Sunday
Oct152017

Wetherby Tigers 2 - 4 Killinghall Nomads (15th October 2017)

A close game in this Division B match on the Ings this Sunday afternoon, played in glorious sunshine.

Only 18 seconds were on the clock when Killinghall broke through and scored their opening goal, the Tigers defence cut open and a slow start out of the blocks.

However, when teams can sometimes crumble, the Tigers dug in and kept themselves in the game.  Good even levels of possession with the midfield trio of Hugo, Max and Brook winning plenty of 50:50 ball meant that we created chances but it was not always easy to have a clear sight of goal.  Just before half time, Brook picked the ball up and sent a long range heading towards goal and it hit the back of the net from 25 yards.  Half time was 1-1 and it was game on.

The second half started the same way as the first and before long Killinghall had regained the lead.  The defence of Edwin, Joe, Dan T and Patrick held it together though and Dan T in the sticks made some great stops to keep it at 1-2.  As the game continued however, a momentary lapse allowed Killinghall in to make it 1-3 but the Tigers kept their heads.  The front line of Luke H, James, Ben and Luke T kept trying to push forwards, half chances came but the woodwork and some stout defending kept the ball out.  As the final whistle approached, Killinghall broke and scored a fourth, making this the Tigers second defeat of the season.

Killinghall are a top 4 side and despite the result, the Tigers gave a credible performance and did themselves proud.

The Man of the Match winner today was unanimous and reflected a continuation of great play by Patrick Robson.  Well done Patrick, well deserved.

Sunday
Oct152017

Wetherby Tigers 5 – 1 Pannal Ash Kestrels (8th October 2017)

Home game – Sunday 8th October 2017 

This was the fourth match in League B for the Tigers and the win marked the steady improvement and growing cohesiveness of the team.

The Tigers started this game following a recent away 2-2 draw at Boroughbridge. Despite creating chances and peppering the Boroughbridge goal with shots for most of the game, a winning third goal proved elusive.

The game started at high tempo, with the Kestrels dictating much of the play through midfield. The Tigers struggled to find their rhythm and soon found themselves 1 down . 

Effort and persistence eventually paid off, with  Luke Hepburn equalising. This was then followed by a tight cross field shot from Hugo Jones to leave the Tigers 2-1 up at half time.

The second half saw the Kestrels come out firing on all cylinders in a determined effort to claw one back.

They lay siege to the Tigers goal for 15 minutes as the home side struggled to get out of their own half. Dan Tinkler had another good game in goal and pulled off some last ditch saves  and was assisted with some no nonsense defending marshalled by Joe Rudge in the centre. 

The Kestrels were unable to capitalise on a positive phase of play and the Tigers then came back into the game, with the midfield of Max McGrath and Brook Sutton having more of the ball and at last the Tigers found some width in their play.

Patrick Robson grew in confidence  at left back and started to find first Ben Fasey and then later Hugo Jones up the left flank. 

James Turner who played with high energy all afternoon was finding space down the right and  the Tigers started to stretch the play, with crosses coming in for Luke Hepburn to shoot at goal.

Luke continued his purple patch of scoring netting two more in the second half to grab his first hatrick of the campaign.

Hugo Jones netted a second to make what was in the end a comfortable win for the Tigers.

Man of the Match – Hugo Jones.