Honours even as top of table clash ends goalless

Posted by Aidan Dowen on 20 October 2018

In a week where there was a shortage of players throughout the club, a depleted thirds side travelled to Wolverhampton for a top of the table clash against Finchfield. 

On the back of four straight wins and sitting top of T3 NW3, West Brom were looking to make it five in a row. However the team currently occupying second place, were not to be taken for granted. 

Finchfield started the stronger team, pushing West Brom back into their own half. They played two high forwards and put the visitors’ defence under a lot of pressure with good use of wing play and late runs into the D. Fortunately for West Brom, the return of familiar face Wayne Thompson proved to be pivotal in this fixture. The solid centre back dealt with everything that was thrown at him and without a doubt kept his side in the game. 

West Brom managed to win a handful of penalty corners, but otherwise failed to threaten in the first half. Finchfield were the closest to scoring with a chance late on in the half. A cross from the left wing found the forward at the back post, but was only able to stab it wide of the post.

After a hard fought opening 35 minutes, both teams went into half time goalless and frustrated. 

West Brom were more lively in the second half and seemed to step up and finally get going. Josh Dowen once again playing CM and providing the visitors with an attacking outlet. Unfortunately his passionate 110% attitude saw him sitting out on the sidelines after an overzealous challenge. 

Finchfield pressed forward to challenge the 10 men of West Brom, but superb defending by Wayne Thompson and Kerry Moore, kept the home side at bay. 

The visitors did manage to threaten the Finchfield goal, in the later stages but were unable to convert the few chances that were created. 

The final 15 minutes was end-to-end but neither side managed to find the crucial goal. Both sides take a share of the points today. The home side will be the more disappointed with the result, West Brom happy to take a point away from home. 

Man of the Match: Wayne Thompson, easily the best player on the pitch today. He was strong, composed and kept his side in the game on more than one occasion.

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