There were just NINE players on duty (it became 10 in the second half when the injured Sam Jones borrowed boots and kit to play a part), for Clive Jones’ Under-16s and yet the former Rovers first team manger with his ‘assistant’ John ‘JP’ Pengelly, somehow managed to set the team up against a full complement of home side Westonzoyland – and win the game 3-1!

Oliver Elsworthy scored twice and there was a first Rovers goal for one of this season’s new lads – who has quickly become very popular amongst his new team mates – Josh Mclean, who rifled the ball home from fully 35-yards!

But the hero count for Rovers is NINEFOLD – so take a bow; Harrison Burton, skipper Tom Badcott, Ryan Shrewsberry, Josh Mclean, Ollie Elsworthy, Connor Pengelly, Owen Buxton, Mitchell Dart and Tommy Mortiboys.

“Boys, you did us proud.”

Confusion in the week, some of which was down to website article posting – led to the three Exeter-based players not being at the game in Bridgwater. Sam Jones travelled with the team but was injured and could not play – BUT – he came on after the break, borrowing his dad’s boots which were too small for him! Let’s hope the lad did not do any more damage to the injury as he is on County duty next weekend along with four other Rovers’ players!

The win means the Rovers Under-16s have got through the entire year of 2014 WITHOUT LOSING A GAME – what’s more they head into 2015 on course to emulate last season’s success of a double trophy triumph.

So what did the ‘gaffer’ (Clive Jones) make of it all: “I told the lads post I was so very proud of them all. To a player they were magnificent. At one stage we had eight and I was seriously thinking of saying to them (Westonzoyland) that we could not play. Then eight became nine and, after the break Sam took the decision he wanted to get out there and do his bit – albeit with an injury. Amongst the hero’s (and they all were) I do want to make special reference of the shift from Ollie (Elsworthy). When we set the team up with nine at the start in a 3/4/1 Ollie was asked to run the line as a lone striker and boy did he do that! He was simply magnificent and I did ask him after the game where that performance came from – yes, it really was that good!


Take a bow Clive Jones and JP – the pair of you, along with nine hero’s made a certain Rovers’ officials Christmas. It’s McDs on me later in the season!  SB