp by Jake Bishop, who had raised his leg to avoid a sliding tackle and re-balanced narrowly touching the tackler.
Despite having a two man advantage, South Kirkby Colliery were toothless in attack gave debut keeper Jonathan Davis little do bar catching practice.
Three minutes into added time the referee made the game nine vs ten for the final minute when he showed another straight red, this time for a dangerous sliding challenge on McDermott.
The game will be remembered for the valiant performance of the Wombwell players in a result which could have had a very different outcome.
Match Result: Wombwell Town 1, South Kirkby Colliery 0.
WTFC Line-Up: Davis, Tedoradze (Exley 46), Bishop, Egan, Westwood, Padgett, Byrnes, Exley (Kerr 45), Oliver, Harling, McDermott.
Subs Used: Rose.
Wellers Man of the Match: Joe Egan.