Mathern pull off giant-killing feat over Undy Athletic
5:06pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in Sport
MATHERN Wanderers B’s manager Lee Baker was delighted by his team’s giant-killing cup victory over Undy Athletic but urged more of the same for the rest of the season.
“We’ve been playing like we did for the first hour or so, all season, but we go off the boil and get sloppy,” he said, referring to the two late goals Undy scored.
“Wehave been playing well but haven’t had the results we should have had. Maybe, this will kick-start our season.
“I thought we were best in all departments, our defence was strong with Dan Chappell and Shane Murphy both outstanding, our keeper Mark Palmer made some great saves at crucial times, our midfield controlled theirs and while they had plenty of chances to score, we put ours away.”
If Undy had come up against a less commanding keeper and had a little more luck with offside decisions, Simon Owen and Harry James might have put the result beyond doubt before the break but it was Mathern’s strike force which found the net.
Chris Huggett put the home side ahead on 25 minutes after Undy keeper Mike Lambert could only parry Shane Murphy’s fierce drive.
Dan Williams and Huggett went close to increasing the lead before winger Billy Jeffery wriggled through 12 minutes later to score the second.
After a stern half-time team talk by manager Ben Garner, Undy came out with more determination and made more chances but again found Palmer in good form.
A hotly-disputed penalty gave Mathern the chance to make it 3-0, Sammy Davies sending Lambert the wrong way from the spot.
Undy had a penalty of their own a few minutes later but with Palmer dancing on his line, the ball shaved the outside of a post.
Jeffery added his second on the hour to make it 4-0, running onto a through ball and scoring as Lambert advanced.
That was the signal for Wanderers to become complacent and as players tired, Undy scored twice through the hard-working James and Sam Griffiths.
Garner admitted he was “hurting quite a bit” after the match but later added: “Today was one of the most disappointing performances in the seven years I’ve been doing this job. We were slow, our passing was awful at times, and the organisation was non-existent.
“The last 25 minutes were much better and a truer reflection of what we are capable of but we’d left ourselves too much to do. Full credit to Wanderers, they wanted it more than us but boys don’t cry and we’ll pick ourselves up for Chepstow Town next week.”