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Under-18s - Match centre

Wellingborough Town
Irchester United
Mon 28 Apr 19:45 - Northants Senior Youth Football League - West Division Full time

Derby Revenge!

The young Doughboys achieved their revenge from a somewhat unfortunate....

....early-season defeat against neighbours Irchester United with a good 2-0 success at the Dog & Duck on Monday night.

The opening 25 minutes were, to be frank, awful, although the visitors were kept mainly at arms length.

The remainder of the half saw the home side dominate but missed several gilt-edged chances which could have come back to haunt them later.

They were unfortunate, however, when Reece Brown fought his way through a couple of tackles before firing home, only for the referee to bring play back and award Wellingborough a free-kick on the edge of the box after the linesman had flagged for a foul on Brown.

The second half though was a totally different matter and, like so many other games this season, the young Doughboys seem to get better as the game goes on.

Young Lewis Fisher began to show his undoubted quality in midfield, alongside him the always consistent Macauley Copping was here there and everywhere and Zak Ward, who has improved immensely throughout the season, battled away out wide.

Only the top two teams have conceded fewer goals than Wellingborough this season, but only two have scored less, which has been the problem.

However, the opening goal did arrive midway through the second half when Ward pounced on a loose ball in the box after the visiting `keeper had lost possession and fired home.

The home side were well on top at this stage, but a long ball forward caused problems and eventually led to skipper Toby Robinson being adjudged to have fouled an Irchester forward in the area and conceded a penalty.

In the away game earlier this season, Wellingborough missed a penalty when 1-0 down – this time the home side`s impressive young `keeper Justin Greatorex saved the day by blocking the resulting spot-kick – and then had the awareness to swiftly clear the loose ball away for a throw-in.

Buoyed by that, the home side completed an excellent night overall by making it 2-0 near the end when Jake McShannon – making his league debut - broke away down the left and pulled the ball back for Kallan Yearwood to net from close range.

The second half was excellent, and the future looks rosy.

A word though for a Harry Doherty-Gooderham, who had been a regular in the side for the majority of the season but was on the bench as it was decided to keep faith with the side who had played so well against Whitworths in the previous game.

He took the news brilliantly, never moaned or complained and great credit to him for that.

Team:
Justin Greatorex; Tom Middleton, Jake Dixon, Toby Robinson, Shane Oslar, Macauley Copping, Joe Wenham (sub: Kallan Yearwood), Lewis Fisher (sub: Jack Plummer), Reece Brown (sub: Jake McShannon), Ryan Betts (sub: Bradley Evans), Zak Ward. Unused sub: Harry Doherty-Gooderham.

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