Winscombe on top in local derby
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Winscombe defeated close neighbours Uphill Castle 2-0 in an entertaining encounter.
Uphill Castle 0
DUE to their ground being unfit, Winscombe played Uphill Castle at home and beat a youthful, but very good footballing side 2-0.
Castle made the better start and after a slip by Massey, the centre-forward fired over the bar. They continued to press, but not testing home keeper Page.
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The midfield of Stoves and Hughes were working hard to gain a foothold and Chambers was denied a chance when given offside.
Whatever manager Barker said at half-time seemed to wake Winscombe up and six minutes after the break, a ball down the wing from Horwood found Flint who crossed for Hutchinson to beat the Castle keeper.
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With Chambers and Newman now helping Horwood and Heal and Hosey also looking composed, Winscombe gained the upper hand. They went further ahead after 65 minutes when Flint and Stoves combined to see the latter glide past two defenders and steer past the goalie.
Winscombe brought on 16-year-old Jordan Shepherd for his debut, while referee Clint Simmnos had an excellent game.
Winscombe play local rivals Cheddar Reserves next week. Winscombe Fish Bar man of the match was shared between Hosey and Flint.
Middlezoy Rovers 2
CONGRESBURY’S recent run of good results came to an end with this defeat at high-flying Middlezoy.
Congresbury dominated the early stages of the game and Ross Stockhall went close to opening the scoring. Defenders Alex Read, Joe Whittaker, Ash Flavell and Liam Knight were comfortable in dealing with the rare Middlezoy counter-attacks and keeper Danny Bullock was rarely troubled by Middlezoy’s long-range efforts.
Congresbury had a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty after Rob Harraway was brought down, but Seb Williams’ shot was saved. Still Congresbury poured forward and Harraway’s free kick was again well stopped.
Congresbury continued to push Middlezoy back on the defensive with Dave Blakely, Tony Tuckfield, Kyle Havard and Williams winning the midfield battle.
Middlezoy took the lead with a goal that came from a counter-attack, giving Bullock no chance with a well-placed shot to make the half-time score 1-0.
The second half was a more even affair, but midway through the half, Middlezoy made it 2-0 when a slip by Flavell let a striker in and he made no mistake with a shot into the corner of the net.
Congresbury rarely threatened after that, but Tuckfield had a great chance to get a goal back, but again the keeper made an excellent save to keep his goalbound effort out and the game finished 2-0.
Kismet Restaurant player of the match was Alex Read.