Rovers close in on top spot
PUBLISHED: 09:30 13 January 2012
Langford Rovers set a new club record as they close in on top spot of the Somerset County League.
Langford Rovers 2
Glastonbury Town 1
ROVERS battled to another win on a sticky pitch to create a club record of 14 games unbeaten and propel them to within a point of the top of the Premier Division with games in hand.
Rovers’ best football was coming courtesy of wide men Tony Yeates and Olly Bliss, creating chances for Ryan Havard, Mark Brown and Leigh White. The breakthrough came on the half hour, Matt Vann playing in Yeates who cut back from the byline for Havard to finish well.
The visiting keeper was inspired and two superb saves from White and Levi Marlow kept them in the game. Glastonbury rarely worked Jamie Crandon in the home goal, but just before the break Rovers had a scare when Crandon turned a free kick around the post.
Rovers pressed again after the break, but found the visiting keeper in fine form. Havard, Joe Ellis and Marlow were all denied before Rovers gave away a sloppy goal.
Rovers re-shaped and pressed again, but had to twice rely on James Marshall and Adi Marshman to stop goal bound strikes and Crandon had to make another superb save.
Still creating chances going forward, Rovers got the crucial winner with seven minutes left, Ross Neads finishing well following good work from Havard.
Rovers travel to Odd Down Reserves on Saturday.
Weston St Johns 1
SAINTS produced an excellent performance to record a win in this top of the table clash.
They took the lead after three minutes when a superb diagonal pass from Dan Hartley sent Jack Clark clear and he was brought down for a penalty, Ryan Hawkins making it 1-0 from the spot.
Saints defenders Nick Jones, Dave Wilcox, Andy Llewellyn, Mitch Smit and Mike Carpenter were all in good form, protecting keeper Ian Allchorne. Just before half-time, Jones nearly doubled the lead from a free kick.
After the break, Mark Adams, James Wotton, Danny Sprague, Hartley and Clark were causing Purnells’ defenders problems, but Saints were forced to play counter-attack football as Purnells began to dominate.
Saints came close to sealing the win when Sprague hit a stunning long-range effort that crashed back off the crossbar.
Mike Whittaker Building player of the match was Danny Sprague.
Weston St Johns 2
Yatton Ath 1
ST JOHNS recorded an excellent win over a good Yatton side.
Yatton had the first chance, but Saints keeper Ian Allchorne made an outstanding save. Saints midfield of Mark Adams, Dan Hartley, Jack Clark and James Wotton began to take control of the game and good passing play involving Danny Sprague and Adams led to Ross Stockhall scoring.
Saints defenders Nick Jones, Dave Wilcox, Mitch Smit and Andy Llewellyn all played well, but it needed another excellent save from Allchorne to preserve the lead. Saints increased their lead when Hartley found Stockhall and he scored from close range.
Yatton never gave up and with 10 minutes to go they pulled a goal back with a header following a free-kick. In the final few minutes, Yatton caused a few anxious moments but Saints held on for a deserved 2-1 victory.
Mike Whittaker Building player of the match was Ian Allchorne.
WRINGTON-Redhill AFC’s next match is at home against Long Ashton at 2pm.
Wrington would like to thank Dave Haskell of TR Demolition for their generous sponsorship of this match.