REPORT: Otley Town Res 3 v 7 Wetherby Athletic Res
Four Goal Hero Creamer Shoots Down Otley!
A four goal salvo from Dom Creamer helped Athletic’s Reserves reverse a run of two defeats, when a much improved second half display finally broke Otley’s stubborn resistance.
The game began with the hosts passing through the midfield. Moving up the park, the ball was worked out to the right win and a deep cross evaded the waiting player at the back post.
It took Wetherby a few minutes to get going, but eventually they did fashion an attack when Creamer moved onto Mike Recchia’s goal-kick. Passing to the left wing, the play was taken up by Tom Warrington who flashed his shot past the goalkeeper and post.
Straight away Otley put Wetherby back under pressure and another good deep cross was met by Daniel Robinson who just managed to nick the ball away from the waiting forward.
Cutting in off the left flank, an Otley player let fly with a powerful shot that Recchia managed to push wide.
The Tangerines were being penned in their own half and other fierce shot was palmed away by Recchia before being cleared by Michael McCartney.
Recchia pulled off another great save in the tenth minute when he got his leg to a shot. Following up, the Otley player found Brain Blewitt and Rob Caulton in his way and could only shoot wide.
Against the run of play, Wetherby took the lead in the 16th minute when Otley’s defence allowed Creamer to collect the ball from Robinson’s throw in. Turning goalwards, he strode into the middle and let fly with a shot that deceived the keeper.
Otley responded and forced Wetherby back. Two corners nearly fashioned chances but again, Athletic’s defence held firm and managed to clear.
Some fancy footwork by Otley was brought to an end when McCartney slid in to dispossess the player. Straight away the ball was crossed to the far post, but no Town player had gambled and the chance was gone.
Wetherby came up the pitch and a move involving Spencer and McCartney freed Walsh, however his shot bounced across the goal and out the far side.
The equaliser came in the 31st minute and it was no surprise when Otley scored. Another nice bit of play down the flanks left Wetherby in trouble and a well struck shot from inside the area beat Recchia.
Wetherby nearly regained the lead from a free-kick, but Creamer’s set-piece crashed against the crossbar and Walsh was adjudged to be offside when he ran onto the rebound.
McCartney released Warrington with a superb ball, sprinting clear of the defence Warrington took aim, but his shot went wide of the far post.
The Tangerines were managing to get a toe-hold in midfield and the game was becoming a little more even in possession. A free-kick by Blewitt allowed Walsh to header goalwards, but the keeper saved it easily.
With a couple of minutes left, Creamer put Wetherby in the lead when he met Walsh’s cross at the near post, but credit has to go to Warrington who picked Walsh out with a superb pass.
The second half was barley five minutes old when Wetherby increased their lead and Creamer completed his hat-trick. A long free-kick was flicked into Warrington’s path by Walsh and the youngster delivered for Creamer to meet first time and steer the ball home.
Otley’s heads dropped and Wetherby nearly capitalised two minutes later. Another free kick was flicked on by Creamer, but Mr Haycock pulled the play back as Walsh moved offside.
Breaking through the middle, Otley nearly found a killer pass, but Paul Farthing intercepted and cleared the danger.
The action was changing sides at pace and no sooner had Otley’s keeper dived at Creamer’s feet to deny him, then the home side had worked the ball into Wetherby’s area and Recchia, despite pulling off a good save to stop the first shot, was helpless to stop the rebound from going in.
The goal had an effect on Otley and they started using the flanks well again and the hosts forced Wetherby back for a period.
Breaking free in midfield, Sam Schofield, who had replaced Spencer, fed Creamer and his cross was met by McCartney, but his header was off target.
Wetherby restored their two goal advantage in the 55th minute. Sam Straker shrugged off his marker and pulled it back to Creamer who had time and space to curl his shot into the corner of the net.
A minute later and Wetherby were celebrating again when Straker reacted to a fumble by the keeper, who looked to have Creamer’s cross covered. Moving into position, the winger stroked the ball home to make it 5-2.
Otley’s heads had fallen again and Athletic were now first to the ball. McCartney sprayed another pass into Straker’s path, but his marker won the footrace and knocked the ball clear.
The home keeper had to be sharp to keep Warrington’s curling corner out of his net, but he leapt well and took the ball cleanly.
Wetherby nearly claimed a sixth goal when Creamer picked up on an unfortunate deflection off an Otley player. Moving into the area, he dragged his shot just wide of the far post.
Otley pulled one back in the 70th minute when Recchia was caught in possession. Trying to play the ball clear, Wetherby’s custodian was tackled and the scorer tapped home.
Wetherby were queuing up to shoot and a long shot by Schofield went wide before McCartney’s shot also suffered the same fate.
The hosts reminded Wetherby they were still in a game and Athletic’s backline had to scramble to clear the ball, but eventually substitute Andy Dowling managed to clear.
With ten minutes left to play, Walsh scored after a delicious cross by Schofield dropped over the leaping keeper and Walsh powered his header home.
The scoring wasn’t over and on the stroke of full time, Straker claimed his second after he robbed an Otley player in the area, beat another one and shot low past the keeper.
A good win for the reserves in the end and one that lifts them up the table a little. Wetherby certainly didn’t have it all their own way and had Otley been more clinical with their possession, this game could have had a very different final score!
Match Report by Pete Arnett
The Red Lion Wetherby Man of the Match: This one went to Dom Creamer. Not only did he score four, but he was always an outlet for the team and brought players into the game well.
Special mentions must also go to Michael McCartney and Tom Warrington who both had cracking games as well. McCartney’s passing was excellent and Warrington provided many dangerous crosses from the left.
Post-Match reaction from the Gaffer: “First half we were a bit nervous I felt. I think that this was probably because results haven’t gone our way over the last few weeks. Our younger players were a bit low on confidence, but I think that the older lads helped them fantastically today. Second half we changed it around and brought Sam on and he added some strength into the middle of the park. It was pleasing and hopefully the win will give us some confidence going into a big game next week.”