Somerset Premier Division: Ilminster Town 1-2 Stockwood Wanderers

Only a month ago Ilminster Town enjoyed a great spell with three wins in five matches including a remarkable 4-3 Cup win against top of the League Mendip Broadwalk.

The only losses came with last minute goals against them by the two top teams in the League, Mendip away from home and Chilcompton in the League Cup Semi Final. 

Fast forward a month and the Blues have lost a bit of momentum a fourth straight defeat has left the team one place above the relegation zone.

A heavy defeat 5-0 against local rivals Chard Town was followed by another defeat on Saturday home to 5th in the Division Stockwood Wanderers. 

The Blues started with an opening attack that saw Even Howse cut in from the left and curve a shot towards the top corner where the Stockwood keeper made a fine one handed save tipping it away for a corner.

From the corner a quick counter attack from the visitors led to a break away a great cross was put into the box and Louis Coppard was on hand to head home to give his side an early 1-0 lead.

Both sides cancelled each other out for the rest of the half with neither side creating any real chances.

It was much the same for the opening spell of the second half until a break down the right from the visitors led to a ball crossed into the box, the Ilminster defence failed to clear and Jimmy Wooland gladly accepted the gift and side footed home to make it 2-0. 

With ten minutes left Ilminster staged a fight back when Taylor Jefferson was brought down for a penalty.
The first penalty was too close to the keeper, luckily for Jefferson and his team two players were well inside the box and the referee Nigel Brown had no hesitation in ordering the penalty to be retaken for encroachment. 
This time Jefferson made no mistake rifling the ball into the bottom corner to take it to 2-1.

Ilminster pushed at the end, but lacked that cutting edge. 

The team have had some tough matches of late, they will have played all the top eight in the last few weeks after tonights match at Timsbury.

That said, the side has shown they can compete with and beat the best sides in this Somerset County Premier Division, they should not fear anyone. In football winning can become a habit as can losing, the team just need to turn the corner.

Team : Jack Rutter, Kane Lee, Callum Lacey,  Owen Burn, Lee Sweet,Joe Allen, Dan Peach, Harvey Saunders , Brad Pitman,  Evan Howse, Taylor Jefferson

Subs Used: Drew Stride, Jack Steer,Thomas Lee,Elliott Calvert, Tyler Cullingford

Next up for the Blues is another tough fixture away at 4th in the League Timsbury away from home on Tuesday 16th April, followed by Wrington Redhill away on Saturday, skipper Lee Sweet who saw red on Tuesday at Chard misses both matches due to a suspension.