Spilsby 1 Wyberton 2
After a very successful pre season Spilsby Town under new manager Gary Edgeley have high expectations for the coming season and have also made a number of new signings to strengthen the squad in key areas including new goalkeeper Martin Ziller.
The inaugural match of the season brought a home fixture against a very good Wyberton side but it was Spilsby who took an early lead after some initial Wyberton pressure.
Jordan Smith made a telling run into space on the right wing and was found with a precision pass from new signing Jamie Lyall and a brilliant cross on the run was met by another new signing Troy Lonswell’s firm header, which flew into the net to give Spilsby an early lead.
Wyberton continued to press hard into the Spilsby lines but Matt Barker and Michael Twigge remained steadfast at the heart of the Spilsby defence and, with Martin Ziller in goal producing two excellent saves, Wyberton were becoming frustrated with their attacking moves and two first half bookings ensued.
Despite this pressure Spilsby did create further chances, with Smith causing problems with his pace. And Richard Hudson should have made it 2-0 when it looked easier to score with only the keeper to beat - but his shot was beaten away.
The second half commenced with more Wyberton pressure. Wyberton were playing a very high energy game and it was no surprise when the equaliser arrived from a goalkeeping error from the otherwise impeccable Ziller.
Spilsby were now on the back foot for much of the half with only Dales looking likely to create further chances for Spilsby. And, with Cobb taken off injured and Smith getting booked, the Spilsby defence was being profoundly tested and Ziller produced a string of exceptional saves including a double point blank stop from a corner to keep Wyberton at bay.
Despite the heroics in defence Wyberton’s winner arrived with ten minutes left and, with Spilsby reduced to 10 men, after Chappelow’s unnecessary dismissal for back-chatting the referee, the opening match ended in defeat for the Magpies.
However, with six new signings starting the game there are plenty of positives, manager Gary Edgeley can take from this match, with excellent performances from new boys Ziller, Lonswell, Lyall, and Smith, Barker, Twigge and Dales all having a decent match against possibly the best team in the division. Watch this space!