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U9 Lions/ Tigers CDJFL - Match centre

Tunbridge Wells Foresters FC
Wadhurst United Vikings and Wolverines
Sat 3 Oct 10:00 - League

Lions and Foxes V Wadhurst Vikings and Wolverines

The Lions roar .....but what do the Foxes say?!....GOALLLLLL

Following on from a convincing win against the Wadhurst Vikings, the Lions faced a sterner test in the form of the Wadhurst Wolverines. The Wolverines, having just tasted defeat against Foresters Foxes were out for revenge and a fierce contest lie in wait.

Having clarified with the Lions exactly what a Wolverine was, we were able to get the match underway.


The Lions started strongly with wave after wave of attack on a besieged Wolverine’s goal. The Lion’s fine ‘pass and move game’ had the Wolverines all at sea. Spencer Nicholson and Oscar Sanders combining well in the midfield with quick intricate passing, Leighton Gillam and Tom Shergard running the Wolverines defence amok.

Could the Wolverines take much more ? No!

The move of the match, possibly of the decade put paid to the Wolverines resistance. A swift passing move, involving each of the Lions’ outfield players, carved open the Wolverines midfield, the ball eventually finding itself out wide with Tom Shergold. Tom, taking one look up played a perfectly timed ball into the penalty area for Oscar Sanders to run onto and smash home.

The second half began, this time with a rejuvenated Wolverines side playing a more expansive game and now putting the Lions defence under greater pressure as they hunted that elusive equaliser. The Wolverines, however, faced the Lions’ very own Marcel Desailly in Chris Stannage. Chris, putting in a number of exceptional tackles, thwarted the Wolverines forward line on several occasions.

Eventually, the pressure paid off and the Wolverines were able to breach the stubborn Lions’ defence.

The Lions realised they had a fight on their hands. The boys gathered themselves together and mounted further attacks on the Wolverines goal looking to put the result beyond doubt. With Spencer Nicholson and Oscar Sanders both going close, the ball just wouldn’t go into the back of the net, something special was needed….

Another Lions foray into the Wolverines penalty area saw good work from the Wolverines defence in clearing the ball from the danger zone. However their clearance only fell as far as Oliver Downes and Oliver’s danger zone appears to be somewhat bigger than the Wolverines. From just outside the edge of the area, Oliver thumped the ball goal bound. The ‘keeper never even saw it smash into the back of the net!

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