A horrid pitch, but the team with more desire came out on top.
A clash of the new leagues front runners came in the Trophy, as high flying Wisewood were entertained at even higher flying Anston.
On arrival the omens did not look good. The pitch is basically described as horrible. It was incredibly narrow, with a penalty box half the normal size and barely 6 feet from the touchline to the box itself.
As a team that has been developed to use the wings this caused great concern for the Wisewood management.
The 3-5-2 system was employed for a second time, to try and win the midfield, whilst on such a wide pitch there was little use for two full backs.
Anston looked from the outset more hungry, as they snapped into challenges and worked up and down the pitch more effectively than Wisewood did.
The pitch began to show exactly how much the pitch started to effect the game, as Aston showed en mass clustering of the action areas, rather than the Wisewood process of spreading the play.
On 2 minutes there was a scare as a shot came in, when it should have been passed to a player over stood in space.
Then in the same minute a mix up between keeper and centre half saw the ball squirt free for a tap in.
One minute later Brandon H had a smart turn and shot, but the keeper made a good save.
On 11 minutes Wisewood was ndone again by poor defending. A half cleared corner resulted in top corner shot,
On 13 minutes the game was virtually over as a throw in went to the centre of the box and a header made it,
Wisewood were in disarray and Anston were clearly in pole position making the most of the running.
A half time roasting resulted from the manager and the main objective was to save face and end the match with some sense of respect.
Wisewood started to give more to the game and after a spell of pressure and corners, Harry Warwick dived for a corner narrowly missing the ball, as a result the ball scrambled to Sam, who shot and unluckily struck it against Harry still on the floor on the line.
On 42 minutes the horror show got worse, but to be fair it was a good goal,
Then on 45 minutes Wisewood were undone by another throw that on the hopelessly narrow pitch, reached mid box area. Here another Anston player waited to head home,
On 46 minutes came the start of the Wisewood respect fight back. Leo with a 30 yard free kick and took aim, the shot sailed into the top corner, an amazing strike.
On 50 minutes the arrears were reduced further, as a stone wall penalty was given for a handball on the line. The ref pointed straight to the spot and Brandon H dispatched the kick into the bottom corner,
One minute later Brandon raced through on goal, hit a good shot which produced an even better save.
On 54 minutes however the impossible was on as Wisewood scored a third. A good corner from Leo dropped kindly to Charlie, who poked the ball home.
One minute later the game was over on 55 minutes as another long throw saw a weak header by Harry G head back inwards to the box, where an Anston player was waiting and it was,
This was a poor performance. Wisewood gave away 4 very soft goals, having said this George pulled off a string of very good saves. On our home pitch there would be very little between the teams however on this pitch it was very difficult.
Anston fully deserved the win as they showed greater desire and much more hunger.
Supporting Man of the Match : Joel
Man of the Match : George