Somerset Senior Cup
Ilminster Town 2, Street Reserves 0

ILMINSTER moved into the last 16 of the Somerset Senior Cup with a comfortable win thanks to goals from Jon May and Karl Davies, writes Andy Fish.

The first half was evenly contested with both sides enjoying good possession and it was Street who created the first chance, only for Chris May to keep out a one-on-one.

May made another good stop from a long-range effort as the match got to half-time goalless.

Taylor Jefferson then had a great run and cut the ball back for Tom Sullivan, whose shot was deflected away.

On the hour, Karl Davies crossed deep to the far post where Charlie Rutter cushioned his pass across the goal and captain Jon May volleyed home.

Street had a fantastic chance to equalise but their forward blazed over when it would have been easier to score.

The game was now end-to-end and Charlie Rutter was unlucky to see his header saved by a combination of keeper and defender.

Street went close again but lost their momentum when their No 11 was sent off, and Davies made them pay when, from fully 30 yards out, he looked up and spotted the keeper of his line to brilliantly score in the top corner.

Ilminster - Chris May, Luke Paul, Karl Davies, Adam Male, Jon May, Brad Pitman, Jack Male, Tom Sullivan, Andre Anjos, Taylor Jefferson, Charlie Rutter. Subs (used) - Ben Pitman, Jack Read.

ON Saturday, it’s back to Somerset County Premier action at Middlezoy (ko 3pm).

South West Women’s Premier
Ilminster Town Ladies 1, Exeter City Ladies 6

ILMINSTER entertained Exeter on Sunday with Aimee Rowe returning for her second game of the season.

She was joined by the returning Tia Shoemark, Sammie Knight and Colette Martin but Meg Purchase was still out injured. 

Town started the game well in the first 15 minutes but it was Exeter who broke the deadlock. 

Charlotte Johnson made a smart save from the first shot, however the ball found its way to the feet of a City midfielder who scored. 

Exeter enjoyed lots of the ball for the next 10 minutes and added a second goal just before the half-hour mark and were three up by the break.

Ilminster looked a bit sharper after the restart, getting themselves back on the game. 

But, again, Exeter soaked up the pressure and managed to find a fourth goal on the hour.

A fifth soon followed but a moment to savour did come, though, when Ilminster managed to find the net. 

Some good hold-up play from Shannon Crouch resulted in a well-timed pass out wide to Amy Jones.

She worked the ball well and found space to get a ball into the box.

The cross just missed the head of Crouch but young attacker Amy Burge was there to calmly bring the ball under control, perform a well-executed turn and neatly strike the ball home from 12 yards for her first goal in senior football. 

Exeter managed to add one more in the 85th minute and the game finished 6-1 to Exeter.

Ilminster travel to Torquay United on Sunday (ko 2pm).