WEMBLEY 6, STOTFOLD 1,
Saturday, 13th August, 2016,
Spartan South Midlands League – Premier Division
Wembley’s main marksman, Joe Wright, must like playing against Stotfold. He has netted five goals in six previous encounters between the two clubs and he considerably increased this tally by netting four goals in Wembley’s opening Premier Division fixture of the 2016/17 season, a six-one thrashing of the said opponents.
Actually, the eventual scoreline was a bit harsh on the visitors, as three of the Lions’ six goals arrived during the final seven minutes. But there again, Wembley’s superior fitness, better substitutes aided by clinical finishing helped inflate Stotfold’s woes.
Wembley took awhile to open up a solid Stotfold rearguard, and it needed the visitors to hit a post before the home side finally got going. They took the lead in the 25th minute. Wright knocking a loose ball over the line from close range after the fully-stretched Stotfold goalkeeper could only partially stop a Zaied Sabti strike.
Wright doubled his and Wembley’s total, five minutes later. Latching onto Toby Webb’s through pass, he cut inside from the left and then picked his spot with an accurate twenty-yard drive. Six minutes before the break, Ayoub Amellal made it three-nil with beautifully struck free-kick.
However, Ben L’Honore pulled a goal back, with an equally impressive free-kick, three minutes after the restart. Wembley, briefly after this point, decided not to throw caution into the wind, and tightened up their ranks before demoralising their opponents with a devastating three goal finale assault.
Wright forced home Wembley’s fourth goal in the 83rd minute, netting his hat-trick after substitute Bogdan Patrianca’s blistering goalbound shot was blocked. With a precise centre, Patrianca set-up Wright, who tapped in his fourth goal and Wembley’s fifth, three minutes later.
Patrianca also instigated the final goal in the 88th minute by delivering a marvellous crossfield pass into space beyond the Stotfold backline. Junior Bushiri timed his run to perfection to fasten onto the ball, rounding the despairing ‘keeper to complete the 6-1 rout.
WEMBLEY: McCreeth, Pearce, Weir (Patrrianca 78), Walters, Brown, Humphries,
Sabti (Heron 73) ), Amellal, Wright, Jallow( Bushiri 62), Webb.
|August 13, 2016||3:00 PM||SSML Premier League||2016-2017|
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