LEST WE FORGET - EVERYBODY FELL SILENT TO REMEMBER JUST PRIOR TO KICK OFF
This result could be the catalyst which sparks Wellingborough Whitworth's season to life - The Flourmen finished in fifth place last season and got to the play-off final where they lost to Ampthill Town.
The 2021/22 campaign has been in stark contrast with prior to kick just two wins from twelve league games played which came at Langford (0-2) on Saturday 3rd September and at home to Raunds Town (3-2) on Tuesday 23rd August.
The Northamptonshire side's starting XI at Pixmore only had Ryan Baxter, Connor Mallows and Cairo Taylor left from the 2021 play off final defeat at Shefford Town & Campton.
A crowd of 30 people saw this game which saw a rare occurrence which I can never remember witnessing at football. The visiting goalkeeper was shown a yellow car and sin-binned for dissent towards the referee midway through the first half and had to be replaced by an outfield player. The Eagles couldn't capitalise on the advantage and the score at half time was 0-0.
In the second half a wonderful positive forward run by Connor Bailey saw Remy Brittian make it 0-1 from close range. It was 0-2 shortly after when after a Dragan Kovacevic long throw Cairo Taylor was afforded too much space to turn inside the box and slot the ball into the net.
Kovacevic and Dante Memoli were excellent in the centre of defence for Whitworth.
It was The Eagles turn in the second half to have a player sin binned and they made it 1-2 with a superb free kick from Luke Shimell.
It was the visitors who held on for the three points which sent their small number of loyal supporters back to Northamptonshire very happy indeed.
The Eagles are having a decent season and with the u23 and u21 side in the Herts Senior County League with a clear pathway to adult football for players with the club the future looks bright.
They included sixteen year old centre forward Sonny Coughlin-Brown in their starting XI for the game - His name is one to take note of for the future.
They have 22 points from 15 games so far which compared to last season's total of 20 from 15 games in an improvement!
Manager Jason Valentine has recently departed the club with former Harlow Town and Hertford Town boss Marvin Samuel, who was Asssitant Manager, stepping up to the hot-seat at Pixmore.
They host 18th place London Tigers at home tomorrow followed by a trip to Holmer Green on Saturday who are currently bottom of the table.
Whitworth have a real test in hosting in-form Rugby Borough tomorrow evening at The Victoria Mill Ground followed by a trip to Lutterworth Athletic at the weekend. Borough are on a league winning run of seven games in a row which started with a 7-1 victory over Wellingborough Whitworth back on Tuesday 21st September.