SHCSL Division One - Saturday 17th August - WTFC vs Wombwell Main Reserves
Wombwell Town kick off their season in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League with a mouthwatering tie against fellow Wombwell side Main Reserves.
The previous incarnation of Wombwell Town last played a Wombwell Main side 20 years ago, but this game will be fresh for all as Karl Rose's team look to get off to the best possible start.
While the majority of players have stayed from last season there will be a host of new players in-line to make their debuts, looking to impress the management staff, team-mates and supporters.
Wombwell Main Reserves are no stranger to life in Division One and will hope to bring that experience to the game. With a large number of players registered for both sides its difficult to guess who will play for the visitors in what is bound to be a competitive match.
Players and supporters may also see the new Sin Bin law come into action in a competitive game and for those who haven't seen it before a full run down is in the programme.
The new, larger, programme will be available in the clubhouse before the game and should be open around 2pm. We advise supporters to stay in the main stand rather than along the dugout side to gain a better view.
Kick-off is 3pm with Matthew Rose the referee.
Match Report: Wellers Win in Wombwell Welcome Party
Wombwell Town celebrated coming home to the Recreation Ground with three points against their Wombwell rivals.
In an exhilarating battle to start the season the action started almost from the first whistle.
Ryan Smith broke the deadlock after just four minutes as he got on the end of a Gareth McDermott cross.
It was almost two four minutes later when Luke Needham won the ball in midfield and set up Bradley Kerr, however the shot went narrowly wide.
Wombwell Main Reserves equalised on 14 minutes from a free-kick on the right. The swinging ball into the box was met by the opposing striker and he beat Bartosz Roda, despite the keeper's best efforts.
The Main Reserves goalkeeper conceded a 20th minutes penalty after bringing down McDermott in the box and captain for the day Luke Norbury stepped up and made no mistake to restore the lead.
The Wellers came out in the second half with one mission, get an early goal.
Kerr almost scored his first Wellers goal a minute into the second half but struck the post.
The goal did come three minutes into the half when the striker carried the ball into the box and nut-megged the keeper to make it 3-1.
Main Reserves showed resilience though and after a sustained period of pressure finally got back into the game on 66 minutes.
If only VAR was available in amateur football? Referee Matthew Rose may have looked twice at the penalty he awarded to Main Reserves on 71 minutes.
A clearance in the box saw the Main Reserves striker lower his head to waist level and unsurprisingly saw contact made accidentally. The penalty put was scored and made it a tense final ten minutes.
Kerr though stepped up on 78 minutes and from a long range free-kick he beat the diving keeper, thanks to a slight deflection, to give the home side the points.
Match Result: WTFC 4 vs Wombwell Main Reserves 3
WTFC Line-Up: Roda, C. Beaumont, Oliver, Davies, Westwood, Norbury (C), Padgett, Needham (Pettinger 37 (Jacobs 75)), Kerr, McDermott, Smith.
Subs Not Used: L. Beaumont, Rose.