An extraordinary finish to the Somerset Youth Floodlit League Under-18 Mid Devon derby with a useful Elmore outfit saw Rovers snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Trailing to an early Alex Laskey goal Rovers looked void of ideas an ambling towards their first home defeat in 30 months when fate swung their way!
The excellent Philip Andrew, operating as right wing back, chased a ball that looked to be heading for a goal-kick and crossed it superbly into the six-yard box where big number nine, Levi Edwardson, who had been a passenger for much of the game, beat his marker to the ball and lifted it over Adam Jarrett and into the net to great roars of approval from another large Monday night Silver Street crowd.
Up until that 84th minute goal Rovers had looked on course for a big disappointment – but the goal change everything. Suddenly there was an extra yard in every players locker. Edwardson, who has the ability to change a game, suddenly came to life and, when a ball was played into the inside left channel he took control and the Elmore defender, foolishly, opted to challenge. Down went the big striker and the referee had no option but to award a spot kick. There were great protestations from both Elmore players and the dugout, but to those stood closest to the action, the man with the whistle got the decision spot on. Edwardson put the ball on the spot and showed no signs of nerves during what was a lengthy wait until the action, and promptly sent the glovesman the wrong way!
It was harsh on Elmore, and even harsher was the shipping by them of a third goal, scored in the final minute by Jordan Ford, normally a Rovers Under-16 player, who, like regular team mate Joe McKenzie, came off the bench and looked very much the part. Ford easily out his marker before applying a clinical finish to wrap up a 3-1 win.
Scorer Phil Andrew was the star of the show, Under-18s skipper Tom Badcott was his usual classy self and Sam Webber continues to look a really useful addition to the side while Bailey Jason-Ryan had another solid game, in an otherwise under-par shift from Rovers that still saw them bank the points and they head for their next game – away at Glastonbury sitting top of the table!
Rovers: Harrison Burton, Philip Andrew, Tom Badcott, Dan Foweraker, Sam Webber, Oliver Elsworthy, Oliver Elsworthy, Sam Jones, Levi Edwardson, Connor Pengelly, Toby Griffiths. Subs Jordan Ford, Joe McKenzie and Jordan Brooks.