WCFC Big Orange 1sts (3) v New Plymouth Rangers (2)
Ants Bell (2)
Saturday saw the Big Orange Wanganui City FC 1st team take on league leaders New Plymouth Rangers at Wembley Park.
With the suspension of Thomas Sinton we brought Marcus Jones into the starting line-up and gave new Goalkeeper Brent Slight a debut start in goal ,right from kick off we were all over them creating chances to score and putting them under pressure but in the 15th min they played a long ball between the defence and opened us up like a can of DB and finished well. From the kick off we attacked again to no avail and again a long ball this time wide saw them put in a cross which was finished well leaving Brent no chance to do anything about either of them. Two nil after 17 mins, Wow, whats happening! But never fever City Supporters the lads continued to attack and put them under pressure and we finally
got rewarded with a goal from Dan Aplin off a Kyle Graham-Luke cross in the 23rd min and then again on the back of us controlling the league leaders. Ants Bell finished a slick series of one twos down the middle by rounding the keeper and tapping home the equaliser in the 28th min, the rest of the half saw a flow of attacking football from the boys in Yellow and Black but unable to get another we finished off the half 2-2
The Second half was more of the same as we looked to finish off the job and keep them out, just after the hour mark we brought Eli Fleming into the game for Barnesy and he had a great impact on controlling the backline and keeping the attackers at bay all the while we continued to pile the pressure on looking for the winner. In the 70th min we brought on Cameron Hussey for a battle scarred Marcus Jones and put the ever so Versatile Max Davidson into left back to see the match out and Cam at right half and after some more great team interplay Ants got the winner we so richly deserved in the 80th min .
The lads showed fantastic heart and desire to come from two down and back the game plan to win again playing some Champagne Football. Im extremely proud of them.
A tough battle was proven with Young Marcus going to hospital on Sunday to discover that he has a suspected fractured ankle but hes a tough lad and we will see him back as soon as he has healed.
Again Thanks SO much for the sideline support I know the lads really appreciate
WCFC Wrightway Design Hammers (6) v WCFC Repac Thirsties (0)
Bryan Mackie (2)
Matt Smith (2)
Round 3 of the Roly Taylor championship saw the big City club derby, hammers vs thirsties, mate vs mate, even family pride going on the line as the Mackies and Morleys looked to square off against each other. The first half was a real battle, while the hammers dominated possession they were unable to find the back of the net. Some solid defending and with Matthew Morley in goal for the thirsties making some outstanding saves kept the scores locked at 0 - 0 at the half time break. With hurricane Katrina like winds in their face in the 2nd half the hammers came out and started to play the beautiful passing game they are renowned for. Solid build up play though the midfield from Chris Annabell and Matt Smith, making his first appearance for the season, led to the breakthrough goal from Macca who latched on to a perfect cross on the penalty spot to slot home the first of the hammers 6 second half goals. The brave Thirsties fought hard with 10 men for the remainder of the game but the hammers showed the same killer instinct as David Bain to put the game out of reach with another goal to macca, 2 to Matt Smith and one each for Chris Annabell and Cam Hussey. Hammers now sit on top of the league table with their biggest test this weekend against the only other unbeaten team WAFC weekenders.
WCFC Womens (12) v Whanganui Combined (0)
Rose Davidson (7)
Paris Moore (3)
Up against the newly formed Whanganui combined team, who had just come off a 9nil win the previous week, the city girls weren't too sure what to expect. One thing they did know was for them to have any chance in the winning the senior cup is that it likely comes down to goal difference at the end of the rounds. So going in to this game the strategic plan was to score as many goals as they can. The 1st half was played at a rather slow pace with so many opportunities in front of goal but nothing making its way on target or past their handy keeper. The talented Rose managed to break the deadlock which was then followed by 2 well finished goals by Paris. 2nd half and City were up 3 nil. The girls had a quick chat at half time. Noting that we should be playing our game and stepping up the tempo. Paris and Rose proved if they work well together up font then the goals will come and sure enough, Rose ending up on 7 goals and Paris getting a hat-trick. Courteney was unlucky not score after having so many shots on goal. City won a free kick just outside the box with rose sending it high into the box for Mel to header into the back of the net. Sam also added to score sheet after smashing the ball straight into the goal from outside the box. Brenda in goal barely touching the ball and final score ending up 12 nil. Up next City face Castlecliff which should be another encounter of plentiful goals.
Wanganui City Big Orange 1sts (3) v North End AFC (4)
Jordan Joblin-hall (Chops) 2
Saturday 14th April saw The Big Orange Wanganui City 1st team take on Palmerston North End AFC 1sts.
Buoyed from last weeks solid start to the year although a loss we played well enough, the lads were keen to step up the intensity and not let an experienced North End dictate terms with players coming back from Central league and handy players like Zane Robinson and Willy Hodge in their ranks we knew we were in for a good old battle and this was proven correct .
We opened the scoring with Jordan Joblin-Hall(Chops) heading home after some good lead up play and a fine cross from Ants Bell in the 10th min.
Then after winning his team a corner with typical battling fashion Zaneo headed home said set piece in the 23rd min, we pushed the ball around well and made them chase shadows for good periods of the half but were unable to get another until on the back of a backline switch Max Davidson drove a great ball in for Kyle Graham-Luke to chest down at full speed, carry on running into the box and slot it past the keeper in the 44th for a well deserved halftime lead.
In second stanza we came out with the same intent in mind to push it around, open them up and kill off the fixture but they had other ideas and only 2 mins in after what we appealed for offside Zaneo was away on goal leaving Thomas Sinton who had stepped up to turn and chase and Zane being smart slowed and Thomas Collided with him on the D and in the laws of the game that's a Big RED card (three more steps and in the new rules its a PK and a yellow card) Oh No your kidding two weeks running down to 10. Nathan Cooksley knocked in the free kick with a healthy deflection leaving Glenn Graham stranded... 2 all we dropped Kyle into CB to sure up the line and he did an outstanding job but with one less in the middle it made everyone work hard to maintain the High press which had worked so well for us up to then then another deflected goal down 2-3 on the hour mark.
The lads showed super heart and drive to continue to play some of the best Football I've seen them play in a longtime and we got a well deserved equaliser in the 89th min with an absolute rocket from Chops which brought the grandstand to their feet cheering and clapping OMG had we pulled it off a draw against the odds .......................
In the 90+3 we gave away a silly free kick out wide and the resulting goal mouth scramble they toed in a winner ............NOOOO Gutted the lads were.
But from my point of view I'm so proud of the way they played and the High press and the ball movement all things we talked about and we did we will continue to look for the points we deserve and hope to see all those supporters at the park this Saturday as we take on New Plymouth Rangers 2.45 on No 1.
Thanks so much for Your Support
Kelvin And the Lads
WCFC Wrightway Design Hammers (5) v Castlecliff Utd (3)
Mark (Knuckles) Hetherington
Bryan (Macca) Mackie
Coming off last week's impressive opening day victory, the Wrightway Design Hammers juggernaut rolled on on Saturday making it a perfect 2 - 0 start to the season. Playing with just the bare starting 11 and an injury to Shaynne Thompson which forced him to pull on the goalie gloves shortly after kick off, the boys were going to have to work extra hard for the 3 points. First half goals to three Wanganui City journeymen - Dylan, Macca and Knuckles saw the Hammers up 3-2 at the break, after conceding a couple of soft goals through defensive errors. An injury early in the second half to Bryan Mackie - who looked every bit his 49 years and then some, but still managed to battle away - meant the other 10 guys had to move up a gear. A textbook Chris Annabell slide tackle sparked up a bit of a tussle on the field when the Castlecliff player retaliated. The following few minutes resembled scenes from Gladiator, as players from both sides were coming from all over the field. Shirts ripped and bloodied, this fired the boys up and goals to Chris and Eli finally put the Castlecliff boys out of their misery.
Next week, the club derby against WCFC Thirsties, is sure to be another unmissable game.
Repac Wanganui City Thirsties (2) v Athletic Weekenders (5)
2nd weekend back and a low numbered Thirsties team (8 players) went up against a young and confident Weekenders outfit, who were full of players, all eager to come on. After the weekenders opened the scoring, Connor Piercy channeled his inner Messi and went on a terrific run, scoring a goal and surprising our opposition. But as time went on the numbers game became apparent with the score being 4-1 to the weekenders at half time. Come the 2nd half we were reduced to 7 men for a while but kept our form. The weekenders scored again and after a clear penalty was given to the weekenders, Matthew Morley pulled off an amazing save with the athletic player sending the rebound over the bar from 5m away. Blair Davidson then struck at the other end with a thunderous free kick which found its way into the back of Athletics goal. Final score 5-2
Wanganui City Womens (1) v Wanganui Athletic (2)
This weekends game saw the City girls up against the defending Women's senior cup winners, Athletic. City started off all guns blazing, playing some nice possession football and passing the ball around seamlessly. They were creating some really good chances and with our new signing Laura, showing her pace and determination up front, City were unlucky not to have scored already. Courteney was working hard in the midfield and the back line seemed to have everything under control, but after Nikki went down early with an injury and a lucky break from Athletic saw them get the 1st goal. City went into the 2nd half 1 nil down but still feeling positive with the way they were playing, you could sense the frustration when all their hard work wasn't getting anywhere. Athletic managed to get a runaway goal, bringing the score to 2-0. Rose dropped back into the midfield to get a bit of structure there and to help out with defending. With about 20 minutes left, Mel ran on to a lovely throw from Paris along the left wing, got behind the defense of Athletic and played the ball into the box for Eva to run on to and score. The girls were pushing for an equalizer but time was against us and the final whistle blew at 2-1. Up next week City have the newly formed Whanganui combined team, which is a mixture of players from Athletic and Rivercity.
WCFC Big Orange 1sts (2) v Wanganui Athletic (5)
Saturday saw the start of the 2018 football season kick off with The Big Orange Wanganui City First team back in the Federation league taking on the Wanganui Athletic on number one at 2:45.
We went down early conceding a penalty. We played some entertaining and enterprising football but were unable to find the back of the net. Shortly before halftime we conceded another from a free kick a deflection that had come directly off a city players boot. 0-2 going into halftime.
The second half saw us again press on and put pressure on Athletic but conceded another goal. Showing heart and desire the boys pressed Athletic into their half and won a free kick which Kyle Graham-Luke put in the top right corner over the flapping goalkeeper from a fair distance out (if you haven't seen the video check it out here).
Again within four minutes Ant's Bell stole the ball on the back of a team press and put Matt Calvert the keeper on the ground, then went round him to slot home 2-3 and looking good. Unfortunately a second yellow to James Barnes saw us down to 10 and still keen to press for the draw. We conceded two late goals to lose 2-5 which wasn't really a true reflection of the game but we proved that we can and will foot it in this league again.
Also check out the latest chronicle write up here
WCFC Wrightway Design Hammers (3) v Marist Shamrocks (2)
Mark (Knuckles) Hetherington
Coming off the back of a successful 2017 "Champions League" campaign the newly named Wrightway Design Hammers were looking to start the 2018 Roly Taylor Championship with a statement. Instead, in classic Hammers fashion we just managed to limp over the finish line against an unassuming Marist Shamrocks outfit who were clearly out to upset one of the league's big dogs. With the scores locked at 1-1 at half time the Hammers looked to their sizable new summer signing Eli 'gouty' flemming to put them ahead 2-1 but the Shamrocks weren't done yet, sneaking one through the usually impenetrable Hammers back 4 to level the scores with 10 to go. But the Hammers never panicked and called upon all their superior experience and fitness when Mark "knuckles" Hetherington calmly slotted home the winner after some world class lead up play through the middle. Final score hammers 3 - shamrocks 2.
WCFC Thirsties (1) v Rivercity Chiefs (0)
The Thirsties enjoyed a good return to football with a 1-0 win over Rivercity Chiefs. Connor Piercy scored the only goal with the whole team putting in a game winning performance.
WCFC Women (6) v Marist Women (1)
Rose Davidson (5)
The women started out the season looking sharp in their new strip, proudly sponsored by Gonville Garden Center. After losing a few valuable players but gaining some handy talent, the girls had a tidy win over Marist women's team. It took about 15 minutes for the girls to settle in, and after stringing some nice passes together, it eventually payed off, with Rose opening the score sheet. The city girls were dominating possession and Marist were struggling to get past our defence line with our new signing Eden Proctor calmly cleaning up any ball past the half way line. The majority of play was in Marists half and before long, our handy striker Rose put away another goal. Courteney also added to the score card bagging a nicely placed goal off Rose's corner
Going into the 2nd half 3nil up there were a few changes to the lineup, with our other new addition to the team, Eden Dalton, putting on the goalie gloves to let Briar have a bit of a run. There were some awesome runs along the right wing with Eva (another new signing and our now youngest player) playing some handy balls into the box, she was unlucky not to get her name on the scorecard. Paris also unlucky not to score after some awesome chances just going wide by millimeters. Rose bagged a hat-trick in the 2nd half and Marist scoring a runaway goal brought the final score to 6-1. A promising start to the season, and an enjoyable game. Up next week we've got the defending senior cup winners, Athletic, so will be a good tough match.