Garrison Gunners 2 – 1 Woolpack Wanderers
HT Garrison Gunners 3 – 3 Woolpack Wanderers
Sunday 25h November, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Scott Reid fired home at close range with 10 minutes to go to save the Wanderers from their fourth straight defeat of the season.
Anthony Gibbons almost spoiled the party for the Wanderers with a thumping header late on.
The Wanderers pick up their first point of the season, but the Gunners are still nine clear.
S Gould (10’), J Ware (30’,), L Brown (70’)
S Reid (20’, 80’), W Lethbridge (55’)
Match Report By Will Lethbridge.
The Woolpack Wanderers picked up their first point of the season in a 3-3 thriller against the Garrison Gunners in the World’s Smallest Football League on Sunday morning.
It was a cloudy, overcast and cold Sunday morning on the Garrison Field, but at least a dry one. The wind, which had played havoc the previous week, had eased during the night.
The pitch was in good shape. A few light showers over the previous days ensured it wasn’t too dry and that there was a bit of give. In general excellent footballing conditions!
There was another good turnout this week. Both teams had 3 substitutes ahead of play.
As far as team news goes, some significant business took place before kick-off.
Due to previous results, the Wanderers agreed a deal with the Gunners for Liam Greenlaw. It’s unclear at this stage whether this is a loan or permanent transfer – further details to follow!
With the exception of the transfer of Liam Greenlaw, the Gunners were pretty much at full strength.
The Wanderers were without Rob Greenlaw and Russell Hutchins, but Joe Greenlaw was available this week to make his season debut.
The Wanderers won the coin toss and elected to kick left to right. The game got off to a good start, with both teams playing at a high tempo and applying pressure.
It would be the Gunners who got the first goal. Some good work in the centre of the pitch was worked out to left.
A teasing ball was whipped in from the sideline, which went past the Wanderers defence and found Sam Gould at the back post who hammered home into the top corner. An excellent finish from the young winger! It was 1-0 to the Gunners.
Despite going behind the Wanderers spirits did not drop. They continued to press and would draw level on the 20 minute mark.
A slick through ball was laid off to Scott Reid on the edge of the area who hit a crisp rising shot with the outside of the boot high into the top corner.
It was an incredible strike that gave Gunners keeper Will St Pier no chance.
With the match level both teams pressed on but it was the Gunners who were looking the most threatening. They were winning the majority of the 50/50 challenges and had the majority of the play.
The Wanderers looked bright on the counter but it would the Gunners who would take the lead for the second time in the match. A good passing move found Joel Ware who finished well to make it 2-1 to the Gunners.
Despite being behind again, the Wanderers would continue to press. Some good saves from Eugene Hogan in goal for the Wanderers ensured the Gunners only had the 1 goal lead at the break.
Half-time Garrison Gunners 2 – 1 Woolpack Wanderers. It was a fair reflection on the first half.
The Wanderers picked themselves up at half-time and took to the game to the Gunners from the kickoff. There was a sense of determination from the Wanderers who were applying pressure and creating some good opportunities.
Momentum seemed to be shifting and the Wanderers were looking more competitive. They forced errors, were winning more of the tackles and would get their reward for a good start to the second half.
The ball was moved around the midfield and eventually was knocked forward to Will Lethbridge. The striker took a touch and hit a dipping shot from just outside the area that crept under the bar.
It was 2-2 and the Wanderers were back in the game. We will say no more about the goal or the celebration!
The Wanderers were continuing to attack and were looking to take the lead for the first time in the match.
Will Lethbridge had a glorious chance to give the Wanderers the lead. Joe Greenlaw drove down the left wing and fizzed in a terrific ball low across to the six-yard box. The striker got a touch but skewed it just wide of the far post.
Sam James who had played well throughout, beat the Gunners full back and attempted to curl a shot in at the near post only for it go just wide.
As the second half continued the Gunners would find their feet and get back into the match. They created a few chances and forced Wanderers keeper Eugene Hogan into some good saves.
Against the run of play, the Gunners took the lead again.
The Wanderers were caught with too many players up field. After some good wing play the ball found Lewis Brown 10 yards out who struck the ball well to make it 3-2 to the Gunners.
It felt like the Wanderers had blown their chance of getting anything out of the match.
They through men forward and would get the equaliser with 10 minutes to go.
The ball was worked out to the left flank and another good ball was put into the area. Scott Reid timed his run perfectly, connected with the ball well and smashed it in at the back post to get this second of the game and make it all square.
Less than 10 minutes to go, both teams level at 3-3. Could there be a final twist in this thriller? There so nearly was.
The Gunners created a few late chances and one effort resulted in a corner. Anthony Gibbons came up from defence and rattled the upright with a thumping header.
A real scare for the Wanderers but one that would not cost them on this occasion. Soon after the clearance, referee Paul Charnock blew his whistle to end to the match.
Full-time Garrison Gunners 3 – 3 Woolpack Wanderers.
The Wanderers pick up their first point of the season but the Gunners remain 9 points clear at the top of the table on 10.
A fair result with the Gunners the better team in the first half and the Wanderers the better team in the second half. The Gunners may feel a little disappointed not to grab a winner at the end.
Performances of note and other bits:
Thank you to all for turning up. Another great turn out on the Garrison - hopefully, the same next week. Thanks to Paul and Crockett for officiating.
Some outstanding performances this week.
Sam Gould got his first goal of the season to open the scoring. A great finish it was as well!
Dan Ware ran the midfield of the Gunners, winning tackles, taking it round players and was responsible for starting some good attacking moves.
Joel Ware created problems for the Wanderers defence throughout and got himself another goal.
Jack Handy had another good game upfront taking players on and linking the attack well.
Lewis Brown put in a solid performance for the Gunners. Accurate passing, firm tackling and he managed to get on the scoresheet as well.
Eugene Hogan put a great shift in between the sticks for the Wanderers. He mopped up well at the back and made some great saves. There was nothing he could do about the goals.
Sam James put in a real shift on the left wing for the Wanderers. He ran some great lines putting the defence under pressure and was unlucky not to grab a goal.
Scott Reid looked threatening throughout and scored 2 fantastic goals including the one that rescued a point for the Wanderers.
Man of the Match:
A close call this week with so many good performances from both sides, but this week’s man of the match award goes to Joe Greenlaw.
An excellent performance in both central defence and central midfield. He won the ball back consistently, did the basics very well and was involved in setting up the Wanderers attacks.
Coming up next:
Six-A-Side in the Sports Hall this evening 6:30-8:30pm - £5 for the 2 hours.
The 6th league game of the season is next.
Can the Wanderers do one better and pick up their first win of the season? What will happen in the Liam Greenlaw transfer saga? All will be revealed next Sunday.
10:30 KO - Sunday 2nd December, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.