FT Woolpack Wanderers 7 – 3 Garrison Gunners
HT Woolpack Wanderers 3 – 1 Garrison Gunners
Sunday 30th December, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.
League Game 9
Dan Evans scores sensational hat trick and sets up several Wanderers goals
Sam James gets second half brace for Wanderers
Will Lethbridge and Scott Reid Also on target for Wanderers
Adam O’Neill, Ethan Graham and Owen Littlejohn get goals for Gunners
Wanderers close the gap to 9 points
D Evans (15’,30’,50’) W Lethbridge (45’) S James (60’,75’) S Reid (65’)
A O’Neill (35’) E Graham (55’) O Littlejohn (80’)
Match Report By Will Lethbridge.
The calendar year ended on a high for the Woolpack Wanderers as they picked up 3 valuable points with an emphatic 7-3 victory in the World’s Smallest Football League on Sunday morning.
In a game that was end-to-end with an emphasis on attack over defence, the Wanderers have closed the gap on the Gunners to 9 points.
Dry and mild conditions with little wind made for an entertaining game of football.
There were a few absentees this week for both sides. The Gunners were without Dan Ware, Joel Ware and Lee Eaton while the Wanderers were missing Joe Greenlaw, Russell Hutchins and Jack Stone.
Dan Evans and brother Harry Evans were both available for a one-off game with Dan leading the line for the Wanderers and Harry filling in at fullback for the Gunners. Both teams still had a couple of substitutes.
The game started at a good tempo with both teams keen to make a positive start. The Wanderers had the better of the early chances. Possession wise, it was fairly even but the Gunners would create a few opportunities from distance and won a few corners.
A quick counter from a Gunners corner would open the scoring for the Wanderers.
Following a clearance from a corner, a slick 20-yard through ball found Dan Evans.
The striker used his pace to get through the defence and found himself one-on-one with Matt Simons in the Gunners goal. He calmly slotted the ball low into the far left corner. 15 minutes in and 1-0 to the Wanderers.
The Gunners came back and forced Wanderers keeper Eugene Hogan into a few good saves.
It would be the Wanderers though who would double their lead. Dan Evans corner from the right curled over Matt Simons and in to make it 2-0 to the Wanderers.
The Gunners heads didn’t go down and they started to have more of an impact on the game and would get their reward. After some dogged defending at the back, Adam O’Neill managed to latch on to a rebound and find the far corner from close range. It was 2-1 to the Wanderers.
However, the Wanderers looked the more dangerous of the teams and came incredibly close to restoring their two-goal lead. Sam James was very unlucky to see his volley from outside the area come straight back out off the post.
The pressure would pay off though and the Wanderers extended their lead just before the break. Dan Evans got hold of the ball, ran at the defence and then crisply chipped it to Will Lethbridge on the right who put it through Matt Simons legs to score the Wanderers third of the game.
There was barely any time for the kick off. The whistle was blown for the break moments after the restart.
Half Time: Woolpack Wanderers 3 – 1 Garrison Gunners
The second half continued in a similar manner to the end of the first half, at a fast pace with the Wanderers pressing for more goals.
5 minutes after the interval Dan Evans would complete his hat-trick. The striker received the ball slightly to the left of the Gunners area. After some good build up play, he went on a jinking run, taking it past two players before finishing with his left foot into the far corner. A fantastic goal and a great way to complete his hat-trick. It was 4-1 to the Wanderers and it looked like it was going to be a long second half for the Gunners.
Despite the scoreline, the Gunners would not give up and Ethan Graham pulled back the deficit to two goals 5 minutes later when he finished well from inside the area to make it 4-2 to the Gunners.
Goals would continue to flow and the Wanderers would restore their 3 goal advantage in next to no time. Sam James persistence paid off when he won the ball back following a goalmouth scramble from a free kick and tapped into an empty net to score his first and Wanderers fifth goal of the game.
The Wanderers would get their sixth midway through the half. Dan Evans flashed the ball across the six-yard area for Scott Reid to tap in at the back post.
As the game continued the pace started to slow down. The Wanderers would get their final goal from the penalty spot, which was converted coolly by Sam James to give the Gunners their seventh of the day.
The final goal though would go to the Gunners. A dangerous corner was whipped in from the right. Young forward Owen Littlejohn reacted quicker than anyone else after the initial clearance, and finished well at close range to score his first goal of the season.
Both teams had a few chances in the final 10 minutes but neither team could add to their tally.
Full Time: Woolpack Wanderers 7 – Garrison Gunners 3
Performances of note and other bits:
Thanks to all for turning out and to Paul, Crockett and Chas for officiating. A big thank you as well to Rich and all at the Scillonian Club for providing post-match food for us over the last year.
Some great performances this week!
Liam Greenlaw worked tirelessly at the back and took the ball out well to start attacking moves for the Gunners.
On the wing, Adam O’Neill got on the scoresheet again and kept the Wanderers defence busy throughout the game.
Owen Littlejohn showed great awareness and reactions to convert the Gunners third and final goal.
As far as the Wanderers go, Sam James had another great game. Unlucky not to score a brilliant volley from outside the area. His determination paid off and was shown by the way of his first goal. He converted his second, a penalty with ease.
Captain Rob Greenlaw set the example working hard throughout and was involved heavily at both ends of the pitch.
Hayden Simpson and Dan May put in a great performance at the heart of the defence and goalkeeper Eugene Hogan made some fine saves.
Man of the Match:
With three goals and a fair few assists, you can’t look any further than Dan Evans. The striker was involved in everything good the Wanderers produced and scored a terrific hat-trick.
Coming up next:
As tradition goes the first leg of the League Cup takes place the same weekend as the third round of the FA Cup.
League Cup first leg
10:30 KO - Sunday 6th January, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.
All the best for the New Year.