The new Rovers U15’s team made their home debuts today with a game against a Falcons B team from Norton Fitzwarren. An impeccable minutes silence was observed before the game in memory of Oliver Croker by all those present. A very competitive start to the game ensured that the Falcons were always a threat but the deadline was broken twelve minutes into the game when debutant Josh Herbert fired impressively home from just inside the box to settle the Rovers nerves. Herbert and Captain Tom Jeacock were now starting to gain the centre of midfield and five minutes later Herbert’s surge into the Falcons box saw him finish again. The second goal cushion allowed the creativity of Aiden Harrison and Christian Whales to start feeding front runners Sam Ayres and Oscar Walsh at regular intervals which lead to two further goals being scored from Walsh and a hat trick completing goal from Man of the Match Josh Herbert. Rovers went into the interval 4-0.

Subs Ryan Borkowski and Kai Morgan were both introduced and Tiverton’s Morgan made the second impressive debut of the day with a number of electric bursts of pace down the right. The Rovers backline of Tucker, Borkowski, Billings, Futcher and goalkeeper Ben Gubb were having to deal with increasing levels of threat from the visitors who were getting on top. However, as in the first half it was another goal from Herbert which changed the momentum of the game. A further two second half goals from Jeacock and Morgan saw Willand into a 7-0 lead until the Falcons picked up a well deserved consolation two minutes from the end to make the final score 7-1 to Rovers.

Goals were shared out on the day between Herbert 4, Morgan 1, Walsh 1, and Jeacock 1

The Willand Line up: Ben Gubb, Hayden Tucker, Tom Jeacock (Capt), Matt Futcher, Oli Billings, Josh Herbert, Aiden Harrison, Christian Whales, Chris Badcott, Oscar Walsh and Sam Ayres. Subs: Ryan Borkowski and Kai Morgan.

Tony BadcottRovers Under-15s