Worle slip to just second defeat of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:38 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:38 12 January 2018

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Worle slipped to just their second defeat of the season away to league leaders Somerton Town.

Somerton Town 2

Worle 0

Worle suffered only their second defeat of the season away to table-toppers Somerton Town, but this was a game which they dominated, with 15 corners to the home side’s three.

Worle created numerous chances and Chris Taylor could have put Worle 1-0 up, but his shot was turned around the post by the home keeper. Every corner caused the Somerton defence problems, but the ball could not be turned into the net.

It was the home side who took the lead when Parker in the Worle midfield was fouled allowing his marker to deliver a cross that was met by Jake Grant against the run of play.

The home side were relying on breakaways which were dealt with comfortably by Down, Hudson and Nelson in the Worle back three.

After the break, Worle had the majority of play, corners and shots and the turning point came with 15 minutes to go when Worle were awarded a free kick 20 yards out.

This was despatched into the corner of the net giving the home keeper no chance, but the referee surprisingly made Hodrien retake it to the bemusement of both teams.

With time running out, Worle got caught with another sucker punch in the last minute when Somerton broke away to put the game out of reach.

Worle do have two games in hand on Somerton and are six points behind and on Saturday they are at home oo Portishead Town, kick-off 2pm.

Odd Down Reserves 1

Wrington Redhill 1

Despite the absences of Leigh White and Sam Johnson through injury and illness and other unavailability, manager Grahame Cheeseman shuffled his squad around with a debut for new signing Ollie Clements (brother of Sam), Mark Brown and Paul Faulkner.

The early period saw chances at both ends with the home side’s Luke Bell firing straight at Matt Hill. Wrington Redhill, with Ollie Clements industrious in midfield, saw a free kick from him gathered by the home keeper, with Cameron Shipway and Jake Horton shooting just over.

A decisive passing movement involving Callum Vickery, Shak O’Connor and Horton’s shot was one of the highlights of the half.

It was not all one-way traffic as Sam Clements made a tremendous tackle to clear danger when Bell was again getting around the Wrington defence. A poor clearance from Hill went straight to an Odd Down forward who fortunately shot wide of the goal. Hill made up for it later with a fine save from another header.

Before the loyal band of Wrington Redhill supporters had time to take up their positions their team had taken the lead with the first attack of the restart. An attack down the right side saw Chris Holland’s spectacular overhead kick reaching O’Connor, whose diving header gave Shipway no chance of saving.

In taking the lead this seemed to spur on the home side, but the Wrington defence superbly marshalled by Sam Clements seemed to be holding out thanks to a couple of smart saves from Hill and a tremendous block again from Sam Clements.

Ten minutes before the end, Odd Down’s David Cooper rifled in an unstoppable drive from outside the box to level the scores.

The closing minutes were eventful when Odd Down’s Terry Wade was sent off having received his second yellow card and substitute Finn Coyle’s effort struck the Wrington Redhill crossbar.

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