Twigger brace sees Kenilworth Wardens see off Wellesbourne
By James Smith
21st Nov 2022 | Football
Wardens boss Eamonn Richards said his side produced their best performance of the season as they saw off Wellesbourne Wanderers in the Leamington and District Sunday league.
The league's top scorer Dan Twigger bagged another brace, taking his tally to ten in the division this campaign.
And while Wellesbourne found the back of the net through a superb Alex Rea solo effort, Richards gave full credit to his players.
"It was the best performance of the season by far against a good Wellesbourne side," he said.
"We looked defensively really solid and never really looked like conceding.
"Their goal they scored was one of the best I've ever seen but apart from that wonder strike they really didn't threaten us."
Twigger, who had scored in both of his previous two Kenilworth Wardens Sunday fixtures, took just 19 minutes to break the deadlock.
Calm build-up in midfield saw the ball reach Sam Taylor on the edge of the box, his fierce strike was saved by the visiting goalkeeper only to fall for Twigger who finished with an instinctive first-time effort.
The hosts continued to create chances as they dominated possession.
They went close again when a Taylor free kick was deflected just wide of the post after James Smith was brought down as he raced in on goal.
Smith should have doubled Wardens' tally himself when he was played in by Charlie Waters, but his wild effort from close range went well wide of the post, when he could have passed to Twigger for a simple tap-in.
And just before the break a Taylor corner dropped into the Wellesbourne six-yard box but was somehow cleared despite three Wardens players trying to divert it home.
After the restart Kenilworth continued to create chances but found themselves pegged back when Rea hammered the ball in from 35 yards, leaving Alex Brown rooted to the spot in the Wardens goal.
But the hosts were only behind for two minutes until Harry Morris played a superb ball through to Twigger to control, take it past the keeper and slot home to restore Kenilworth's lead.
Chris Porter was unlucky not to add another from a corner, with his header going narrowly wide.
But the hosts held out for a deserved win, preserving their 100 per cent home record in the league this campaign.
"The work rate and commitment on the pitch was great and really beneficial having a full squad I can rotate as the game goes on," Richards added.
"Obviously could be better with the pass into the final third and it's something we need to work on, but when you're defensively solid and have Twigger up top you're going to have a good chance to win."