second half began with the teams still closely
matched – both defences and midfields on top,
conceding little space to their opponents and
chances were scarce. With 5 minutes to go it
was We've Got Wood who took the lead. There
was some great interplay between Ross Lawson
and Richard Jones around the box. The ball was
fed left to Lawson who found Jones free in the
middle. St Paul's College Old Boys almost closed
down the space but some neat footwork from Richard
Jones opened up the space to apply the finish.
Got Wood then sat in to soak up the pressure
and limit the chances of St Paul's College Old
Boys to hit back. There was active game management
in evidence with the team curtailing their instincts
to push forward with their subs calling back
players who looked to chase the ball high up
the field. They were, in effect, challenging
St Paul's College Old Boys to break them down.
Paul's College Old Boys did have a couple of
chances but Daniel Boulton in the We've Got
Wood goal was equal to them. Then one big decision
almost turned the game with just a couple of
minutes to go as there was a handball on the
edge of the box. There were claims for a penalty
but it was given as just outside and from our
vantage point the decision was a correct one.
Bucky powered in the free-kick which hit the
wall and spun narrowly wide. The corner came
to nothing – had We've Got Wood weathered the
couple more free-kicks, just inside the We've
Got Wood half, briefly threatened as it was
attack versus defence in the final stages but
We've Got Wood had enough to see the game out.
It was a superb victory.
offer our consolations to St Paul's College
Old Boy's 1st Team on a fine campaign – they
could not have got any closer to a momentous
third successive Plate victory.
offer huge congratulations to our 2016 Mallorca
Tournament Plate Champions – We've Got Wood.