Wolves 11-4 St Albans
Team: Joe, Beau, Ollie, Charlie, Lewis, Prem, Elliot, Billy, Rohi, Max, Finley, Callum, Kyle
Goalscorers: Max x5, Elliot, Charlie, Beau, Kyle, Billy, Rohi
The opportunity for a foray into the Southern Counties Cup for the first time in our history came when The Shires Cup was cancelled due to COVID. This meant we were placed in the SCC to play against St Albans, an association who we had never crossed paths with. We were extremely appreciative to our visitors for making the long journey from Hertfordshire for our game at Bilston Primary.
Missing lots of players, there was a different look to our Wolverhampton team but it didn’t hamper us in the ways we expected. There was a fast paced start to the game and after hitting the woodwork twice early on (a habit of ours at the moment), Charlie managed to sweep home from a set piece to make it 1-0. Unfortunately, St Albans sprung a surprise and a mistake in defence allowed their right winger to fire into the bottom corner with the outside of his right foot – a fabulous finish! 1-1. Game on!
We very quickly retook the lead when Elliot and Max linked up nicely and Max hit a fierce shot into the corner of the St Albans goal to make it 2-1. Max’s next two goals made it 4-1, our third was a fantastic run and shot from Lewis and he was unlucky not to score himself. It was 4-2 at half time, when with the last kick of the half, a free kick was lofted in. Joe misjudged it and the ball bobbled out to be slotted home into an empty net. HT 4-2.
We knew that the first goal of the second half was vital. Thankfully we got it, when Elliot made no mistake with a great finish, 5-2. Max scored his fourth of the game to make it 6-2 and then St Albans scored their third shortly after. When man of the match Max’s fifth and our seventh goal game, the score line was becoming emphatic. 7-3. Absolute credit goes to St Albans who worked extremely hard throughout the whole game and never gave up.
Some lovely passing football gave us our eighth, when Billy unselfishly laid the ball to Kyle to finish in the bottom corner, 8-3. Billy made it 9-3 and then Beau made a storming run through the heart of the St Albans
to score our tenth. St Albans did score a well-deserved fourth goal before we hit the woodwork for the fourth time, only for the ball to spin off the bar onto the head of Rohi, who scored the easiest goal he will ever score to make the final score 11-4 to Wolverhampton. Much tougher tests await in the next rounds of our competitions, but a good performance in front of goal was a pleasing outcome for the game today. Well played boys.