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Mark Fiddler (1)
Tom Watson (1)
Sat 30 Nov, 2013
Today saw Wrens take on one of their bogey teams Euxton Villa and come away with 3 valuable points, especially as leaders Charnock Richard fell to their first league defeat of the season.
The 1st half saw both sides create enough chances to take the lead it was Euxton who took the lead on 38 minutes with the home side looking as though they were finding it difficult to convert chances that came their way.
Again the half time team talk proved inspirational as Tom Watson (48 minutes) and Mark Fiddler (54 minutes) gave Wrens a 2 - 1 lead. It looked as though Wrens were threatening to put the game beyond doubt as chances kept on coming. Further goals failed to materialise and the game finished 2 – 1.
wrens remain 2nd in the league but Charnock's lead is down to 11 points after their defeat at Crooklands Casuals. Next week sees us travel to another bogey team Eagley with a 2pm kick off.
Today saw us welcome Euxton Villa FC a team who beat us earlier in the season 3-0 and looked a team that may or could challenge for honours this season. Since then they have seemed to falter whereas we have gone on a tremendous run which has seen us not lose a game since that defeat in August.
Wrens were forced into some changes with injuries to Tobin, Pickering, D Corless, N joining Seear, B on the treatment table together with Pickering, A and Crolla missing through work commitments, however Clark returned and Kurt Bradley and Lewis Thewlis stepped up from the reserves to justify Wrens hard work off the pitch in working as a club that can supply players for both teams when required in both directions.
The drama unfolded early as Greenall was pulled up in the warm with a calf strain, which handed young Thewlis his home debut in the first team. Wrens started brightly playing some neat and tidy football however Euxton also showed they were not going to be easily beaten defending well and thwarting Wrens attacks as soon as they were developing, the midfield battle for supremacy was entertaining as both teams looked to get a foothold in the game. Euxton grew in confidence from their solid back line and took the lead after Wrens were caught over playing and the forwards fashioned a chance which Morris finished past Speight to give the visitors a one goal lead at half time. Wrens management decided to sprinkle the dressing room with a few choice words to stir around the lads half time cuppa and this definitely had the desired effect as the second half started with Wrens in determined and positive mood.
Wrens started to really find their feet and the first time the ball was moved at pace in the final third a chance was created which Watson despatched past the despairing dive of the Euxton keeper to draw Wrens level. Wrens now slipped through the gears and were swarming over the visitors and forcing the previously solid back four into indecision and ultimately mistakes. Wrens worked the ball from left to right and when Seear collected he turned the Euxton defender inside out before shooting across the keeper who managed to make a superb save however Fiddler followed in to side foot home to give Wrens the lead on 53 minutes. Wrens continued to go for the jugular and possibly should have scored a third to make the last part of the game more comfortable, but Euxton are a decent outfit and tried very hard to get back in the game without success as Wrens now flexed their defensive muscle led by the captain Methven ably supported by Pearson Cook and Thewlis. The midfield was really impressive too with Bradley playing his part with very neat touches to supply Clark and Watson. Also the forward line worked tirelessly in the second half and Wrens held on to record a fine hard fought 2-1 victory. Both teams deserve credit for a good game played in the right manner where no quarter was asked for or given but it was a deserved three points which keeps Wrens second in the table.
A good team performance but today man of the match is given to someone who since returning to the starting line up has hardly put a foot wrong and is a real unsung player within the team, but again it was a team performance that allowed Wrens to recover from a deficit. Next week we are on the road with a trip to Eagley a team that have beaten us four times out of the last four meetings.
Management Man of the Match - Lewis Cook
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