Stoke reserves v Wolves reserves
By Dan Buxton
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2009
How are the Potters reserves getting on in this local derbyAfter handing debuts to new signings Danny Collins and Diego Arismendi the Potters look to secure local strength in depth bragging rights by securing victory over South Staffordshire side Wolves.
The Potters team is, lining up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, Steve Simonsen in goal, Ryan Shotton at right back, Andy Griffin at left back, Collins and Robert Huth at centre back, Arismendi playing in the holding midfielder role, Tom Soares on the right, Michael Tonge in the left, Amdy Faye and Andrew Davies playing central midfield with Louis Moult up front alone. A youthful substitutes bench houses 16-year-old keeper David Parton, 17-year-old defender Rodney McDonald and 17-year-old winger Tom Urwin along with 18-year-old central midfielders Matt Lund and Nathaniel Wedderburn.
A goalless first half main point if note was the impressive performance of Arismendi. The Uruguayan bossed the game fromin front of the defence, using his physical size to break up attacks and also showing great skill and vision to spread the ball about and help set the Potters on attacks of their own.
The first goal arrived on 47 minutes as Arismendi took the ball on the wing and, showing another side to his impressive looking game, swung in a perfect cross for Moult, sliding in, to put inot the net. Moult, 17, is the latest player to graduate from the clubs academy to the first team squad and made his debut 7 days ago in the Carling Cup win over Leyton Orient but he then missed Saturdays U18's win away at West Ham with a stiff back
The Potters withdrew the goalscorer Louis Moult and star man Arismendi midway through the second half, Wedderburn and Lund coming on.
The game petered out as the Potters comfortably held on to the win in a dour game.