Match Report- 06/11/2011 v Batley Phoenix (Home)

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Match Report- 06/11/2011 v Batley Phoenix (Home)

Post  Dave Turner on Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:58 am

Lion's Casual but still win comfortably!

The Lions were looking for five straight wins, especially with three tough games coming up. A win today will have given Wibsey a top spot in the league, and they were firing on all cyclinders with 21 goals in the last two games. In contrast Batley Phoenix came into the game on the end of six straight defeats, and were looking to turn around their fortunes.

However it was Wibsey Lions who were victors, moving to the top of the league with a comfortable 5-2 victory.

The Lions had a perfect start. Amazingly scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the game. The first was a wonder goal!! Josh Thompson pelted down the right flank and hammered a ball towards goal from out wide. It looked like a great cross, but it flew straight past the keeper, and went in off the post.

Wibsey capitalised on their early confidence boost to add a second. Nathan Khan played a heavy throughball over, the Keeper spilled the ball and Connor Rhodes had the easy task of slotting into an empty net. 2-0 Wibsey Lions.

Wibsey were on brilliant form, and by the looks of it, they were heading for another double figures goal scoring game.

After 10 minutes, Connor Rhodes was at it again, Michael Brooksbank played a peach of a ball over top and Connor Rhodes slotted it home 1v1. A thoroughly deserved 3-0 lead.

For the remainder of the first half, Wibsey sat on their lead and became very casual on the ball. Despite being much stronger, there was a lack of fluidity, and Wibsey's attacks didn't seem as 'in-sync' as usual.

Defensively Wibsey were very good, Mudiwa Tegama was having a stormer at the back, and Calvin Barker was also solid, putting in a couple of excellent tackles. Scott Morris was also showing what a good wing back he is, getting up and supporting in attacks.

Batley Phoenix didn't create much during the first half, Wibsey were the better side but didn't seem to be able to convert their dominance into more goals.

Half Time: Wibsey Lions 3-0


Ten minutes into the second half, Wibsey were punished by being caught in possession too much. A ball over the top and a 1v1 finish gave Phoenix a goal back to make it 3-1.

Connor Rhodes came off injured early in the second half, proving to be a big loss to the team. Josh Thompson replaced him as Striker, but was also carrying a knock on his ankle from early on in the game.

The pitch was in poor condition and it didn't help Wibsey Lion's flank play, Callum and Ryan both had a hard time out wide.

Michael and Damien did well off the ball in midfield. Both were good at putting in tackles and winning possession. As usual Damo never gave up, putting in a typical captain's performance. He was unlucky not to grab a couple of goals. Nathan Khan was also playing well in front of him, and was unlucky not to score on his head, the crossbar denying him.

Scott Morris returned to his usual place on the left wing, and really changed the game. With 15 minutes left, he shot down the left wing, cut inside and fired the ball into the bottom corner, to give Wibsey a 4-1 lead.

Wibsey were instantly pegged back, a good shot from the Phoenix striker gave them a glimmer of hope.

It was a really frustrating last 15 minutes for the Lions. They came so close to scoring more goals, Josh Thompson had 4 chances to get on the scoresheet again, Michael Brooksbank also missed a 1 on 1, and Damien also passed when he could have shot.

With four minutes to go Wibsey got a final goal, Michael Brooksbank played a ball out wide left to Scott Morris, who cut inside, and lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to give The Lions a comfortable lead.

Full Time: Wibsey Lions 5-2 Batley Phoenix


Goals

Josh Thompson (1), Connor Rhodes (2,10), Scott Morris (55,64)


Man of the Match:

Scott Morris:
A top display from Scott today. He had a fine game at left-back in the first half, but his second half display was outstanding, he was brilliant down the left flank, coming on as a sub and scoring two very important goals for the Lions especially when Phoenix showed signs of getting back into the game. He showed his pace and finishing ability today to help his team win.


Dave's Comments

I think we played reasonably well today, but in parts we didn't do as well as we could. I think because we took an early, we got a little complacent and thought it might be a bit easier than it actually was. We took too long on the ball, and didn't work as well as a team. However every team has an off week, and a team who doesn't play well and still wins shows signs of being champions! 5 straight wins, and now we are top of the league!! Lets try and stay where we are now!!

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