U18’s off to a flyer

Both teams started  brightly, and the first 15 minutes was end to end with the best chance falling to Benji Gutteridge who shot wide from 25 yards.


The game was being played at a frenetic pace and Wulfs keeper Chris Ryan did well on a couple of occasions to punch clear under pressure.


Wulfs began to take control and on 28 minutes good interplay between Jack Purdie and Dan Thomas saw Thomas put clean through but Sphinx keeper Williams saved well.


Then, after 33 minutes, Sphinx picked up the ball in midfield following a Wulfs attack and Tomkinson played in Hiscox who cut inside Charlesworth and fired a shot into the top corner to give Sphinx the lead.


This gave Sphinx belief and almost immediately Clare was put through but he shot wide at the near post.


Wulfs tried to regain a foothold in the game and on 41 minutes Marsh was put through on the right and his cross deflected for a corner, Webb’s corner was flapped at by the keeper and it fell to Haynes who fired home, on the angle, form 8 yards to send the sides in level at half time.


Sphinx came out aggressively for the second half and with their extra man in midfield pressed Wulfs back in to their own half for 15 minutes but they defended valiantly as Sphinx failed to trouble keeper Ryan.


Wulfs bought on Jack Barnes to replace Thomas and matched up the midfield and from their first foray into Sphinx territory in the second half, forced a corner on the right. Jake Webb’s corner was met by Pearson whose header was fumbled over the line by the Sphinx keeper.


Sphinx tried to hit back immediately and from a carelessly given away free kick, the ball was played forward to Clare who shot just over from 25 yards.

Wulfs then took control and good interplay between Charlie Turner, Marsh and Barnes set Webb free down the right and his excellent cross was met by Gutteridge who fired home from 12 yards.


Wulfs replaced the hard working Mike Brookes and Turner with Ryan Bright and Liam Wilkinson and began to dominate and make their superior fitness tell and made it 4-1 on 77 minutes when Purdie and Bright played in Gutteridge on the right and he outpaced the defender to force home.


Wulfs extended their lead again 3 minutes later when Marsh was put clear down the right and again outpaced the defender to cross for Webb who calmly finished curling the ball beyond the keeper from 12 yards.


Wulfs put the icing on the cake in the 87th minute when a good move down the right found Wilkinson in the penalty area and he beat one defender before slotting home to make the final score 6-1.


An excellent all round team performance, a good game in which Sphinx played a full part for 65 minutes, and a great start to the league season for Jon Purdie’s boys.


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