Wrington Redhill 1 Ilminster Town 1.
The first team were in action for the second time on the Easter weekend with a home game against Ilminster Town. Following on from the impressive performance at Watchet Player/Manager Leigh White had to make enforced changes in the absence of Chris Bradley (injured), Mike Rowcliffe (bitten by dog on morning of game requiring hospital treatment) and the unavailable Joe Moore and Jason Potter. In came Tom Sage and Adam Caulfield as the central defence partnership and Rory Thomas and Ben Griffiths in midfield. All played their parts in another entertaining game with the squad showing their commitment to the Club despite the impending relegation at the end of the season.
The home side were on the front foot from the start with Griffiths much involved as were his young team mates Joe Creese on the right flank, Ethan Williams leading the attack and Jake White joining in from his midfield role. Sage and Caulfield were firm in holding the visitor’s attack and full backs Ollie Clements and Ethan Johnson were supporting the attacking moves well. Leigh White was at the heart of midfield directing the play and Rory Thomas enjoyed a lot of the ball on the left flank.
IWrington Redhill took the lead soon into the second half with Rory Thomas producing a rare goal with an assured strike beyond the away team’s ‘keeper Chris May. Ethan Williams had two glorious chances to have put the game beyond Ilminster. The first came to him a great pace after Joe Creese outpaced his full back and fired in a cross that Williams could only deflect over the bar. The second chance was beautifully curled past the visiting keeper and was heading its way into the right hand corner until a defender, sprinting towards his own goalmouth managed to slice it over via the top of the crossbar.
Unfortunately a late free kick was awarded and Matt Hill made a splendid diving save low down to his right but the ball was collected on the left and quickly played back towards the far post and was bundled in for the equaliser at 1-1 which was how the game ended.
Ethan Johnson picked up what appeared to be a nasty injury and was carried from the field and taken to hospital for an X-ray. All that the Club wish him well and hope the severity of the injury is not as bad as first seemed.
Bill Gough man of the match: For his goal and attacking play this was awarded to Rory Thomas
GK, Matt Hill
Defence: Ollie Clements, Adam Caulfield, Tom Sage, Ethan Johnson
Midfield: Ben Griffiths, Jake White, Leigh White, Rory Thomas
Forwards: Ethan Williams, Joe Creese
Subs: Callum Briggs (for Ethan Williams), George Martin (for Jake White), Sam Clements (unused), Mark Brown (unused)