Wembley Downs extended their outstanding home record as they collected a fourth victory of the season on Sunday with a 2-0 defeat of Belmont Villa.
Jason Trepevski opened the scoring in the 41st minute before Ryan Fish sealed the Belt up. Amateur Premier Division victory at the death.
Wembley are now only two points off third spot as the half-way point of the season draws near.
Wembley coach Martin Sullivan said: “I’m delighted with (the performance). After last week, we dominated at the back today.
“Belmont, all credit to them, they came at us in the second half. We finally got that second goal … an excellent performance by us. I think that’s 20 months unbeaten here at Butlers Reserve.
“We’re still in the hunt, we’re looking to hopefully push forward the next two, three games before the turn of the season. We’re looking to get maximum points before the turn.”
Dean Wall had an opportunity to give Wembley the lead in the 28th minute when he was left unmarked inside the box but he couldn’t direct his header on target, then only minutes later Fish saw his tame effort saved by S. Szklaniza.
As half-time approached Wembley won a free-kick which was put into the box by Fish. Jay McDonald got his head to it but Szklaniza tipped the ball over the crossbar. However, from the coner Belmont’s luck ran out as Trepevski found the decisive touch following a goalmouth scramble.
A defensive lapse just after the break saw Wembley put the ball in the back of the net again but the assistant referee raised his flag to save the visitors’ blushes.
Belmont were always a threat but couldn’t find the back of net and they were made to pay in the 93rd minute when another Fish free-kick somehow made its way through everyone and sailed into the bottom corner.
Belmont coach Kevin Mulgrew said: “It was a hard-fought battle, very scrappy, probably two teams didn’t play great football to be honest but a disappointing loss.
“Whenever we play teams who like to play the long ball we seem to copy them and that’s not our game; it’s not how we train, it’s not how we set ourselves up, so I don’t know why we revert to it.
“We lost our temper a bit with the boys at half-time and I think you could see in the second half we tried to get the ball down and move it a bit better, which we did just not well enough.
“Last week was three points thrown away and I think today was probably three points thrown away as well.
“We came here today really thinking we could get the win and I don’t think there was anything in the game. I don’t think they were the better team, it was just a hard game that could’ve gone either way I think.”
Wembley will now look towards Ellenbrook United on Friday night while Belmont will take on Kingsley at home.
Wembley Downs 2 (Trepevski 41min, Fish 93)
Belmont Villa 0
Sunday, June 10
Referee: Amit Hosany
Assistant referees: M Tolmie, J McClean
Wembley Downs: 1. Niall McCarthy, 2. Blaine Slater, 3. Anthony Jones, 15. Jay McDonald, 16. Mark Walsh, 9. Jason Trepevski, 6. Ryan Morris, 10. Ryan Fish, 11. Ben Taylor, 7. Dean Wall, 20. Nicolas Riveros (29. Felipe Simoes 64), (14. Juras Garba 76), (18. Craig Hebenton 83)
Substitutes not used: 73. David Sinclair, 5. Dean Ieepen
Yellow cards: Walsh 26, Jones 36
Red cards: Nil
Belmont Villa: 9. Ahmed Alzaidawi, 5. Dean Armstrong, 7. Patrick Barry, 11. R. Baxter, 13. Alan Dutton, 4. Darrel Gibney, 2. Mohamed Hirsi, 16. Andrew Horrill, 8. James McDaid, 10. H. Naser, 1. S. Szklaniza, (6. Paul McCormack 53), (14. Kevin Mulgrew 84)
Substitutes not used: 3. Mehmet Varakan
Yellow cards: Dutton 68
Red cards: Nil