Match Report Verwood Town vs Whitchurch 6-Feb-2008
SYDENHAMS LEAGUE (WESSEX) DIVISION ONE
WEDNESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2008
VERWOOD TOWN 2 - WHITCHURCH UNITED 6
This was a rearranged fixture. Our last attempt
finished at half time due to fog hiding the referee.
Whitchurch had a much different side on the night and opened
with an unusual vim and vigour. They were straight into the
attack and Lynch powered a header out of the box only to see it
come straight back as Whitchurch made sure they were first in to
We survived the onslaught and Homer sent away Goodall with an
excellent pass just dropping behind a central defender. Goodall
made ground, knocked the ball wide to Dyer, and took the return
ball to hammer a low shot forciong a good save from the
The pace of the game was surprising and the tackles didn't
allow for prisoners.
11 minutes and we broke on the right. Goodall again was the
mainspring and a cross found Dyer whose header could have done
with a couple of feet shaved off the height.
Willis made a good save from a volley just outside the box and
then Yerby used his pace to good effect as he cut out a raid on
We suffered a period of mid field play as both side battered away
to create a breakthrough.
32 minutes and a Homer inspired attack on the left saw the ball
crossed and put out for a corner. In came the inswinger and a
hand ball gave Goodall a chance to increase his goal tally. There
was no mistake and we went ahead 1-0.
We stayed on top and both Arnold and Truan had shots deflected
It was a memorable start as we stormed forward. Usually we are
useless at the beginning of a second half but tonight we looked
as if we would take this game by the scruff of the neck and give
our spectators something worth turning up for.
Two attacks in the first minute had the keeper on his toes saving
from Goodall and Dyer.
A punt down the left to relieve the pressure put Whitchurch on
the offensive. Yerby's sliding tackle was judged to be a bit
fierce. The free kick whistled in to the box and the ball
continued the whistling exercise as a glancing header diverted it
past Willis' clutching hands. 1-1.
We were stunned but hit back and Goodall linked with Truan to
open up Whitchurch defence for Homer to drive a shot into the
Whitchurch gained momentum and we gave ground. Another sliding
tackle gave away another free kick and a replica of the
Whitchurch leveller gave them the lead. 1-2.
We were shell shocked and played as though we were taking place
in a Zombie B movie. Whitchurch cut through us like a knife
through butter. 62 minutes and a left foot shot from just outside
the box dipped over Willis to put us behind 1-3.
70 minutes and a run from the right went unchecked. Outside the
box another rocket shot past Willis to make the score 1-4.
There was nothing we appeared to be able to do to stop
Whitchurch rolling us over. Dyer luckily didn't yield the
same way and a right foot shot from the edge of the box gave a
score line of 2-4.
3 minutes later we gave away another free kick this time on the
right. A glancing header 2-5 !!!!!
46 minutes gone and we watched as the centre forward shrugged
off three token tackles and hit a 30 yarder into the roof of the
We were thankful for the whistle. A dreadful second half yet
again had cost us dearly. We got what we deserved and any hopes
of surviving in the Premier Division with performances like this
would be black edged.