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Bridgwater United 3 Saltash United 0

BRIDGWATER claimed all three points with an excellent performance against a very good team. To put this great performance in content Saltash had won 8-0 at Brislington on the previous weekend. After an early scare United hardly gave Saltash a chanced and the Cornish visitors were all beaten by the end.

Jack Taylor scored a hat trick and his first strike was his 100th for the club. The game may have had a different complexion had Saltash capitalised on a rare defensive error just four minutes in. Tom Ellis had a pass intercepted and Sam Hughes should have scored.

George King had fired in an early drive straight at keeper Ryan Richard and he was centre stage again when he played a part in the first goal. With the Llewelyn brothers both absent with injury, King was deployed for a free kick duty, and he played his part very well. He drilled a free kick fro left to right where Ellis rose to power the ball into the heart of the area. Taylor pounced to force the ball over the line.

United were harrying Saltash and not allowing them to settle the ball. Morgan Williams was especially effective in recovering the ball, using it sensibly and getting United on to the front foot.

For a section of the first half Saltash began to control possession, it they did little with it and United always looked far more dangerous.

After Hirohito won another aerial duel, the promising Ross Edwards fed the ball through to Taylor but uncharacteristically his casual looking swipe at the ball sent the ball wide and spurned a good opening.

The busy Taylor then zipped over a cross which the onrushing Mike Duffy just missed but straight after that United got the important second goal. Edwards’ long shot was pushed to the left of the goal and seemed to be running harmlessly out of play. Taylor was loitering but not looking like he could profit from the situation. For some reason a Saltash defender hacked him down and the penalty was obvious. Taylor sent the keeper the wrong way with the spot kick.

The third goal guaranteed the win. Another driven free kick was sent into the penalty area. The immaculate Jacob Spence headed the ball towards the goal. Amidst a bundle of bodies, Taylor propelled himself forward and headed in his hat trick goal.

The only cloud in United’s very blue sky came in the form of late injuries suffered by Mark Armstrong and Spence. With three substitutions already made, United were down to nine players on the pitch. This was balanced out a bit by the fact that Saltash’s Sam Farrant had been sent to the sin bin. For five minutes it was ten against nine!

Bridgwater United: Jake Vineyard, Ross Edwards, Jordan Greenwood, Jacob Spence, Mark Armstrong, Tom Ellis, Mike Duffy (Wellington Jimenez 70), Morgan Williams, Jack Taylor, (Nick Woodrow 62), Adnan Hiroli, George King (Archie Sturdy 68).

Subs unused: Dave Thorne, Callum Chivers

Saltash United: Ryan Rickard, David Barker, Callum Martindale, Sam Leary, Charlie Ellington, Henry Wilson, Alex Cairo, Sam Farrant, Sam Hughes, Fraser Ferris, Danny Lewis.

Subs: Ace Richardson, Chris Menhennick, Ellis Milne

Goals: Jack Taylor 11, 40 (pen), 49

Match officials
Referee: David Middleton
Assistant Referee: Rob McDonald
Assistant Referee: Darren Cullum

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