Willand secured their first home win of the season and collected another valuable 3 points making it two wins on the bounce in 5 days.
Willand made two changes to the squad that played at Hengrove on Saturday. In came new signing Sam Alexander ,who has made the switch from Bridgwater where he was last seasons No 1 keeper, he replaces the young Yeovil keeper Cafer. Daniel Baily came onto the bench in place of unavailable Gray.
Again Willand lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation but after a surging 1st minute run from James Ansell on the left flank which lead to a corner. It was Bridport who really bossed the next 20 minutes of the game, they played some good football with Willand having to work hard to try and get the ball. In the 15th minute from a Bridport corner Sam Alexander made an excellent save low down at his near post when the ball seemed destined for the net. That save seemed to galvanise Willand and get them into the game.
The remainder of the half Willand played with confidence and control. In the 23rd minute a fine run by Dean Stamp and a neat pass by Ansell set up Dan Western but his shot was blocked by a prostrate defender. A minute later a Stamp left footer screamed across the grass and narrowly flashed past the far post. On the half hour mark a great Stamp run set up David Steele who’s flick flew across the gaol mouth. Two minutes later Scott Rogers set up Bobby Hopkinson who hit his left footed volley first time and just over. In the 36th minute a Rogers driving run set up Stamp who swivelled and hit a sweet shot which hit the post. Dan Western tried his luck from long range as Willand camped out in the Bridport half. The visitors were certainly happy to retreat to the new changing room all level at half time.
Into the second half and Willand got off to a flyer, Stamp went through after a Hambly pass but one on one with the keeper who spread himself well and saved the shot. The ball was only half cleared and Stamp fizzed his cross across the area for Ansell to arrive at the far post and put Willand ahead. Two minutes later a Jake Wannell cross was sliced behind for a corner although nothing came of that. In the 50th minute the Bridport keeper flattened Stamp some 20 yards outside of his area free kick awarded, no booking! Free kick taken but ball cleared.
For the next 15 minutes it was end to end stuff. Bridport were desperate to get back into the game and in the 52nd minute Alexander made his best save of the night with a fantastic reflect save from the Bridport striker. Willand responded and had chances with Stamp, Western and Ansell all having shots saved or blocked. The 63rd minute probably was the turning point in the game a Bridport free kick was met way beyond the far post and the knock back was volleyed onto the cross bar and over. That was a glorious chance to get parity.
Six minutes later Stamp set up Steele whose first time effort smashed against the post and out the ball was scrambled cleared for a corner. From the resulting corner James Clampin climbed highest to put his header just inside the near post but the Bridport keeper held on. Ian Patchett replace Steele on 70 minutes and five minutes later Stamp far post header from a Wannell cross was plucked out of the air just under the Bridport cross bar by their keeper. A further Wannell free kick was chested down for Western to blaze wide. Baily replaced Ansell on 87 minutes.
The victory sealing goal came in the 90th minute with Patchett sending over a deep cross for Stamp to volley home on the angle. Willand saw out the remaining 7 minutes to collect another 3 points.
Willand: Alexander; Wannell ©, Hill, Clampin, Hambly; Steele ,Hopkinson,, Rogers Ansell; Western, Stamp; Subs Patchett for Steele (70); Baily for Ansell (87) Beech not used.
Scott Rogers was a happy man last night having got a home win which he hoped pleased the home faithful. He stressed that this is only one victory and we must take each game as it comes, the side is still in its infancy and has a long way to evolve, small steps I think is his motto. We should not get too carried away it was one win but there were times when we really had to work hard to stay in the game. The result also hinged on a piece of lady luck both sides hit the woodwork twice and Sam Alexander made three vital saves at nil nil and one nil.
More pleasing was the partnership of Hill and Clampin, both warriors who really stood out again. Bobby Hopkinson performance which won him the man of the match award was a midfield master class full of power running, breaking up play, winning balls distribution etc. He looked sharp today gaining match fitness with each game he played, a joy to play alongside.
Another tough game coming up Street away, Coach leaves at 12.30 it would be great to see you all there.
Match reports for Saturday 31st August 2013.
On the last day of summer both Willand Rovers sides turned on the style to score 7 unanswered goals giving both teams a well-deserved 3 points. Both games can be described as a game of two halves as for 45 minutes in each game Willand were unstoppable.
Scott Rogers’ Willand travelled very slowly up the M5 to newly promoted Hengrove. Rob Buxton’s team travelled closer to home to Beer having only played them a week ago and drawing that match.