By Simon King
Players missing doesn't stop TD young guns from fireing
Our second game of the season took us out to Brinsford Lane where Wolves Casuals now ground share with our rivals Old Wulfrunians. Old Wulfs are sporting a much changed squad from that of last season, but we still anticipated a tough fixture.
The first 20 minutes were very even with neither team being able to establish a foothold in the game. Old Wulfs were very energetic and managed to disrupt any football that we tried to play, but as the half wore on, chances started to come our way. First chance fell to Nathan Jones
, who was getting lots of joy down the left hand side. Another ball in behind the full back and Nathan, took one touch before hitting a shot, twelve yards out, wide of the near post. More opportunities were coming from the left, and a Marc Lawrence
cross into the box was only partially palmed away by the keeper. The ball fell to Vlad, who with the goal at his mercy, fired the ball into the back of Tyrone Clarke
and away to safety. Still more chances came, with James Hill
hitting a rasping drive from 25 yards that swerved viciously and stung the keepers hand. Alex Pinches
then hit a fierce free kick straight into the hands of the goalie. Finally the breakthrough came on 44 minutes. Another run to the by line by Nathan Jones
saw him cut the ball back to the near post. Tyrone Clarke
controlled the ball and spun in one move and clipped a neat finish into the far corner.
The second half saw us continue to dominate and we doubled our lead on 52 minutes. Nathan Jones
, again the provider, crossed from the left and Bradley Cox
glanced a header on at the near post which looped over the keeper into the far corner. Great finish from the youngster.
We looked very comfortable in defence, with Manton and Knight forming a new central defensive partnership, and debutant Aaron Sharp
only having to contend with one shot all game, which he dealt with comfortably.
Still the chances came and Alex Pinches
would have liked to have done better when put clean through on goal, but managed to scoop an effort over the bar. Brad Cox hit the bar with a smart first time shot on the swivel from 18 yards. Then four players managed to mess up an opportunity when Jones, Cox, Clarke and then Vlad couldn't get away an effort on target when found four versus one briefly. Changes were made with 20 minutes to go, and the introduction of Preston Green, Billy Morgan and Callum Swain
continued to bear fruit. The latter, on for Tyrone Clarke
, helped make the game safe when his smart turn and through ball found VLAD who coolly slotted home from 15 yards out with 12 minutes to go.
It was no more than the players deserved after dominating the fixture and creating chance after chance. A first clean sheet of the season as well means we start the season 2 for 2 and jump into second place in the table behind Darlaston by alphabetical order only!