"In perfect conditions on a perfect pitch, we extended our unbeaten run to 3 games. Russell battled well with the bare eleven and at times did cause us some nervous moments.
Wick Gerry Hatricks made a strong start to the game and took the lead after 5 minutes. This was following a great run and smart finish from the left wing by Clinton Frampton. Wick dominated possession for most of the 1st half but good defending by Russell Athletic and poor finishing by Bondy meant that it took wick till 40 minutes to double their lead. This time it was following a good through ball by Cuz to find the run of Raggy who lofted the ball over the keeper. In the 2nd half the pattern of the game was the same with wick in control but good defending particularly the keeper denying Clinton Frampton on a number of occasions. With 70 minutes gone Johno met a Clinton Frampton corner to finish from close range. The 4th goal was scored not long after following a flick on by Bondy to find Clinton Frampton who used his pace to run clear of the defence and beat the keeper. Russell Athletic to their credit kept going and still pushed to get a consolation from the game however Clinton Frampton completed his hatrick with 5 minutes left. The game was played in great spirit and very competitive however the Wick win was built on a very solid defence marshalled by MoM Gary Reilly. I wish Russell Athletic all the best for the season, see you in the new year and thanks for coming into the bar for a pint and some chips and sausages"
Russell Athletic Report:
" We knew this would be a hard game - new teams coming in usually are a bit younger. Kens son Max played well in goal and stopped many attempts from Wicks sprite forwards. Wick had a goal in the first 5 mins, Russell players were still rubbing the sleep from their eyes - typical. This was a well seasoned and smooth running machine we were playing against. With a bare 11 squad we pretty much excelled ourselves for 70 minutes managing to keep the score at 3-0. We scared them a couple of times maybe, could have had a penalty but wasnt given because of a overly dramatic fall but it could have been given. This apart, the game was well Ref'ed. And Wick admitted when the ball went out on the line (cos we didn't have a line-o, so the Ref had to judge it). A most enjoyable but hard played game. Thats what we do it for. For us I think Colin was MoM, managing to keep their fast forward or the big slower one :-) under 'relative' control for most of the game - at 60+ that's phenomenal "