Tadley March On thanks to the Wright Stuff
TadleyCalleva 2 Frimley Green 1
Combined Counties Premier League South
29.08.2022 Attendance 119
Tadley made it 4 wins in a row with a goal in each half from Ben Wright and Sheldon Wright respectively against tough opponents. The opening minutes were fairly even. But on 6 minutes Kallum Cousins seized on a loose ball and passed square to fellow striker, Ben Wright who calmly side footed from the edge of the box into the corner. A similar opportunity arose minutes later when Scott Kinge intercepted a pass , moved the ball to Cousins who slipped the ball to Wright again , but the finish this time lacking power and was saved by away keeper Nativ Yanko .
Frimley Green had their share of attacking but could not breach a well drilled backline comprising skipper Tommy Walsh , Brad Neal and Andrew Charsley and Dean Stow, ex Basingstoke and Hartley Wintney, at right back, on his home debut. Kinge and Jordan worked effectively in central midfield.
Chances were coming Tadley’s way but they couldn’t add to the scoreline, despite putting together some good 4 man moves. The industrious Cousins had a header strike the crossbar from along throw from Brad Neal .Other opportunities fell unsuccessfully to him , one when a ball sat up denying a shooting opportunity and when finding the side netting after being released by a Kinge flick on from a Craig Atkinson goal kick. Half Time Tadley Calleva 1 Fimley Green 0.
Tadley started the second half with more drive , energy and penetration. In particular Dean Stow was prominent, getting forward consistently and delivering a stream of telling passes and crosses. Cousins continuing to work hard and get in good positions was disappointed to see a header just miss the near post. Sheldon Wright was proving an increasing danger down the right working well in combination with his strikers and the experienced Stow . While Adam Alliston was doing some good work on the left.
On 55 minutes the combative Kinge limped off, having been the target of a number of late tackles in both halves, to be replaced by Aaron Parfitt. Tadley continued to press and to generally contain the opposition though Frimley Green hit the bar through a 30 yard drive by the powerful Ross Cameron. On 60 minutes the visitors replaced the hard tackling Zak Hawker with Dylan Avertss. Shortly after the generally faultless Tadley backline survived a scare . A back pass from the generally faultless Andrew Charsley fell short but the alert fellow centre back Neal cleared off the line.
On 78 minutes Stow in an advanced position passed square to Parfitt who with a swivel of the hips went past his marker and then played the ball in the path of Sheldon Wright who finished with power and accuracy from an acute angle. This looked as if to settle the match. But only several moments later the home defence unaccountably opened up for Cameron to have a clear run on goal and calmly finish with aplomb in the corner past Atkinson. This led to a fraught final period with Tadley tested by freekicks (one where Stow was cautioned perhaps harshly), crosses and corners. But Tadley held firm to win against a very competitive opposition.
Tadley Calleva : Craig Atkinson ; Dean Stow, Brad Neal, Andrew Charsley, Tommy Walsh (C) ; Sheldon Wright, Scott Kinge( Aaron Parfitt 55 mins) ,Jordan Goater, Adam Alliston, Kallum Cousins, Ben Wright.
Subs not used: Durrell Brown, Marc Vokins, Louie Chambers
With a number of squad players missing, the management team of Ben Dillion , Joe Lawler and coach George Coffin will be pleased with the performance and the result. The first team face a big test on Saturday 3 September with the Combined Counties Premier League South away match against high flying Raynes Park Vale. The boys are then home on Tuesday 6 September to Burnham in the Combined Counties Cup.
Match report by Steve Williams