Worle return to Premier Division in style
PUBLISHED: 10:26 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 17 August 2018
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Worle recorded an emphatic 7-1 victory over Shirehampton in their first match in nearly 20 years in the Somerset County Premier Division.
This was the first game in almost 20 years for Worle in the Somerset County Premier Division and they returned in style.
Worle welcomed Shirehampton to the Rec and a tight game against a regular top six side was expected.
Worle started in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Ben Dancey in goal, a back four of debutant Marcus Walters, Connor Down, Simon Hudson and Mike Hodrien. The midfield three was made up of Jonny Parker, Elliott Nelson and Jack Hodrien, with an attacking trio of Ryan Hodrien, Chris Taylor and Ryan Down.
The game started at a frantic pace with Shire struggling with the high tempo set by Worle. The first 15 minutes were pretty even with no real chances until a through ball from Shire saw a one-on-one, but Dancey bravely smothered at his feet.
A quick break allowed Taylor to get away and square to Ryan Down to smash home and put the home side 1-0 up after 17 minutes.
Within ten minutes it was 3-0. Ryan Down added a second when put through on goal and Ryan Hodrien’s cross come shot put Worle further ahead.
The home side were well on top and could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty just before the break when Ryan Hodrien’s effort was palmed away by the Shire custodian. Shire’s dangerous Bamford had an effort well saved by Dancey just before the break.
The second period started in the same fashion as the first with Worle bossing the game. After 52 minutes Connor Down added a fourth, before Shire pulled one back after an hour when Bamford coolly slotted past Dancey.
Gaffer Down introduced Tom Adams in place of Taylor and he was immediately on the score sheet after calmly slotting in at the second attempt. Another change after 75 minutes saw Mcmanus replaced the excellent Mike Hodrien.
A lovely flowing football move put Parker through and lobbed the keeper to make it six and Worle were awarded a second penalty in injury time and Ryan Down slotted home for his hat-trick.
This was a great performance all round from Worle and the precedent has been set for the season ahead. The back five were solid with special mention going to Walters for an outstanding debut.
The midfield ran the game and worked tirelessly, while the forward line caused all sorts of problems going forward.
Many thanks go to Shire and their group of fans who brought a great atmosphere to the Rec despite the result.
Worle head into Saturday’s local derby with Wrington Redhill full of confidence and looking to make it six points from six.
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