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A-spire-ing Owls Win At Saltergate

A-spire-ing Owls Win At Saltergate

The in form Wade Small continued his excellent pre-season, driving in the Owls second goal to complete a friendly victory over Chesterfield.

It's three strikes in four games now for the former MK Dons star, who seems to be putting the trials and tribulations of an injury hit season behind him, pressing a strong claim for a starting spot when the Championship battle resumes.

The Owls began the game with a youthful back four, Liam McMenamin starting with Hinds, Wood and Spurr and completing the game - a good outing for the youngster at right back. Richard Wood was given the armband - a taste of things to come, perhaps.

After the lively opening exchanges, it was Chris Brunt who put Wednesday on track for the win, scoring from a penalty after Leon Clarke had been brought down following a pass from Johnson. The Owls saw out the rest of the half with little difficulty.

Brian Laws kept all his substitutions for the second half, Deon Burton replacing the lacklustre Clarke on 62 minutes and working hard to get a couple of excellent chances on goal.

But it turned out to be Small's night.. on for Whelan, and blasting a 25 yarder past the Spireites keeper in the 85th minute.

A useful workout, and maybe one or two pointers to the eventual starting line up gained by Laws.

Writer:Auckland Owl
Date:Wednesday July 25 2007
Time: 8:00AM


Brilliant headline!
25/07/2007 09:07:00
good result, these local deries are usually quite a challenge. (remember Mansfield last preseason?)
25/07/2007 09:07:00
were has small been playin ??? right wing or up front???? .....
up the owls 2k7
25/07/2007 10:26:00
good performance by the lads last night! still dnt think clarke is up2 it! i beleieve laws put him in last night as a tester, cos everything seemed 2 b aiming at clarke, and tbh he failed misserabley! so please laws sign a replacement! small johnson and tudgay looked very sharp! wood and hindes steady away at the back! tommy spurr same old same old!!!!!!!!
25/07/2007 10:58:00
i think if we play like that in the championship we will get hammered some of our passes was lazy and well of target i hope it was because the game was too easy for them in all they had a goal disalowed and a penalty turned down brunties penalty was pretty much central however wade small and jj look well up for it i wouldnt mind seeing small up front a bit more it looked a good partnership with burton torwards then end up the owls
25/07/2007 11:06:00
so he played upfront i wo gunna say if he wo on wing jj is a striker
up the owls 2k7
25/07/2007 11:24:00
wud av liked to c wt he can do upfront
up the owls 2k7
25/07/2007 11:25:00
Ah text speak. Valid points 2k7, after I managed to decipher them :P Good pre-season so far, 3 more to go before the new season starts. Can't wait!
25/07/2007 13:39:00
Went to game last nite, Small came on for last 20 looked OK and what a goal it was ! JJ looked electric as did Tudgay ! Woody and Spurr did well but didnt get impressed by Hinds and Clarke. Clarke has not changed he still cant get off the floor!
25/07/2007 14:41:00
nicnac wot u on bwt vailid points
up the owls 2k7
25/07/2007 15:47:00
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