Wardens put nine past Claverdon to end preseason

By James Smith

18th Aug 2023 | Football

Wardens extended their unbeaten preseason run against Claverdon (image by Alex Waters)
Wardens extended their unbeaten preseason run against Claverdon (image by Alex Waters)

Kenilworth Wardens put nine past Claverdon to wrap up their preseason in style.

Dan Twigger bagged four in the second half, alongside goals from Adam Hnat and Toby Wells after James Brewitt, Ben Edmunds and Andy Legg had all netted in the opening 45.

But it was actually visiting Claverdon who started the better of the two sides, and twice went close to opening the scoring in the opening 15 minutes.

Wardens then started to take control and were rewarded on the 15 minute mark when Edmunds beat two players and slipped in first half captain Legg to score his fourth of preseason.

The hosts scored from back to back Eamonn Richards corners first by Brewitt and the second from Edmunds.

Dave Buckley, Guy Pearson and Edmunds were unfortunate not to add to the lead with brilliant attacking play being let down by poor finishing.

Wardens made nine changes at half time bringing on a more youthful line up.

Second half captain Twigger made an immediate impact beating two players before squaring to Wells who finished into the top corner.

Twigger then went on a rampage, scoring four of his own, set up by Harrison Wright, Isaac Bloomer, Wells and Stan Moss respectively.

The pick of the bunch was his third goal when Twigger was passed the ball by Bloomer on the half way line, dribbled half the length of the pitch and scored from the edge of the top into the top corner with the outside of his boot.

Adam Hnat scored the ninth, following up on Wright's shot which hit the post.

Goalkeeper Tom Shanley was unlucky not to add to the nine goals when his rocket of a free kick from the half way line was brilliantly saved by Claverdon's keeper.

"I think we're finally hitting the levels I expect and just at the right time which is good to see," Wardens manager Richards said after the game.

"Having Brewitt and George Shelton back made a load of difference at centre back - which has been missing preseason.

"Effort levels tonight, professionalism and quality was all there to see. And shows how good our squad is with the quality of the nine lads I was able to bring on - that's with five players missing too.

"Looking good for the start of the season on Saturday away to Coventry Phoenix."


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