A novelty of a mid-week game against Trowbridge Wanderers offered us a good warm up before cup final on Saturday and the chance to guarantee at least second in the league and even put us top for a while.
It has rained heavily over the past few nights and Ade Cannon did a great job in getting the pitch prepared, cut and lined to enable the match to take place. Apart from from water in goal and some damage from moles, the pitch was in fairly good condition.
The match itself was always going to be a tight event, both sides looking to play good football. Trowbridge made the better start, pushing passes through the space between centre and full backs. Simon Gale was fantastic all night in catching their forwards who did manage to break the offside trap – and when he didn’t, Charlie did.
Not many shots at goal during the first half, but Worton did make the breakthrough after 26 minutes when Charlie Strickland let rip from 25 yards to the underside of the bar and into the goal behind the keeper. At last the goal drought since Feb 25th was over!!!
The second half continued in much the same vein, both sides making chances. Franky had a chance to make it 2-0 when he shot across goal but the keeper made an outstanding save and got the ball around the post to much adulation by all supporters and players.
At the other end, James had a couple of fairly routine (“I had it covered Dad”) saves and one really good save low to left to turn shot around the post – again the save well congratulated by the crowd.
With few minutes to go, Trowbridge pushed everything forward in search of an equaliser but the defence held firm to deliver the victory and that guaranteed second place with us going top of the league having played one more match that Melksham.
Well done to all the boys who all played really well in a difficult game, with a special mention to Alex and James F for their hard work when they came on the pitch.
Next up: Cup Final vs Melksham Utd on Saturday.