Sunday, 19 August 2012

Wakefield 0 v Skelmersdale United 2 - EvoStik NPL First Division North

Sunday 19th August 2012, at Belle Vue,
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Rugby League Stadium
EvoStik Northern Premier League, First Division North
Wakefield (0) 0
Skelmersdale United (0) 2
Anthony Rendell 55, Gary Burnett 86
Admission £8, Programme £1, Attendance 156
Danny Trueman, Cole Harrop, Ross Hardaker, Dave Pickering, Jack Fisher, Micah Bleau, Tom Marsden, Josh Grant, Lee Turner, David Boardman, Adam Jarrett
Subs - Liam Hudson, Jassim Alali, Roy Fogarty, Shequille Clarke, Javan Benjamin
Skelmersdale United:
Sam Ashton, Lewis Field, Tom Hardwick, Rob McIntosh, Anthony Rendell, Kenny Strickland, Anthony Hickey, Joseph Evens, Mark Jackson, Josh Hine, Warren Bellew
Subs Gareth Peet, MIchael Simpson, Gary Burnett, Charles Stoker, Andy Paxton
Football is back at Wakefield Trinity's Rugby League home of Belle Vue, or the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to give it it's full name.
Only the East Stand and the balcony outside the bar beneath 'the flats' are open for the round ball code of games, but that's more than adequate for the sort of crowds Wakefield FC are likely to get.
Since football was last played here, when Wakefield & Emley FC ground-shared with Trinity, a roof has gone up on the terracing behind the goal and a smaller cover now stands over a length of the west side terracing, to the side of the bar/executive boxes.
I watched the game with my mate John, a Matlock Town fan and really famous author, who was happy on two counts today: 1) Sunday football gave him the opportnity to tick an extra game off this weekend & 2) Wakefield FC sell some very stylish mugs.
We were also joined at various times, by several Evertonians.
Some of the Park End notoriety variety and others of an all together more respectable ilk.
John is always good company, but I couldn't possibly repeat anything we spoke about over the course of the afternoon.
Rest assured, it was all X rated material.
And, if you are slightly paranoid, it was probably about you as well.
Skelmersdale, in my humble opinion anyway, just about deserved to win the game.
Wakefield played well enough at times, but lacked a bit of bite in front of goal.
Both keepers drew an outstanding save competition 1-1 before the break, when Wakey's Danny Trueman pulled off a one handed stop from Rob McIntosh at one end and then Sam Ashton pulled off a point blank save from Dave Boardman at the other.
On 56 minutes 'Skem' were ahead when Tony Rendell headed home a right wing corner, in front of the bank of empty terracing.
Danny Trueman, pulled off another excellent save from Mark Jackson, midway through the second half as the visitors looked to finish the game off.
Trueman in the Wakefield goal had a great game, but he came unstuck when Gary Burnett lobbed him from the edge of the box on 87 minutes. The back peddling keeper struggled vaingloriously to scoop the ball from under the bar, but couldn't keep it out and come full time the three points were heading over the westbound M62.
A Matlock Town mug with his new Wakefield FC cup.
;-) Hiya John!