Sir Alf Ramsey's experimental English side managed to struggle to the top of the four-nation British Soccer Championship table after an undistinguished nil-all draw with Wales at London's Wembley Stadium tonight, (Wednesday).
Sir Alf Ramsey's experimental English side managed to struggle to the top of the four-nation British Soccer Championship table after an undistinguished nil-all draw with Wales at London's Wembley Stadium tonight, (Wednesday). The former world champions were booed off the field by the crowd of 70-thousand after their disappointing performance.
Tonight's draw gave the English side three points from their two matches to leave them one point ahead of Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has one point.
SYNOPSIS: Wales, playing from right to left in the dark shirts, kick off against England, at Wembley in their second match of the four-nation British Soccer Championships. The Welsh were quickly on the attack, but failed to penetrate the solid English defence. This was to be the pattern of the match which ended in a nil-all draw.
Sir Alf Ramsey's experimental English team, made a number of weak efforts to push through the Welsh backs, most of them totally ineffective.
After several enterprising opening bursts, Wales soon fell back on defence, obviously content to record their second scoreless draw. England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, understudying for World Number One, Gordon Banks, had only one serious shot to deal with. After that he was only called on to deal with the occasional floating centre kick. In contrast, the Welsh goalkeeper Gary Sprake was kept reasonably busy, despite England's lamentable finishing prowess. The English strikers were prevented from displaying their ability by the consistent close marking tactics of the Welsh defenders.
Another English move, only to be thwarted by the study Welsh backs and the ever present goalkeeper, Sprake.
The English team were booed off the field at the end of the scoreless match.