Match Report - 19 Sep 2015, Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI lost to Old Bradfieldians I
The woks faced up against Bradfield on Saturday, a side we have historically had very close encounters with. The match got underway and we were immediately put under pressure and a couple of errors led to a lofted ball into the box followed by some aerial acrobatics from the oppo as their striker pulled off a bicycle kick to give them the early lead. A far from ideal start and the Bradfield attacks kept coming as we weren't able to contain their extra man in midfield. With the pressure mounting, their midfield man made a surging run into the box and a marginally late tackle meant that the ref had only to point to the spot - the pen was neatly tucked away to the keepers right, 2-0.
Wyke sides have historically been resolute and this showed again on the day as we responded by finally getting a grip on the game making some counter attacking breaks. Taro found himself through on goal after being neatly played in by Donald only to not quite get enough on the chip over the keeper - encouraging signs none the less as we started to build our presence in the game. The game too-ed and fro-ed and Bradfield on the attack had a ball swung in from the right perfectly onto their striker, only to be denied by Bouch who made ground getting back and produced a goal saving header much to the frustration of their front man. We saw out the half having staked our claim on the match.
The second half got underway and with some more ticker tacker from Bradfield they produced a fine goal with a tidy finish and one of those you merely have to accept. Far from ideal, however we gathered ourselves and got on the offensive, creating chances. Donald led the line in superb fashion produced a fine reaction save from their keeper to tip onto the post. We were creating the odd chance. Mercer picked out Fuller in acres of space on the right wing and exploited the space as the oppos appeals for offside were denied and in a moment of pure selflessness, squared the ball across goal to Donald who got the shot off, forcing the keeper only to parry into the path of Kiley who pounced with clinical efficiency - 3-1. Our shape improved and we were defending with more structure making life harder for the Bradfield side to find space. In another counter attacking break, Taro was put through on goal again with a lofted ball over the top - with their keeper charging out of his area to close the angle, Taro beat him to it tap it over him however as the Wyke hopes waited for the ball to take its course, it kissed the outside of the post. We kept pushing men forward in the last 10 mins to bring the attack to Bradfield, however our high defensive line was exploited as their zippy winger burst down the right flank onto a threw ball before cutting inside and tucking the ball away past the keeper.
Although the scoreline was probably a fair reflection of the game, there were some passages of play that were encouraging for us and we looked more than a little threatening. Man of the match Charlie Court in midfield was tireless and put in a serious shift in midfield all over the pitch. I would always far rather go down pushing forward in an effort to get something from the match than merely to accept defeat so credit to the team for persevering under the circumstances.
Old Bradfieldians I 4 - 1 Old Wykehamist Football Club 1st XI ()