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FOOTBALL: Brilliant early free kick as good as it gets for United

Yeovil Town 4 Bridgwater United 1

Competition: Somerset Premier Cup First Round

A SUPERB Jack Taylor free-kick inside two minutes was all Bridgwater had to show for 90 minutes of graft against a Glovers’ side well stocked with ex-Football League pros and second year youth players at Huish Park on Wednesday night, writes Kerry Miller.

It was their second 4-1 cup defeat of the season but the scoreline was unjust on a Robins side which gave its all despite again missing the bulk of the defence through injury.

Yeovil boss Darren Sarll gave debuts to several squad players including Finlay Skiverton, son of club legend Terry, while Dave Pearse was still without the injured Dave Thorne, Tom Ellis and Jacob Spence.

Early rhythm

From the kick-off Bridgy looked to get into a rhythm early and the first foul of the night 30 yards out and on an angle brought a free kick which was buried by Taylor past a flailing debutant Max Evans.

It could have been two ten minutes later as the home defence played one pass too many in their own half and Taylor tried a lob with Evans stranded but it was off target.

Oliver Haste curled a wicked cross from the left which was just missed by Adi Yussef and with Yeovil beginning to up their intensity pressure began to tell and just short of the half hour mark Yussef nodded a Max Hunt cross on to the bar and their version of Morgan Williams bundled in the rebound.

Bridgwater’s Morgan Williams had been everywhere in a superb performance but soon after the equaliser he was clattered from behind and after a failed attempt to continue was forced off and replaced by Adnan Hiroli.

Just before the break Yeovil almost had a second after Alex Bradley’s free kick was met by Hunt but an acrobatic block by Nick Woodrow denied them.

Home press

After the break the Robins continued to battle with Tom Llewellyn, Archie Sturdy on his return to Huish Park and George King often swamped by the home press and Bradley fed the impressive sounding Sonny Blu Lo-Everton but the Watford loanee was denied by a superb Jake Viney block to keep the score level.

Bridgy were under the cosh but from a rare sortie Taylor found himself out wide, but his effort flew over Evans’ bar. Bradley then stood in disbelief as his goal bound effort was somehow kept out by Harry Horton, but Lo-Everton was looking dangerous and minutes later he picked up a loose pass and buried his shot past Viney.

Substitute Wellington Jimenez was introduced, and he soon was in the action, but the tie was all but done around 80 minutes when the much-travelled Yussuf added a third from a pass from Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson’s pass.

Skiverton wrapped it up with a fourth late on which was cruel on the Robins who were in the game for an hour and should take encouragement for Saturday’s tricky away trip to Cornwall where they take on league newcomers Millbrook.

Bridgwater United: Jake Viney, Ross Edwards, Jake Llewellyn, Harry Horton, Jordan Greenwood, George King, Archie Sturdy, Morgan Williams, Jack Taylor, Nick Woodrow, Tom Llewellyn. Subs used: Wellington Jimenez, Adnan Hiroli, Ryan Brereton. Subs Unused: Sam Reed, Mark Armstrong.

Yeovil Town: Max Evans, Jake Graziano, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams, Jake Robinson, Toby Stephens, Matt Worthington, Sonny-Blu Lo-Everton, Oliver Haste, Alex Bradley, Adi Yussuf. Subs Used: Finlay Skiverton, Pedro Borges, Korey Andrews.





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