Match Report: Wilhelmus 1sts maintain play-off challenge

As we near the end of the regular season the stakes only become higher and every game takes on its own importance. Wilhelmus faced lowly DVC on Thursday evening in Delft with their latest 'must-win' game whilst the other teams achieved various levels of success around the region, with the highlight being the 4th's 6-5 victory in a thriller against Forum Sport.

 

DVC 1 vs Wilhelmus 1 : 0-1

Injuries sustained the week before against an unruly VUC meant the back 5 had only one survivor with Jorik Reijmer making his début in goal, Babak Rezaei, Robin Sluis and 'Pretty' Bas de Groot joining Nick Price in defence. DVC had a mixed bag of results which made it difficult to know which team was going to turn up that night. As it happened, the good one did and their management said they played the best they had all season against Wilhelmus. And play well they certainly did. DVC enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the first half going close when their dangerous number 11 hit the crossbar with a rasping shot. Wilhelmus had their chances too, with Michael Sanderson only missing out due to a fine save by the DVC keeper. 0-0 at half time and the Wilhelmus defence starred, keeping the lively DVC forwards out.

 

The second half followed much the same pattern with DVC looking dangerous throughout, but missing a cool head in front of goal as they spurned 3 one-on-ones with Reijmer. Wilhelmus went close to taking the lead as Danny Craven's rasping shot from 25 metres was brilliantly saved by the flying DVC keeper. One of the best saves I've seen this season and it would have graced any football stage anywhere in the country.

 

Time passed and the game became tighter and tighter. The Wilhelmus defence remained calm and certain and the introduction of Serge Sambou turned the tables on DVC as Wilhelmus took control. 5 minutes from time, the industrious Wouter Strockmayjer found Sanderson with a sweet cross-field ball. Sanderson cut inside from the left and blasted the ball high into the DVC net. A fantastic goal, much deserved by the in-form striker which even the DVC keeper couldn't stop. The last few minutes seemed to take hours as the Wilhelmus management's eyes were stuck to their watches.

 

Much relief when the final whistle blew on a superb game between two committed and skilful teams. DVC were a credit to their club and their management should be proud of them. Many thanks to the board for excellent hospitality. Watch out for DVC next season!

 

The next match is away against Wassenaar on 21 April, kick off 14.30.

 

If you'd like to get involved, mail us on iwanttoplayforwilhelmus@gmail.com. We have various tournaments arranged for the Summer as well as our regular 'Summer footie' at the club. Visit www.vvwilhelmus.nl for details of how to find us.

 

Phil Loughton

 

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