Wembley recovered from going a goal behind to defeat Colliers Wood United at
Cobham F.C. to end their 2012/13 campaign on a winning note. Alex Witham
sealing a two-one win with a couple of excellent second-half strikes.
Spectators present anticipating a dour end-of-season contest were pleasantly
surprised as they actually witnessed a highly entertaining and competitive match.
After surviving an early scare, a superb last-ditch interception inside the six
yard box by Kristian Hale preventing Elijah Ogunseye scoring a certain goal, Wembley
dominated affairs. Dean Linton, firing over each time, squandered two good
goalscoring opportunities when well-placed.
However, on the verge of scoring, the Lions suddenly found themselves in arrears.
A long ball down the middle bounced over the visitors' rearguard and fell in front
of the incoming Ogunseye. He badly sliced his attempted goalbound shot, but his
miscued strike drifted conveniently to the accompanying Mario Embalo, who
blasted the loose ball past the deceived Bart Fogler.
The Lions took a while regaining their composure after conceding this 25th minute
goal and Fogler made a splendid diving save following an awkward free-kick to deny
Wood extended their advantage at the start of the second-half.
However, a pointless caution received by Witham for an innocuous offence seemed to
re-ignite the visitors and they hit back to re-establish ascendancy with two quick goals.
With a brilliant solo effort, Witham made it one-all in the 61st minute. Linton's
goalbound run was blocked by a line of Wood defenders and the ball was partially
cleared. The determined Witham outpaced his midfield marker to pick up the
pieces and advanced forward. Cleverly evading the challenge of one defender, Witham
entered the danger zone, skilfully finding a way through in between two other Wood
players before finding the target with a clinical low finish.
Seven minutes later, Witham put the Lions in front. Toby Webb and Conor Carroll
combined to win possession in the middle of the park. The ball was strayed wide to
the left flank. Roy Byron fastened onto the pass and delivered a perfect centre for
Witham to head home and make it two-one.
Wembley should have then capped their superiority with more goals. Linton hit the
sidenetting with an angled drive, while Byron shot straight at the goalkeeper after
being put through.
Wembley's slender lead appeared to be enough. However, things almost turned sour
for the visitors two minutes from time when the referee made a ludicrous decision to
send-off Chris Korten. The referee deeming Korten's sliding tackle as malicious when
the Wembley defender had clearly made a clean intercepting challenge.
This left ten-man Wembley to endure a tense finale. But they held-out to claim a very
satisfying win at the end.
The victory lifted the Lions out of the nether regions of the Premier Division into 15th
position in the final table. However, having also done nothing much in various cup
competitions during the course of the campaign and following much hype and early
season ballyhoo, Wembley observers were expecting a little bit more.
Perhaps next season...........????
WEMBLEY: Fogler, Korten, Edun, Hale, Luvunga, Webb, Bates, Witham, Dinham
(Byron 61), D.Linton, Mokeni (Carroll 55). Sub: O'Connell.