Odd Down made the awkward journey down to Willand Rovers on Wednesday evening and probably wished they hadn’t bothered as they went into the break 6-0 down in their Les Phillips Cup tie at Silver Street.
It was harsh on the Bath side who were out-passed by the home side who have racked up ten goals in two cup games following their FA Vase win over Bodmin Town on Saturday. Rovers took less than three minutes to open their account when Ben Bickle went down the right and his curling cross was swept in first time by skipper Luke Mortimore and with Brad Ausden testing away keeper George Dorrington and then finding the side netting it soon dawned on them that it was going to be a long evening in Devon.
Ash McGrane had a shot blocked in a rare Odd Down attack in the first half but Dean Stamp was beginning to enjoy himself and having set Ausden up with a deft flick which was saved, he latched onto a quick throw in and smashed in a right foot shot to make it 2-0 on 16 minutes. Mortimore was then in with an open goal beckoning but a superb last ditch tackle by Lewis Dunn saved a third but the reprieve was short lived as Josh Searle’s drive from distance went in off a defender and it was 3-0 half way through the first period. By then Kurt James had been replaced by David Hare and seconds later it was four as Stamp threaded a ball through to Ausden who finished with style. Kye Mountford then set up Jake Sinclair whose close range effort was blocked but Stamp was running the show and his pass through the defence was again finished clinically by Bickle to make it 5-0. He left the best for last with five minutes to the break when his 40 yard pass over the defence found the onrushing Mortimore who shot home for the round half dozen which left Odd Down stunned.
Stamp was replaced just after the restart which was a blessing for Odd Down who were determined to play but Willand had not declared by any means and Mortimore latched onto a quick break out of defence to crash home the seventh and claim his hat-trick. McGrane and Josh Morgan-Williams both went close for Odd Down before substitute Luke Aden hit the post at the other end but the visitors deservedly netted a consolation late on when George Lloyd shot past substitute keeper Aaron Dearing four minutes from time.


Kerry Miller
Press Officer
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