Gunners Get The Win In Hard-Fought Contest

The midfield battle proved crucial on Sunday morning.

The midfield battle proved crucial on Sunday morning.

FT: Garrison Gunners 2 – 1 Woolpack Wanderers

HT: Garrison Gunners 1 – 0 Woolpack Wanderers

Sunday, 10th February 2019

Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

League Game 13

Gunners striker Joel Ware opens scoring on return after 25 mins. 

Lewis Brown doubled the lead with a sensational solo goal just after the break.

Long range strike from Dan May gave Wanderers a lifeline with 20 mins to go.

Back to back wins for the Gunners who go 15 points clear with 6 league games left.

Garrison Gunners

J Ware (30’) L Brown (55’)

Woolpack Wanderers

D May (70’)

Match Report By Will Lethbridge.

A sensational second-half solo goal from Lewis Brown helped the Garrison Gunners to back-to-back wins over the Woolpack Wanderers in the World’s Smallest Football League. 

The Gunners go 15 points clear at the top of the table and another win for the Gunners will secure the league title for the 2018/2019 season.

It was a slightly chilly morning on the Garrison field with a fair breeze. There was a little bit of concern ahead of kick-off over the state of the pitch. There had been a fair bit of rain during the week ahead of play but despite the rain the pitch was is in reasonable shape. After a full pitch inspection from referee Paul Charnock, the game was the given the all clear. The pitch would turn up quite a bit over the course of the 90 minutes. 

The Gunners were pretty much at full strength. Centre forward Joel Ware made his return after time spent overseas. Lewis Brown and Dan Ware were also available for selection. The only main absentee for the Gunners was inform striker Adam O’Neill. 

There were a considerable number of key players missing for the Gunners. Box-to-box midfielder Jack Stone was unavailable along with Russell Hutchins and Scott Reid. 

The Wanderers woes would continue in goal with keepers Eugene Hogan, James Wignell and Kane Goddard all unavailable. Tom James would start in goal for the Wanderers and Joe Thomas would put on the gloves for the second half. Captain Rob Greenlaw who came off with a hamstring strain the previous week would start for the Wanderers. 

The game got underway with the Gunners kicking upfield towards the Garrison Campsite. A tight and cagey affair early on, with both teams creating a few half chances and forcing both keepers into action. 

The Wanderers would be forced into making a change midway through the first half. Captain Rob Greenlaw felt his hamstring again and was unable to continue. Owen Littlejohn came on and play in a more advanced position with utility man Hayden Simpson dropping back to midfield. 

As the half progressed it would be the Gunners who upped the pressure and started to ask more questions of the Wanderers. They would get their reward for the pressure on the half-hour mark. Centre forward Joel Ware latched onto a long ball, took a touch and finished well to the right, giving Tom James no chance. The forward marked his return to action with the opening goal, giving the Gunners the lead.

The half would continue with both teams battling hard in the midfield with little action at either end. It would end with Gunners taking the advantage into the break. 

HT: Garrison Gunners 1 – 0 Woolpack Wanderers

It was a more open start to the second half with the Wanderers trying to get into the game and pick up a result. Despite their efforts, it would the Gunners who would extend their lead. After some good possession play by the Gunners, Lewis Brown picked up the ball just inside the Wanderers half. 

The centre half drove forwards and down the left before cutting inside, dancing past a couple of defenders, rifling the ball on his left foot across his body from the edge of the area into the bottom left corner. A sensational goal that gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead with more than half an hour to go! 

Even though they were 2-0 goals behind the Wanderers looked dangerous, especially when the ball was slid in through the channels or over the top. The Wanderers came agonisingly close soon after the Gunners second goal. A terrific high crossfield ball was put into the area. Hayden Simpson made a fantastic run from midfield, got a toe to it, beating Will St Pier in goal for the Gunners only for it go out off the post! 

The Gunners were becoming more and more of a threat forcing Joe Thomas in goal into several good saves. 

It would be the Wanderers who would grab the next goal. After a defensive clearance, the ball fell to centre back 40 yards out. He took a touch and then unleashed a sensational strike. Despite Will St Pier's efforts, the ball crept under the bar and went into the top right corner. What a goal it was! 

20 minutes to go and the Wanderers had reduced the deficit to a single goal. As the game moved into the final stages the game became stretched. Joe Thomas in goal for the Wanderers produced some fine saves to deny the Gunners a third goal that would seal the Wanderers fate. Despite their pressure the Gunners couldn’t extend their lead and were almost caught out. 

Following a clearance from a corner a through ball was put over the defence. Will Lethbridge found himself one-on-one with Gunners keeper Will St Pier only to be flagged offside. 

In the final minutes of the match, neither the Gunners or the Wanderers would create many good chances. 

FT: Garrison Gunners 2 – 1 Woolpack Wanderers 

The Gunners extend their lead to 15 points with 6 league games to go. With a superior goal difference, a win next will more than likely be enough for the Gunners to secure the 2018/2019 league title.

Performances of note and other bits: 

Thanks to all for turning up and to Paul, Crockett and Chas for officiating. Some stand out performances this week. Tom James and Joe Thomas put in good performances in goal for the Wanderers. Sam James filled in at centre back for the Wanderers and did well. He was confident on the ball, made some crucial interceptions and got stuck. Dan May’s sensational strike was a real highlight of the match. Youngsters Owen Littlejohn and Keith Guy were good on the ball and did the simple things well. 

Joel Ware marked his return to action with the opening goal and looked a threat throughout the game. Dan Ware and Lee Eaton put in a commanding performance in the centre of midfield winning their fair share of second balls and 50/50 tackles. Anthony Gibbons was solid in defence and limited the Wanderers to only and handful of opportunities over the 90 minutes. 

Man of the Match:

Gunners centre back Lewis Brown picks up the Man of the Match award this week. He was solid in defence, moved the ball out from the back well and his fantastic solo goal ultimately proved to be the difference.

Coming up next: 

A crucial league game! The Wanderers need a win to stand any chance of winning the league. Can they get back in it? All will be revealed next week.

10:30 KO – Sunday, 17th February, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.