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Gornal Athletic
Old Wulfrunians
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One Full time

Gornal Deafted by Weaver Hat Trick

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Geoff Hill and Alex Harvey-Beach goals not enough for Gornal at Garden Walk

Ash Causer started December with another team reshuffle as debuts were handed to Lewis Clarke who made a welcome return to Garden Walk and Joe Cotterill against an in form Old Wulfrunians side

However the boss's hopes of better fortunes were dashed as the peacocks conceded another early goal. Old Wulfs forward James Weaver scoring within the first minute, after drifting past three players without a challenge and slotting inside the near post past Cotterill.

Wulfs could've been two up five minutes later as the away side challenged Cotterill in the air, won the second ball but luckily found the outside of the post from a very tight angle.

The away side however did double their lead on nine minutes as Weaver scored the easiest of tap ins. A cross in from the left was spilt by a now nervy Cotterill and the loose ball landed right on the boot of the Wulfs 9 who gratefully tapped home into an empty net.

Gornal managed to find a way back into the contest after twenty minutes. A quick and incisive move including Geoff Hill and aigbe resulted in Alex Harvey-Beach overlapping from deep and finishing low past the onrushing keeper.

Andy Burgess should have done better a few minutes later from a well weighted pass over the Wulfs back line and after a good first touch only managed to slice his effort wide.

Chris Hill was commanding well at the back, as Gornal ramped pressure up on the away side and did well on 35 as the captain did well with a last ditch block from the ever dangerous Weaver.

Just before the break the returning Liam Morris came agonisingly close to an equalizer as his curled effort from twenty yards drifted the wrong side of the post for Gornal.

After the break and despite the boss's strong words not to concede early again, another poor start to the half again cost the peacocks. A long ball played over Halwest Wahab found Weaver in space and he duly finished at the near post of Cotterill after just five minutes of the restart.

The poor start to the second period continued as the away side made it four on the hour mark as the unfortunate Wahab managed to put through his own net after a mix up with Cotterill, the latter knocking the ball against Wahab and the rebound falling into the net.

Gornal eventually sparked back into life with a change as Greg Corbett came on for a return debut, 3 seasons after first breaking through to the peacocks first team from the u18's. The effect was almost instant a minute as he combined with Geoff Hill scored who made no mistake with a powerful strike past the Wulfs keeper from 18 yards.

The latter stages of the game was all about Gornal throwing everything at it but failing to hit the target with efforts from Hill and Nathan Griffiths missing the mark.

A consecutive 2 goal margin defeat for the peacocks mean that they are now looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack at the wrong end of the division 1 table.

Next up; Wrens Nest away December 8th.

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