Meadowmen fall to defeat despite dominant display against Wem Town
27 October 2020 @chaguejones
Glynn Coney was back in the match day squad for Bridgnorth who were on the hunt for back to back league wins for the first time after their thrilling 6-5 win away in the Severn Valley derby. Chris Crook took the captaincy with Pike out.
It was the hosts who created the first chance of the game through George Marsh on the 6th minute. The right-back weaved past his man on the wing and broke into the box but his shot was frustratingly tapped around the post from Wem’s ‘keeper.
The deadlock was broken on the 18th minute when Chris Crook’s clearance came right back and Wem found space and the Wem forward was able to slot home.
Wem doubled their lead on the 23rd minute mark when the ball was fizzed across the area to the back post and Wem’s number 10 made no mistake from 4 yards.
There was an onslaught of Bridgnorth pressing and Joshua Garrington had a chance to pull one back when the ball fell to him in the area and he smashed goal wards but the keeper, again, managed to keep them out.
Tom Grainger was looking for his 5th league goal in three games for the Meadowmen, he had a golden opportunity to do so when he was brought down in the area from a flying Wem keeper and the referee didn’t hesitate to point to the spot. You would back the big number 9 to finish from 12 yards with the current form he’s in but his penalty was saved down to the keeper’s right.
Josh Garrington had another golden chance for the home side as he was through on goal and did all he could to round the keeper but for an outrageous bit of defending from Wem as they forced the ball to bounce off Garrington and onto the post, where the away side managed to clear.
The half ended with Wem two goals to the good, despite a dominant display from Bridgnorth. From the neutral eye, it would fairly be 2-1 at this stage but for some disappointing finishing from the hosts.
A fast start to the second half and with that came the first clear chance, Garrington was picked out by Cam Milne and his ball was shipped across the goal face and Coney was just unable to touch home.
Wem Town made it three on the 54th minute. They took advantage of the half-time keeper change for the Meadowmen and with Field having an obstructed view, they took a punt at the Bridgnorth goal and it slowly found its way onto the post and into the back of the net.
After countless chances in the second half, the Meadowmen finally grabbed a route back into the game through Karl Griffiths. A delightful ball from substitute Oli Waddison found Griffiths who stabbed home for his third goal in two games.
Tom Grainger made up with his earlier penalty miss by grabbing another goal back for the Meadowmen after good work again from substitute Waddison.
The Meadowmen made one more chance in the dying embers of the game. Glynn Coney, who returned from the club just a few weeks after his departure managed to get a shot off and it agonisingly clipped the bar.
An overall frustrating night for the Meadowmen who were the better side through many spells of the game. Wem Town made sure they capitalised on some slow moments at the back from Bridgnorth to get their first three points of the season.