Welton Bash The Bishops
Goals from Smith and Chapman are enough to ensure a below par Welton seal victory
Welton got back to winning ways and moved up to fifth in the Toolstation Division One table with a solid team performance against neighbours Bishop Sutton.
It is fair to say the first half hour of the game was a bit of a damp squib which matched the weather as both teams cancelled each other out. A loose ball out of the Sutton defence was picked up by Kyle Norris who skied his effort high over the visitors bar. Minutes later he was put through but this time shot straight at the Sutton keeper Josh Yakub. The visitors were lively in attack led by Mason Daggar and he saw his 20 yard shot wizz by the Welton upright. Weltons response was a long range effort from Chris Pile that was off target. The game sparkled into life in the 35th minute when a driving run by Pile saw him closed down at the last minute to win a corner on the left. Pile took the corner himself and delivered a top drawer cross to the far post were Tom Smith rose above the Sutton defence to head home from close range. A minute later Welton got a second, when good work down the left flank by the lively Steve Bridges saw him deliver a near perfect cross into the area were it was met by Welton striker Alex Chapman who made no mistake with his effort that flew past Yakub and into the net. Sutton responded and a cracking shot from Daggar was well saved by Tom Drewitt in the Welton goal.
The second half began with Welton pressing for the all important third goal to completely kill the game off. Norris went close with a volley and Yakub denied Shakiel Green with a point blank save. The visitors were dangerous on the counter attack and Drewitt produced a stunning one handed save to deny Sam Downes. Welton weren't resting on their laurels and further efforts from Norris, Dylan Hatt and Pile all went close. Welton manager Clive Scott brought on all three substitutes to keep the momentum going and Aaron Seviour went close having been put through by Chapman. Sub Aaron Cockerill then got into the action and had two good shots in quick succession that were only just off target. In the dying minutes Seviour saw his shot saved by the trailing legs of Yakub. Welton had to settle for the two goals but the three points gained were a good start to a busy December.