Rovers through to the quarter-finals

Langford Rovers reach the quarter-finals of the cup with a 4-1 victory at Clevedon United.

Clevedon Utd 1

Langford Rovers 4

ROVERS progressed to the quarter-finals of the cup with this excellent win away at Clevedon.

On a boggy pitch, Rovers started well and looked dangerous going forward with the front four of Olly Bliss, Ryan Havard, Levi Marlow and Leigh White. White broke twice and exchanged passes with Marlow but shot wide.

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Havard twice rounded the keeper soon after, but both times the home defence managed to clear off the line. Moments later Havard opened the scoring after a fine run and shot and the superb White added a second on the half-hour.

Visiting keeper Jamie Crandon had little to do in the first period, although a half chance before the break saw the ball bounce on top of the bar.

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Fearing a second half backlash, Rovers come out in the second period in solid fashion. The defence with Crandon behind held firm with an early onslaught, but Rovers increased their lead, Havard again finishing neatly after fine interchanges between White, Ryan Harris and Marlow.

Minutes later the home side pulled a goal back. Rovers held firm with Matt Vann making an excellent last ditch tackle before Mark Brown crossed for Marlow to finish with an excellent headed goal.

Rovers travel to Stockwood on Saturday hoping to extend their recent good form.

Weston St Johns 4

Watchet Town 4

St Johns won 4-2 on penalties

SAINTS advanced to the next round of the league cup with a thrilling win at Watchet.

The game got off to a fast start with three goals coming in the opening 12 minutes. Watchet opened the scoring before Saints hit back when James Bennellick was set up by Ross Stockhall for the equaliser. The visitors took the lead when Nick Jones’ corner was headed into the net by Stockhall.

Jack Clark then forced the home keeper into making two good saves and at the other end, Ian Allchorne was being kept busy by the lively Watchet attack.

Minutes before half-time the score became 3-1 when James Wotton’s pass was netted by Stockhall. There was still time for Watchet to reduce the arrears and make the half-time score 3-2.

The second half began with Saints increasing their lead when Mark Adams and Ryan Hodrien linked up to find Clark, who netted the fourth. Watchet made it 4-3 after a defensive mix-up and with less than five minutes to go equalised to take the game into extra-time.

Saints defenders Dave Wilcox, Dean Pierson, Andy Young, Nick Jones and Mike Carpenter came under pressure and just before half-time Saints suffered a major blow when Stockhall had to go off with a serious injury and keeper Joe Malik was pressed into action.

After a goal-less extra-time, penalties by Jones, Pierson, Bennellick and Hodrien took Saints through to the next round.

The Mike Whittaker Building player of the match was James Wotton.

Worle 3

Burnham Utd Res 2

WORLE earned three points at home to Burnham United Reserves.

The game should have been sewn up before half-time with a hatful of chances that went begging and also a missed penalty as well.

Worle’s first chance fell to Sam Clements but his header just went over. Rich Bushell then missed another chance before Worle took the lead through Miller after good work by Bushell.

Burnham scored from their only effort in the first half, giving Bail in the Worle goal no chance. Worle were then given a penalty when Vincent was brought down, but Ollie Clements hit the post.

The second half started with Worle again dominant and it was a route one ball that found Clements in space and he made no mistake. The next goal was the best of the season so far when a through ball from Hewish was collected by Clements, before lobbing the onrushing keeper.

A penalty for Burnham in the last 10 minutes set up a nervy finish, but the home side saw out the game which sets up an interesting encounter away to top of the table Banwell on Saturday (2.30pm).

Man of the match was Ollie Clements.

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