FT Woolpack Wanderers 2 – 1 Garrison Gunners
HT Woolpack Wanderers 1 – 0 Garrison Gunners
Sunday, 13th January 2018
Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly,
League Game 10
Scott Reid scores injury time winner for Wanderers.
Wanderers took one goal lead into the break courtesy of classy finish from Sam James.
Dan Ware equalised for the Gunners midway through the second half.
Eugene Hogan rattles woodwork twice in the second half.
Wanderers close gap on Gunners to six points.
S James (25’) S Reid (90+1’)
D Ware (65’)
Match Report By Will Lethbridge.
The Woolpack Wanderers made it back-to-back league wins with a dramatic injury time winner courtesy of Scott Reid in the World’s Smallest Football League on Sunday morning.
In front of a few spectators and a Spanish film crew, a compelling end-to-end game of football unfolded on the Garrison Field, which could have gone either way.
As far conditions go it was an overcast but dry day with a fresh crosswind that made high balls particularly difficult for both teams.
Team news wise, good numbers this week. Hayden Simpson and Kane Goddard were unavailable for the Wanderers, but James Wignell returned this week and went straight in between the sticks.
Gunners centre forward Joel Ware and Wanderers midfielder Jack Stone are away on “Warm Weather Training” in Thailand. It all seems to be going well so far…
The Gunners won the coin toss and decided to kick down field. This would give them a slight advantage with the wind.
In the early stages, the Wanderers looked more threatening with a little bit more possession forcing the Gunners into their own half. There were a few attempts from distance and through balls that were gathered by Gunners keeper Will St Pier.
After the first 20 minutes or so the Gunners would get into the game and started to mount some further pressure and forced James Wignell into action.
The first clear-cut opportunity would result in the opening goal of the morning.
Wanderers midfielder Joe Greenlaw received the ball in the centre of the pitch and put a delightful crossfield ball over the defence and into a dangerous area.
Sam James coming in off the left wing timed his run perfectly and found the gap between the defence and goal. The inform attacker took a touch and slotted it past Will St Pier into the far corner to make it 1-0 to the Wanderers. A fine piece of play it was!
Things would go from bad to the worse for the Gunners as full-back Matt Simons was forced off with what appears to be a bad ankle injury. Young striker Jack Handy replaced him and the Gunners changed their formation to accommodate the substitution and give them a little more firepower up front.
The Gunners picked themselves up and the change in shape proved a little problematic for the Wanderers. As the half continued the Gunners started to have a little bit more of the ball and started to use the full width of the pitch.
James Wignell in goal made a further good save with his feet and that was followed up by a fantastic one on one block at close range.
The Wanderers had a few chances to extend their lead. Will Lethbridge’s shot from the edge of the area went over the bar and from the resulting goal kick.
It was a more open start to the second half with both teams pressing and looking for goals.
The Wanderers started the better of the teams but as the half progressed the Gunners got more into the game. After 10 minutes or so the Gunners had the Wanderers pinned back in their own half.
James Wignell in goal made a couple of decent saves to keep the Gunners out but eventually, the Gunners would get their break.
After some serious pressure, a blocked shot fell to Dan Ware 12 yards out who curled a first time left foot shot into the bottom corner. It was all square at 1-1 and it looked like the Gunners were in the ascendency.
Even though the Wanderers had been soaking up some serious pressure they seemed to find a new lease of life.
They started to ask some questions of the Gunners defence and goalkeeper Will St Pier.
A fine save by the young keeper resulted in a corner. Winger Eugene Hogan rose higher than anyone else only for his towering header to rattle the woodwork!
Gunners keeper Will St Pier denied Will Lethbridge soon after with a remarkable low save with his feet.
Eugene Hogan came agonisingly close once again. Will St Pier made a good save at close range, which was parried out to the edge of the area.
Eugene Hogan cutting in from the wing went to place the ball in the near corner only for it to bounce back out off the post!
The Gunners were countering at every opportunity and came close with several long range attempts. Wanderers keeper James Wignell produced some further great saves to keep the Gunners out.
Will Lethbridge came close when the ball rebounded off Anthony Gibbons. Will St Pier was caught slightly off guard and the striker narrowly missed the target.
He probably could have taken a touch and had he gone for the other corner it would have almost defiantly resulted in a goal.
It was right at the death when the drama really unfolded. Both teams looked like they were going to have to settle for a point but midfield maestro Joe Greenlaw had other ideas!
Deep into injury time with seconds to play the Wanderers mounted one final attack.
The ball was worked through the middle and eventually out to Joe Greenlaw on the left wing. He turned and cut back onto his right foot and then put in a sensational ball towards the back post.
Scott Reid timed his run and connected with the ball on the volley from 4 yards out to fire home giving Gunners keeper Will St Pier no chance. It was 2-1 with seconds to play!
Pretty much straight after the kick off referee Paul Charnock blew the whistle for full time. What an incredible end to the match!
FT: Woolpack Wanderers 2 – 1 Garrison Gunners 0
The Wanderers get the win in spectacular style and reduce the Gunners lead to just six points.
Performances of note and other bits:
Thanks to all for turning out and to Paul, Crockett and Chas for officiating the match. A big thank you as well to Carlos and David from Spanish football show, El Día Después. Carlos and David came over to film a short feature for the show on the World’s Smallest Football League.
The show is on the Spanish channel Movistar+ and the World’s Smallest Football League and the Isles of Scilly will be broadcast to a national audience in Spain and also parts of South and Central America! We will post a link in due course.
Now on to performances – some excellent ones this week.
Dan Ware played well in the centre of the pitch. He won a phenomenal number of tackles and aerial duels. The midfielder also took his goal well.
Alongside him was Lee Eaton who was heavily involved in building the Gunners attacks. His passing and link up play stood out.
There was another good performance in goal by Gunners keeper Will St Pier. He made some fantastic saves with his feet and was unlucky with the Wanderers goals.
Anthony Gibbons swept up well at the back winning the majority of challenges. He read the game well and took the ball out from the back effectively.
As far as the Wanderers go, Eugene Hogan playing on the right wing this week looked sharp from the start and came incredibly close on a couple of occasions to giving the Wanderers the lead.
Wanderers keeper James Wignell commanded his area, made some sensational saves, and distributed the ball brilliantly.
Forward Sam James took his goal brilliantly, linked up well with the attack and caused the Gunners problems throughout the Game.
Striker Scott Reid timed is run brilliantly and stayed composed to secure all three points for the Wanderers at the end.
Man of the Match:
Close call this week with so many stand out performances but the Man of the Match award this week goes to Wanderers midfielder Joe Greenlaw. The box-to-box player did the simple things well and created both goals.
Coming up next:
The League continues next week.
League game 11
The Wanderers have closed the gap to six points and will be looking to make it three league wins from three next Sunday.
10:30 KO - Sunday 20th January, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.