The home side got off to a strong start with player/manager Leigh White getting on the ball in midfield and setting the tempo in getting the talented young duo of Ben Griffiths and Joe Creese driving forward and creating all sorts of problems for the Worle defence. The first chance at goal came from a Mike Rowcliffe shot that was deflected away. Chris Bradley headed against the crossbar from an Ollie Clements free kick. Griffiths again got away from his markers and found Holland and his shot also struck the crossbar.
Worle were playing more of a long ball game and with the wind at their backs were causing problems for the home defence and Callum Briggs and Jason Potter facing his old club had their work cut out as Worle forwards Ryan Down, Ryan Hodrien and Chris Taylor were very sprightly on the counter attack. It was Down who struck twice to take a fortunate half time lead. His first effort was driven past Matt Hill from just inside the box on 20 minutes and shortly after a powerful drive rocketed past Hill leaving him with no chance to save.
Before the interval arrived Wrington Redhill spurned three more scoring opportunities. Griffiths fed Creese and his cross somehow eluded Holland for a tap in and then Griffiths brought a good save from Jack Hodrien at a foot of the post and the last kick of the half saw his effort again strike the crossbar.
To counter the long ball threat White moved to the back to direct his defence and Rowcliffe withdrew into a midfield role still allowing Griffiths to cause his opposition all sorts of problems with his pace and jinking runs to compliment his determination and ferocity in winning the ball back for his team mates. Rowcliffe had a shot pushed away for a corner and Creese had a shot saved following good work from Holland. Another Griffiths run found Holland who again missed connecting his shot effort. Wrington Redhill were in the ascendancy although another scare came when a Clements free kick was cleared and a swift counter attack resulted in Down shooting wide.
The home side got right back into the game with a goal on the hour mark. White found Rory Thomas who fed Griffiths who cleverly slid the ball into the path of Holland who made no mistake this time in slotting the ball past the advancing keeper. Worle had another attempt thwarted when Callum Briggs held off the advancing Taylor forcing his shot wide. Clements fired a free kick straight at Hodrien whilst Ryan Hodrien fired a free kick just wide of a post.
Simon Lee and George Martin replaced Holland and Thomas and still the home team worked tirelessly to get some reward for their efforts. With tenminutes to go Griffiths took a free kick from just outside the box which a defender handled and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Griffiths who fired home high into the net for the well deserved equaliser. It looked that this might be the final result when White headed a Ryan Hodrien free kick clear with the clock ticking down.
With just minutes remaining there was drama and controversy when the referee awarded a penalty to Worle. Ollie Clements won a tackle inside the box and as the ball was being cleared the Worle player fell over. No one appealed and only the referee reacted with the spot kick decision which caused consternation among the frustrated home players and ended up with Rowcliffe shown a red card and Hill a yellow card for their vehement protests.
Eventually Ryan Hodrien netted from the spot clinching a 3-2 victory bringing a sour end to a well contested game from two fully committed sides.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Ben Griffiths
GK, Matthew Hill
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Jason Potter, Rory Thomas
Midfield: Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Ben Griffiths, Joe Creese
Forwards: Mike Rowcliffe, Chris Holland
Subs: George Martin (for Rory Thomas), Simon Lee (for Chris Holland), Adam Caulfield(not used), Jack Biggs (not used)