Wolves boost survival chances with win over Onions
Flanagan’s Onions 0 Wolves 2
Wolves enhanced their chances of Premier Division survival with this hard fought win in a physically bruising affair against hosts Flanagan’s Onions at Goose Gosling Field
Goals either side of the interval from Vince Minors and Michael Williams enabled the visitors to come away with maximum points and steer further clear from the relegation zone.
Despite trailing to Minors’ early goal Onions were never out of contention and with better finishing in front of the uprights they might have been able to salvage something from this evenly fought contest.
Referee Anthony Francis had a busy afternoon with the whistle, the senior official reaching into his pocket to dish out six yellow cards as tempers flared in a match played at a pulsating pace. Onions were the biggest offenders as five of the bookings were against their own players.
Wolves applied early pressure from the opening kick-off which eventually paid off in the ninth minute when striker Minors was gifted a goal on a silver platter after capitalising on a defensive blunder. Onions’ defender Nigel Forrester’s back pass rebounded off the body of goalkeeper Stephen Gould, leaving Minors with the easy task of slotting the ball into the empty net.
The visitors should have doubled their lead minutes later on a counter attack down the right side that once again exposed Onions’ soft under belly. After being sent in the clear by John Barry Nusum’s pass, Minors’ cross in the middle was met by the unmarked Daren Usher who inexplicably lifted his effort over the bar standing less than three yards away from a wide open goal.
The glaring miss allowed Onions to stay in the match and after soaking up the pressure the home side began to create chances of their own at the other end.
Flanagan’s skipper Keston Lewis’ powerful header from Lee Osborne’s free kick sailed over the bar while strike partner Pete Robey hurried his effort wide of an empty net under pressure from the onrushing Wolves keeper Daniel Adams.
Onions continued to probe for an equaliser after the break, with substitute Kevin Ronaldson testing Adams with a rasping volley from 20-yards out that the latter positioned himself well at the near post to grab.
However, just when it seemed as though an Onions’ goal was imminent, Williams doubled the visitors’ lead and effectively killed the game off in the 70th minute with a clinical finish.
The Wolves fullback gained possession of a loose ball deep in Flanagan’s half, completed a wall pass with Minors and evaded two tackles before planting his shot with his weaker left foot inside Gould’s near post.
With the win, Wolves (15 points) remain in eighth just one point adrift of seventh-placed Flanagan’s (16 points) who slipped to their sixth league loss of the season.
After helping his team to their fourth league win of the campaign, Wolves skipper Peniston said: “It was an excellent performance and we are pleased to get the points, we played football today.”
Wolves have now taken four points from their last two league outings.
“We are finally getting it together,” added Peniston. “We’re just taking things one game a time.”
Flanagan’s Onions: S Gould, P Matthews, N Forrester, S Butler, J Knight, A Kelly, L Osborne (B Amoro, 85), D Doolin, R Cumbers (J Fox, 80), K Lewis, P Robey (K Ronaldson, 65)
Booked: Forrester, Knight, Osborne, Doolin, Lewis
Wolves: D Adams, M Laws (A Brangman, 74), J Peniston, D Simons, M Williams, K Brangman, J Nusum, T Davis, D Usher (A Burgess, 60), V Minors, D Brangman
Goals: Minors, 9, Williams, 70
Man of the match: Nusum (Wolves)
Referee: A Francis