Saints progress in the cup
Weston St Johns defeat Taunton Blackbrook 6-2 in the cup.
Weston St Johns 6
Taunton Blackbrook 2
SAINTS progressed to the next round of the county cup with a well-deserved and comfortable victory over Blackbrook.
Saints got off to a fast start with Ross Stockhall and Calum McManus giving the Taunton defenders a torrid time with their pace.
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Saints took the lead from a free-kick following a foul on Stockhall and McManus’s effort was pushed on to the crossbar by the Taunton keeper, only for James Wotton to head home the rebound.
Saints went 2-0 up when a good passing move involving Ryan Hodrien and Mark Adams sent Stockhall clear and he went round the keeper before firing home. Minutes later the score became 3-0 when James Bennellick and Ryan Hawkins combined to set Stockhall free to score.
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Saints defenders Nick Jones, Dean Pierson, Ash Flavell and Bennellick had dealt comfortably with all Taunton had offered, but they conceded a soft goal from a corner to make the score 3-1.
After the break, McManus made the score 4-1 with a superb individual effort.
Saints Stockhall completed his hat-trick with a shot into the corner of the net.
Matt Huxtable was playing his first game of the season and he came close when his shot hit the post. Taunton made the score 5-2 with a shot that gave keeper Ian Allchorne no chance.
The final goal was again created by McManus when he unselfishly set up Stockhall for his fourth goal of the game.
The Mike Whittaker Building player of the match was Ross Stockhall.
Langford Rovers 3
Shepton Mallet Res 0
ROVERS progressed through to the next round of the cup after an impressive performance against their lower division rivals.
Starting brightly Rovers dominated the first period, with the returning Rich Park at the centre of most good Rovers moves.
On the half hour, the sprightly Ross Neads won a free kick which resulted in the opener. Park swung a lovely free kick into the area which Levi Marlow headed home. Ryan Havard and Olly Bliss went close for Rovers, but for all their dominance they only had the one goal to show for their efforts.
The second half saw much of the same, with home keeper Jamie Crandon being a spectator. The second goal was superb. From a visiting corner Rovers broke with Havard, who then despatched a shot from the halfway line as he spotted the keeper off his line.
Toby Yeates added a third late on after Joe Popperwell headed on Leigh White’s corner and Joe Ellis nearly finished off a superb five-man move, opting to hit wide rather than the target.
Rovers host Taunton Blackbrook on Saturday hoping to keep up their winning run.
Burnham Utd 6 Worle 0
WORLE got knocked out of the Somerset County Cup when they made the short journey to Burnham United who play in the division above and are currently third.
Worle made six changes due to unavailability and were pleased to have Joe Farmer in the side for his first appearance this season. Worle started the brighter of the two sides with both Hewish and Clements showing up well in the centre of midfield.
Jon Mcabe was moved to centre-half and Danny Poole was moved to right-back and was the outstanding performer in the Worle team.
Yet again it was a mistake that let Burnham take the lead and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their advantage.
Worle lost Harvey in the first half and was replaced by Dan Pratlett and early in the second half Ollie Clements was replaced by Darren Vincent which meant a reshuffle and the home side took full advantage.
The scoreline somewhat flattered the home team, but with the cup out of the way, Worle can concentrate on the next couple of league games at home to both Cheddar and Burnham United Res.
Man of the match was Danny Poole. On Saturday, Worle are home to Cheddar Reserves, kick-off 2.30pm.