Rovers just edge a thrilling encounter

Action from the match between Wirksworth Rovers (green and wehite) and Tansley under nines (blue and yellow) at Cavendish Fields.
Action from the match between Wirksworth Rovers (green and wehite) and Tansley under nines (blue and yellow) at Cavendish Fields.
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Tansley u9s 0

Wirksworth Rovers 1

On a glorious morning at Cavendish Fields, these two teams dished up a game to savour.

Wirksworth kicked off and were straight on the offensive. Tom Philips and Tom Greenhough were the Rovers’ widemen and they saw plenty of the ball.

Tom Dreuitt and his partner Simon Owen Wallis saw to that with Rowan Armstrong leading the line and, with Mr Dependable Matt Thompson at the back and James Keogh in goal, Rovers looked solid.

The Tansley team are well organised and defended stoutly, their keeper making some brave stops and some reflex saves to keep the scores level. One in particular from a Tom Greenhough free kick was out of the top drawer.

Greenhough also hit the bar with a powerful drive but Rovers didn’t have it all their own way and only good defending by Thompson and a terrific block from Drueitt helped keep Keogh’s goal intact and Tansley at bay.

Armstrong made way for Byrne up front and the change saw no let up from Rovers as they pressed for the opening goal. Phillips had a shot on the turn that just flew past the post.

The second half saw more changes for Rovers. Jack Mountney, Tom Hadfield and Cohen Woodward joined the fray and there was no let-up in the pace of the game. Fast and furious was the order of the day. Rovers again tested the Tansley keeper but he was equal to anything they blasted at him.

Tansley had a succession of corners and came close to opening their account but that man Drueitt again blocked a good effort.

Rovers eventually got out of their own half and it was their turn to force a succession of corners and, from one of these, they took the lead.

Tom Drueitt drove the ball in hard and low and the Tansley rearguard could do nothing to stop the ball going straight into the net despite their best efforts.

They did not dwell on their misfortune though, came back strongly and caused a few jitters in the Rovers defence but they stood firm and were glad to hear the whistle for full time.

This game was a credit to both teams and their managers.