TEVERSAL FC 6 - 1 WEST BRIDGFORD
"Super Six For Tevie Boys!"
After a summer of change at Carnarvon Street, with Lee Cook taking charge of the Teversal Senior team as they move into their Centenary year and a number of senior players choosing to go to pastures new, a new dawn started with an excellent opening day 6-1 win against West Bridgford. Unfortunately for Cook he had to leave the managerial duties to his able assistant Phil Greaves as he served the first of his three match ban gained whilst in charge of Staveley Miners Welfare Reserves last season.
Greaves will have had the pleasure of reporting a workmanlike performance with room for improvement was offered by his charges in a game the Tevie Boys controlled from start to finish. If Danny Fletcher had made the most of a second minute opening when he was sent clear to be met by Patrickios racing off his line to outwit the striker to save with an outstretched leg to deny the host the perfect start.
West Bridgford first opportunity came courtesy of a well weighted pass from Large, with Rio Alberry covering his near post to deny Charlesworth with a routine save low to his right. That was followed by the home side taking a 14th minute lead when Lewis Brown crossed from the left that invited Danny Fullwood to cleverly lift effort over the big keeper with Taylor stretching to block on the line but the clearance fell to Matt Wilkinson to smash home from close range.
The visitors sensed that there was something in the game for them with Towers strong run and cross from the left picked out Charlesworth to drill a low effort from 18 yards that had Alberry going full length to his right as the effort went marginally side of the post. Again Teversal response was to go back at Bridgford with a quick creative run by Danny Fullwood saw him get to the byline before pulling back to Danny Fletcher who was denied by an excellent defensive block by Newsome.
On 28 minutes the visitors did level the score at 1-1 when Charlesworth was given the time and space to lob Rio Alberry from 30 yards despite a desperate attempt to tip it over the bar by the young custodian, only for the ball to drop under the bar.
Teversal was not knocked out of the their stride after the setback, in fact they shown a little more intensity with a passing move down the right with Sam Lavelle and Matt Wilkinson combining to get Danny Fullwood in behind the visitors defence with Patrickios saving after being quick off his line. That persistence on 38 minutes saw the host restore their lead at 2-1, another build up down the right with Danny Fullwood drilling low cross that Danny Fletcher guided under Patrickios with Taylor failing with his desperate attempt to block it on the line.
The lead was taken into the break, but only after Rio Alberry saved at the near post after Charlesworth created his own space to fire a fierce effort low to the keeper’s right.
At half time Brandon Clarke was introduced on the right as Matt Wilkinson moved in to a more central role as Danny Fullwood picked up a knock in the first period. The change didn’t break the momentum the Tevie Boys had, an after 5 minutes of the restart Matt Wilkinson found Danny Fletcher who held off Newsome to turn and finish with aplomb to make it 3-1.
The third goal took the wind out of the West Bridgford sails and on 58 minutes it was 4-1 to the host. Matt Wilkinson picked out Danny Fletcher who turned one way and then the other to be fouled by Jenkins. The striker picked himself up to slot home the spot kick despite Patrickious going the right way and getting enough on it to be disappointed that he didn’t save it.
West Bridgford were now on the back foot with Sam Lavelle and Brandon Clarke down the right along with Lewis Brown and Jack Griffiths down the left stretching the visitors. On 79 minutes the host increased their lead to 5-1, Lewis Brown excellent ball into Jake Vernon who took ball in his stride only to be denied by an out stretched leg from the keeper, but Matt Wilkinson was on hand to smash home.
The game moved in to the final furlong and on 87 minutes Teversal rounded off a satisfying performance when the score was increased to 6-1. Brandon Clarke again caused problems on the right to find Jake Vernon whose effort was blocked, Brandon Clarke drilled it across goal again with Matt Wilkinson bundling home from 3 yards out at the far post to complete his hat trick.
Teversal will be happy with the score line, the three points, but will also know they will need to offer much much more as the season unfolds. West Bridgford who had a number of players unavailable will be hoping that the returning players will offer them more that will allow them to stay in the game for the 90 minutes.
Next up for Teversal is a trip to Borrowash Victoria for their first East Midlands Counties League Premier Division fixture on the road on Wednesday 8th August 2018 with a 7:45pm kick off. Then on Saturday 11th August the World famous Emirates FA Cup returns to Carnarvon Street when the Tevie Boys entertain Loughborough University in the Extra Preliminary Round, 3:00pm kick off.
TEVERSAL; Rio Alberry, Sam Lavelle, Lewis Brown, Joel Smith, Josh Madin, Jake Allen, Matt Wilkinson, Danny O'Donnell (Ben Cartwright 74), Danny Fletcher (Jake Vernon 63), Danny Fullwood (Brandon Clarke 45), Jack Griffiths. Subs Not Used; Luke Fisher, Peter Warburton.
WEST BRIDGFORD; Andreou Patrickios, Ricky Benwell (Rikki Robinson 69), Adam Taylor, Thomas Spencer (Callum Jones 59), Patrick Newsome, Bradley Jenkins, Jurgen Charlesworth, Joseph Terry (Kevinder Atwal 74), Jerome O’Connor, Aaron Large, Edwin Towers. Subs Not Used; All used.
REFEREE; Phil Carey ATTENDANCE; 71
MAN OF MATCH; Teversal: Matt Wilkinson. West Bridgford: Jurgen Charlesworth.
YELLOW CARDS; Teversal: Sam Lavelle, Danny O'Donnell. West Bridgford: Edwin Towers.
RED CARDS; Teversal: None. West Bridgford: None.