5th March 2017

Warmley 2 – 3 Wickwar U18

Wickwar started the stronger of the two teams, heading into the lead through a 25 yard strike from Harry Thompson after he robbed a Warmley defender. Solid defending from each side in the following 30 minutes saw to it that few chances were had during this period, but on the stroke of half time Wickwar’s Matt Jenkins doubled his team’s lead, heading in a Luke Messer throw-in.

Wickwar began the second half well, controlling the play of the game, but Warmley bounced back and poked the ball in from the edge of the Wickwar six yard box to make it 1-2. Despite this knock-back, Wickwar maintained their dominance: Jenkins laying in Messer for a one on one only for the post to save Warmley and Ellis Cox and Dave Holt coming both close on occasion.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Wickwar reaped the rewards of their control, Jake Templeton’s quick throw-in finding Jenkins, who then skinned his defender before laying the ball back to Messer for him convert into an open net.

Warmley showed character, however, again pulling one back after volleying in from a fine cross, but strong defending from Lucas Lingham and Matt Bradbridge-Jackson, backed by expert goalkeeping from Davis Newcombe prevented Warmley from equalising and saw Wickwar through to the next round of the cup. Final score, a deserved 2-3 win for Wickwar.