Match Report: Shepton Mallet FC Les Phillips Cup Quarter Finals (H)

Match Report: Shepton Mallet FC Les Phillips Cup Quarter Finals (H)

Bridgwater United 1 Shepton Mallet 1 - United win 3-2 on penalties

Drama, what drama! Whoever wrote the script for this cup match has a fertile imagination. Who could have predicted that a teenage rookie defender would end up being the goalkeeping hero? United’s Mike Murphy was required to leave the subs bench and don the goalie’s gloves after Jake Viney was sent off for directing abusive language towards the referee. Murphy conceded the equaliser in the remaining 35 minutes of the second half but made other saves in that period which ensured that the game went to penalties. He saved the final Shepton Mallet penalty and the Robins march on to the semis.

These clubs have similar playing records and have both been going well so a close game was almost guaranteed. United were able to bring Morgan Williams, Ryan Brereton, Jordan Greenwood and Jake Llewellyn back into the starting line up.

In the opening exchanges it was clear that the players were finding it hard to adjust to the almost trampoline bounce of the ball. So it was scrappy early on with both sides gaining and losing possession in rapid succession.

Jacob Sloggett’s free kick was easily pouched by Viney and down the other end Mike Duffy beat Fin Wilkinson and rammed a meaty drive at goal.Tom Easterbrook could only parry the ball away. Duffy was jet- heeled all game and gave an excellent performance.

There was almost a freak goal on the quarter hour when a Shepton clearance clattered into Jacob Spence ( so influential in both boxes) and lifted just over the crossbar.

As the game fluctuated from end to end, a long free kick from Wilkinson found Nick Hewlett in a central position but he headed too high.

Next, Jack Taylor tried a shot from distance which Easterbrook unconvincingly shovelled away and Brereton missed a great chance . Duffy’s free kick was aimed for Ross Edwards’ head. He nodded the ball into the middle , it came out a few yards to Brereton but his snatched shot went wide.

United didn’t have long to dwell on that miss because their goal was scored on 31 minutes and it was a classic. The dependable and resolute Mark Armstrong won another ball in midfield and immediately spotted Troy Simpson scooting up the right wing. The pass was right into his path and from the wing Simpson delivered a a peach of a cross with the outside of his boot. It curved in a graceful arc on to the head of Taylor. He sent the ball across the keeper and in the far corner. Great stuff.

Sloggett and Joe Morgan were carrying some threat for the visitors. Sloggett was difficult to stop once he got into his flow and he had a run that took him deep into the United defence. When he got there his finish was tame because of the close attentions of two defenders.

The second half opened with a rush of goalmouth activity. Simpson, impressive again, had a left footed shot on the run deflected over and from the resulting corner kick Spence headed over.

Down the other end, Spence managed to just do enough to deflect Aaron Seviour’s goal bound shot over the bar and then Hewlett headed a corner kick over the top.

Then 10 minutes into the half Viney got annoyed that he wasn’t given a foul for a challenge on him and what he said to the referee got him sent off. This obviously changed the game in a major way. Without a recognised keeper on the subs bench, it was Murphy who ended up between the sticks. The way he took to the task you could think he had done this before.

The immediate problem to deal with was the indirect free kick given for Viney’s indiscretion . This was from only 10 yards out but the massed ranks snuffed it out.

Would United sit and allow Shepton to come to them or would they try to play normally and bag the winner? They chose to play in the usual way which suggested they had some confidence in the stand-in keeper.

Murphy had to make a low save from Seviour at the near post but he was picking the ball out of the net after 77 minutes. Shepton had wasted some free kick opportunities by over hitting the ball but this time they got it right and Morgan headed in from close range.

In the last 10 minutes United had two loud claims for a penalty. Firstly, Taylor appeared to be held back as he tried to reach a ball from Simpson and then hand ball was claimed after a melee in the visitors’ box.

It was still end to end stuff and Murphy made a fabulous double save from Morgan when a goal looked nailed on. Soon after that Morgan had the ball in the net but was penalised for handling.

United, with 10 men, finished the game applying plenty of pressure with three quick-fire corner kicks. From one of these the ball fell nicely for Nick Woodrow to knock it in but he missed the ball. Would that prove costly?

No. Shepton had the advantage of going first in the penalty shoot out. Player manager Craig Loxton dragged the first one  well wide but Duffy then hit the bar. From then Hewlett scored, Llewellyn scored, Martin hit the crossbar, Woodrow scored, Sloggett scored ( nearly saved), Hiroli scored, Constable saved! Happiness and joy.

Match details:

Competition: Les Phillips Cup Quarter Final

Venue: Fairfax Park

Date: April 5th 2022

Goals: Taylor 31, Morgan 77.

Attendance : 192

Bridgwater United:

Viney, Edwards, J Llewellyn, Armstrong, Greenwood, Spence, Duffy, Williams ( Murphy 56), Taylor, Simpson ( Woodrow 90), Brereton (Hiroli 84).

Unused subs: Durant, Gauci

Shepton Mallet:

Easterbrook, Sissons, Wilkinson, Martin, Wood, Loxton, Haines, Hewlett, Morgan, Seviour, Sloggett.

Subs. Williams, Legge, Prior, Gould, Constable.

Referee: Paul Collier

Assistants : Darren Cullum, Jonathan Cooper.

Bridgwater United 1 Shepton Mallet 1 ( Bridgwater win 3-2 on penalties)

Drama, what drama! Whoever wrote the script for this cup match has a fertile imagination. Who could have predicted that a teenage rookie defender would end up being the goalkeeping hero? United’s Mike Murphy was required to leave the subs bench and don the goalie’s gloves after Jake Viney was sent off for directing abusive language towards the referee. Murphy conceded the equaliser in the remaining 35 minutes of the second half but made other saves in that period which ensured that the game went to penalties. He saved the final Shepton Mallet penalty and the Robins march on to the semis.

These clubs have similar playing records and have both been going well so a close game was almost guaranteed. United were able to bring Morgan Williams, Ryan Brereton, Jordan Greenwood and Jake Llewellyn back into the starting line up.

In the opening exchanges it was clear that the players were finding it hard to adjust to the almost trampoline bounce of the ball. So it was scrappy early on with both sides gaining and losing possession in rapid succession.

Jacob Sloggett’s free kick was easily pouched by Viney and down the other end Mike Duffy beat Fin Wilkinson and rammed a meaty drive at goal.Tom Easterbrook could only parry the ball away. Duffy was jet- heeled all game and gave an excellent performance.

There was almost a freak goal on the quarter hour when a Shepton clearance clattered into Jacob Spence ( so influential in both boxes) and lifted just over the crossbar.

As the game fluctuated from end to end, a long free kick from Wilkinson found Nick Hewlett in a central position but he headed too high.

Next, Jack Taylor tried a shot from distance which Easterbrook unconvincingly shovelled away and Brereton missed a great chance . Duffy’s free kick was aimed for Ross Edwards’ head. He nodded the ball into the middle , it came out a few yards to Brereton but his snatched shot went wide.

United didn’t have long to dwell on that miss because their goal was scored on 31 minutes and it was a classic. The dependable and resolute Mark Armstrong won another ball in midfield and immediately spotted Troy Simpson scooting up the right wing. The pass was right into his path and from the wing Simpson delivered a a peach of a cross with the outside of his boot. It curved in a graceful arc on to the head of Taylor. He sent the ball across the keeper and in the far corner. Great stuff.

Sloggett and Joe Morgan were carrying some threat for the visitors. Sloggett was difficult to stop once he got into his flow and he had a run that took him deep into the United defence. When he got there his finish was tame because of the close attentions of two defenders.

The second half opened with a rush of goalmouth activity. Simpson, impressive again, had a left footed shot on the run deflected over and from the resulting corner kick Spence headed over.

Down the other end, Spence managed to just do enough to deflect Aaron Seviour’s goal bound shot over the bar and then Hewlett headed a corner kick over the top.

Then 10 minutes into the half Viney got annoyed that he wasn’t given a foul for a challenge on him and what he said to the referee got him sent off. This obviously changed the game in a major way. Without a recognised keeper on the subs bench, it was Murphy who ended up between the sticks. The way he took to the task you could think he had done this before.

The immediate problem to deal with was the indirect free kick given for Viney’s indiscretion . This was from only 10 yards out but the massed ranks snuffed it out.

Would United sit and allow Shepton to come to them or would they try to play normally and bag the winner? They chose to play in the usual way which suggested they had some confidence in the stand-in keeper.

Murphy had to make a low save from Seviour at the near post but he was picking the ball out of the net after 77 minutes. Shepton had wasted some free kick opportunities by over hitting the ball but this time they got it right and Morgan headed in from close range.

In the last 10 minutes United had two loud claims for a penalty. Firstly, Taylor appeared to be held back as he tried to reach a ball from Simpson and then hand ball was claimed after a melee in the visitors’ box.

It was still end to end stuff and Murphy made a fabulous double save from Morgan when a goal looked nailed on. Soon after that Morgan had the ball in the net but was penalised for handling.

United, with 10 men, finished the game applying plenty of pressure with three quick-fire corner kicks. From one of these the ball fell nicely for Nick Woodrow to knock it in but he missed the ball. Would that prove costly?

No. Shepton had the advantage of going first in the penalty shoot out. Player manager Craig Loxton dragged the first one  well wide but Duffy then hit the bar. From then Hewlett scored, Llewellyn scored, Martin hit the crossbar, Woodrow scored, Sloggett scored ( nearly saved), Hiroli scored, Constable saved! Happiness and joy.

Match details:

Competition: Les Phillips Cup Quarter Final

Venue: Fairfax Park

Date: April 5th 2022

Goals: Taylor 31, Morgan 77.

Attendance :

Bridgwater United:

Viney, Edwards, J Llewellyn, Armstrong, Greenwood, Spence, Duffy, Williams ( Murphy 56), Taylor, Simpson ( Woodrow 90), Brereton (Hiroli 84).

Unused subs: Durant, Gauci

Shepton Mallet:

Easterbrook, Sissons, Wilkinson, Martin, Wood, Loxton, Haines, Hewlett, Morgan, Seviour, Sloggett.

Subs. Williams, Legge, Prior, Gould, Constable.

Referee: Paul Collier

Assistants : Darren Cullum, Jonathan Cooper.

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