Worle close the gap on the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 12:43 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:43 01 February 2018

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Worle closed the gap on league leaders Somerton Town to three points with a game in hand with this victory at Portishead Reserves.

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Worle 3

Worle won a tough Somerset County League encounter away to Portishead Reserves and closed the gap to leaders Somerton Town to three points with a game in hand.

The visitors started brightly and Chris Taylor outstripped the home defence, but his shot hit the post from a narrow angle. It was Taylor who broke the deadlock when his pace took him past his defenders and beat the home keeper.

Portishead levelled when a shot from Parslow from 25 yards out gave Dancey in the Worle goal no chance. Before the break, Worle again took the lead when the impressive Cahill used his strength to fend off his marker and slotted the ball across the six-yard box for Taylor to get his second.

The second half was pretty even with both teams going for the win and it was the home side who scored next from a free kick.

Top goalscorer Callum McManus put Worle in front for the third time when his run into the box created three chances and he beat the home keeper at the third attempt.

This was not the end when Hudson’s tackle gave the home side a penalty, but Dancey parried the penalty out and was Jack Hodrien’s last-ditch tackle keeping the rebound out.

This Saturday Worle entertain Berrow & Highbridge at home 2.30pm kick-off.

Wrington Redhill 1

Clevedon Utd 1

This game was switched to the 4G facility at Worle School with the blessing of the league management.

In the opening minutes a Sam Johnson free kick was gathered in by the visitor’s keeper James Dunn, but it was Clevedon who took the lead on 10 minutes. It came from a cross and Mike Purnell rose to head home past Matt Hill.

Wrington nearly equalised when a Jacob Horton strike was just wide of the goal. However, the equaliser did come with real quality play. Leigh White won the ball in midfield and good play from Callum Vickery, Jake Horton and Sam Clarke ended with him netting for his second goal in successive games since signing for the club.

There were more half chances for both sides with Mike Rowcliffe heading over from a Johnson free kick and a Clarke free kick going wide.

The second half started the same with first the visitors on the front foot. Hill did well to save a shot from Purnell and the resultant corner from Callum Dunn was headed over by Nick Austin.

Each team had brief spells of dominance, but industrial performances from Chris Bradley and Rowcliffe in midfield and the defence holding strong ensured no further goals were conceded.

For Wrington Joe Moore’s goal bound header was collected by Dunn and a Clarke effort was just wide of the post.

A draw was a fair result and this was an encouraging performance from the home side which will give manager Grahame Cheeseman encouragement to climb back up the table.

There were a number of contenders for player of the match, Clarke for his quality goal, Vickery for another all-out attacking performance and Bradley and Rowcliffe in midfield. However the Bill Gough man of the match went to Ethan Johnson.

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