Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Match Report - The Angel Baildon (19th January 2009)

Angel F.C. 7 - 1 Wheatley A.F.C.


Baildon’s Angel F.C gained valuable points against Wheatley A.F.C with a comfortable home win on Sunday.

There is no doubt Wheatley will be disappointed with their performance. A swirling wind caused havoc in the away team’s penalty area, but this was no excuse for some sluggish defending. They will need to improve in all departments for the return fixture next week at Ilkley. Angel took advantage early on, peppering the Wheatley goal with high crosses and attacks down both flanks. Inexperienced ‘keeper Jo Varley struggled throughout but was not helped by some slack marking.

Playing downhill in the first half, the home team will be delighted by the form of Andrew Radosevic, who netted three times for Angel. Three goals against in the first thirty minutes was hard for Wheatley to take. Pride was restored just before half time, however, with striker Woods displaying trademark poaching skills as he coolly poked in a six yard finish from a low-driven cross from the left.

At the stroke of half time the score was 3-1. This deficit wasn’t incurable, but Wheatley would now have to step up two gears to come away with a respectable score-line. The midfield powerhouse normally so commanding seemed to be running on empty, and for a short spell they were flagging. Again, there was no lack of effort, but the Wheatley players knew they had been outplayed so far.
Playing downhill in the second half was to Wheatley’s advantage, although they’ll regret not testing the Angel ‘keeper more times than they did. Andrew Kenyon and Liam Roche made it five goals to the good as the home side continued to dominate. Wheatley then made a tactical substitution as Joe McTigue was brought on to add some expertise in defence. But it was now testing times for Wheatley – Angel added a sixth, and then in the dying minutes Kyle Barber’s fierce shot sent the Baildon side into seven goal heaven.

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