v.s. Coggeshall United F.C.
Saturday 25th March 2023
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to church lane to Frenford FC their players supporters and officials for what will be our most important game of the season so far. Frenford lead us by six points
at the top of the table so a win today is needed to close that gap. Frenford have been sitting at the top of the league for most of the season after an impressive campaign so far. Games between our
two clubs have always been closely contested but fingers crossed for the win today.
Last weeks impressive result against May & Baker will hopefully give us the confidence today. A fast last week saw us race into a three goal lead inside fifteen minutes and it was four nil by
halftime. George Beattie added a fifth and more chances were wasted in the second half before two late goals reduced the arrears for Bakers.
Wormley Rovers 1 Wivenhoe Town 0
On Tuesday evening we gained three more valuable points at home against Wivenhoe Town with first half goals from Archie Hammond once again and a penalty converted by Charncey Dash which lifted us
to second place in the table. By all accounts some of the football in the first half should have produced more goals but a clean sheet and three points were the most important things.
Wormeley Rovers 2 Burham Ramblers 1
Last Saturday saw the first team make the difficult trip to Burham Ramblers where we have come away empty handed on our last two visits. Wormley scored early on but were soon pegged back after 16
minutes. Wormley regained the lead through Alex Michealides before half time and held firm to take a very important 3 points to keep the pressure on the top two.
Wormely Rovers 2 Cannons Wood 1
Wormley welcomed a much improved Cannons Wood to church lane expecting a tough game and that's how it played out. Wood started the stronger and had Wormley pegged back in the opening period of the
game but without threatening Reece Grundy in the Wormley goal. As the half wore on Wormley gained more possession through the impressive Kaidyn Micheal and Archie Hammond and it was the latter who
broke the deadlock on the 40 minute mark cutting in from left midfield and hitting a powerful shot from the edge of the area that flew across the keeper and in off the far post.
The second half started with the Wood keeper in the sin bin for 10 minutes but despite all the posesion Wormley could not add to the lead. It was from a free kick conceded 10 yards outside
the box that Wood drew level at a time when Wormley had a player in the sin bin. A flighted ball into the box eluded the otherwise faultless Louie Offer and found a Wood forward who despite blatantly
controlling the ball with his hand on the blindside of both ref and assistant slipped the ball under Grundy to make it 1-1. Justice prevailed however as the late introduction of Cav Clarke up front
saw him win a penalty in the dying seconds much to the protest of opposition players and management seeing two sent off. After what seemed an eternity Charncey Dash stepped up to send the keeper the
wrong way to coincide with the final whistle and the 3 points were secured.
Wormley Rovers 4 Tower Hamlets 1
Wormley wiped away the disappointment of their FA Vase exit with a thumping win against a strong Tower Hamlets side. Playing their skilful passing game Wormley found themselves a goal up through
Cav Clarke but were soon pegged back by the visitors after 20 minutes. However their dominant play saw them regain the lead through Mason Oakley and then George Beattie won and scored a penalty
to make it 3-1 at the break.
Wormley soon found themselves 4-1 with Mason Oakley scoring his second. The game ended that way as Wormley controlled play until the end.
NW London 1 Wormley Rovers 2
An away trip to NW London was rewarded with 4 points following a second half brace from George Beattie and despite a late deflected goal for the home side Wormley comfortably held on for the
Wormley Rovers 4 Hackney Wick 0
Tuesday evening saw us take on Hackney Wick under the lights In a league game that would see us climb into the play off places.
A very good opening fifteen minutes saw us dominating possession again but with no goals to show for it. Hackney then came into the game and put the home defense under some pressure with keeper
Reece Grundy having to deal with several high balls into the box and making a fine one one save to keep the scores level.
Wormley regained some control and were rewarded when Jonah Evans crossed for experienced new signing Charncy Dash convert from close range. A second came from Louis Offer on the stroke of
half time arriving at the back post from a corner to score.
The second half was all Wormley and George Beattie slotted home after a neat assist from Charncy Dash to make it 3-0. The fourth goal came from a Beattie penalty after MOM Kaydn Michaels was
fouled in the box to wrap up the three points.
Wormley Rovers 5 Enfield Borough 1
Wormley played their final game of the year at home to Enfield Borough. After some heavy rain in the afternoon the pitch was deemed fit and Wormley started brightly on the front foot. A Wormley
free kick 15 minutes in however resulted in them falling behind. The ball was smashed against the wall and from this an Enfield forward soon found himself one on one with Reece Grundy in the Wormley
goal. In his attempt to win the ball the forward went down to be awarded a penalty that was converted to make it 1-0 to the visitors. However Wormley maintained the pressure and were rewarded when
Jordan Spearman scored from close range after a goalmouth scramble. The home side soon found themselves in front after a splendid run and shot from the edge of the box went in off a post thanks to
Kaidyn Micheal. The second half started in the same vein and Cabhan Clark rounded off a fine five man move with a simple tap in to make the score 3-1. Archie Hammond came on to make his debut for
Wormley and put in a steady performance. Another debutant Marcus Crowther added the fourth from a corner and George Beattie converted a penalty for handball to cap a fine all round performance from
the Wormley team.
St. Margaret Bury 0 Wormley Rovers 2
The new year saw us make the short trip to face local rivals St Margaretsbury and in what was a fairly close first half saw us go In at the break 1-0 up thanks to a well taken goal from that man
again George Beattie. Cabhan Clark was replaced with Mason Oakley after suffering concusion and we wish him a speedy recovery and quick return to action. Wormley created more chances in the second
half and the points were secured when Mason Oakley broke through on goal. His shot was saved by the keeper but it fell in the path of Alex Michealides to wrap up the points for Wormley.
Sporting Bengal 2 Wormley Rovers 1
Last Saturday saw us travel to the mile end stadium to face Sporting Bengal in what was expected to be a very tough test. And so it proved on a windy afternoon which eventually turned into monsoon
conditions. After a very good opening 15 minutes in which Wormley squandered two or three gilt edged chances they fell behind as a result of a very dubiously awarded free kick (check out YouTube).
The ball was crossed to the back post and headed in with Reece Grundy under pressure from two forwards. Things went from bad to worse within five minutes as Sporting scored again from a free kicked
from another flick header using the pace on the ball to divert it into the roof of the net. Wormley gained a little control until half time and needed a massive second half. They were soon rewarded
when an excellent cross from Jordan Spearman on the right flank was met with the head of Archie Hammond to open his account for Wormley in fine style. Chances went begging at both ends with both
keepers called into action but it was Wormley who were dominating and should have been level. Then came the thunderstorm which eventually lead to the ref removing the players for five minutes until
things had calmed down. This did leave the pitch waterlogged and proved no use to a passing game but did provide Wormley with two more chances in injury time that were cleared off the line. It just
was not to be our day and saw us lose 2-1 our first league defeat since 17th September. The boys can take heart from the performance in tough conditions against a side that will win more than they
lose in the closing months of the season.
Herts County Cup Games:
Wormley Rovers 1 Hatfield Town 3
Wormley entered this game full of confidence and early play suggested another home win was on the cards. But as we all know football can be a funny old game at times and so it turned out.
After missing a penalty and several golden chances early on you could sense an upset was on the cards and the teams went in 0-0 at half time with the visitors not registering 1 shot on target.
Hatfield took a shock lead on the hour from a break away and despite dominating the play and hitting the bar Hatfield broke away again to double their lead.
Danny Haigue finnaly pulled one back for Wormley late on but with men again committed forward to try and get the equaliser Hatfield wrapped up a 3-1 win in the 95th minute with only their third
shot on target.
League Cup Games:
Huntingdon Town 0 Wormley Rovers 3
A midweek trip to Huntingdon Town was rewarded with a fine 3-0 win in a game Wormley dominated from start to finish. On a tricky pitch after heavy rain Wormley players adapted better in a
totally professional performance. Three second half goals came firstly from Alex Michaelides on as a substitute for the injured Cav Clarke. Then the prolific George Beattie added a second before you
Substitute Dylan Bloxfield added a third.
Newbury 2 Wormley Rovers 2
Last weeks draw at Newbury followed a midweek win in the league cup at home to Barkingside 2-0 to set up a tricky tie at home to Ipswich Wanderers who won this division last year in some style,
and they currently sit second in the Premier division. Back to last Saturday and the game at Newbury which saw a few changes from the cup tie. In came Jordan Spearman after illness to replace Danny
Hague still suffering from a slight hamstring strain and up front replacing Cav Clark experienced Striker Jason Hallet signed in midweek. The first half ended goalless with both sides going close but
the start of the second half proved disastrous for Wormley. Within ten minutes they found themselves 2-0 down through a couple of uncharacteristic defensive mistakes. To their credit the boys kept
playing and the introduction of Brad Empson missing through illness since early January gave them the impetus to haul themselves back into the game. First via the head of George Beattie then again
with 10 minutes left via the head of Jason Hallett. It was all Wormley until the end but disappointingly they couldn't find a winner to make the comeback complete. Let's hope we can get back to
winning ways today COYW.