City Reserves in Shawbury sizzler
By Nigel Upson
Fine performance against Shawbury for City Reserves in first pre season friendly.
City Reserves took on Shawbury United in their first pre season friendly at Ludlow Town yesterday, 3 PM Kick off.
City lined up 3, 5, 2 with Sean Dayus GK, Ryan Mole CB, Nathaniel Nisbett CB, Max LePoidevin CB, Tom Allen CM, Ryan Upson CM, Myles Simpson WB, Wesley Lewis WB, Christos Gabriel ATM, Aaron Brett CF, Ethan Moran CF.
Subs: Jacob Keane, Matty Patrick-rivers, Dion Griffiths and Joe Clarke.
On a very hot afternoon, Shawbury took the initiative early on looking dangerous out wide. City were working with a new formation and took ten minutes to bed in as Shawbury' s quick wingers found some space in behind.
When City bedded in, Mole, Nisbett and LePoidevin found their feet and looked solid with Allen and Upson sitting just infront in midfield and linking welll with Gabriel who in turn was linking with Brett and Moran up top and Simpson and Lewis on the flanks, who both began to develop some effective interplay with the two forwards. As their possession game kicked in, City started to take the initiative.
Brett and Moran were a threat but City couldn't quite unlock the door despite some neat approach play.
Shawbury, like City had a mix of U18's and open age players and the players on show put on a well matched first half of determined defensive and offensive play with both teams desire to play possession football and build from the back a feature.
City probably edged it on clear cut chances but Dayus in City's goal made one very good save and Shawbury's GK pulled off two great saves from Brett and Moran respectively.
0.0 at half time.
City brought on Clarke for LePoidevin and Griffiths for Lewis and moved to 4,2,3,1 as they changed the personell.
Shawbury came out strongly again and looked to force the play in the final third with some searching balls and incisive attacks. Mole and Nisbett were on form and gave no quarter.
City responded by speeding up their delivery into Moran, Simpson and Brett who were all a handful. The game was certainly fast paced.
On 41 minutes Shawbury took the lead. A ball across the box to the edge of the D fell to the number 7 who curled a superb 20 yarder past Dayus into the far right hand top corner.
0.1 and City needing to get back into it.
They did just that with some incisive attacking and on 55 minutes, Brett was put clear and he stepped inside on the right to smash one in at the near post from 18 yards.
1.1 and another fine goal.
Keane came on for Upson to work with Allen and Gabriel and Patrick-Rivers came on for Brett on the right.
The game was then interrupted by a serious injury to Dion Griffiths who caught his foot in the ground as he turned, resulting in knee and Cartledge damage that will keep him out for several weeks after hospital treatment. We all wish him a speedy recovery and return.
When the game resumed Lewis came back on in defence.
City were caught out on 74 minutes when a clever Shawbury move resulted in a ball to the far post which was slotted home by their number 9 for 2.1 to the Home team.
City had to step it up again and they resumed with some racking attacks down the left and right.
On 77 minutes, Allen got Patrick-Rivers clear on the left and he raced into the box and rounded the GK before slamming high into the net for 2.2 and it was all square again.
Both sides continued their possession game and were resolute defensively despite some great approach play.
On 85 minutes Dayus prevented a certain goal when he superbly palmed away a goal bound effort. At the other end City couldn't quite force home a goalmouth scramble to take the lead in the final minute.
At the close both teams had earned a draw and could argue that they deserved a win. The game was indeed two good sides playing the right way and with the right attitude.
City will learn from the experience and can take a lot of positives from their performance overall individually and as a team.
City thank Shawbury for hosting this pre season game and wish them all the best for the season.
Worcester City Reserves