Match Report: Wadebridge Town 3 v 2 Dobwalls

by | Aug 11, 2023

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Enjoy the Gaffer’s reflections, our Match Highlights, Kevin’s report, Colin’s gallery and all Social Media coverage from our midweek victory home versus Dobwalls.

The Gaffer’s Reflections

Delighted to get the win on a night where we didn’t play with our usual control. We like to be positive but we were trying to make things happen a little too quickly.

2 games on the spin where we’ve found a way after going behind. That’s a huge positive.

Paul Rowe

The Gaffer

Match Highlights

Kevin’s Report

Defensive generosity produces rich entertainment at Bodieve

South West Peninsula League – Premier Division West

Wadebridge Town 3 Dobwalls 2

There was something a bit pre-season about Tuesday’s action at Bodieve Park with both sides looking like there is more work to be done defensively.

Don’t get me wrong, the wide open spaces and a lack of proper marking produced a game full of chances and five goals to cheer the crowd on another unseasonal August evening.

But you feel for the managers who have to watch from the sidelines. For the neutral, a good watch; for the managers, not quite so.

Wadebridge will be the happier because they bagged the points but Dobwalls provided some very good moments too and made sure the hosts were never comfortable.

Substitute Morgan Vallejo’s 71st minute glancing header at the near post from a corner proved to be the winner as the Bridgers clinched their second successive victory at the start of the league campaign.

Dobwalls, who had been held to a 2-2 draw at home to Holsworthy on the opening day, started this game on the front foot and came close to taking the lead in the fourth minute when Cam Patterson chipped the ball over Bridgers keeper Rob Rosevear on the edge of the penalty area.

But Patterson didn’t get enough on it and the ball went slowly enough towards the empty net for a home defender to prevent going in and Wadebridge survived.

Rosevear was at the centre of the action again in the 10th minute, stretching his left leg wide to divert a goal-bound shot from Kaycee Kene Ogwu wide of the post for a corner, an excellent save which left the pacy Dobwalls winger looking on in disbelief.

But he was back in the 21st minute, getting the better of Sam Gerken along the left and closing in on goal before Gerken made a late challenge from behind which sent Kene Ogwu crashing to the ground.

Patterson placed a superb penalty kick past Rosevear to give the visitors a deserved lead and for the opening 35 minutes they looked the better side by some distance.

But Wadebridge’s best move of the game, which arrived in the 37th minute, saw the ball pinged around from the right wing to left before presenting a chance for Wickins, who fired into the net from 10 yards.

Before Dobwalls had chance to settle, Wadebridge attacked again and this time Wickins curled a superb right wing shot from 18 yards around keeper James Morley into the net.

The visitors must have wondered what had hit them and it was almost worse for them a minute before the break with a hat-trick chance for Wickins. But this time Morley pulled off a fine save.

After having an effort disallowed for offside in the second minute of the second half, Dobwalls equalised in the 64th minute with a stunning long range shot from 30 yards by James Forest and it was game on again.

But it took only another seven minutes for the Bridgers to restore their lead with Vallejo’s header.

As Dobwalls pushed forward in the search of an equaliser, so Wadebridge found more space up front and Kyle Flew really should have put the game to bed in the 89th minute as he broke away in an one on one with Morley but pulled his shot inches wide of a gaping net.


Wadebridge: R Rosevear, T Harris, S Hepworth, J Rowe, R Hooper, L Webber, D Tate, G Eastman, S Gerken, S Wickins, T Shepherd.

Subs: S Simmonds, C Reski, K Flew, M Vallejo, C Bidgood.

Goals: S Wickins (37, 38), M Vallejo (71).

Dobwalls: J Morley, R Geach, T Davey, C Bleasdale, J Cook, H Baugh, G Garside, C Patterson, I Thomas, C Castlehouse, K Kene Ogwu.

Subs: C Collier, J Forest, B Walton, B Coton, J Ball.

Goals: C Patterson (21, pen), J Forest (64).

Kevin Marriott

Match Reporter

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