Oliver Finds his Sheffield Wednesday Shooting Boots – Telford 1 Imps 1 A View from The Stacey West
Former Sheffield Wednesday youth Vadaine Oliver finally got a start at AFC Telford and delivered with a goal. Alas his all-round performance was not enough as the Bucks clawed a draw with 3 minutes to go through Trainer to push the Imps into the relegation places.
For the benefit of the visiting Bucks, first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Buck at fan at. Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs,
AFC Telford 1 – 1 Lincoln City
(H/T 0- 1)
Oliver 43 Trainer 87
1646 Bucks 148 Imps
The Teams & Schemes
Salmon Rose Briscoe Valentine
Jones Rooney Trainer Leslie
St Aimie Byfield
45 Taylor for Briscoe, 50′ Brown for Valentine 70 Davies for Rooney
25 Joe Collister, 6 Richard Davies, 19 Kris Taylor, 17 James Spray, 21 Jonathan Brown
15 Gray 19 Hutchison 5 Boyce 3 Nutter
12 Sheridan (Y-48) 4 Mills 37 Fofana 16 Nicolau
10 Taylor 14 Vadaine (Y-72)
69 Larkin for Taylor 81 Bore for Sheridan
27 Turner 2 Robson, 18 Bore 34 Larkin, 39 Robinson
But to the game footy fans to the game……….
The Bucks kicked off but the Imps were the first to press. Fofana crossed, Young fumbled the cross under pressure from ex-Owl Oliver, but it was hoofed clear. Ex-Villein Byfield shot wide and lethal Buck St Aimie shot over on the turn to show he too had prowess. Trainer did Oliver after being fairly out-muscled, to stop him in his tracks. Hutchison headed over after a deft chip from Nicolau and Sheridan also fired over .
Fofana bravely denied Rooney, looking to add to his 3 goal tally thus far this season. Farman then made a magnificent full stretch finger-tip save from a Leslie bullet. Boyce and Byfield were giving as good as they got, a titanic tussle that would endure and endear throughout the game. Mind you Rooney and Mills took no prisoners either.
It was end to end stuff as an Oliver unloaded a hay-maker, but Young was just about its equal. Vadaine then volleyed a fag paper’s breadth over the bar. Gray skipped two and centred, but Vadaine looped his header just over. As the half closed a Sheridan shot was also cleared off the line before a Mills effort was saved at the expence of a corner. Nicolau sent over a superb corner and Oliver rose supreme to head home for the lead on 43. But there was nearly more, as another corner from Nicolau saw Boyce crash a header against the crossbar.
No changes as both managers kept the faith. Alas young Oliver was a millimetre short of converting another overlap and centre from Gray. Telford however were coming back into things and Sheridan took a yellow for the team as he brought Byfield crashing to the ground. Oliver was even back in defence to head a Leslie delivery away. His challenge on Valentine, firm but fair made the eyes water as the Bucks required treatment twice before making way for Brown. Jamie Taylor curled just wide.
Byfield was struggling with the offside trap and undid a tidy Telford passage of play. Nicolau used foul play to stop him moments later but Farman was equal to Leslie’s cute daisy cutter. He then claimed a cross under pressure and Nutter bravely blocked a Brown cross. Farman then excelled himself. Leslie screamed down the flank, crossed and Jones headed what looked the equaliser. Farman parried and then saved a hefty left-foot follow up from Jones. Hutchison got close up with the press and needed the paparazzi treatment – mmm no wonder the treatment room is so popular at Sincil Bank. On 69 Taylor made way for Larkin. Richard Davies also came on for Nathan Rooney.
Oliver shows a passion and desire that warms an Imps heart in these troubled times, earning a card for catching Salmon. The hosts were certainly in the ascendancy as Bore came on for Sheridan. On 87 the pressure told, Taylor sent over a teasing ball that the Imps failed to clear and in nipped Trainer to toe poke home the equaliser. Oliver still had two more opportunities, first curling an 18-yarder wide and then doing the same with a header after good work from Larkin. As did the Bucks. Brown crossed but Hutchison beat St Aimee to the punch. Then a second Brown delivery saw St Aimee beat him, but his header was blocked on the line by Nicolau.
The Imps had been pegged back again. A valiant draw it may be, but points count and this sees us drop into the bottom three. We are three into the defining seven and just a two point haul is far from heaven.
49 % Ball 51%
7 Shots on 6
1 Misses 6
5 Saves 4
4 Corners 8
7 Offside 3
7 Fouls 8
0 Yellows 2
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