Wembdon U16’s 1 – 6 Willand U16’s
The Rovers U16’s made clear their Championship credentials by demolishing last year’s league champions Wembdon 6-1 on their own patch at Cannington College.
The Willand team began on the front foot and scored within three minutes when Chaz Dodd threaded a perfect ball through the Wembdon defence for Oscar Walsh to finish exquisitely. One lapse of concentration let the Somerset team back in who levelled after nine minutes. However, the lead was restored for Rovers when Walsh again capitalised this time on an incredible assist from goalkeeper Sam Hill to make it 2-1 after 12 minutes. Willand’s back line of goalkeeper Hill, Hawkins, Futcher, Badcott and Tucker were throughout the first half impossible to break down which coupled with the composure and industry of captain Tom Jeacock, Jacob Turner and the influential Jack Hobday in midfield ensured the solid platform required to get on top of the opposition. Wembdon were unable to stop the attacking prowess of Garreth Blackmore, Walsh or Dodd and the game was effectively killed off when Walsh completed his hat trick after yet more link up play from Dodd saw Rovers to a well-deserved 3-1 interval lead.
Half time substitutions saw Dylan Nicholas coming into the heart of the defence, Tom Prout into the midfield engine room and Branden Simsek on the wing. Such is the strength in depth of the Willand squad that it was business as usual in the second half as Prout proved his versatility with perhaps his finest display to date. Simsek showed his class and powerful wing play by supplying assists in the second half for a fourth goal for Walsh as well as an inch perfect cross for Garreth Blackmore to net his first Rovers goal of the season on 65 minutes. Occasionally Wembdon would test the Rovers backline but new signing and centre half Dylan Nicholas demonstrated a calmness and authority on the ball which bodes well for the future. The game was wrapped up toward the end of the game when Blackmore once more showed his poacher’s instinct to wrap up a flowing move instigated by midfield dynamo Hobday to make the final score Wembdon 1 Willand 6.
Man of the Match was the mercurial Oscar Walsh. Although Chris Badcott and Chaz Dodd ran him very close for MOM.
Goals were shared out on the day between Walsh 4 and Blackmore 2.
The Willand Line up: Sam Hill, Chris Badcott, Matt Futcher, Haydn Tucker Tristan Hawkins, Charlie Dodd, Jacob Turner, Gareth Blackmore, Tom Jeacock (Capt), Jack Hobday and Oscar Walsh. Subs: Tom Prout, Dylan Nicholas, and Branden Simsek.