Willand Rovers’ victory over Shepton Mallet leaves Scott Rogers cursing loss against Odd Down
Willand Rovers player-manager Scott Rogers admitted that Tuesday night’s 4-2 win away to Shepton Mallet has left him even more upset at being beaten last weekend.
Last Saturday, Willand lost 1-0 to second-placed Odd Down, leading Rogers to admit that their title chances were now unlikely.
Yet Rovers bounced back with a fine win against sixth-placed Mallet on Tuesday night, leaving Rogers with mixed feelings.
The Silver Street boss said: “We played really well, as Shepton Mallet are a decent side with five ex-pros. We knew it was going to be tough but the difference between last night and Saturday is we managed to put our chances away.
I’d swap one of the goals last night for Saturday but that’s football, and it makes it a little more disappointing we didn’t get anything from the weekend.
“It was good that we had a game so early after losing on Saturday, as there’s nothing worse than having to wait a week to play.
“Shepton Mallet have a really nice ground and the pitch was in fantastic condition, with a little bit of rain, and that made it conducive to some good football, which suited us. We played some really good football on the night.”
Willand raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Luke Durham and Brett Worbey before James Blake squandered a chance to extend the lead by missing a penalty.
Yet Dean Stamp’s free-kick made it 3-0 at half-time and, after the hosts pulled one back, Blake made up for his earlier miss by netting the fourth goal and putting the game beyond doubt.
Rogers revealed he was delighted with Blake’s contribution to the game after the striker had previously been in mixed form.
Rogers said: “James Blake’s been having a bit of a tough time in front of goal, so I was delighted to see him score and kill off the game.He showed his quality to bounce back and score after missing the penalty.
“I’m over the moon for him as it was probably his best game for us in about five or six weeks and he was outstanding, leading the line up front on his own.
“We’ve got Longwell Green on Saturday and that will be a tough game. They’re our bogey team as we never seem to do well against them, so it’s a massive game.”