SUNDAY,Janaury 11 2015
ROVERS (5)12: 0 (0) Westonzoyland
Scorers: Levi Edwardson (5), Bailey Jason-Ryan (2), Ollie Elsworthy (2), Owen Buxton, Mitchell Dart, Jordan Biss.
Rovers chalked up a sixth win in six league outings with Levi Edwardson marking his home debut with a five goal haul as the side hit a nap-hand before the break and seven more in the second half.
The game also marked yet another clean sheet for Harrison Burton who has now got 14 clean sheets in his Rovers career – and he has played 22 times! Mind you, as good as our shot stopper undoubtedly is, a key component of the incredible defensive record – and the fact that this team is now unbeaten in 22 months is the defensive play of Tom Badcott who, this year has linked up with a couple of new defensive team mates and the transition has been – well, seamless! If Rovers Under-16s are a team made of machines then the boy ‘Baddsie’ is a Bentley!
As well as the home debut (with his five goals) of our new centre forward Levi (Edwardson) we were also able to see Silver Street debuts for Ryan Harley and Josh McLean, the latter named, along with two-goal Ollie Elsworthy, as the Westonzoyland players’ choice of the Rovers Man of the Match. Its incredible to think that young Ryan has now played six games for Rovers and has yet to see a goal go into the Rovers net! The one game we did concede in this season was the 3-1 pre-Christmas game at Westonzoyalnd when we had to play the game with nine-man! Ryan was not on duty that day so he has nowt but Rovers clean sheets to boast!
For the records the games other scorers, apart from the afore mentioned Edwardson nap-hand were braces from Bailey Jason-Ryan and Ollie Elsworthy and single goals from Jordan Biss, Owen Buxton and Mitchell Dart. For once the mercurial Sam Jones did not get on the score sheet.
Rovers had 14 players on duty led, as ever, by captain fantastic Tom ‘Baddsie’ Badcott, he lined up in front of keeper Harrison Burton with Ryan Harder and Josh McLean as the other pair in a back three. The middle five was the now regular middle trip of Sam Jones, Owen Buxton and young Connor Pengelly with Ollie Elsworthy and Philip Andrew operating the flanks and the new strike force of Levi Edwardson and Bailey Jasoin-Ryan up top. Mitchell Dart was also on duty – he’s become an integral part of this talented squad and the other two were Dan Foweraker – Dan making a very welcome return to action after such a lengthy injury absence – he last played for the side in the cup final win last April at Taunton Town! Jordan Biss was the other player involved whilst Ollie Searle did a splendid job running the line in support of a very good referee who was Shane Kallway.
The team play was good and, whilst the visitors were out played for long periods they did contest much of the first half and their Owen Dorsett was the star of the show for them.
So It’s six league wins and a cup win making played seven and won seven and the last time this team lost a game was in March 2013 – that’s some record for them all to be very proud of!
In terms of off the pitch duties, our thanks got to Ollie and Harrison’s Mums for help in the kitchen with chef-de-la-residence John Biss! To Debbie Foweraker for her latest incredible return selling programme and draw tickets – we made a PROFIT of £54 for club funds once we had paid officials and purchased food stocks for both kitchen and post match meals!
Thanks to Rob ‘the camera’ Mitchell for turning out to take the official team photograph.
Thanks to JP for his help cleaning the dressing rooms, to Trina for her splendid bar work and of course, to the MAIN MAN Clive Jones who gives up his time to chaperone these talented footballers through an important part of their footballing lives.