Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th April 2018
The Vikings got back to winning ways in Somerset on Saturday
Going up the slope in the first half it was the visiting side that set the tone. With Scott Hughes hold up play being integral to most of the good football that the Vikings produced, this allowed Jake Boyland and Ferenc Bodor to get in support of their strike partner. Time and again Bodor was put through out wide with a 50% success rate on his final ball. Hughes was then upended in the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. Midway through the half Hughes showed great strength and pace to beat his marker and slot home the opening goal. Both Boyland and Bodor had chances to add to the tally but couldn’t quite make it pay. At the other end the young back four of Louis Spalding, Ben Miller, Matt Colson and Matt Salter were coping well with anything that Wellington could muster. Robert Glukowski was relieved to see a well struck shot hit the bar shortly before the break. Will Jenkins somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from two yards out as the interval loomed.
The second period saw the home side have more possession in their own half as Town sat deeper going downhill. The counter attack was Towns plan and again this was put to good use. Fresh legs were needed so Tom Moore and Ben Goodier were given half an hour. Moore showed some nice touches out wide and went close to adding a second for Town. It wasn’t long before Moore showed great determination to first win a tackle and second be alert enough to come on to the breaking ball and strike it into the net via the far post. Within minutes Goodier made a fantastic run and Damien Armes slotted a slide rule pass for Goodier to prod home the third and final goal of a satisfactory afternoon performance
In games where you are dominant you can be caught out not taking chances. We created quite a few but looked solid at the back
Ben Miller showed what a versatile, quality player he is playing at Centre Half and strolled through the game. Anticipating most situations and being dominant throughout gave a platform for others to perform. The last half an hour saw the Vikings field seven under eighteens this average was soon sent spiralling as Anthony Griffiths was brought on, once he found his shirt, to ease the youngsters through the last quarter
Next week the Res play Colyton away possibly at a venue to be decided
Also at the time of writing this report a midweek game v Lyme Regis in the Grandisson Cup is trying to be arranged