Pre Season Friendly
SHENSTONE PATHFINDER FC 4 WARSTONE WANDERERS FC 4
Usually when two teams play their first Pre Season game, both sides turn up with so many players, there are so many stoppages in the games so the game never gets going, this game was total opposite to that, yes both teams had a few subs that they bought on and off in awful weather of heavy rain and claps of thunder and the odd strike of lightening, but all credit must go to the Shenstone Groundsman who had this pitch looking like a bowls green.
The Game kicked off and Warstone took the game to Shenstone and fired wide on a couple of occasions early doors and it came as no surprise after just 8 minutes when NATHAM McINTOSH knocked the visitors in to the lead. Warstones looked a step ahead of Shenstone at this stage and after 11 minutes, CONNOR FORESTER doubled his teams lead when slipping the ball under the home keepers body.
Shenstone then seem to relax more in to the game and created chances of their own and after 25 minutes, thought they had reduced the arrears when the ball struck the inside of the post/crossbar and bounced out and away to safety. Shenstone by now was the side pushing forward and looked the more likely to get on the scoresheet and that they did after 36 minutes when JOSH HASTON headed in at the back post.
The Second Half kicked off with Shenstone playing towards the clubhouse end and the away keeper was soon on his toes pushing a early chance around the post. The homesters were applying a lot more urgency in their work and this paid off in after 50 minutes when MICKEL GALLAWAY equalled things up at 2-2.
Warstones hit back straight away on 55 minutes with the goal of the game, a few one touch passes made their way to TROY WILSON who from just outside the penalty area spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed him to perfection to make it 3-2 to the visitors.
The game at this stage could have gone either way with chance going begging at one end and then the ball up in the other area and in 66 minutes RYAN METCALFE made it level again in the pouring rain.
With just 14 minutes to play, Warstones pushed forward and PINDER DEO headed home from close range to make it 4-3. The visitors then went very close to added a fifth but for a finger tip save over the bar from a close range effort.
After 81 minutes, Shenstone broke on the counter attack and the ball was laid across for RYAN ROBERTS to tap in from within the six yard area.
A good game for both sides played in awful weather but played in the correct spirit.
So after watching 5 matches, I have seen 26 goals and the charity pot now stands at £28.50 towards the Support Dogs Charity.
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