Out in Wrea Green this morning watching the home side take on Newton Arms FC in a Division 3A league game.

Wrea Green FC were third in Division 3A this morning eight points behind leaders Foulds Metals with a game in hand.  They’d taken twenty out of the last twenty seven points available and going into Christmas they look good bets for promotion.  Back in October they’d beaten today’s opponents Newton Arms 3-0 and with main rivals Gardeners Arms and Marshall Court also due to play this morning today’s game was a ‘must win’ fixture.

The Newton Arms FC were in 12th position at start of play.  They’re a new team still finding their feet in the Alliance.  They’ve managed three wins and a draw from the first fifteen games.  The three wins had come against Pump & Truncheon (Twice) and D&T Waste.  Their best result of the season so far came in the 1-1 draw against leaders Foulds Metals.

It was cold on the Green this morning and the pitch, like many across the Fylde, was hard and bumpy.  Nevertheless, referee Mr Colin Bascombe ruled it fit for play and at 11:10 the game started.

Mr Bascombe calls the two Captains together for the toss up.

Both sides found the playing surface difficult to cope with.  Wrea Green, with the advantage of the slope, had the better of possession and at times played some decent stuff on the ground.  There were few real chances of any note in the earlier period of the game.

Not long in to the match Newton were reduced to ten men.  The laws relating to bad language are more strictly adhered to out in Wrea Green due the close vicinity of houses to the pitch.  Referee Bascombe reminded both teams of this before the game but Steve Lane fell foul of the rule and received a straight red card.  It was the last thing Newton needed.

Red card

Early bath.

Newton keeper Stuart Aspden.

After a pretty dire opening forty five minutes the half time score was 0-0.  Wrea Green were failing to make the numerical advantage count all too often guilty of a poor final ball.  Newton were defending well through Harrison and Chapman.

Newton’s ten men were doing really well against third in the league.  True, they weren’t carving out any clear cut chances but they rarely looked like conceding at the other end but then Newton went behind through some real bad luck.  Centre half Chapman had been his team’s best player in the first half but a terrible sliced clearance sent the ball looping over his own keeper’s head and in off the bar.  Chapman and Newton didn’t deserve it and at that time it was the only way Wrea Green were going to score.  1-0.

Wrea Green had it in the net again ten minutes later.  Dickinson chipped it on to the bar and Evans finished off the rebound but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Dickinson and Whiteside were becoming more dominant in midfield for Wrea Green as the ten men began to tire.  It was a fine long ball over the top from Kevin Whiteside (Now rectified Kev) that finally put Chris Hibbert through for the second.  The precision pass met his stride and he slipped it past the keeper.  2-0.

Wrea Green finally finished them off with a third.  Agood pass found Evans and he took it on a few paces before driving it low across Ashton and into the far corner.  Good finish 3-0.

To give credit to Newton they kept on going and towards the end played some of their better football.  They created three or four good chances mainly on the break but couldn’t score.  In the picture below Danny Roe went the closest.  After rounding the keeper his shot looked to be heading in but only a last gasp clearance kept the clean sheet.

Wrea Green stopper ‘Hassan’

                                   Final score – Wrea Green FC 3-0 Newton Arms FC

Not the best of performances from Wrea Green but they’ll gladly take the points.  It took them an hour to get going today but in the end they were worthy winners.  Strong performances from Whiteside and Dickinson in midfield and Evans up front.  Wrea Green will be looking forward to the new year and the season run in.

A lot of positives for Newton today.  They’ve got three or four really good players and with eleven men and a bit more self belief they could have snatched a result out of today.  Ashton in goal, Chapman and Harrison at the back along with Danny Roe up front had good games.  After losing five in a row they too will be glad of the break but I fancy Newton to upset a few teams in the top half of the table if they carry on showing the same kind of spirit as they did today.

Looking forward to Christmas ?  These three young Newton supporting ladies certainly are.  Millie and Daisy with Maddison Aspden-Ridgill (Right)

To everyone involved in Sunday football, in whatever capacity, Fyldesport.com wishes you and yours a peaceful Christmas and a successful new year.

Sportspy 2005/06