Wittering Harriers pay tribute to David Kenwright in their Peterborough League match against Cardea
Wittering produced a performance that was a fitting tribute to David Kenwright as they defeated fellow promotion challengers Cardea on Saturday.
The Peterborough League Division One match was an emotional occasion for the Harriers after their popular player passed away last week.
The club tributes included retiring the number 12 shirt that he usually wore while a signed football was presented to his mum and wife who attended the match.
A minute applause to celebrate Dave’s contribution to the club and the friendships within the squad was also held before kick-off.
Visting Cardea arrived in an excellent run of league form, having not lost since September 2019, and were very respectful of Wittering's wishes ahead of the start of the contest.
Wittering went into the match looking to bounce back from last Saturday's away defeat at Moulton Harrox Reserves.
But they fell behind inside the opening two minutes when a delicately chipped ball found the unmarked Thomas Klinkovics who neatly guided it home on the volley.
After the early shock, the game was evenly balanced with Wittering beginning to get a foothold in the game.
They started to grow in confidence and equalised after 15 minutes when an excellent passing move which had started in the home defence resulted in a lovely squared pass from Andrew Moss for Ashley Middleton to score Wittering's opener.
The game became nicely balanced and, with Wittering creating a lot of chances on the break, the next goal didn’t look far off.
They scored their second after 25 minutes with a beautiful diagonal ball from Sam Cayley that Moss trapped, touched it out of his feet and dispatched into the bottom corner beyond the onrushing keeper.
The game was nicely poised as the two sides went in at half-time, but the next goal was always going to be pivotal.
And it took Wittering just 21 seconds of the second half to increase their lead as a full on high press from every player resulted in Cardea losing possession in their own half.
Moss pounced on the ball and rolled it to Lee Croft who sent the keeper the wrong way from the edge of the box to make 3-1.
Cardea had a lot of possession but didn't create many clear-cut chances and Wittering took advantage with their fourth goal after 65 minutes when Croft returned the favour for Moss to score.
The game began to fizzle out with both sides making changes and the tempo dropping slightly.
Cardea had a rare venture into the Wittering box and goalkeeper Paul Greenhalgh came rushing out to win the ball.
However, a dubious decision which even stunned the Cardea players handed the visitors a penalty which Martin Holyoak converted with five minutes remaining.
Cardea pressed high and sent long passes up the field as they sought a late rally, but Wittering sat deep and soaked up the long balls and hit their visitors on the counter-attack.
They sealed the win with a fifth goal as Moss burst down the wing before playing a delightful pass into Chesney Isaac’s stride and he nonchalantly dinked it over the on-rushing keeper.
Player-manager Cayley commented: "In a tough week for the club the boys did things right in memory of Dave.
"We started the game slowly and let them in with some sloppy defending from a setpiece resulting in them going 1-0 up.
"After that the boys really turned it on. Some of the football we played was the best of this season resulting in us going 2-1 up into half time against the wind.
"At half time all I said was to continue what we had we been doing in the first half and it took only 21 seconds into the second half for the boys to do this with the press working resulting in another goal.
"This settled us down and we continued to play some brilliant stuff which could have resulted in us scoring more.
"However, on what was a tough day for the club the boys really came together and it has shown what a top group of lads we have here at the moment and what we are trying to achieve on the field too.
"Overall a very positive result and keeps our unbeaten run going at home this season which was the target at the start.
"I would also like to thank Cardea for them being respectful before the game.”
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