Colts started well with a early goal on 8 minutes from Ben Evett after lovely link up play between the midfield and attacker’s. We looked sharp and in control of the game until 3 silly mistakes handed Minehead 3 easy goals in the 20th, 30th and 37th minute. After the second goal we looked over run in midfield with Tom Swateridge in battle with a midfield trio. Slum dog dug in and helped out. Half time 3-1. Colts made a instant change with Ross Udall replacing Matthew Harris to help Tom with his battle leaving Kurt up top on his own. After 15 minutes the changes came with Addy replacing Merry and going to a back 3, Joey in place of Kurt and the birthday boy in place of Tom. We then went to a 3-5-1 formation which paid off instantly with Joey heading on to set up Ben Evett for his 2nd on 50 mins. Ben converted his hat trick 15 minutes later after a gift from some poor Minehead defending and keeping. 3-3 heading into the last thirty. Then Minehead scored soon after. But the Colts never gave up and pressed from the front. Addys hard work paid off after putting pressure on to be gifted the ball to then take on the keeper 4-4 in the last 5 minutes. Ben’s heal was playing up so he gave way for Louis to give fresh legs after sitting out for 20 minutes which proved vital as he popped up with the winner in added time. Very pleased with the fight and battle from every single one of you. Still unbeaten in the league.
Andrew Springer & Carl Salter
Another 4-2 win see’s our U15 Squad going joint top of the league with another great performance. With 3 players away we had a squad of 12. Not playing for 2 weeks certainly showed early on. We grew into the game and soon went 1-0 down. Rhode lane were a good team and we had to work hard for the win today, an equaliser from Ben Highfield brought us level, we soon gave another goal away and went 2-1 down, we were not tackling hard enough in the middle third of the pitch.We were still playing well and soon levelled again with a goal from Adam Naish. 2-2 at half time.
Team talk done, The focus was on winning the ball back in the middle third of the park, The players listened and did this which saw us take more control of the game although Rhode Lane still played very well, we battled and kept going which led to us taking the lead with a goal from our new signing Albie Smith and put us in the lead for the first time, shortly after the best goal of the game came from quick simple passing spreading the ball out wide to Ben Highfield who crossed a fantastic low ball across the box which was met by Josh Compton to slot the ball home and make in a fantastic 4-2 win. Every player played their part in what was a very tough competative game. Some great saves from Harrison Freeman and a good 1st performance from Albie Smith were pleasing
MOM’s today were Tom Magee and Sam Whitaker for outstanding performances
What a team performance, really showed the quality we have at Lydeard with all the boy’s playing their part. Goalscorers: Sam Booker, Jordan Hayman, Harry Scott (2) & Ellis Lowe ()2 Plenty more to come from our boy’s. Men of the match went to the two wing backs who worked tirelessly through out Jacob Dickson & Henry Doyle.
Very proud coach, Stephen Doyle
Colts 1-1 Galmington Dragons, (5-4 on pens) 27/10/16
The Colts won their first cup match in a year on Thursday evening in a hard fought cup tie against Galmington Dragons. Colts nearly went 1-0 down after 30 seconds from some poor passing with Chris McKee making a good save, from then onwards it was the Colts who controlled the game. Playing 3-5-2 the lads controlled the midfield and that gave wide men Ben Evett & Louis Wood the licence to beat their defenders most of the time. The goal came on 25 mins, so good work out wide from Evett saw him link well with Cahal Robertson who sent a ball across the box where experienced pro Jack Addicott side foot volleyed into the back of the net. For the rest of the half the Colts continued to press and the Dragons keeper made some great saves. Half time 1-0 Colts.
Second half was much like the first with the Colts having most of the ball. BUT the equaliser came from a corner, which was swung in and hit a Dragons player on the thigh and into the back of the net. 1-1. The Colts rode their luck a few times but the back 3 of Callum Corns, Adam Cornish and the brilliant Sam Bate with goalkeeper Mckee didn’t really get troubled. The midfield 3 of Owen Lindsay, Cahal Robertson and debutant Will Mumby breaking up play and battling extremely well. Front men captain Matthew Harris held the ball up well and linked with the midfield and strike partner Addicott. Colts pressed for the last 10 minutes but yet again the Dragons keeper made some viral saves. Full time 1-1 straight to penalties. Galmington took first and scored. Up stepped my fellow hammers fan Joey Conway boom 1-1, Dragons pen scored 2-1. Callum Corns stepped up and stuck one top bin. Dragons 3rd pen saved by Mckee. Next came Louis Wood bang 3-2, Dragons scored their 4th 3-3. Then Ben Evett scored his pen 4-3 Dragons scored their 5th 4-4. Colts knowing they score they win. Up steps captain Harris who calmly slotted away the winning pen. 5-4. The Colts go marching on!
Men of the match: Sam Bate and Will Mumby.
Well done lads.
Andy Springer & Carl Salter
U15’s 10-0 Wembdon Saints
A Great game today wearing our new kit for the first time on the first teams pitch.
Our opposition could only field 10 players so in the spirit of the game we only played 10 players. The first half saw a commanding performance having 85% of possession, we had numerous chances including 2 penalties for blatant fouls which saw us go in at half time 6-0 up. The second half was much of the same with us adding another 4 goals. Another good performance today that secures us the full points and keeps us marching on, goal scorers as follows Ben H 3, Adam 3, Ravi 2 and Josh 2. We limited the opposition to 1 shot which was well saved by Harrison rushing out and making a great save. MOM today was Charlie Uff for a superb performance in defence.
After falling behind to a soft goal on 22 minutes the Bishops built some promising periods of play with Liam Hooper showing a turn of speed and composure to lob the oncoming keeper on 38 minutes. The second half was an eventful affair with the Bishops playing some neat and tidy pass and move football with skipper Connor Noble up for a corner to head in at the far post to put the Bishops into a well deserved lead on 66 minutes. Liam Hooper saw his long range dipping shot was pushed onto the cross bar as the Bishops held the upper hand. However credit to the hosts who are the current league champions who equalised with 10 minutes left on the clock to set up a pulsating final period. The deadlock led to penaltys with keeper Andy Moore making a neat save and then fronting out the Sports keeper who saw his penalty strike to post to safety. Then man of the match Charlie Cooke steeped up to calmly strike home his shot to put the Bishops into the next round.
Another great win for the U15’s away to Wellington, W-Rovers had won 2 out of 2 before our visit. Lydeard started the better from the start and had more possession, numerous atteacks but couldn’t get on the ball in the last 3rd, The team was very strong and kept Wellington attacks to a minimum, again the whole team played their part and worked hard through out.It all paid of when we went in at half time 0-2 up with 2 good goals from Ravi. After a short team talk we were out for the second half, pretty much the same of the first half, Lydeard dominated possession and had numerous chances before Ravi completed his hatrick in style. We made a number of changes in the second half and were able to give a few players a well deserved rest. we went on to add 2 further goals from Josh and Tom.M. making it a comfortable 0-5 win. MoM today was Ravi for his Hatrick and the whole of the defence who were outstanding Sam,Ollie,Dom and Charlie.
Sunday 2nd October
Yeovil Intermediate v Ladies Firsts
Merriott v Ladies Reserves. OFF
U15 Boys v Spartan Youth
Pawlett Juniors v U14 Boys
Coaches Meeting: 7:30
The AGM is being held tomorrow evening at 7:00pm at the club. It would be great to see good numbers there. A coaches meeting will follow the AGM.