On a perfect day for football, both Winlinton Wolves and Tass Colts were looking to get back to winning ways after defeats in last weekend’s CAYFA fixtures. In the end, a strong Wolves side had too much for a depleted Tass outfit, operating without recognised goalkeeper Cameron McDermid, and prevailed 4-1.
Nevertheless, this was the proverbial game of two halves. Tass had got their noses in front at half-time and were more than matching their opponents until Wolves turned the screw in the second half, scoring four goals to end-up comfortable winners.
The visitors began at a high tempo, seeking to seize the initiative in midfield. Finn Johnston showed some good early touches to release Liam Wells and Murray Thomson down the flanks to stretch the home defence. On 12 minutes, Johnston put Kiran Larmour through outside the box, but he could only shoot narrowly wide.
Wolves were dominating the early stages, pressing their hosts back and getting their players on the ball. They were almost through when Thomson tested Tass keeper Sean Clemant with a driving run and shot on 16 minutes, but the stand-in goalie did well to hold onto the shot.
Tass had weathered the early storm and on 23 minutes went even better, getting up the other end of the pitch and taking the lead with their first serious effort at goal. After a surging run down the right, Callum Devine’s squared cross was parried by Clark Spence into the path of Keigan Lewis who made no mistake from close range to give Tass the lead against the run of play.
Colts now had a spring in their step and Patrick Woods and Jay Slavin were starting to see more of the ball in midfield. After a bright start Wolves seemed a little shell shocked for a brief spell, but were soon up the pitch in search of the equaliser.
Thomson started a fine move down the Tass left, releasing William Nelson but his cross was just too far for Charles Savage in the middle. The forward then passed up a golden opportunity on 33 minutes with a free header from Wells’s corner. Would the visitors rue these misses?
As the half drew to a close, Tass gained more possession in midfield without really threatening to extend their lead. Woods and Bradley Morrison were beginning to exert an influence in the middle, with Devine continuing to provide good options down the flank.