The first competitive football for 3 weeks was away at Trowbridge Wanderers. With players either still on holiday or coming back from holiday, the squad was going to be stretched, only able to name a 14 man squad for the match. Additionally, the team have been ‘rocked’ by the news that midfield stalwart Harry Davis would be out for at least 4 weeks due to a ‘slight tear of the patella ligament’ (boys look it up!)
The game started and you could see that players were still waking up to the fact that it was a match and with tackles not being made properly, Trowbridge were able to make chances that the defence did well to clean up. In 21 minutes however, with no-one putting in a tackle in the middle of the field, a ball through the right channel fell to unmarked player who was able to pull the ball back for the striker to shoot low past James Black in goal.
Worton created some chances through the wing play of Alfie Miles-Hobbs and Joseph Skinner and were unlucky in a couple of scrambles inside the penalty box when the ball did not break kindly. Josh Francis came close from just outside the 6 yard box but was unable to get it past the keeper.
Worton held on to the coat-tails of Trowbridge for large parts of the half and a great goal-line clearance by Simon Gale maintained the current scoreline.
Halftime 1-0 to Trowbridge. The half-time talk was about the ability to close down Trowbridge and to put in proper tackles.
Second half saw the game kickoff and Worton started slowly again, too many players taking too long to settle in as the game sped past them. An inspired substitution brought Adam Edwards back into play and in 36 minutes (almost 1st touch) Adam volleyed the ball over the keeper from 20 yards to level the scores. Trowbridge looked a little shocked at this time and Worton continued to pressurise and when Franky Holdsworth passed the ball along the 18 yard line to Jamo (yes you need a haircut!) Stobbart who dribbled past several defenders and shot low into the net – Worton in lead!
Within a couple of minutes though, Trowbridges first attack of the second half saw a long ball to the left wing and the player was able to control and shoot past James into the net 2-2.
Chances were now being created at both ends, keepers and defences mopping up the attacks as they happened. By now Worton were ensuring that Trowbridge did not get time on the ball and were all putting in some great tackles all over the pitch.
With 5 minutes of normal time to go and Worton won a corner which Jamo swung into the box where it broke to Franky who clinically dispatched the ball with his left foot into the net – Worton lead (again!).
Changes in defence during the second half involved James Francis and Luke Hatch coming on and both played really well and proved that they can be counted on when required. Solid tackles and ball winning by both were examples to others.
With time up (on MY watch), the referee continued to allow the game to play and the Worton defence and keeper stood firm and prevented any more chances from being converted – thus recording an excellent away victory against one of the best teams in the division. Well done to everyone in squad today – fantastic performance and result.
Man of the match poll attached – please record your views.
Well done to all supported the bag packing effort after the match – some good funds raised for the tour.