U18’s complete Sphinx double

Sphinx, looking for revenge for their opening day defeat at the Castlecroft Stadium,  started very positively and completely dominated the first fifteen minutes possession and territory without really creating a clear cut chance.


The first chance fell to Wulfs when Bright’s free kick was turned just over the bar by Brookes.


Wulfs then took the lead  after nineteen minutes, completely against the run of play, as Gutteridge played the ball through to Webb, who beat his man and his low shot from 20 yards found the corner of the net.


Sphinx, however, continued to dominate and equalised on in the 27th minute when Johal’s free kick from the right was met by Falconbridge, whose header looped into the net.


Three minutes later a fine sphinx move found Culverhill in the box and his shot on the turn beat James but cannoned back off the post.


The reprieve was short lived, however, and in the 34th minute Sphinx took a deserved lead when good midfield interplay found Tomkinson in space, and his shot from 20 yards was fumbled by James and Clare turned in the rebound from close range.


Wulfs tried to respond but Brookes’ shot from Purdie’s neat through ball was well saved by Williams.


Wulfs came out for the second half a different side and took the game to Sphinx. A good run by Gutteridge resulted in his shot being diverted for a corner from which the ball fell to Marsh whose goal bound drive from 25 yards was blocked by a defender with the keeper beaten.


On 54 minutes good interplay between Bright and Gutteridge found Webb on the left corner of the area and he equalised with a precision finish over the keeper.


Wulfs were now in complete control and took the lead in the 57th minute when Bright intercepted Bell’s clearance and threaded the ball through to Brookes who beat his man and curled the ball round the keeper into the bottom corner of the net.


Another fine move saw the ball played into Wilkinson but his shot was well saved by Williams in the home goal.


Sphinx, to their credit, upped their game and went in search of an equaliser and forced James into making a fine save when the ball was flicked goal wards following a long throw. However, Haynes and Pearson headed all that Sphinx threw at them clear while Marsh and Turner, in his unaccustomed full back role, fully shut off the wide routes.


This Sphinx pressure allowed Wulfs to play on the break and Brookes again forced Williams to make a good save.


Wulfs introduced Charlesworth, Craner and Martin as they looked to close out the game, but Sphinx went close on a couple of occasions, but with three minutes remaining, Webb went clear down the right and his low cross was stroked home from 10 yards by Marsh arriving at the far post to seal a fine 4-2 victory to keep up the pressure at the top of the table.


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