THE Wingham Warriors have all but assured themselves of a start in the 2014 Premier League season with a determined 2-2 draw against Kempsey Saints.
With a win or draw needed to stay in the top flight, key midfielders Mitch Bevitt and Dean Nash started the contest by opening up the opposition early, using the pace of Alex Ihlow and Dylan Cowie down the sides Wingham and looking almost certain to score within matter minutes.
However the more nail biting section of the match came in the dying moments as the scores were at 2-1 with Kempsey leading, the first grade Warriors took Kempsey by surprise to put another one in the net, the game ending in a 2-2 draw with Wingham clear from the relegation zone for this week.
The scorers for first grade were Alex Ihlow and Aaron Clarke.
A big thank you to Dylan Taylor for his season this year, playing his last game on the weekend as he will be returning to Melbourne.
The club thanks him for his effort and enthusiasm he displayed in every match and wishes him the best in his future football endeavors.
After flogging the Kempsey Saints reserve grade 8-0 the last time Wingham played them, it seemed as though they weren't going down as easy this time round.
It wasn't the best day to travel to Kempsey to play soccer being a gloomy day with a cold wind, the Warriors stuck it out. In the first half there were no goals scored but multiple opportunities from both sides saw everyone in suspense.
Wingham suffered a major blow to their strike force with Chris Boyd going down early in the first half with a reoccurring knee injury. With a light shower to assist the kick of the second half Kempsey were straight onto attack putting pressure onto Wingham's defense they broke through with a soft goal.
Wingham soon hit back with a goal coming from a corner, the ball floating in was struck towards the net and then deflected back and fourth between Kempsey players and eventually into their own net bringing the score level to 1-1.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw Wingham disappointed not to take home a win but still happy with the result.
The Wingham Ladies team played their first match of finals football on the weekend, taking on the Greenpoint Rovers for the second time in two weeks.
After coming off the back of a big loss against the undefeated Rovers the Wingham Ladies were hoping to come up with an upset victory, however the Greenpoint Ladies prove too strong on the pitch with the brute strength being their major advantage over our Wingham Ladies.
Although that didn't stop us from going down without a fight, creating many chances on the field however unable to break the Rovers backline, the Warriors Ladies were put on the counter attack each time, the final score was 5-0 with the Rovers progressing through to the next round of the finals leaving the Wingham Ladies to take on Great Lakes in their last ditch attempt to make the grand final.
FOOTNOTE: Wingham Premier League first and reserve grade's final game of the season will be a catch up game on August 31 against Old Bar Barbarians. The match will be held at Old Bar and all Wingham supporters are urged to attend this match.