League action returned to Vale farm this weekend, with the Lions taking on 4th placed Abbey Rangers. The match finished in a 3-2 win for the travelling side, after a close encounter packed with attacking football.

The match saw the end of Wembley’s impressive league form, and ended their four match win streak in the Division.

The starting XI had a few changes made, with Qasim Khan dropping to the bench and Fehmi-Gil missing the match through suspension. Jermaine Heron and Mahad Osman both started the match.

The first few minutes saw a big chance for the Lions, following a high cross that clattered off the bar and out of the goalkeeper’s reach, which perfectly set up Heron to bundle the ball in through Kerrison.

The visitors however bounced straight back and by the 8th minute had equalised from a set piece that fell kindly in the box for a Ranger’s man to tuck home.

Wembley seemed to be on top for the majority of the first half, with constant pressure on the Abbey Ranger’s defence. Although by the 25th minute Ethan Tyrer had to do some instinctive blocking on the line following a scramble, before the ball was cleared away.

By the 31st minute however the Away side took the lead after a clever piece of play down the wing resulted in a low cross taking a nasty deflection, setting up a simple tap in for the Visitors.

A straight red card was shown to Alfie Bates in the 42nd minute following a sliding tackle from the Ranger’s midfielder, before the Wembley man’s boot clipped him on the way down. The referee reached straight for the back pocket amongst discontent from the opposition.

Play was resumed after the Abbey Ranger’s man was back on his feet and not long after the Referee called half time in the pouring rain with the score 2-1 to the Visitors.

The start of the second half saw the Lions push hard for an equaliser, with plenty of possession and chances, but couldn’t seem to break through the Ranger’s back line. Challenges started to fly in from the away side and after Wembley won a free kick in the attacking third on the 62nd minute, Abbey Rangers capitalised on low numbers at the back and added a third following another harsh deflection in the box.

After an impressive display of possession in the late stages of the game, Wembley were awarded a penalty for a late challenge in the box following a deep cross. Rowan Larrington stepped up and calmly slotted it home, bringing the score to 3-2 with merely minutes to go.

Unfortunately for the Lions, only 4 more minutes were left and that time wasn’t enough to find an equaliser, despite a spirited end to the game from a 10 Man Wembley. The final score of 3-2 to Abbey Rangers leaves Wembley 10th in the league, whilst the Visitors are pushed up to 4th; continuing their flying start.

Wembley FC: Belgrave, Osborne, Ejimfor, Tyrer, Bernard, Larrington (90′), Bates, Adetiba, Heron (3′), Osman, Iley – Subs: Walters, Ikusemori, Jones, Laws-Cochrane, Khan.

Abbey Rangers: Kerrison, O’Neil, Vidal, Kirby, Pitt, Chandler, Firth, Cooper-Smith, Kelly, Watts, Kozakis – Subs: Jung, Robertson, Diakette, Phethean, Woolgar

Tom Gourley
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