ROVERS 4:0 FALCONS A
In what was a hot day the new Rovers U15’s team continued their 100% record against the Falcons A team from Norton Fitzwarren who pushed Willand hard from start to finish. The reverse fixture saw the uncharacteristic situation where Willand found themselves 3-0 down in the first 15 minutes. This time there was to be no repeat given the collective determination of the team to preserve their 14 games 14 wins season thus far.
The squad were once more hit hard by injuries and absentees missing leading scorer Sam Ayres, flying winger Christian Whales, influential Captain Tom Jeacock and defenders Ryan Borkowski and Harry Taylor. Despite the loss of so many key players the squad depth and togetherness is key to overcoming any hurdles they have faced in this their first season together.
After a cagey first period nerves were settled when midfield powerhouse Josh Herbert slammed home the opener ten minutes into the encounter and his 12th of an excellent season. This wasn’t though to be a day when the floodgates opened as this Falcons team are by far the most competitive team Willand had faced this season. It took another fifteen minutes before striker Garreth Blackmore ran onto an exquisite through ball to finish with aplomb in the bottom corner to make it 2-0 and his 16th this season.
Despite the probing runs of Kai Morgan, Oscar Walsh and Chaz Dodd it was the unselfish work and breaking up of play that Aiden Harrison and Jacob Turner did that enabled Willand’s quality to shine. Couple that with the solid foundation from the defensive line of Ben Gubb (GK), Haydn Tucker, Oli Billings, Chris Badcott and Matt Futcher and there was to be no way through for the Falcons.
The half time team talk was focussed entirely on keeping on top of the opposition and not allowing them back into the game. The team followed this through again dominating the midfield battle. The game was put to bed as a contest when the superb Oscar Walsh took on a number of the opposition reaching the penalty area before being hacked down. From the resulting penalty Walsh himself tucked the ball home to make it 3-0 to the Silver Street side.
Falcons best efforts to thwart the Rovers team were now in vain as chance after chance were created but just one more Oscar Walsh goal was the reward. The final score was Willand 4 Falcons 0.
144 goals have now been scored by Willand to date in a mere 14 games. Next season’s League One campaign and the Cup Final against Wembden in May will see the bar raised much higher. However, it’s clear that a good many of this crop of exciting U15’s should form the backbone of the Club’s U18 team in a couple of seasons. If their current development continues it’s not unreasonable to believe that several of these boys can go on to Western League level football (if not higher) with Willand in the years to come.
Man of the Match was Matt Futcher who was a lion heart in the centre of defence throughout. Although he was pushed hard for the accolade by the returning Oli Billings, defensive rock Haydn Tucker and midfield duo Aiden Harrison and Jacob Turner.
Goals were shared out on the day between Oscar Walsh 2, Josh Herbert 1, and Garreth Blackmore 1
The Willand Line up: Ben Gubb, Hayden Tucker, Oli Billings, Charlie Dodd, Matt Futcher, Jacob Turner, Josh Herbert, Oscar Walsh, Garreth Blackmore, Kai Morgan and Chris Badcott (Capt) Sub: Aiden Harrison