Gornal Produce Fine Display in Wyrley
By Ashley Davies
Nathan Griffiths and Joe Drake Cervantes netted in a fine result for Gornal over in Long Lane
Gornal Athletic were sent into Christmas with a fine result and performance with victory over Wyrley in Essington.
Welcoming back Lewis Clarke, Ash Green and Alex Harvey-Beach was a help for the Peacocks.
The only real scare came in the early seconds as Wyrley scored with the strike adjudged to be offside but from then Gornal got the ball and on top of the game.
Geoff Hill nearly punished a poor clearance from Joe Williams but his effort was just too high - minutes later he was provider as a cross to Jack Latham was inch perfect, the header was great, low, powerful but Williams got down well and saved it to deny Gornal an early lead.
Halwest Wahab was next to have a chance with the midfielder striking from distance and just missing the target.
A spell of Gornal possession then pursued and Alex Harvey-Beach forced a low save from a difficult angle out of Williams in the Wyrley sticks.
On 33' Gornal found the lead, a great move with Geoff Hill playing 1-2's ended with Nathan Griffiths putting in a pin point cross to the ever impressive Joe Drake Cervantes who rose highest to loop a header into the corner at the near post.
Two minutes later Gornal doubled their lead as Nathan Griffiths was set on the edge of the area to place a shot into the near post, another wonderful finish from the youngster who now has five goals for Gornal this term.
Ash Green was then called into action for the first time with a speculative effort held by the returning keeper.
After the break Gornal dealt with the early Wyrley onslaught well and created a huge chance within 10 minutes as Geoff Hill scuffed an effort wide from centre of the goal.
Five minutes later Wyrley punished that with a halving of the deficit as Liam Sandland turned Halwest Wahab and fired an effort right into the top corner, a strike that Green could do nothing about.
Joe Drake Cervantes then sent a header off a Nathan Griffiths corner just wide of the far post and Gornal denied opportunity well.
With fifteen to go Lee Howell was sent off for Wyrley with a second bookable offence.
Wyrley threw everything at Gornal but struggled to create anything of note as Green swept well behind the ever impressive Tyler Charris on his first start and Chris Hill.
Alex Harvey-Beach sent a late cross into Lewis Clarke but Williams tipped the cross away from Clarke and a certain goal.
Then before the whistle Harvey-Beach should've had a penalty when he was brought down after beating his man - the referee gave nothing but minutes the whistle went and the result was Gornal's.
A fine footballing display with a lot of heart and desire on show too - perfect way to celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Gornal Athletic and we look forward to seeing you at Garden Walk for the game against Darlaston Town (1874) FC next week.