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Wolves 2009

Thursday 14th May 2009
Wolves Home vs Wolves Away
K.O: 6.30pm
Legends: Jamie Smith, John Purdie, David Kelly and Andy Thompson
Match Officials: Malcolm Slater, Ian Thomas and Simon King

The match began with the home side exerting all the early pressure, camping themselves inside the opponents half for the opening five minutes, only a combination of some last ditch defending and misplaced final passes breaking up the attacks. There were, however, some encouraging signs down the left of midfield through away legend, David Kelly, who seemed to be finding plenty space whenever he got the ball.

It was slightly against the run of play that the away side opened the scoring in the 7th minute. After a concerted period of pressure, with the ball being swung into the box from both wings and twice being headed clear the ball found its way to David Kelly just outside the box; Kelly's first shot was well blocked by a sliding tackle but his second attempt curled towards goal and somehow found its way through the keepers hands and into the net (0-1).

The away team had wrestled control of the match by this stage and were now directing proceedings; in the 14th minute David Kelly again ran up the left touchline after clearing a home attack and curled a perfect pass in front of Sam Cliff, he ran towards goal closely tracked by a home defender but still got a shot away that was well saved at his near post by keeper, Mark Weatherer.

Midway through the half the away team should really have doubled their lead; breaking quickly from inside their own box the ball found Shane Wilkinson, he played a great through-ball for Phil Fennel who ran at goal and shot near post, well saved by Weatherer. The rebound came back out to Garry Wait who squared it across the 6 yard line for Sam Cliff but somehow with the goal at his mercy Cliff scuffed the shot wide.

On the half hour mark the home side began to come back into the match and started to string some passes together, getting the ball into the box and earning themselves a succession of corners that unfortunately for them came to nothing. This brief reprieve was broken four minutes later when David Kelly played the ball into the feet of Shane Wilkinson, Kelly continued his run and Wilkinson slid a great ball through a very dodgy looking offside trap, Kelly running clear of the defence and slotting the ball past the keeper to double the advantage (0-2).

Five minutes before the break the away team extended their lead further. They were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area slightly to the right of goal; Sam Cliff hitting the initial effort into the wall, his attempted cross into the area was over hit, so much so it went over the keepers head and into the net (0-3). Right on the stroke of halftime the home team grabbed a vital goal back; home legend John Purdie playing a one-two with Roger Dale receiving the ball back towards the left of goal, holding off a defender and slotting in a great left foot finish across the keeper into the far right corner (1-3).

Half Time: Wolves Home 1 - 3 Wolves Away

The second half began with some entertaining end-to-end football, both sides attacking in numbers and getting into the box. The first genuine chance fell to the away side in the 54th minute; Shane Wilkinson made a strong run through the centre of midfield but then lost control of the ball and it was casually passed back to Mark Weatherer in goal. Weatherer totally miscued his clearance and only managed to pass the ball to Richard Ansell on the away team, Ansell missing with his right foot shot.

In the 57th minute the away team almost sealed the win. A long ball was played over the top of the home defence for Shane Wilkinson to chase, he got there just ahead of the keeper and hit a right foot shot that was trickling narrowly wide before Richard Ansell slammed the ball into the empty net, only to turn round and see an extremely dubious offside had been given against him. Moments later and the away team had their fourth goal; Nicholas Bradshaw hit a left foot cross into the area that home legend Jamie Smith tried to chest back to his keeper, but there was a serious miscommunication and the ball found Phil Fennel who gratefully hit the ball into the unguarded net (1-4).

The game was still being played at a frantic pace and it was a wonder that both sets of players hadn't begun to show signs of fatigue. In the 71st minute Andrew Walton played a simple pass back to his keeper, but unfortunately for Mark Weatherer his weak kick only managed to find the feet of Garry Wait who happily accepted the opportunity to get his name on the score sheet by knocking it past the helpless Weatherer (1-5).

The home side could have been forgiven for looking a little dejected at this stage but it was very much the opposite, there was plenty fight left in the home players. In the 79th minute they broke in numbers and made their way into the away penalty area, Mark Oliver got past a challenge from the keeper and crossed the ball back across goal finding Mark Goodwin in the centre, but his right foot shot went agonisingly wide of the left post. Not long afterwards the away side created a 6th goal courtesy of David Kelly; Kelly's through ball finding Garry Wait with only the keeper to beat and his calm right foot finish easily finding the back of the net (1-6).

With five minutes left on the clock the home side got themselves a consolation; a long ball up from defence found Mark Oliver stealing a yard on his marker, running through and skilfully lobbing the on-rushing keeper to grab himself a richly deserved goal (2-6). That seemed to spark the home team into life for the last few moments of the match as they played the remainder of the game camped inside their opponents half.

Full Time: Wolves Home 2 - 6 Wolves Away

Home Team: Weatherer, M. Johnson, A. Johnson, Gaulton, Hipwell, Goodwin, Hancock, Dale, Wheeler, Oliver, Leister, Walton, Willmott, Davies.

Away Team: Archer, Fawell, Stanton, Feehan, Cliff, Harvey, Wood, Wait, Wilkinson, Fennell, Ansell, Everiss, Fawell, Bradshaw.

Mascots: Charlie Mansell & Jessica Stanton

Man of the Match (Home): Roger Dale
Man of the Match (Away): Garry Wait
Moment of the Match: Mark Oliver