Winscombe A. 3. V. Wrington Reserves 5. W. & D Div 2
After a few difficult weeks, Wrington finally got their reward as they were able to field an almost full strength side. Within the first five minutes Hill’s clearance released Lee whose cross was met by Anderson whose header (with his eyes closed) somehow found its way to Moore who coolly switched it to his left foot and planted his shot into the top corner to give the visitors an early lead. With the prefect start Wrington created a number of chances and might have expected Winscombe to be low on confidence but they responded with Hill in the Wrington Goal having to make several crucial saves from Rob Fewings and the lively Franklin Armstrong. After 15 minutes of an already entertaining encounter, Keith Prouse-Ball out muscled the Wrington defence and squeezed the ball under Hill to equalise. Even though the visiting side had more of the possession and were winning the 50/50 challenges, the home side were still dangerous on the break. With half an hour gone, Jay Fewings ran clear through the midfield and finished clinically to give Winscombe the lead. They could have increased their lead further almost immediately as Oscar Porlock brought out a fine save from Matt Hill. Wrington increased their efforts in response and Jackson Cook was unlucky several times as the ball would not sit for him when in good positions and Lee’s turn and shot with the goal at his mercy seemed destined to find the net only to be cleared off the line. Similarly Joe Moore brought out a fine save from Mason and the rebound hit a defender and then the post before going out for a corner. As half time approached Wrington became more desperate with several shots landing on the railway line. However, a short corner to Lee drew a foul and Anderson sidefooted home the penalty to put the sides level at the break.
Wrington started the second half as they had the match with Thomas marauding down the left and providing the perfect cross for Ethan Williams to tap in from short range. The visitors now took control and Thomas was combining brilliantly with his brother in law – Jake Benny who had replaced the injured Rix. Another dangerous cross was sliced by the unlucky Sloan, bouncing over the home goal keeper for an own goal…although this was disputed by Lee who asked for a review by the ‘dubious goals panel’ as he insisted he had had a touch. Ethan Williams was now enjoying himself leading the line for Wrington combining well with Lee and was narrowly wide on several occasions before setting up Holland who hit a fine drive into the top left corner. Even being three down Winscombe still looked dangerous on the counter and Jay Fewings pulled one back with 10 minutes to go. However, strong defending by Taplin, Curtis and Paul Burnett and strong running by debutant Chris Atkinson ensured there were no more scares and Wrington secured a crucial win.