Somerset Premier Division: Wrington Redhill 2-2 Ilminster Town

Ilminster Town came back from 2-0 down at half time as they took on board the strongly delivered message from the Management team in the half time team talk, writes Andrew Fish.

Within the opening 15 minutes of the restart goals by Harvey Saunders and Taylor Jefferson helped the Blues to a vital point that keeps them out of the bottom three with games in hand on all the teams around them.

Carrying on from the fine performance on Tuesday night where the side were unlucky to lose 2-1 away at 4th in the table Timsbury Athletic, the Blues played some great football in the opening twenty minutes.

The home side won a free kick on the half way line, the initial ball was not dealt with by the Blues defence and the Wrington striker side footed home to give his side a 1-0 lead.

On the hour mark Wrington doubled their lead with a fine team goal.

The stern half time team talk seemed to wake the side up as Ilminster came out of the blocks flying , five minutes in a Jack Steer free kick was headed home by Harvey Saunders who had ran in to get in front of the keeper to reduce the arrears at 2-1.

The team were now well on top, knocking the ball around with confidence, Dan Peach was having a fine match bossing the midfield.

A little luck followed with the equalising goal as Jefferson when through on goal scored with a ‘Stevey Slice’ to make it 2-2.

Both sides cancelled each other out for the rest of the match and seemed happy to share the points.

Earlier in the week, Ilminster lost out, 2-1 away from home against Timsbury Athletic.

The side returned to form with a fine performance and could count themselves unlucky to come away with out any thing to show from this tough mid week fixture.

Jack Rutter made a great save early on, while at the other end Jack Steer went close with a good effort.

It was 0-0 at half time, with all the action in the second period.

Tom Case slipped in Evan Howse who was brought down for a penalty, the home defender was sent off leaving his side down to ten men, Howse took the spot kick and made no mistake to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Timsbury fought back and a low hard cross was deverted into his own net by an under pressure Owen Burn in a packed penalty area.

At 1-1 Ilminster then wasted two great opportunities to regain the lead, as is often the case not taking those chances lead to Timsbury scoring a late winner to leave the team empty handed despite an outstanding display from the team.

Next up for the Blues is a tough trip away to Chilcompton who are in title race with Mendip Broadwalk, (Thursday 25th April) the match kicks off at 6.30pm, on Saturday the team are home to Clevedon United with a 3.00pm kick off at the Archie Gooch Pavilion.