United entertained Wensum Old Boys in their last friendly before The Countryside Cup in July, and lines up 3-5-2 giving a debut to youngster Kian Smith. Woodton started well, dominating the midfield exchanges whilst looking solid at the back and threatening up front. A number of half chances came The Reds’ way and they were denied a penalty when Ethan Mortimer rode a challenge in the area before squaring to Mitchell who appeared to be pushed as he went to finish. It appeared to be a matter of time before Woodton could break through with Wensum only looking dangerous through rare set pieces. One of those set pieces forced Young in goal to pull of a fine one handed save bur was powerless to stop a flicked on corner being finished at the far post to give Wensum the lead. United did not falter and continued to dominate the ball. Last and Piggin snapped into challenges and debutant Kian Smith controlled possession to keep the home side ticking with his intelligent prompting. Unsurprisingly, the equaliser arrived before halt time. Last produced a lovely pass for Nelson who finished low into the corner via the keeper’s underside.
HT: Woodton United 1-1 Wensum Old Boys
The second half started evenly with Woodton looking solid and playing good football. The pressure begun to build for Wensum’s defence though and when United’s goal came it was due to a quality piece of centre-forward play. Kian Smith fed the ball to Ethan Mortimer who held off the centre half before turning and rifling a shot against the bar which bounced on the line and then into the roof of the net. Brandon Smith, Muir and Mattos continued to look strong in defence and the introduction of Sharman and Woljung gave the team fresh legs. Not long after, United extended their lead when Muir planted a firm header from Nelson’s corner passed the goalkeeper and then put the result beyond doubt when Swatman nicked the ball straight from kick off and drove at the defence before hitting a strong shot which beat the keeper with the aid of a small deflection. Wensum battled on but Woodton were in no mood to ease up and the fifth goal duly arrived after Kian Smith and Nelson combined brilliantly for the former to arrive in the box and calmly slot home on his debut. Ethan Mortimer and Mitchell were hunting down any misplaced passes from the opposition defence and the sixth and final goal arrived after Ethan stole the ball and rounded the keeper before passing to Last for an easy tap into the empty net.
FT: Woodton United 6-1 Wensum Old Boys
This was United’s best performance of the summer friendly run and the team looked organised, committed and played some excellent football. All will now be looking forward to a strong showing in the inaugural Countryside Cup.
Photograph used with thanks to Hayley Muir