Scott Rogers thanks Kevin Hill after Willand Rovers beat Sherborne Town
Scott Rogers hailed the impact of Exmouth Town player-manager Kevin Hill, after the veteran helped Willand Rovers to a 3-1 victory at Sherborne Town on Easter Monday.
With Rovers missing six first-team players, Rogers persuaded Hill to plug the gap in defence – and Hill responded with an influential display to help Willand avoid a third successive defeat.
Tom Bath, James Blake and Brett Worbey scored the goals to give Willand a lift ahead of Saturday’s Les Phillips Cup semi-final at Welton Rovers.
“Kevin Hill came in and helped us out from Exmouth and I can’t thank him enough,” said Rogers.
“He played alongside Kai Fisher – who was unlucky to be sent off against Buckland on Thursday – and it really helped us at the back.
“I have been trying to sign Kevin a few times recently but he keeps on turning me down and I don’t know why!
“I hope I can poach him for a few more games from Exmouth when they aren’t playing because I don’t think we would have got the points if he hadn’t been playing.”
Rovers headed into the match off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Buckland Athletic in a game which also saw Rogers miss a penalty.
They also lost 2-1 at home to bogey side Longwell Green Sports prior to that, so avoiding a third straight loss – something which has not happened to Rovers yet this season – came as a major relief to Rogers.
“I am chuffed, particularly after losing on Thursday. Some might disagree but I thought we were unlucky to lose that, so it was great to get the win on Monday,” he said.
“It was not a great game. We went 1-0 up through a Tom Bath header but they went straight down the other end and equalised from a free-kick.
“At that point we were thinking ‘here we go again’, but James Blake scored a really good goal and so did Brett Worbey. It was comfortable in the end.”