|Date||5 November 2017|
|Result||W 6 - 0|
|Scorers||Tom Amess (1), Max Bland (2), George Halgarth (1), Ben Scholes (1)|
Spalding were confident they could put on a good display and get a positive result having played and beaten Wisbech teams in Academy fixtures over the last couple of seasons.
The lads didn’t disappoint, taking on board the instructions asked of them, they set a high tempo and pressed well throughout the match. Despite the majority of possession and neat play it took a while to grab the first goal, with the visiting keeper in good form, but eventually the deadlock was broken when Jacob Baker played a ball through to Robin Edlington who found Ben Scholes to rifle home the first goal of the game.
Spalding continued to dominate and their hard work paid off when Robin Edlington danced through the middle evading a number of tackles and finished with aplomb to double the advantage. That’s how the score line stayed until half time and the message from the management was to carry on as is. The midfield of James Mayhew, Jacob Baker, Ben Scholes, Danny Dorey and Matthew Gedney were hungrier than Wisbech and were making the most of possession, creating multiple chances for their team mates.
The second half started as the first had ended, Spalding continued to dominate and they had waves of attacks. Any time the visitors got close to an attack themselves they found defenders Cam Ibrahim, Alex Doughty, Sean O’Leary and Matthew Peach resolute and strong in the tackle. Sully Smith in goal wasn’t really troubled and only had some clearances with his feet to deal with, all played perfectly out to team mates who could start new attacks.
Pressure grew on the visitors, who were tiring and Spalding turned the screw with some quick fire goals to kill the game off. Max Bland grabbed a brace, the first from a short corner which saw George Halgarth inject to James Mayhew, whose clever slip to Max on the right saw him dispatch a neat finish. This was soon followed up with a second when Ben Scholes played a smart ball into the forward who didn’t need asking twice to bury it home.
A fifth goal came when Danny Dorey got round the back and cut a perfectly weighted ball back to Tom Amess whose shot was right in the corner, giving the keeper no chance.
The last goal of the game saw great determination pay off, a number of attempted tackles eventually saw George Halgarth lift the ball into the roof of the net and finish off a fabulous afternoon.
Special thanks to Sally Pilgrim for giving up her Sunday afternoon to umpire, and also to Mark Scholes who stepped up to also umpire at the last minute as the visitors failed to bring one along.
Well done boys. Next match away at Northampton Saints on Sunday 19th November.