April 12, 2013 by Matthew Bradley
Greenalls Reserves overcame plucky underdogs Daten Reserves 2-0 on Thursday night at Bennetts Rec with Paul Benns and Danny Wilcock getting onto the score sheet.
On paper Greenalls should comfortably have dispatched Daten. A combination of the game being a local derby, and that it being played at night with players missing out due to work commitments, meant that the home team had to really fight for the three points.
Lee Webster was without forwards Jon Leatherbarrow and Andrew Moore from Saturdays win over Poynton but welcomed back Neil Sutch and had young exciting forward Danny Wilcock at his disposal, pairing the two together in attack.
The early exchanges were even, although Greenalls looked more comfortable going forward, Sutch and Paul Benns both went on mazy runs earlier on which were defended well by the visitors. The deadlock was broken in just the 9th minute as Neil Glendinning played a corner short to Wilcock who left footed, found the head of the onrushing Paul Benns who headed superbly into the near top corner. A rare headed goal for a young man pushing for his place in the first team.
After his marvellous goal on Saturday, Glendinning felt in confident mood as he stood over a free kick 25 yards out, but his sweeping drive dipped too late, passing harmlessly over the keepers bar.
Greenalls settled well and were stroaking the ball around well at the back. Young goalkeeper Jack Trubshaw again impressing with his calm approach, starting numerous moves from his own area showing Greenalls philosophy that the attack starts from the back.
Gary Fox looked to have worked an opening with a neat control, as he skipped past two players and found Benns on the right, but his touch was heavy and allowed the impressive Michael Leigh of Daten defence to recover.
Despite Greenalls enjoying the greater share of the possession Daten looked dangerous on the counter attack, with their wide men growing into the game as every minute past. The score, however, remained 1-0 to the Greens going into the interval.
The second half again started brightly for the home team as they seemed to have the edge physically, winning the individual battles and picking up more and more second balls. The back five of Trubshaw, Hardman, Woods, Jones and Clarke were exemplary.
Yet again, Percival and Glendinning were the catalysts in the game with the latter putting in yet another impressive display, driving forward well and linking with Wilcock. Glendinning justifying his tag as a midfield maestro.
The killer goal came via great work from Glendinning, he spotted pacy Wilcock on the move from all of 40 yards away, putting him in a foot race with the recovering full back. Wilcock won the race, dragged the ball back onto his left foot 8 yards from the corner flag and whipped in a fizzing drive into the far top corner. The keeper was rooted to the spot, a goal of true class from an exciting talent who is improving game by game.
Greenalls played out the game in comfortable fashion and should have added a third when Mcjannet played in Glendinning one on one with the keeper. The midfielder’s shot was too close to the goalkeeper who made a smart save, denying him a goal his performance deserved.
This was a potential banana skin of a game and Lee Webster will be extremely pleased to have witnessed such an accomplished performance from the Greens. Next up is another tough game as Greenalls Reserves travel to Gamesley on Saturday.