2ND Round Qualifying FA VASE.
Willand progressed to the FIRST ROUND of the FA Vase after a scintillating attacking performance at Silver Street. Dean Stamp helped himself to his second first half hat trick of the season and the man of the match award. Luke Alden made his first start in Rovers colours and young Jake Vickers came off the bench for his debut.
The home faithful could hardly believe there luck as straight from the first whistle Rovers tore into the Sherborne back line. Before Stamp had scored his first, Rovers Hopkinson and Stamp himself had tested the away side keeper.
In the 5th minute Willand took the lead a Jake Wannell cross was only half cleared the ball fell to David Steele and his precision centre was headed home by Stamp. With confidence now coursing through their veins Willand knocked it around, new boy Alden was terrorising the right full back and his cross set up Stamp only for his effort to be deflected behind for a corner. From the resulting corner Dan Western effort flew wide.
In the 11th minute Willand doubled their advantage with certainly the goal of the game and maybe goal of the season so far. The ball started deep in the Willand half with some fine one touch football involving 5 or 6 players and some 12 passes later Stamp turned his man and hit a screamer from 25 yards which arrowed straight into the top corner.
Earlier in the season mistakes have cost the side dear in the 14th minute a mishit back pass only found the Sherborne striker who rounded the keeper to score. But earlier in the year this team might have let that affect them – not now. A minute later Rover’s restored their two goal advantage with Scott Rogers making a midfield burst into the area where he was able to get on the end of a Wannell cross to flick the ball home. 3-1 Rovers.
Alden was involved in the next period of play with Rovers camped in the Sherborne half, his header crashed against the cross bar the ball was cleared only to be returned with vengeance. Alden dazzling feet bemused two players his centre was met by Stamp who from the penalty spot made no mistake. 4-1 Rovers and cruising.
But Sherborne did not score 7 last week for no reason in a three minute burst they had reduced the deficit by two gaols to only be one behind. In the 28th minute Rovers failed to clear a corner and in the scramble the ball was stabbed home. Two minutes later there pacy forward out muscled us and got to the by line, his pull back avoided every white shirt allowing the on rushing mid field player to score. 4-3 Rovers, half time, 7 goals in 30 minutes exhilarating stuff.
Into the second half could either side keep this up well for the first 25 minutes of the half Rovers did? An Alden cross was met by Stamp but his effort was saved. A clinical precision move involving Wannell and Hopkinson lead to Rogers volleying just over. Western fired wide in the next attack and Rogers shot was hit straight at the keeper.
The game winning moment came in the 67th minute when Steele rose majestically to thump home a header from a Russell Jee free kick. Now Rovers used all their experience and just played keep ball. As the clock ran down James Ansell, Danny Baily and Jake Vickers for his debut all came off the bench.
Rovers: Alexander: Steele, Hill, Clampin, Jee: Wannell © Hopkinson, Rogers, Alden, Western, Stamp: Subs: Ansell for Alden, Baily for Stamp, Vickers for Steele; not used Luxon, Hambly,