Steeton Reserves 1 Wakefield City 2
Steeton Reserves were facing Wakefield City who were third in Division One of the West Riding County Amateur League and unlucky not to gain promotion last season having finished third again.
The reserves were in a position to play Arley Barnes and Sam Rooke with both coming back from injury so it was important that they got 90 minutes and with 1st team not having a game Adam Spencer came into the side too. This meant that Joe Mason, Aaron Dickson and Dom Mortimer were on the bench but it had been explained the reasons why and it wasn’t based on their individual performances.
Jack Richmond was given the captains armband and there was a minutes silence which both team honoured and respected due to Jack’s father sadly passing away.
The game started well with both team’s pressing the ball and causing both defences to be switched on. Wakefield were the first to break down the left hand side with Scott passing the ball out wide to Connolly who raced passed Morgan and whipped the ball across but Rooke managed to clear.
After 15 minutes Steeton gained the first corner with good link up play with Richmond, Gregory and Ferguson who crossed over only to see Kilner head over. The resulting corner in from Gregory was met by Richmond who narrowly headed over the bar passed a stretching Salter.
Wakefield went up the other end and nearly got the breakthrough with Southward striking but a last ditch tackle by Morgan took the chance away from Wakefield.
Cope won the ball in the middle of the park and passed it out to Gregory on the left hand side and Gregory came in and struck the ball round Glavin only it went straight into Salter’s arms.
Steeton started to gain the upper hand as Wakefield went long ball on a number of occasions but with Bland clearing every ball with his head there was never really any danger of Wakefield getting any advantage going this way.
Barnes came the closest to the opening goal with an inward pass from Richmond allowing Barnes to hit from 30 yards but the ball flew over Salter’s bar.
Steeton broke again after 35 minutes with Huntley forcing Fisher into a tackle resulting in a corner which Gregory swung in but Salter managed to out jump Bland and Rooke
With half time approaching a throwing deep into Wakefield half from Morgan found Huntley who knocked it down towards Spencer but he struck the ball over the bar.
Minutes later Gregory any broke free on the left and took on Kershaw his cross fell to Spencer and with Salter beaten Kilner stretched out and managed to clear the ball off the line to the despair of the Steeton forwards.
Running into time added on Steeton were desperately unlucky again after a corner from Gregory found Richmond who headed towards goal but Kershaw knocked the ball free and Spencer took the ball around Salter towards the goal-line but Fisher scrambled it out towards oncoming Bland and Rooke but neither managed to find the net and Wakefield somehow came away from the mass scramble.
O’Dwyer felt there was no need to go in at half time with anything other than praise and keep things going for the second half as Steeton were well involved in the game and with a bit of luck should have gone in at least two goals up but still the game was there to be won.
Wakefield had clearly had a rollicking as they came out all fired up in the second half with both Connolly and Barker going close but Bland, Rooke and Linyard all stopped their chances.
Huntley got the better of Glavin and ran at Wakefield’s defence and was brought down on the edge of the box by Hall. Barnes took the free kick but the strike went over the bar.
Wakefield got through Steeton’s defence with good interplay between Scott and Connolly and Rooke was penalised for a foul on Connolly.
Connolly struck the free kick around the wall but Linyard pulled off a great save diving to his right.
After 60 minutes Morgan knocked a through ball towards Gregory who came in from the right and wriggled passed Fisher and Hall and hit the ball low and hard towards Wakefield goal beating Salter only to see the ball strike the post and rebound back.
The game continued to be played at a high tempo and both sides were creating chances but after 65 minutes Wakefield went ahead as Connolly beat Morgan and struck the ball well past a diving Linyard. 0:1 – Wakefield City
Steeton didn’t give up and Gregory came close yet again with another strike that Salter managed to parry to safety.
Bailey replaced Huntley and was soon in the thick of things with his pace and endeavour but lacked the clinical finish needed.
Substitute Omilabu got Wakefield 2nd goal after 72 minutes as Steeton were chasing the game with a through pass from Hall – 0:2 – Wakefield City.
Mason and Mortimer came on for Morgan and Cope with 15 minutes to go
On 80 minutes Gregory had another fine shot tipped over the bar by Salter, it just wasn’t going to be Steeton’s day. The resulting corner floated in by Ferguson saw Rooke head narrowly wide of the post.
With time running out Mason beat the left back Fisher and floated a super cross to which Mortimer got his head towards the ball but his header went over the bar.
87 minutes and Connolly broke away from Mason and hit a strike past Linyard which ultimately meant game over for Steeton 0:3 – Wakefield City
Steeton never gave up and in injury time Gregory forced a corner and knocked the ball over were Richmond met and headed onto the post, the resulting knock was met by Rooke who smashed the ball into the net – 1:3, just what Steeton deserved.
Whilst it was another defeat for Steeton Reserves in truth if the chances created had been converted it could have been a very different score line and Steeton are definitely showing continued signs of improvement, even if the results don’t show this.
Steeton Reserves 1 Wakefield City 2