MK. GALLACTICOS 1, WEMBLEY 3,
Saturday, 1st October, 2016,
Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy – First Round
Step Five Wembley seldom face clubs placed two levels below them, so their visit to second division MK Gallacticos in the first round of the S.S.M.L. Challenge Trophy was into unknown territory. But despite not being quite at their best, their below-par performance was good enough to overcome their young, enthusiastic hosts and progress into the next stage of the competition was safely accomplished.
The visitors took an age to accustom themselves to the venue’s open confines. A greasy, sloping pitch was also not to Wembley’s liking. But they managed to get their act together and after a spell of concerted pressure, they took the lead in the 24th minute. Alex Witham converting a penalty after Yassine Fehmi-Gil, cutting -in from the left, was tripped by a defender.
Grigoli Zulmatashvili did well to keep out an awkward Gallictico free-kick in reply before Wembley struck a second goal in the 37th minute. The persistent Steve O’Reilly won control in the middle-of-the-park and sprayed the ball wide to the overlapping Toby Webb. Webb’s measured through pass was fastened onto by the onrushing Wright. After accelerating past his marker, Wright thumped the ball into the roof of the net.
Needlessly losing possession, Wembley’s two goal advantage was reduced at at the start of the second-half. Demario Smith evaded the attentions of the visitors’ rearguard, burst down the left and made it two-one in the 54th minute.
For a brief while, Wembley got the jitters, lost their impetus and spent much of the second half on the back foot. But, although Gallacticos peppered the Wembley goal with shots from various angles, Zulmatashvili was largely untroubled.
The Lions eventually regained their composure during the latter stages and went back on the offensive. Witham was unlucky not to score with a firm header, while substitute Jermaine Heron fired into the sidenetting when well-placed.
However, in the 85th minute, Heron made amends. A poor clearance by the home keeper was intercepted.. Ayoub Amellal picked up the pieces, delivered a telling left-wing cross, and Heron arrived to steer the ball over the line to wrapped up Wembley’s win.
And their success could have been even more emphatic near the end. Another Heron effort was blocked on the goalline, Amellal’s follow-up strike smacked against the crossbar.
WEMBLEY: Zulmatashvili, Webb, Humphries, Pearce, Brown, Fekete, O’Reilly,
Amellal, Wright (Sabti 60),, Fehmi-Gil (Heron h/t), Witham (Mota 87).
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