MATCH REPORT: Star get off to the worst possible start as they are hit for five
By Jack Toulson
Star’s first match of the new season couldn’t have gone much worse as Wellingborough Whitworth hit five without reply.
On Tuesday evening, Peterborough Northern Star took on newly promoted Wellingborough Whitworth at The Branch Bros Stadium in their first fixture of the 2017/2018 United Counties League season and as you will read, it didn’t quite go to plan.
It only took The Flourmen nine minutes to get off the mark in their new division as Cavell Jarvis capitalised from a defensive mishap to give the visitors an early advantage they never looked back on.
Just barely 15 minutes into the season and Star found themselves 2-0 down as Conor Bell took aim from roughly 25 yards out and saw his shot fly into the net past goalkeeper Ross Ingram to give Wellingborough Whitworth an even bigger early advantage and a quite spectacular start to the match.
As the half wore on Star tried but failed to get themselves onto the scoresheet. First Zak Munton played a nice ball into Matthew Barber whose finish was met just in time by visiting goalkeeper Lee Baxter.
Star’s next half chance came from a set-piece which Whitworth goalkeeper Baxter couldn’t deal with as it fell for Jezz Goldson-Williams but from close range he unfortunately could not keep his shot down as it went over the bar and out of play.
With the last meaningful chance of the half, Stewart Lambie’s brilliantly whipped in corner should have led to more than it did as somehow no Star player was able to get into contact with the ball as it went straight out for a goal kick. This was the last chance of the half.
Just like on Saturday in the FA Cup Qualifying tie against Deeping Rangers, Star found themselves 2-0 down at the interval and deservingly so after a rather abject first 45 minutes in which Whitworth were perfect value for their comfortable lead.
Whitworth started the second half as they began the first, in control as Cavell Jarvis was only denied his second goal of the game by a smart near post save by Ross Ingram.
The next 20 minutes or so were quiet and tame as the visitors remained firmly in the driving seat however shortly after a Star double substitution the visitors had their third goal of the contest. The goal came from a nicely moved counter attack which saw the brilliantly named Remy Brittain charge into the Star area and through with only Ingram to beat, he was able to slot the ball past the Star shot stopper and into the net to make it 3-0 to the visitors and surely now wrap up and deserving open day victory for The Flourmen.
Into the last ten minutes and Whitworth rubbed yet more salt into the Star wounds as they added a fourth to their already overgrowing tally. A ball played along the penalty line was controlled and drilled into the net by Remy Brittain for his second of the game; it was far too easy from a Star perspective as the hosts defence appeared to go AWOL.
With just two minutes to play and the visitors had their fifth goal of the night as Brittain turned from goal scorer to goal provider as he slotted the ball across to teammate Jordan Pendred who had the freedom of The Branch Bros Stadium to slot the ball past Ingram once again and make it 5-0 to the visitors. This was to be the last action of the match, much to the delight of the Star faithful who will want to put this match behind themselves quickly.
A truly disastrous start to the season for Star as they went down 5-0 at home to Wellingborough Whitworth.
Star’s first chance to put Tuesday Night behind them comes this Saturday as Rob's men begin a schedule which sees them playing two away games in the space of a week. This Saturday’s away trip sees the team face Harborough Town.
Full Time: Peterborough Northern Star 0-5 Wellingborough Whitworth.
Peterborough Northern Star XI: Ross Ingram, Stewart Lambie, Dan Wilson, Conor Murphy, Dan Smith, Matt Cox (C), Matt Barber, Jake Sansby, Zak Munton, Craig Rook, Jezz Goldson-Williams.
Substitutes: Jack Bloodworth, Sam Wilson, Norbert Zalejski, Christian Gordon, Connor Pilbeam.
Wellingborough Whitworth XI: Lee Baxter, Martin Brown, Ryan Baxter, Ryan Archer, Benjamin Harris, Ash Hunt, Remy Brittain, Conor Bell, Cavell Jarvis, Jordan Pendred, Jamie Black.
Substitutes: Connor Jamieson, Connor Mallows, Lee Purser.