Winster Wasps 0
Although Winster’s draw in the Hope Valley League Division B at the weekend may not have been one for the football purists, to quote Ron Atkinson ‘nil-nil was a big score”, as Wasps reinforced their hard-to-beat credentials with a big defensive performance.
Playing the first 45 minutes on the downward slope of a pitch, there were to be surprisingly few chances for the Wasps to gain the advantage.
As they pushed to find a first half goal, the frontline pairing of Josh Weston and James Ford, although troubling the Edale defence, had only one clear attempt at goal which saw a close-range effort by Ford hit the woodwork midway through the first half.
Even with the ever-impressive Lee Marsden using the left flank to full creative effect, Winster were unable to capitalise on their downhill start.
After not finding a breakthrough, spending the second half defending the bottom goal against a strong Edale side was going to be a stern test for the Winster backline.
However, it was a test which was impressively passed with immense performances from the defensive quartet of Chris Wheeldon, Tom Geddis, Bill Hardy and Joe Redfearn.
Just ten minutes from time and with Edale having bought a penalty, all Winster’s hard work looked in danger of being undone, yet in a moment of goalkeeping brilliance the fingertips of Jimmy Millet kept the scores level.
Millet’s save not only earned a share of the points but a deserved Man the Match award.