Rovers back to winning ways
Langford Rovers returned to winning ways with success at Ilminster.
Langford Rovers 3
Ilminster Town 1
AFTER a stop-start few weeks with the weather, Rovers got back to league business with a convincing win over Ilminster.
Rovers started patiently and found their fluency as the first period went on. Joe Ellis and Leigh White began to dominate in midfield and the former exchanged well with Aaron Blakemore before shooting wide.
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The breakthrough came on the half-hour when a fine interchange between Ellis and Blakemore saw debutant Callum Ham smash home from inside the area. At the other end, James Marshall and Adi Marshman were solid in defence.
The second period again saw Rovers dominate. Levi Marlow put Rovers two up after Leigh White worked well with Blakemore, the final touch hitting Marlow and bouncing beyond the keeper.
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Blakemore nodded in a fine third from Ham’s centre. Kieren White made his full debut for Rovers, before the visitors nicked a late consolation with a shot which saw a dodgy bounce evade keeper Jamie Crandon
Avenue Cleaners man of the match went to Callum Ham for a superb debut.
Weston St Johns 1
JAMES Wotton was the Saints hero, scoring in only his second start of the season in the 89th minute to secure a well-deserved three points at Watchet.
Saints have been much improved in recent weeks and took the game to their hosts from the off. The defence kept the opposing attackers quiet, while at the other end, the classy Justin Flavell saw a penalty turned down when he turned his marker.
There were some outstanding individual performances, but most pleasing for manager James Bennellick was the performance as a team unit.
Stand-in goalkeeper Ryan Hodrien excelled himself. One save in particular save kept the Saints with a clean sheet.
The Watchet keeper was the more busy as saves from Flavell, Hawkins and Clark looked to be seeing the game out as a stalemate, until a ball into the box from James Cole saw Wotton pounce to come home with maximum points.
Alliance homes man of the match was Mike Hudson.
Weston St John’s Res 3
SAINTS Reserves entertained Westlands in this local derby and Saints took all three points.
Westlands started the brighter, but never tested Saints keeper Allchorne. Gorkua was the first to test the Westlands keeper, followed by Evans Hayes and Hartley. Saints took the lead through Andy Young’s smart turn and finish.
Saints were dominating the game with the returning Andy Hayes and Dan Hartley controlling the midfield. Saints’ back four of Charalambos, skipper Hartley, Carpenter and Whittaker had a quiet afternoon. It was no surprise when Lee Whittaker added the second after a swift passing move.
After the break, Ryan Evans’ deflected shot went narrowly wide against his former club. Saints put the game to bed when Hayes controlled the ball on his chest and side footed home. Saints brought on Mike Handsford and Ryan Fieldhouse to freshen up the attack near the end.
M&S Carpentry man of the match was shared between Dan Hartley and Andy Hayes.