Lively match remains goalless

York Minster Engineering Premier League

Wilberfoss.........................................................................0

Easingwold........................................................................0

Axis Project Management Ltd sponsored Wilberfoss AFC got off to a good start, when they played host to Easingwold AFC, who had previously drawn their last two games.

The ‘young guns’ of Wilberfoss raised their game from the previous week’s debacle and took the game to the visitors, putting them on the back foot for most of the first half. Indeed, the home side were unlucky not to take the lead, through Karl Laverick, whose 10-yard volley had the Easingwold keeper scrambling at the foot of the post to turn it away for a corner. Spurred on by this, both Ollie Newby and Dave Burrows saw their efforts saved by the visiting keeper.

The second half was a much more lively affair, with both teams pushing forward in search of that elusive opening goal. George Thompson and Andrew Palfreyman marshalled the home defence, keeping a very lively Easingwold forward line at arm’s length, ably assisted by Rich Cole, who pulled off some more fine saves, in what was a spell of pressure from the visitors.

With Adam Lofthouse and Rob Carter creating from the middle of the park, and the non-stop running from Laverick up front for Wilberfoss, the home side to began to create chances of their own. With time passing, and minutes to go, Carter, who was having one of his best games of the season so far, picked the ball up midway in his own half and, after holding off two challenges going forward, unleashed a 20-yarder, which left the visiting keeper flat-footed. He was relieved to see the shot dip, rattle the bar and be cleared to safety by one of his defenders. The game finished 0-0.

Manager Paul Jacques commented after the game: “This was a very disappointing result for Wilberfoss, after the team showed such great endeavour, especially after a poor performance last week in the cup. However, a draw was a fair result in the end.”

Thanks to Yew Tree Associates for their home match ball sponsorship.