Sam Jones managed to do something his father Clive never achieved on the Sunday before Christmas! Young Sam, playing for Devon Under-16s in their latest match away against Gloucestershire Under-16s, netted his first county youth goal.
Dad Clive played schoolboy football for both Somerset and Devon at county level and failed to score for either. Clive was there to see Sam net in the game played on the artificial surface at Almondsbury, home of the Gloucestershire FA, and said: “It was a good goal and helped the side hold a single goal half-time lead. I am chuffed for Sam. It’s special enough to play for the county and to also get a goal is something he can always have on his footballing CV – it’s certainly one better than I ever managed!”
Rovers’ had four players on county duty at Almondsbury. Harrison Burton played the whole 90 minutes in goal (Rovers’ player Josh McLean was taken ill the night before the game so was unable to travel with the side leaving Harrison to play ion goal for the entire game). Bailey Jason-Ryan began the game in central midfield alongside Jones junior and Levi Edwardson led the line up top!
Clive Jones said: “All our lads did very well in what was a good all-round team display (Devon won 4-1). Harrison (Burton) made a stunning save at 2-1 at a crucial time. It’s very pleasing to see so many of the lads who also play at Rovers on a Sunday playing, and contributing, in the county side. It certainly augers well for the future at Silver Street!”