BWFC 2-3 Leeds United
06-08-2017 MoM: Gary Madine
Wanderers fell to an opening day defeat as a couple of defensive calamities in the first half allowed the Lilywhites to take all three points.
The first Leeds goal came in the 7th minute. Leeds-born Kalvin Phillips with a looping (deflected) effort from a training ground routine corner. To be critical of the Whites' defence would be fair. Hernandez couldn't have made their intentions more obvious with a hand signal, ball bounce, call and the rest of it. No man in white switched on and Leeds took the lead. The second came from some woeful Dervite/Wheater/Darby positioning. Firstly, after a shaky first 20, Andy Taylor unusually allowed a tame cross. The flight misread by Darby as Alioski headed back across over the head of a seemingly confused Dervite where an unmarked Chris Wood stood 2 or 3 yards in space away from the solid yet soon-to-be injured David Wheater. Wanderers grew into the game with set-pieces and corner looking dangerous as Felix Wiedwald became used to Phil Parkinson's aggressive tactics. Gary Madine, who had won everything up to that point, nodded in a header from a deep Josh Vela corner. Now, that third goal. It was onside, but even if Wood had strayed, the stopping of Wheater and co was unprofessional, silly and naïve. Their half-hearted yet persistent complaints were almost a case of saving face as they knew they'd got that wrong.
The 2nd half was far better for the Trotters. No clear-cut chances fell, however, there was far more creativity from Josh's Cullen and Vela. Darby and Taylor pushed on more, albeit fairly ineffective. Then, the introduction of Will Buckley floating in behind Madine and Le Fondre helped to inject needed forward drive. A stonewall penalty on Gary Madine was duly converted by ALF before a final 15 minutes of frustration. Plenty of the clichéd huffing and puffing without any real incisive play. Perhaps, as usual, PP making changes too late when behind.
All in all, a defeat to a side that have spent a bit with ideals of promotion is not the end of the world, the three conceded are unusual goals for this defence to have conceded, they seemed nervous. I did think Bolton may nick that prior to kick off but a competitive defeat to a strong side isn't horrendous. Nevertheless, Parkinson will be aiming for 3 points next week at The Den against a side that finished 4 places below us last season and we did the double over. That is the game to judge how we will do this season.