Writer: Auckland Owl
Date:Friday July 17 2009
Wednesday completed their Malta adventure with two more 45 minute run-outs against local sides, but results didn't go their way.
A line up of Grant, Simek, Wood, Hinds, Spurr, France, McAllister, O'Connor, Gray, Sodje and Maltese triallist Barbara started the first match against Birkirkara, and went down to a loss on penalties. Chances for France and Gray came and went in regular time, and the shoot out ended 5-4, Birkirkara stopper Maiorani keeping out Richard Wood's effort to grab the win.
In the second game, an early defensive lapse saw Sliema Wanderers take the lead against an Owls side comprising Grant, Buxton, Wood, Beevers, Spurr, France, Potter, Boden, Esajas, Tudgay and Clarke - a lead they held until the final whistle. Sliema keeper Agius kept out fine headers from Wood and Clarke.
Brian Laws told the official site: 'I said this before Monday and I will say it again tonight, there is no emphasis on simply winning games. It's all about building fitness and staying injury free and that's what we have done.
'We lost the first game tonight on penalties and the second because of a mistake in the first minute. Other than that, I thought we did okay. We are nowhere near the finished article, this was just another step forward to the start of the new season.'
Wednesday now return from the Mediterranean to prepare for action at Victoria Park in Hartlepool next Tuesday night, where they take on Chris Turner's League One side.
Date:Friday July 17 2009
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