Sat 24th Nov 2018
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TAFC First team 0-2 Wembley
WE SUFFER LEAGUE DEFEAT
Following Athletics disappointing midweek defeat, which was their first away league defeat of the season, they were looking to hit back with a convincing win at home against Wembley, who have won only two league games this season and were sitting third from bottom in the league.
Sadly it was not to be. Athletic were without a number of key players, this however takes nothing away from an obviously rejuvenated Wembley side who were definitely up for this game and thoroughly deserved their win. It could have been worse but for a superb save from a penalty by keeper Patrick Sinfield in the first half.
Athletic had the better of the early exchanges winning four corners in the first 12 minutes but could not create any chances from them. Just 2 minutes later Wembley opened the scoring. From an Athletic throw the ball was lost, which in turn resulted in Athletic conceding an unnecessary free kick just inside their own half. From the free kick, the ball evaded everyone before finding Charlie Weir totally unmarked who then made no mistake from just outside of the 6 yard box.
Tring were desperately trying to get back into the game but were guilty, at times, of giving the ball away cheaply. With 30 minutes gone Athletic failed to stop a move down the right, as play entered the area an attempted tackle resulted in the referee awarding a penalty. Fortunately keeper Patrick Sinfield pulled off a great save low down to his left to keep Athletic in the game.
The nearest Tring got to scoring in the first half came in the 33rd minute from yet another corner. Dave OConnors header was goal bound but was somehow scrambled clear.
Half time: TAFC 0- 1 Wembley
The second half started with Kyle Johnson coming on for Chris Mason. In the 49th minute and following some determined play by Ashton Campbell on the right, his fierce shot from an angle saw visiting keeper Montel Joseph pull off his first real save of the game.
Wembley were well in the game, Yassine Fehmi-Gil unleashed a shot from just outside of the area which sailed well over the bar. Athletic created a great chance in the 57th minute. A long crossfield ball from Kyle Johnson found Lee Stobbs to the left of goal, he checked inside but his curled shot just went the wrong side of the far post.
In the 60th minute defender Carl Mensah was adjudged to have committed a foul just outside of Athletics penalty area. It was a poor decision by the referee as he was clearly first to the ball, but the referee much to Athletics protesting players frustration would not consult his assistant who was in a far better position to see what happened. From the resulting kick Charlie Weir managed tocurl the ball around the wall and find the net right by the post.
Shortly after this goal Kyle Johnson had a great chance at the far post but unfortunately for Athletic the ball flew over the bar. Tring continued to press forward and pressured the visiting defenders into conceding a number of corners, but Wembley had several tall defenders to easily clear any danger.
In the 82nd minute and following a great cross from Elliott Goward, Lee Stobbs shot from just inside of the area flew over the bar. With Athletic now throwing everything at Wembley's goal they were being stretched in defence, but again keeper Patrick Sinfield saved from a one on one situation in stoppage time.
Full time: TAFC 0- 2 Wembley
Athletics next game is on Tuesday against Leighton Town in the Challenge Trophy. Hopefully Athletic will get back to winning ways as they have a tough fixture next Saturday against Biggleswade FC in the prestigious FA Vase.
TAFC: Patrick Sinfield, Ben Johnson, Chris Mason (Kyle Johnson 45), Roy Byron (Alex Campana 58), Carl Mensah(c), David OConnor, Lee Stobbs, Joe Fitzgerald, Ashton Campbell, George Ironton, Billie Busari (Elliott Goward 70).
Wembley: Montel Joseph, Ethan Tyrer, Jonathan Ailey, Charlie Weir, Richard Brown, Angelo DAlessio, IlyasMohamed, Jaiden Babawla, Stephen Ebonine (Hesham Benmansour 79), Yassine Fehmi-Gil, Saaed Yusef.