TRING ATHLETIC 3, WEMBLEY 1,
Saturday, 3rd September, 2016,
Spartan South Midlands League – Premier Division
Much-changed Wembley slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat at a rain-socked Tring Athletic. It was a game that they largely dominated, but unable to force the issue to any great extent, they were felled by conceding a sudden burst of three goals during a twelve-minute spell late in the second-half.
Wembley had led up to that point with a 48th minute Ayoub Amellal strike. The visiting forwards had earlier ruined any promising attacking movements by being far too selfish in front of their opponents’ goal. So, it was rather ironic when they did manage to collectively create a chance of netting by passing the ball to each other, they finally scored. Zaied Sabti and Jabir Laraba combined to set up the onrushing Amellal, who appeared on the left-hand side of the Tring penalty area. A firmly hit, high shot followed which the flapping goalkeeper could only help into the net.
With their noses in the front, Wembley should have increased their advantage soon after when Sabti cut in from the right. However, the ball had fallen on his weaker left foot and rather than hit and hope, bearing in the mind the Tring ‘keeper’s noticeable handling fallibility , Sabti tried to hit the ball with his right one and consequentially wasted the moment by delaying his attempt which was blocked.
Tring, meanwhile, looked dangerous on the counterattack and the turning point of this game happened on the hour mark when Chris Yardy was played through during a Tring breakaway but was pulled back by Richard Brown which prevented an uninterrupted run at the Wembley goal.
The ‘last man’ cry no longer applies as the referee’s decision now pended upon whether or not Tring had been denied a goalscoring opportunity. The Tring striker was at least thirty-five to forty yards from the target, so he had a fair distance to travel before setting himself up. But as he had only Keval Patel in the Wembley goal to beat, while the nearest defender needed to be Usain Bolt to catch up, the referee’s decision to merely caution Brown rather than produce a justifiable red card , was controversial!
However, the incident changed the complexion of the contest. The decision clearly enraged the home side. The Lions were put under considerable pressure until eventually, in the wind and rain, they wilted under the strain, letting-in three goals in quick succession to suffer defeat yet another defeat.
Sam Jolliffe equalized with a 78th minute penalty. Four minutes later, a long ball from the right found Vardy unmarked in the box and he put Tring in front. And six minutes from time, Wayne Walters, under pressure from an attacker, headed a corner past the wrong footed Patel to net Tring’s third.
WEMBLEY; Patel, Carroll, Iley, Walters, Brown, Mota, Sabti (Martinez 88),
Amellal, Wright, Fehmi-Gil (McKee 88), Laraba (O’Reilly 88).
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