Northern Counties East League.
League Division 1 Tues 13th March 2012
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 4 Askern Villa 1
This was a good all round performance from Worsbrough and a well deserved win which was based on a first half with two early goals that set the tone for the rest of the game. Bridge played with the slope in the first half and they kept the Visitors on the back foot for much of the early exchanges with some slick passing and no shortage of effort from the midfield. Liam Tinsley and Andy Broadbent
worked tirelessly to win the ball and move it forward to the ever dangerous Adam Podmore
who was ably assisted by Scott Ruthven and Matty Roberts.
Bridge opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Scott Ruthven found room wide on the right to coolly drive the ball home from 10 yards. The goal was no more than Bridge deserved after making a bright start to the game. Their lead was doubled in quick time when, on 15 minutes, Matty Roberts broke down the right onto a through ball by Broadbent. He hit a high cross into the box which deceived the Askern keeper and dropped into the net just inside the far post.
Askern battled well at this stage because Bridge were looking to press home their advantage and it was only by sheer effort that the visitors kept themselves in contention. They were relying on playing on the break and they began to cause Bridge problems with the pace of their wide players Matt Holmes and Regis Mavambu. Eventually it was from a break on the right wing by Holmes that produced the Visitor’s goal on 36 minutes. He got the better of Bridge full back James Young and as he cut inside into the box he was brought down inside the penalty area. The Referee awarded the Penalty without hesitation. The Kick was taken by Brad Johnston who sent Bridge keeper James Jenkinson
the wrong way with a well taken penalty.
Askern were given fresh impetus by this goal and they renewed their efforts to gain ground in the game. However Bridge responded in the best way possible by restoring their two goal advantage on 41 minutes. A ball from the left was lifted into the box for Podmore to challenge the defence. The ball was half cleared and fell to the ever alert Scott Ruthven, who hit a snap shot from the edge of the box that found the top corner for his second goal of the game.
The second half saw a well contested game with both sides playing good football and the Bridge defence looking solid against the quick footed Askern forwards who did their best to take advantage of the slope. Liam McFadyen
and Callum Westney held firm and Jenkinson in goal was secure with a couple of good saves when required.
Bridge made sure of the points on 75 minutes through a headed goal from Adam Podmore
who added the finish to a fine cross from Scott Turner
. The goal was no more than Podmore deserved after he gave yet another tireless performance that gave the Askern defenders no rest for 90 minutes.
, Dan Handisides, James Young, Liam Tinsley, Callum Westney, Liam McFadyen
, Matty Roberts, Andy Broadbent
, Adam Podmore
, Scott Ruthven, Spencer Goff.
Subs: Jimmy Burkinshaw
, Scott Turner
, Shaun Pierrepoint, Chris Hilton, Andy Naylor.