Wrington Redhill Reserves 4 v. Winscombe A. 1. – W & D Div 2
Wrington produced their best display of the year to beat a good Winscombe side with a real Jeckyl and Hyde performance that will please coach Burnett. Mr Hyde would have purred at some of the passing and movement which saw Johnson and Richardson running off Rouvais
Who has several sides to his game as all good centre forwards do. However, just as pleasing was that with a lead established, there was plenty of Dr Jeckyl with some strong challenges from Paul Burnett, Callum Briggs and Tom Cleeves. With Captain Holland, Joe Moore and Rory Thomas displaying endless energy, this was almost the perfect team performance.
The first ten minutes seemed both teams evenly matched with Winscombe putting out a good young team but with a blend of experience with Tim Stones, James Deacon and Simon Willis. In fact they created the first chances but failed to test Williams in the Wrington Goal.
However, Wringtons’ movement up front was causing problems with Tommy Johnson at the top of his game. A one, two with Rouvais saw Joe Moore slip through a perfect pass for Johnson to open the scoring. Lloyd Richardson also added speed and skill on the left and it was his turn to set up Rouvaisfor the second as he rifled in with his left foot.
However, a brave Winscombe response saw them very much in the game and Jay Fewings won a penalty when held in the box. Tim Stones will be disappointed with his connection butWilliams still needed a solid save to beat away the penalty. Not to be denied Fewings took matters into his own hands and cutting in from the left fired in to put the match back into the balance. However, just before half time a neat passing move between Johnson and Rouvais once again saw Johnson race clear to re establish a two goal lead to take into the second half.
Winscombe started the second half looking to use the slope and pushed four attackers forward while Wringtonstrengthened their defence by bringing on Nick Tucker. However, the game was virtually settled when Rouvais battled his way through several challenges to poke home his second goal. To their credit Winscombe never gave up and it took some stout defending to keep them at bay with bookings for Burnett, Briggs and Tucker. The pace of the game inevitably dropped and their was just time for Jackson Cook to replace Rouvais and show glimpses of his undoubted potential.
Next Saturday sees a round of double header fixtures with 6 points at stake which will shake up the League considerably.