Monday, 2 February 2009

Match Report - vs Milford (1st February 2009)

Deadlock as Wheatley extend unbeaten run

The 0-0 scoreline does not tell the story of this tight encounter. It was end-to-end at times with the second half being played at a frantic pace as both sides searched for a winner. Neither sides failed to capitalise on opportunities in front of goal with the Wheatley spurning the better of the chances.

Wheatley striker Eric Bana pushed his second half one-on-one despairingly wide. Rick Arundel’s determined run down the left and crisp pass slid Bana through on goal, only to see his effort slide wide of the post. Danny Bott’s first half effort also sailed harmlessly over. The Leeds Met student did everything right taking down Chris Quaife’s 35-yard pin point ball with a deft touch only to hammer his shot high over the bar from ten yards out. Wheatley manager Powell could only look on as his side kept wasting glorious chances and positions in front of goal.

Milford however, weren’t lacking in idea’s either. An unmarked header from an early corner really should have tested Wheatley keeper Kroon. And it was Andy Wheeler who came to the Wheatley’s rescue in the second half. Milford’s striker nipped the ball past the on rushing Kroon who could only watch as Wheeler made a heroic vital last ditch clearance off the line under pressure when a goal seemed inevitable.

A Milford goal would have certainly been harsh on The Wheatley. Milford’s only other clear opportunity came half way through the second period as a poor clearance saw the ball drop to the Milford right winger who’s blasted effort from 8yards was turned onto the bar by the reactive outstretched foot of Kroon. Quaife was on hand to throw his body in the way of the richochet which was goal bound. Milford’s central midfielders Dawson and Dougy battled hard in the middle of the park and winger Chris Normington looked bright tormenting substitute right back Rhodes. Normington was as guilty as the Wheatley of getting into great positions but not producing a final ball or testing the keeper.

Both Wheatley’s wingers Bott and Cockcroft caused Milford fullbacks problems all morning. And each winger, strikers Arundel, Wood and, second half substitute Bana will be disappointed not to hit the target more often, not capitalising on great positions in the final third. Wheeler and Quaife fought brilliantly in the middle mopping up the second ball as well as spreading the play, linking well with their two wide men. The Wheatley back four impressed again, with Hibbert’s excellent last ditch challenge to deny Milford striker a clear run through on goal in the first period being the highlight. Central defence partner Turnbull was as reliable as ever winning everything in the air.

The Wheatley following were pleased to see right back Keithy successfully complete 90 minutes after tearing a hamstring back in November. Also the prospect of seeing more from new boy Adam Emmott at left back will delight most. His confidence and composure on the ball left manger Powell impressed with regular left back Healey still sidelined.

The manager will be left ruing missed chances and also with the headache of possible up and coming suspensions. Bott received another caution after wrestling Milford’s Normington to the ground. Quaife got off with yellow after a dreadful challenge on the edge of the box. Powell couldn’t have asked more from his men who won their individual battles all over the pitch doing everything apart from finding the back of the net. Powell will feel his side should have won what was a close encounter.

Match report by The Kroon Dog

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