By Andy Wilcoxson
Today we entertained Wollaston, looking to continue our recent good form. Firstly, my thanks to Luke, Danny and Brad for their pitch maintenance efforts ensuring the game went ahead.
We created a number of chances during the first half with us only converting the one, which was a close range header by Danny Holland on 9 minutes, assisted by a cross from Gary Lunt, 1-0. On 16 minutes Haydn Ellis had to be substituted after taking a knock on the side of his foot. He was replaced by Danny Wood who slotted in as a natural direct replacement into the centre of midfield (we later found out Haydn has broken his foot and will be out of action for 3-6 weeks, get well soon). The Wollaston goalkeeper kept his team in the game with some fantastic saves and they were always dangerous on the break, and while it remained one nil they were always in with a shout.
The second half continued in a very similar fashion to the first with both teams lacking the quality to break each other down with the standard of the final ball being poor. On 65 minutes Tom Slater replaced Gary Lunt with Danny Wood moving to the right wing and Tom slotting into his familiar midfield berth. Not too long after we extended our lead after Lewis Cox was tripped 25 yards from goal resulting in a direct free kick, in a central area being awarded. Up stepped Stu Smith who has not hit the net too many times of late, with a powerful shot which flew past the diving keeper into the net, 2-0.
Aidan Hackwood replaced Brad Tiernan at left back on 73 minutes, and it was the aforementioned Hackwood with a left sided throw-in on 82 minutes, who set Stu Smith off on a run which saw him score his second of the game beating the keeper with a low diagonal shot, 3-0. The game was now in its closing moments; and I guess it was inevitable that Stu Smith was to have the last say with virtually the last kick of the game by notching his third goal from close range on 89 minutes, assisted by substitute Tom Slater with a sublime pass through to him, 4-0. This was Stu’s second treble of the season, and a hat trick which earned him our man of the match award, well done!
Good luck to Wollaston for the rest of the season, and next weekend we host Renewal Solihull.