U16s beat Devon in a close contest

by Mo Hopkins
Our lads win their penultimate game 2-1 against Devon.

Having beaten the weather Wells City FC was the venue for Sunday’s game.

Starting brightly both sides looked to gain the initiative plus master the flat but soft surface.

Somerset did so first with some neat play releasing Mckenna, Durant down one flank, plus Yule-Turner and Bahadur the other.

Chapman and Ham anchored the middle as Fowler and Ambrosini offered the threat upfront.

Within the first few minutes McKenna had struck goal bound beating the keeper only for a Devon defender to clear the ball off the line!

However the first goal came shortly after as Byrom and Paradise worked the ball out of defence - through midfield to Yule Turner. Beating his marker Yule Turner put in a delightful ball that Ambrosini plucked out the air and volleyed home 1-0.

Devon looked to draw level through their strong front man, but Byrom and Paradise managed him well and didn’t allow time for any support to work off him. Chivers and Durrant also defended stoutly plus offered good options going forward.

With the better movement Somerset threatened with good territory and eventually scored another. Debutant Fowler finishing off good attacking play to score inside the box 2-0.

With Devon shuffling their pack to get some purchase on the game a few advances led to a corner. From the subsequent delivery a slight mixup on the goal line led to a loose ball that the Devon winger poked home 2-1.

Not deterred Somerset edged the remainder of the half and arguably should of extended their lead but for some game defending plus narrow misses from Yule Turner and McKenna.

In the second period the game was far more open with both sides having some success in approach play. 

The midfield of Ambrosini, Chapman and Ham marginally edged the contest, with the game getting very attritional.

Biggs, Plant, Chivers and Powell came into the affray and added some fresh legs.. Plant getting close to goal shortly after but the Devon keeper well positioned to deny.

Devon themselves came close with a well struck effort, but Allen made a splendid save to keep the visitors toiling for opportunities.

Before the end Powell managed to wriggle free and hit the post and a corner caused the visiting keeper to tamely parry, but the ball was scrambled clear.

In all a game Somerset edged for opportunities and possession, plus managed defensively well. Both counties competed well which gave the watching crowd some entertaining periods.

Somerset now look forward to playing Cornwall away in a couple of weeks.

A big thank you to Wells City for looking after us all so well. 

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