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A Game Of Two Halfs

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12 October 2010 | maxwoodhouse

Old Wulfs vs Sutton Utd

Old Wulfrunians returned to the Old Memorial Ground to take on Sutton United after a two week break. It was the teams first game since their humbling by White Hart and manager Max Woodhouse was looking for a strong reaction from his team. But he would have been disappointed with the first half performance. It was a slow start to the game with the first meaningful effort going to Sutton. A free kick on the edge of the area was curled towards goal and straight into the arms of Woodhouse. Old Wulfrunians were struggling to get a hold of the ball but the next opportunity fell their way when the ball dropped in front of Merrick with the goal gaping only for him to volley wide when he perhaps should have done better. Another chance came Old Wulfs way when Adam Turner found himself in space on the edge of the area but he blazed the ball over before realising just how much time he had. The game was getting scrappy and Sutton had some joy utilising the long ball and long throw. A great opportunity to break the deadlock fell their way when a cross was whipped across goal only for the striker to head wide after being left unmarked six yards out. Wulfs were starting to play their way into the game with Collins causing problems on the left hand side but it was Sutton again who should have taken the lead only for Woodhouse to stand tall and block low with his right hand. Half time came just as Old Wulfs were starting to build some momentum and after a strong half time team talk from the manager the team came out all guns blazing! Jason Hill opened the scoring minutes into the second half when he found himself in a great position on the edge of the box. He tried to square for Merrick to tap the ball into the empty net but the ball ricocheted back to him and he volley in from a tight angle. Moments later it was 2-0. A great tackle from Prosser caught the Sutton back four off guard and Merrick burst into the box at pace before squaring a pacey ball into Dann who volleyed home emphatically to double their lead. Old Wulfs settled and started to play some fantastic stuff, playing the ball round confidently and utilising the skills of Collins and Prosser. Collins was having a great game dictating the play from the left hand side but it was Prosser who made the third. A delicately chipped ball found Merrick who shimmied round the goal keeper expertly before tapping into an empty net to put the result beyond doubt. An injury to Hill was the only downside to a half that Old Wulfs had dominated. He made way for Phillips who got straight into the thick of the action. Suttons only chance of the half came from a free kick 25 yards from goal. It was struck with venom and left Woodhouse wrong footed and grasping at thin air before pounding off the bar to safety. Dann could have had himself a second after a fantastic move led to Merrick crossing the ball for Dann to head over from close range. Dann did have the ball in the back of the net moments later only to be wrongly ruled offside. But Wulfs did finally make it four just before the end when a cultured ball from the energetic Turner found Merrick who coolly slotted the ball in off the post to grab his second and Old Wulfs fourth of the game. In the end it was exhibition stuff for Old Wulfs in the second half which more than made up for the dyer first half. This result puts Old Wulfs straight back into the title hunt and sets them up perfectly for a rematch with Sutton in the Holder Cup Next Week.

Final Score
Old Wulfrunians 4 Sutton United 0

Man of the Match - Carl Collins



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