Wick Reserves began the new year with a mid table home tie against Mendip Broadwalk Res at the Owls Nest (Oldbury Lane), but missed chances led to defeat. Wick started brightly putting Mendip under pressure in the first 20 minutes, however, there was no end product. Giovanni Fisher did have one clear chance but failed to trouble the Mendip keeper. Both the Wick wingbacks, Ellis Kow (17) and Keane Ashwood (16), were causing problems for Mendip, taking the game to them at every chance. On 30 minutes, Ellis picked up the ball just inside the Mendip half, beat 3 players but the Mendip keeper saved well from his resulting shot. The remaining of the half was pretty even with Mendip always a threat on the break.
The second half started badly for Wick and within 15 minutes were 2 -0 down. Wick were still creating half chances, but the Mendip keeper matched anything that Wick could through at him. With legs tiring, Wick conceded two further goals in quick succession, the final goal a mix up between Mark White and Junior Williams. However, in the last 10 minutes, Wick started to gain confidence and produced a number of chances, one falling to Gregg Rogers who's shot was again blocked well by the Mendip keeper.
Great to see Keane Ashwood, who's just turned 16, winning the Man of the Match award, he played with maturity for his years and had lots of energy. Well done. Great to see Wick giving younger players the opportunity to play at this standard and hopefully more will follow.
Updated 10:05 - 7 Jan 2019 by Matt Davis