A dominant display gave Taunton a perfect start to their first match as a Step 3 club.
The first real chance came after only six minutes but skipper Matt Wright’s header came back off the crossbar. It only took two more minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was a trademark free kick by Ben Adelsbury which beat home keeper Mike Searle. Three minutes later it was 2-0 courtesy of a close range shot by Craig Veal.
As usual Willand kept going forward and Mike Davies, standing in between the sticks in the absence of Lloyd Irish, made a good save to deny Luke Mortimore a goal after 24 minutes. Not to be outdone Willand keeper Mike Searle pulled off a good save just two minutes later from Pierce Mitchell.
More Taunton goals were looking inevitable and Keith Emmerson obliged after 27 minutes to make it 3-0 with a deflected shot following Shane White’s corner and just four minutes later Andrew Neal marked his first appearance with a goal after Ollie Chamberlain’s shot hit the post. Ollie had another shot blocked by Searle after 38 minutes and Matt Wright shot wide just before half time.
The second half saw more of the same and it was no surprise when Craig Veal netted his second of the game six minutes after the break with a header from Ryan Brett’s cross.
Two more efforts hit the woodwork – a Ben Adelsbury free kick after 66 minutes and a Keith Emmerson header (83 minutes) were the unlucky players.
Josh Ross had replaced Mike Searle in the WIlland goal at half time and he made late saves from Andrew Neal and Ollie Chamberlain to make sure there were no further goals.
Match: Willand Rovers v Taunton Town
Date: July 13, 2018
Venue: Silver Street
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Willand: Mike Searle (Josh Ross 45), Josh Searle, Ryan Guppy, Adam Hill (captain), Ollie Gardner, Rob Norrish (Jed Harper-Penman 78), Luke Mortimore, Brett Worbey (Brad Ausden 45), Isaac Reed (Luke Alden 69), Jed Harper-Penman (Angus Wilson 45), Luke Alden (Ben Bickle 45)
Taunton: Mike Davies, Pierce Mitchell, Nuno Felix, Ben Adelsbury (Josh Nelmes 45), Keith Emmerson, Shane White, Ollie Chamberlain (Triallist 64), Ryan Brett (Ollie Chamberlain 81), Matt Wright (captain) (Alpha Sow 73), Andrew Neal, Craig Veal (Ben Adelsbury 59
Referee: Lee Roberts (Plymouth)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Sean Rothwell (Plymouth)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Sam Littlefair (Exeter)