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WAREHAM RANGERS U12’s vs POOLE TOWN 2-1 Win (25/1/15)

posted 30 Jan 2015, 02:23 by Simon McCabe


Coaches and parents knew from previous encounters with Poole Town that this was likely to be a close-fought game and so it was.  Poole made their intent known right from the start, putting immediate pressure on Wareham who were lucky to weather the storm but scored from a breakaway goal against the run of play: Christian made a superb run out of the Wareham half and slotted it past the Poole goalie.  Wareham slowly got into their stride, Joe being denied by the Poole goalie after a good run from midfield.  At the back, Gabe was well supported by Luke and Ethan; they all had excellent games in defence.  However, Poole levelled the scores when Wareham failed to clear their lines.  Wareham kept pressing forward, generating a string of chances but not managing to convert any: Harry sent in a superb cross from the left but no-one was at home, Dannon wriggled through to create a great chance for himself, Christian made space for Alfie but his shot was over…and a series of other chances that your correspondent was too tense to record!  

The second half started with Wareham back under the cosh; James being forced to make an excellent save.  Gabe and Ethan continued their excellent work in defence, supported by George.  Samuel played solidly on the right.  Nathan, Callum and Josh came on and injected their normal pace and played their part in disrupting Poole’s passing.  The Poole goalie was having a strong game, continually coming off his line to deal with dangerous Wareham through balls.  Wareham continued to press forward, but to no avail: Joe headed just wide from a Dannon corner, Christian made a number of exciting runs and an excellent turn to make himself space.  The Poole goalie however seemed to be up to whatever Wareham threw at him.  With ten minutes or so to go, a potentially game changing penalty was awarded to Poole for handball.  The penalty went high and wide; the drama wasn’t over though as shortly afterwards, Harry chased down a loose ball and bundled the ball over the Poole line to make it 2-1 to Wareham.

Assistant Manager Kev Keates commented afterwards: ‘Having possibly come away feeling slightly unfortunate at not getting a point last week, we can certainly be grateful that luck tends to even itself out over the course of a season (or seven days in this case) after a generally lacklustre display today left us on the sideline tearing out what hair we could find!  It was a slow, scrappy start from us that gradually got slower and scrappier and we failed to really get the ball down and play football properly.  That said, just as in the away game against Poole, the lads eventually showed good strength of character to make the most of what good fortune we did have and somehow pull a result out of the bag’.

Jol Mitchell