Under 19s 2-0 Ossett Town
By Andrew Painten
Emley advance in the Pat Rice Trophy thanks to goals from Tom Radley and Josh Nicholls, seeing off Ossett town with ease, writes Matthew Temple-Marsh.
A dense layer of fog luminously lurked over the Welfare Ground, and with the lights just marginally aiding visibility Terry Dunne’s men took it upon themselves to brighten up the evening.
This was ensured by an electric start, a goal scored within the two-minute mark. A poorly cleared corner fell into the path of Bradley Hall who swung the ball towards the far post. Radley rose above Ossett’s defence and headed home for the opening goal.
The pressure intensified on Ossett’s back four, and the Pewits found the key yet again just 20 minutes later. An agonizingly teasing cross from Ryan Wadsworth left the ‘keeper second guessing on whether to come claim the cross or stay back. In a midst of the his confusion, Nicholls leapt above and nodded the ball into the back of the net.
“We encourage them to express themselves in front of goal” said Dunne, as his side have now scored at least 2 goals in their past 4 games, and have managed to score in all 13 games they played this season. But it was in fact their defence that showed the most improvement today.
Radley played a fine game, and both full backs ceased any threat from the wings, though the plaudits must go to George Kitchen, grasping his first clean sheet of the season.
Pulling off some fine saves late into the second half, even with poor visibility from the fog, Kitchen played a pivotal role in the game.
The lead should have been extended to three, as Guyguy Maboy’s blistering speed split the defence. Maboy played the ball through for Hall, who narrowly blasted wide, to the relief of Ossett Town.
Stalwart Wadsworth proved to be as reliable as ever, and earned the man of the match award, “anchoring the midfield and running it a bit better” explained Dunne. His side must now go on to prepare for an away league game against Field AFC on 19th November.