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Rovers completed a season’s double over Bridgwater VPR beating the Somerset side 6-1 at Silver Street in front of the biggest crowd of the season to watch an Under-16 match.
The victory also took Rovers to the top of the table, displacing previous leaders Staplegrove who were in KO Cup quarter final action – they beat Galmington Dragons 4-0 – and so Rovers will meet Staplegrove in the semi-final on a date yet to be determined.
In terms of the victory over Bridgwater VPR, goals they were shared by the Devon County Under-16 trio of Bailey Jason-Ryan (3), Levi Edwardson (2) and Sam Jones. The Jason-Ryan hat-trick was of the ‘special’ variety – some class finishing – as were the other goals, but this was once again all about the team who, collectively, played as well as they have done for some time and put a good visiting side to the sword. Bridgwater did net to halve the early two-goal deficit, but Rovers were soon back in charge and spent much of the game controlling proceedings with Sam Jones, Connor Pengelly and Owen Buxton once again orchestrating things ads a middle ‘three’. Ollie Elsworthy, the splendid Josh Mclean and Phil Andrew, shared the flank duties and Dan Foweraker, Ryan Harder and captain fantastic Tom Badcott ensure there was another ‘wall’ in front of Harrison Burton who had to pick the ball out of his net for only the second time in nine outings this season – and the first time he has been beaten at Silver Street this season.
Up top Bailey Jason-Ryan, Levi Edwardson and Mitchell Dart shared the striking duties. The side are playing some smashing football right now, and that has led to increased attendances which in turn means greater takes in the kitchen where John Biss continues to be the master of ceremonies – ably helped today by Steve Birley and Roy Bird – how good was it to see the latter who used to be such an important asset of the side in its formative years! Debbie Foweraker was once again the angel with the draw tickets (and the match day programmes) and Jo Elsworthy was once again such a valuable assistant come meal time for the players – thank you one and all for another great team effort off the pitch – it mirrors the class on it!
Rovers team: Harrison Burton, Tom Badcott (captain), Ryan Harder, Dan Foweraker, Ollie Elsworthy, Connor Pengelly, Sam Jones, Owen Buxton, Josh Mclean, Bailey Jason-Ryan, Levi Edwardson, Phil Andrew, Mitchell Dart, Jordan Biss.
Also on squad duty were Ollie Searle and Will Birley – and Max Cooper was also present – he did a splendid job running the line
The unbeaten record for this term – home or away – continued. The last time this team was beaten either home or away was on May 10, 2013 when Wembdon left Silver Street with the points in an evening game.