Wrecclesham FC 5 Westend Res. 2

A strong Wrecclesham team took to the field looking to add to their run of 4 consecutive wins in all competitions in their first fixture of 2017.

Wrecclesham held possession well in the opening exchanges and had plenty of joy playing the ball in-between the full backs to exploit the pace of inside forwards Mike Newton and Nick Sims playing either side of Alex Worsell upfront. And it did not take the Wolves long to open the scoring in this fixture with Sims firing home with his weaker foot from just outside the box after only 2 minuets, following a pull back from the right hand side of the box by Alex Worsell.

Wrecclesham dominated the play in the midfield with the trio of Elliot Worsell and Ricky Pearce infront of Axel "Kante" Galvani retrieving and securing possession and then using the ball well to start attacks and it was Pearce who was the next to benefit from The Wolves attacking intent. With the ball worked down the left wing Mike Newton cut back in on to his right foot and fired the ball across the face of goal, which found Pearce unmarked and able to take a touch before firing in low to the left hand side net after 20 minuets.

With the majority of the play going Wreccleshams way more opportunities were coming their way and a Wrecclesham free kick on the left edge of the box presented the next major opportunity. Elliot Worsell stepped up and struck the deadball over the over the wall and on target. The Westend Keeper seemed to have the ball covered until a bounce infront of him and the Wrecclesham players following in caused the keeper to lose sight of the ball and fumble the ball in over his shoulder. The younger Worsell brother celebrated with a shrug of the shoulders.

The 3-0 advantage forced Westend Res. in to a change of personnel and minuets later the substitute had broken through the Wrecclesham back line to get on the end of a through ball and beat Aaron Hall in the Wolves net with a low finish to make the score 3-1. Wrecclesham responded well and created more openings of their own but Hall still had work to do and made a good save standing large at his near post to beat away a fierce drive from close range for a corner as the half came to an end with the hosts holding a deserved two goal advantage.

The half time break saw Wrecclesham make a change of their own with Noah Rubio, returning from a broken foot, replacing Mike Newton up top. Wrecclesham resumed the game knowing the next goal was crucial and looked to push men forwards at every opportunity with fullbacks Lee Phung and Drew Unsworth joining in the attacks, safe in the knowledge Galvani was covering centre backs Luke Wainwright and Liam Gardner.

The second half continued in the same vein with Wrecclesham pouring on the pressure with and without the ball and creating chances with ease while restricting Westends long range efforts to few and far between. The pressure eventually told, after some great play out of the back the ball ended up at the feet of Elliot Worsel just past the halfway line who jinked inside his marker and released a glorious 50 yard diagonal ball to the feet of older brother Alex. Taking the ball out of the air with an impeccable touch, the elder Worsel beat his defender and drove into the right hand side of the box to drill the ball into the far corner to give Wrecclesham a 4-1 lead with 30 mins left to play.

With the game ambling along, Wrecclesham took their foot off the gas and a loss of concentration allowed Westend to grab a goal back. The visitors broke in to the Wolves box down the right and blasted the ball in past Hall at his near post to give the game an edge once again. It was though, only temporarily, as Alex Worsel put the game to bed with 10mins to go until the final whistle. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, the striker wriggled past two or three challenges and slotted home from just inside the box to make the score 5-2.

Wrecclesham finished the game on top and could have grabbed additional goals with Sims, and substitute Thompson coming close to adding to the Wolves tally towards the end of the second half. Being the teams best performance of the seasons so far it was hard to pick a stand out player but Axel Galvani took the award this week. The midfielders passing was nearly faultless and he barley put a foot wrong throughout the game and the twice he was caught out, the midfield enforcer recovered brilliantly to retrieve the ball again.

N. Sims, R. Pearce, E. Worsell, A. Worsell (2)
Axel Galvani

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