A confident Welford side travelled out to Sutton Bonington looking to make it three wins on the trot and complete the month of October without defeat. Things were looking good in the first 15 minutes with Welford having grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and starting to dictate play and chances. Superb persistence from skipper Karl Stanley saw him battle through a few challenges before lofting a great pass to Brendan Pickering who converted for Welford to take the lead.
It’s said that you’re at your most vulnerable when you have just scored and so it proved to be as the home side capitalised on some poor defending to draw level. Things quickly got worse as the home side, bouyed by their equalisier, rallied and scored a second just six minutes later.
If the home side were continuing to gain in confidence and build momentum, then the opposite was true for Welford. First their goalscorer was sent to the sin bin for dissent then Sutton grabbed a third ten minutes before half time.
The second half started in a similar fashion to how the first had ended with Sutton grabbing their fourth about ten minutes after the restart. After that Welford did make a game of it and created numerous chances but could not take them. As always seems to be the way, profligacy in front of goal is punished and so came the fifth goal. Sutton were then able to see out the last 20 minutes of the game without conceding further.
A well-deserved win in the end for Sutton but Welford, who remain in mid-table, will reflect on how things might have been very different had key moments in the match played out differently.
Sutton Bonnington Reserves
5 – 1
Welford Victoria Saturday Adults
|30th October 2021||Sutton Bonnington Playing Fields||Leicestershire County Football League – League 3|