Slimbridge FC vs Willand Rovers FC

The Pitching In Southern League Div One South
vs
September 11, 2021
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Rovers do a “smash & grab” with a late goal to take all three points!

After a torturous three and a half hour trip up the grid locked M5 the match finally got underway at 3.30pm.

The Rovers players looked a little subdued after the long trip & hasty warm up with little fluency or cohesion in their early play.

After 17 minutes a quick break down the wing by the hosts lead to the opening goal of the game: the winger cut the ball back to the home skipper who coolly slotted home past a stranded Burton. 1-0.

This goal seemed to spur Willand into action. On 27mins, good interplay between Mani Skett & Will Richards down the left wing gave Will the opportunity to cut into the box & get a shot away that shaved the top of the crossbar.

Willand were now applying more presure and in the 32 minute it paid off as the very lively Scott Piper did a mazy run into the box and was tripped by a defender just as he was about to shoot. Penalty! Alfie Moulden steps up and blast the ball into the net. 1-1.

Parity was short lived as on 36 minutes the Slimbridge right winger, who was causing us a few problems down the right with his pace and strength, surged into the area and, under a challenge from Kieran Bailey, managed to get a powerful shot away that beat George at the near post. 2-1 to Slimbridge.

Half time 2-1.

The second half, with Rovers now playing down the slope and with the wind behind them, saw us put consistent early pressure on the host’s goal. Finley Rooke seeing a header cleared off the line on 48 minutes.

A few minutes later George Burton was called in to action to make a fine save, tipping a 20 yarder from the home captain over the bar.

On 55 minutes Rovers made a double substitution, bringing on Noah Coppin & Mitch McCann for Louis J-C and Finley Rooke. Noah had an immediate impact on the game showing his strength in hold-up play & in making a number of pacey runs down the right wing to stretch the home defence.

On 64 minutes Scott Piper made another surging run into the penalty area & was upended by the keeper. Another penalty for the visitors & a yellow card for the keeper. Alfie Moulden again steps up & coolly converts. 2-2.

During the next 25 minutes the game ebbed & flowed, but with Rovers having perhaps the better of the half-chances. On 89 minutes Alfie M picked the ball up on the right wing just inside the Slimbridge half, he cut inside dribbling past two defenders befor unleashing a drive from the edge of the D: the ball hit the inside of the right post and into the net. 2-3 and Willand in front for the first time in the match.

The final few minutes were played out without concern & Willand take the 3 points, just about deserving to edge it.

Lineup

Louis Jagger-Cane
Ryan Guppy
Finley Rooke
George Burton
Scott Piper
Alfie Toland
Will Richards
Mani Skett
Alfie MouldenGoalGoalGoal
Kieran Bailey
Archie Reay

Subs

Matt WoodSub
David Steele (Assistant Manager)
Noah CoppinSub
Glenn Gould
Mitch McCannSub