Rovers Under-18s made a promising start to life in the Somerset Floodlit League when they drew 1-1 with visiting Street.
League secretary Richard Sloane was at Silver Street to see the game and the following appeared on the full-time website that carries all the league news and result:
“The league secretary visited the Silver Street ground of Willand Rovers to see a great display of football for newly created sides Willand Rovers and Street FC”
As for the action – it was a terrific encounter with Rovers taking a late first half lead through their youngest player – Connor Pengelly. Last season’s Manager’s Player of the Year, was on hand to score at the Road End.
With Harrison Burton unable to play owing to the seven day ruling regarding transfers – the glovesman has been transferred from neighbours Cullompton Rangers – it meant a shift between the post for Josh Mclean and he was as solid and commanding as ever.
The defensive line was solid with the central pairing of Dan Foweraker and the classy Tom Badcott coping admirably with the best that Street could offer.
Street, for their part, contributed much to the game and few present would deny that they were worthy of a share of the spoils and they got what their several shift deserved with a leveller midway through the second half.
So honours even and manager Clive Jones was delighted post match.
He said: “That was a terrific first outing. I thought the lads did very well. The game ebbed and flowed and both sides will probably come out of those 90 minutes feeling they got what they deserved for their efforts. If this is the standard of the league then bring it on! It was most enjoyable and that’s what I ask, as ever, of my players – that they enjoy what they are doing.”
The Under-18s boss did however, offer words of caution when he added: “If I had one gripe it was that too many of our players clearly had nothing left in the tank in the closing stages and I had to tell them past match that I don’t mind them playing Sundays for other teams – that’s fine – who am I to stop youngsters playing as much football as they can. But what I do mind is when lads think they can play both days and give their all to both causes because that simply does not happen. I did tell the lads that if they are going to play Sundays’ before a Rovers game then I need to know as I am clearly going to have to get others signed on to cover for such situations. There’s plenty of lads out there asking to come and join us and for ever player that does decide a Sunday game is more important than a Monday game, there’ll be a player who rests on Sunday and wants to play Monday night.”
Next up for the Under-18s is a two-games-in-two days commitment which is far fro ideal – Elmore in the Devon County Cup on Sunday (11am) at Silver Street and then, on Monday evening (7.30pm) its Wellington who are the visitors to Silver Street.