FTYBR FC: WHEATMAN WHIPS IN OPENER
WHEATMAN WHIPS IN OPENER AS STAGS SIDE DEFEAT UNITED
IFA League Fixture
FTYBR FC (Mansfield Town) 4 Abbey United (Cambridge United) 1
Stags supporters side, Follow The Yellow Brick Road FC, took on their Cambridge United counterparts, Abbey United at Ashfield Leisure and recorded their 2nd straight win in the IFA League.
The previous 2-1 win over a strong Kidderminster Harriers side was bettered with the Stags side running out eventual 4-1 winners.
The starting line up had just one change with goalscoring hero, Phil Waddington being rewarded for his winning goal against Kiddy with a place in the starting eleven.
It took the Mansfield side just three minutes to break down the United defence with a goal scored in spectacular fashion by Jamie Wheatman. A free kick was awarded just outside the 'D', Wheatman stepping up to power the ball into the keepers top right hand corner of the net.
Any thoughts of the side strolling to victory were quickly dismissed when Dave Baxter was caught in possession in midfield, United broke quickly and their striker, in space on the left hand side, stroked the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Ricky Okon.
Cambridge enjoyed what was the best spell of the game and pushed hard to close down the Stags side and limit their chances. As the 1st half wore on though the visitors hard work began to tell and the home side began to create chance after chance, Waddington and Brunt unlucky to see efforts not find the back of the net.
The Mansfield side got their noses back in front when following a corner, centre half, Jonathan Rowe shot hard and low through the crowded area. Half time 2-1.
The goal which finally broke United's resistance came when a fine ball from James Bird was met by Phil Waddington who finished well slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.
By this time United were finding chances hard to come by and Manager, Steve Hartshorn decided to change things around by making three substitutions. One of them, Daz Plume stooped to head in the 4th from a corner.
The result was worked for, the visitor's providing a good test, but what was most pleasing was the brand of football played.
Asked about the performance centre half, James Brown said,
“Well the performance was okay. At least it's two wins on the trot, but at times they were poor and we sank to their level, but we did okay.”
Brown is a bit of a free kick specialist and takes all the teams corners, asked about how he was shoved aside allowing Wheatman the pleasure of scoring the first from a free kick, he had this to say,
“I was outranked. The first game of the season against Kiddy I took a crap free kick, so I stood back and let someone else have a go. I was hoping he was going to miss, but he didn't. He knew as soon as he kicked it that it was going in.”
Again the side had an influx of available players, not always the case, as James points out,
“It's good but it will be interesting when we go away to see how many turn up. It's okay having 16 at home but sometimes when we go away at times we end up with nine.”
Man of the match - Drew Stokes. Outstanding throughout.
Team line up
R. Okon, A Coupe, J Brunt, A Stokes, J Brown, J Rowe, W Sharpe, J Bird, J Wheatman, P Waddington, D Baxter, C Pinnick, R Allsop, A Holmes, K Gilbert. D Plume.
Goals – Jamie Wheatman, Jonathan Rowe, Phil Waddington, Daz Plume.
Referee – N Pinnick – Warsop
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