https://plus.google.com/photos/106481448529677945455/albums/6136859842539603345A goal 15 minutes from time scored by the youngest player on the pitch – Connor Pengelly – settled yet another seriously close encounter between Rovers and Wembdon. Young Pengelly rose to head home Sam Jones’ well-flighted free-kick and that was sufficient to take Rovers ever closer to another title. The 1-0 win also extended the terrific unbeaten run – home or away – for this particular Rovers team who were last beaten, ironically by Wembdon, in May 2013.
Rovers boss Clive Jones was philosophical at full time. He said: “To be honest that was not us at our best. However, to use that as an excuse would do a massive disservice to a very good Wembdon side. Make no mistake – that Wembdon team are without doubt the best of the rest if we are indeed now to go on and claim the title. They work hard for each other and are certainly not short on ability in all areas. I felt we looked tired and a number of the lads did say they felt that way for I know with Saturday club football and School football, a lot of the boys have been playing a ridiculous amount of football. So I must credit them for the way they have gone out and sealed a narrow clean sheet success.”
The boss continued: “Whilst we were not at our best there were a couple of individuals that I do feel most worthy of special mention. Baddsie (Tom Badcott) was outstanding – when do we not say that by the way. He was imperious in the way he organised the back line and Dan (Foweraker) continued where he left off after his masterly display in the cup win at Staplegrove, our last outing before this one.”
With regard to the title, then boss said: “With the demise of Bishops Lydeard it did throw up the very real possibility that we could have gone down to Wembdon and then possibly Staplegrove which would ultimately have led to a play-off for the title. The fact that we have beaten a good Wembdon side does take us mighty close to the top honour. We have three to play – Minehead, Holway and Staplegrove – and Staplegrove must play us and Wembdon. So it is not yet done, but the players have once again stepped up to the plate and delivered.”
On the future of this group of players, Clive said: “I’d like them all to move on up into Under-18 with us. However, I am long in the tooth in football speak and know that some will no doubt go and play elsewhere. That’s fine by me and there’ll be no falling out with anyone over choices made. I think we have set the standards with this group of players and if any of the lads don’t want to be with us then I’ll shake their hand, thank them for their wonderful service to our club over the seasons past, wish them well and then move on to bring in replacements – and there are players already saying they’d like the chance to join our group next season.”
The boss concluded: “Before next season we have to seal this one off and that means three more league games – and a cup final if the League can see sense and find us a date other than the Bank Holiday weekend that they have chosen – a date we cannot make as a team and I want us, as a team, to participate in a cup final.”