1st Team Vs Wolverhampton

Date 15 September 2018
Team 1st Team
Opposition Wolverhampton
Fixture Away
Venue Aldersley
Start time 15:00
Result D 3 - 3
Time played
Scorers Sam Aldersley (1), Owen Shave (1), Ed Hole (1)
Match Report

Old Wulfs second pre-season game saw them travel to take on a familiar opposition in Wolverhampton.

Again unavailability left Wulfs with just the bare 11 but this seemed to work in our favour as the players understood their positions and structure and worked hard throughout.

The first half was an open game with both teams enjoying periods of possession. It was Wolverhampton who strook first capitalising on a Wulfs turnover and converting at the back post following a nice counter attack.

Old Wulfs kept their heads and continued to try and move the ball simply, and carved out some attacking opportunities. Midway through the first half the forward line combined and Sam Aldersley found himself at the back post to sneak the ball past the keeper off his reverse.

Wolverhampton finished the first half the stronger team with their movement in the attacking third causing the Old Wulfs defensive structure some problems. Craig Thomas in Goal pulled off some good saves to keep the game level. Unfortunately another turnover left the ball with Wolverhampton on the attack and a well hit ball into the D saw a neat deflection from the Wolves forward into the back of the net, leaving Wulfs 2-1 down at the half time break.

The second half much like the first was an excellent display from both teams, with both sides trying to move the ball quickly and play counter attacking hockey. Craig again made some important saves early on to keep the Wolves at bay. After this Old Wulfs then probably enjoyed their best and longest period of possession in the game which saw us create several chances and penalty corners. Owen Shave stepped up to the plate and found the net with a well taken drag flick to draw Old Wulfs level. 

Disappointingly Old Wulfs found themselves almost immediately behind again...a Wolverhampton counter attack saw the ball rebound out to the top of the D and at the feet of the on rushing midfielder who finished emphatically into the top corner.

Old Wulfs continued to battle and enjoyed again another spell of possession. A resulting penalty corner saw Ed Hole smash the ball through the keepers legs in typically trademark fashion - 3-3!

Wulfs continued to press and created several great opportunities to take the lead. An incisive break created an overload with 2 players bearing in on the Wolverhampton keeper...a square ball was agonisingly miscontrolled which would have been a simple tap in to clinch the victory.

In fairness Old Wulfs finished the game on the ascendancy however a draw was most likely the right result. A great end to end match played in the right spirit! Old Wulfs encouraging pre-season continues...

Name Squad number Position Scored Assists Cards
Matthew Griffiths 3 Midfielder
Ben Humpherson 5 Defender
Darryl Ablard 7 Midfielder
Andrew Hobley 12 Midfielder
Matthew Litchfield 19 Midfielder
Owen Shave 37 Forward 1
David Cartwright 69 Defender
Sam Aldersley 81 Forward 1
Ed Hole Forward 1