Slazenger Men’s 5’s took on local rivals Wakefield in a friendly and after a tight, evenly contested 1st half no one would have been able to accurately guess the final score at the half-time interval, when the match was tied at 0-0.
Both teams worked hard and had opportunities to dominate but just a lack of control at important moments or poor decision making meant that there were few meaningful attacks for either side. Slazenger keeper Harry Buttery never touched the ball once in the first half.
The second half started much better for the home team, Chris Gascoigne was tenacious on the left wing tackling adults and juniors with equal effectiveness and debutant Tom Atkinson was starting to find his feet in midfield.
It wasn’t long before striker Peter Gunning found his range and netted for Slazengers after a good move down the right wing by George Fealy. Once the first goal went in Slazengers couldn’t stop scoring. Peter Gunning scored three more times. All the goals were the result of decent team play, accurate passing and players getting behind the Wakefield defence.
Elliott Golding was proving to be a catalyst for lots of good attacks down the right hand side with Danny Moakes breaking down Wakefield attacks on the left and quickly turning defence into attack.
Such was the protection Danny Croxall and Adam Drake offered in defence, that there was only one notably attack for the home keeper to deal with in the second half.
Slazenger continued to press, such was their dominance and Harry Gunning weighed in with a brace of goals and Danny Moakes managed to get on the end of an attack that he had initiated.
Final score 7-0.