Tolfrey sees red as Wanderers draw a blank
Posted: April 8th 2017
Wanderers made it a fifth straight clean sheet but on this occasion failed to capitalise on a multitude of good chances as Kent mid-table side Herne Bay put up a tenacious fight.
Wanderers named an unchanged team from the side that had impressively beaten Cray Wanderers last Saturday. They started off in familiar fashion, with plenty of good passing moves troubling the Bay defence, but a combination of good defending and a hard bobbly pitch was clearly unsettling the Wanderers strike force. Across the 90 minutes Wanderers will be disappointed that they failed to gain the all-important 3 points, as numerous clear cut chances fell their way, none more so than those that fell to Dean Hamlin, Dean Gunner and James McShane, who all failed to convert from close range. Then a rare out of character moment of petulance from Tom Tolfrey saw the Wanderers all-time top goal scorer receive a straight red card which will see the marksman receive a 3 match suspension, thus ruling him out of Wanderers last 3 league games, enabling a return in the play-offs in the event that Wanderers don’t improve their league position.
Manager Marc White said: “It’s very rare for us to draw a blank in front of goal, and obviously not ideal at this crucial stage of the season. However, a fifth straight clean sheet is a magnificent achievement, and we will put this game quickly behind us and plan the weekend’s crucial upcoming fixtures.”
Speaking of the impact on the title race, White added: “There’s not a great deal that really changes following today’s result. We are still relying upon Tooting being defeated in order to take the league title to the very last day and give ourselves an opportunity of winning the title at Westhumble. This weekend has always been the crucial one with both clubs having tough fixtures, and as you saw from today it’s important that our focus is firmly with our own form, which point in time is as good as its been all season despite today’s rare blank in front of goal”.
Wanderers are next in league action this Saturday when they welcome Hythe Town to Westhumble in the Ryman Division One South (3pm kick-off).
Wanderers: Slavomir Huk, Rob Sheridan, Dean Gunner (Gareth Chendlik 80’), Chris Boulter, Dean Hamlin, Jake Beecroft, Jerome Beckles, Tom Summerfield (Matthew Briggs 53’), Giuseppe Sole (Sam Beard 67’), Tom Tolfrey, James McShane
Subs: Dan Pearse, Sam Beard, Gareth Chendlik, Matthew Briggs, Dan Mahoney
Pictured: Captain Chris Boulter in action against Herne Bay on Saturday, who proudly led the Wanderers defence in making it 5 straight clean sheets in a row.
Picture courtsey of Steve O'Sullivan