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Wolves 2017

Friday evening football saw the Football Aid players take to the illustrious Molineux pitch on a sunny dry evening in Wolverhampton. Wolves Legend Adam Proudlock returned to avenge last year’s 4-2 defeat, and his Wolves Away team showed their dominance in the 2nd half, with fantastic displays from Rob Smith and Matt Lewis helping the team in Green to run out 7-2 winners.


Date: Friday 28th April 2017
Venue: Molineux
Wolves (Home) vs Wolves (Away)
Kick Off: 18:30 pm
Legends & Managers: Willie Carr & Adam Proudlock
Match Officials: Philip Taylor, Gary Taylor, Phil Dawes & Victor Kelly


The game got off to a flying start as the Away side counter attacked with the ball played into No 11 Rob Smith on the edge of the box, and after keeping goals out in last year’s Football Aid match, this time he was scoring them, hitting a half volley into the bottom left corner after exquisitely setting up the shot. Just 2 mins in and the Away side were off and running (0-1)!


The early goal helped settle the nerves of the Away team, with No 6 Warren McCarthy pulling off a nutmeg on the Home team, and after dominating possession with neat and tidy build up play, captain No 9 Mark Wigg had two good chances to extend the Away side’s lead, he hit the keeper with his 1st effort and his well struck 2nd effort was just too high.

Whilst weathering the storm of the Away attacks, the Home team managed to create a goal scoring chance of their own, with captain No 7 Chris Hession floating a cross to the back post where the incoming No 6 Kevin Robertson’s couldn’t quite get on the end of the cross, handling the ball into the back of the net and receiving a yellow card for his efforts!

With the Away team still looking very much in control, all of a sudden the game was tied thanks to a miscommunication between Away team defender No 5 Jack Feehan and goalkeeper No 1 Simon Wood, who both went to clear a cross from the Home team’s No 9 Steven Howkins, but it was No 5 Jack Feehan who headed his attempted clearance into his own net,…..giving the Home team an unexpected but well needed foothold in the game with 20mins on the clock (1-1).

A shift in the momentum of the game saw the Home side look more and more of an attacking threat, and just 3 mins after equalising, they were able to take a surprise lead through No 11 Dave Taylor, a man who found the back of the net last year, with a lot of credit going to the right back No 2 Craig Beresford whose driving run and through ball assisted Taylor’s composed side foot finish (2-1).

With no legend in the Home team to play left back, rotation was required in the position, and No 14 Paul Tenn, who started the game and did well whilst playing out of position, was replaced by No 15 Niccolo Minuto with 25 mins gone.

Half an hour gone and despite not keeping hold of possession, the tails of the Home side were up, with No 10 Darren Jeffs hitting a sweet, drilled shot towards Away No 1 Simon Wood, only for his effort to fizz just past the post and go for an Away goal kick.

Just mins before half time, the Home side were not able to hold onto their slender lead, with the Away side deservedly getting back on level terms thanks to No 11 Rob Smith, who scored his brace by getting on the end of a shot-come-cross effort by No 10 Dean Smith on the edge of the box, with Rob Smith timing his sliding effort perfectly to find the back of the net and get his side’s equaliser (2-2).


Half Time: Wolves (Home) 2 - 2 Wolves (Away)

The Home side had looked to make the brighter start in the early exchanges of the 2nd half, only for the Away team to begin a clinical attacking onslaught, starting with captain No 9 Mark Wigg using his strength and physicality to turn the Home defence and calmly side foot a finish into the bottom corner on 49 mins after great play down the left by the newly introduced No 17 James Gasson (2-3).

A couple of mins later and the Away team doubled their goal cushion, thanks to No 7 Matt Lewis who, after showing determination and having a slice of luck, retained possession of the ball as he dribbled from the centre circle to the edge of the opposition box, only to cheekily dink the ball over the on-rushing Home team keeper, with the ball ending up in the goal much to the disarray of the Home side (2-4). Matt had come all the way from the USA to play in the game and he celebrated like it was worth the journey!

The Away weren’t done there, as just a min later, No 11 Rob Smith secured his hat-trick after a lot of space was given to the newly introduced No 17 James Gasson on the left hand side as he got to the opposition by-line, looked up and accurately cut the ball back right into the path of Smith to hit home his 3rd goal and his side’s 5th of the night (2-5).

The Home side finally put a stop to the onslaught and regrouped, and they were within a post-width of grabbing a goal back with an hour gone, as captain No 7 Chris Hession waited to play in No 10 Darren Jeffs who was running in behind the Away team defence and, from a difficult angle, wrapped his foot and struck a low shot across goal, only for the ball to bounce back off the post.


The goalposts were being worked once more soon after, this time down the other end of the pitch as Away attacked with substitute No 14 Terry Rickeard playing a precise through ball into No 11 Rob Smith who, with a hat-trick to his name and confidence through the roof, attempted an audacious chipped shot over Home No 1 Peter Brunton-Douglas in a 1-on-1, however his very close effort hit the outside of the post.

Inspired by the attempt of Away striker No 11 Rob Smith, legend Adam Proudlock, who was playing left back, found himself in the final third during a 2v1 counter attack with Rob Smith, and after Rob Smith’s square ball fell slightly short, Proudlock used his strength and experience to shield the ball, set up an effort and score an amazing chipped goal to further increase his side’s lead (2-6).


As the game neared its end and the outcome looked inevitable, players’ legs began to tire and the pace of the game wore down, however there was still life in the legs of Away midfielder No 7 Matt Lewis who, after scoring a fantastic individual goal earlier in the game, was able to score another similar styled goal, this time driving at the defence and looping the keeper with a floated, and well placed effort from outside the box on 85mins (2-7).

In the end it was a comfortable win for the Away side, the team in Green demonstrated very neat build-up play over the course of the match, kept possession well and were more clinical in front of goal in a game where both sides created a lot of good chances and scored quality and entertaining goals.

A well done and huge thank you goes to the players, officials, mascots, managers, spectators and of course the club, Wolverhampton Wanderers for coming together to create such a fantastic event once again. A special thank you also to Wolves legend Willie Carr for making his Football Aid management debut and Playing Legend Adam Proudlock for continuing to be a part of the Football Aid events.


Full Time: Wolves (Home) 2 - 7 Wolves (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Dave Taylor
Man of the Match Away: Gary Thomas
Moment of the Match: Rob Smith

Home Team: Peter Brunton-Douglas, Craig Beresford, Andy Hayes, Mark Feehan, Kevin Robertson, Chris Hession (C), Edward Smith, Steven Howkins, Darren Jeffs, Dave Taylor, Paul Tenn, Niccolo Minuto, Michael Pitt
Home Manager: Willie Carr
Home Mascot: Oliver Slater

Away Team: Simon Wood, Matthew Fellows, Adam Proudlock, Gary Thomas, Jack Feehan, Warren Mccarthy, Matt Lewis, Gary Jones, Mark Wigg (C), Dean Smith, Robert Smith, Terry Rickeard, Charlie Sheridan, Michael Ryder, James Gasson
Away Mascot: Amelia Wigg

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
The photographs used in this report were taken on staff mobile phones. A wider selection of fantastic Official Photographs are available from Matt Nuttall Photography. To order just visit www.footballaidphotos.com or contact Matt on T: 07793 818021 or E: info@mattnuttallphotography.co.uk

MATCHDAY VIDEO FOOTAGE
The Matchday Video Footage of the game is also available, to order a copy follow the link here - http://www.footballaid.com/donate/form and complete payment for £25 choosing 'Payment Type' = Other and a description e.g. "Wolves 2017 – Video Footage".

AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Thanks for making my son and his friends welcome. Hugely enjoyable day - standard was higher than I was expecting after watching previous matches! Will definitely be back next year at Molineux Stadium and may try to get some time in at other games if I can. Once again, thanks for a great time.
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Simon Wood - Away Team No.1

"Another great night and thank you to all the staff for their great hospitality. Looking forward to next year!"
James Gasson - Away Team No.17

"Living The Dream. Fantastic as always. I loved every minute. All the best."
Mark Wigg – Away Team Captain

"A dream come true, hat-trick at Molineux!"
Robert Smith – Away Team No.11

Match Report written by Sam Bettany (Twitter: @bettany_sam).