With some fresh faces and some returning players, Wellingborough Men's 1st XI, proudly sponsored by Prop-Search.com, looked to kick off their season with a strong performance.
With some fresh faces and some returning players, Wellingborough Men's 1st XI, proudly sponsored by Prop-Search.com, looked to kick off their season with a strong performance. That's exactly what they did.
From the outset, the 13 men of Wellingborough looked strong, against the 9 players of Horncastle. But shortly after pushback two more players arrived for the visitors to complete their team. Despite the full team, there was little that Horncastle could do to counter the attacking formation and patient build-up from the well drilled 'Boro. Through a series of brilliant passing, it was not long before Will Hill slotted the ball past the Horncastle keeper.
The game continued on with strong attacks for the majority of the first half with the 'Boro defence stifling every Horncastle attack with ease. Becoming a dad for the first time, Luke Oakley was keen to impress is new-born son and defended calmly and cleanly alongside Andy Wade, both providing some solid tackles when needed and distributing the ball from defence to create openings for Wellingborough. It was only a matter of time before one of these chances was taken; and taken it was, by debutant Steven Keal-Frayne who, despite not even knowing the rest of his team-mates names, found himself unmarked in the D slotting the ball past the diving Horncastle keeper to make the score 2-0 at half time.
An Inspirational half-time team talk from captain Simon Morrisey gave 'Boro confidence going into the second half but a restructured Horncastle side were harder to break down, and for the first time in the game they started to create some chances. But once again the Wellingborough defence were up to the task with Paul Smtih and Andy O'Rourke completing the back 4. Almost every Horncastle attack was thwarted high up the pitch and created a counter attack for 'Boro. As frustration set in for Horncastle, a crashed ball through ended up glancing a 'Boro defenders foot in the D creating Horncastle's first short corner of the game. Number 1 runner Andy Wade managed to block both Horncastle shots ending up in possession of the ball. Immediately on the counter-attack, Dan Hill picked the ball up on the half way line. Some quick passing combinations with Max Billson and Mathew Bicknell got the ball to Bradley Ferris who wrong footed the Keeper, and calmly passed the ball into the goal to make the score 3-0.
With nothing to lose, Horncastle threw caution to the wind putting their bodies on the line in the hope of salvaging something from the game, and with only 10 seconds left to go, a thunderous hit-out landed plumb on the end of a Horncastle players toe, shockwaves from the impact being felt miles away.
Overall, a solid opening game from 'Boro, with many positives to take into next weeks game.
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