ILMINSTER Town finished their season in style with home wins against Timsbury Athletic (5-0 on Thursday, May 9) and Wrington Redhill on Saturday.

The team finished in 10th place, which is commendable after a difficult period that saw the Blues play 7 matches in the last 16 days of the season.

Wrington strengthened their team (who still had an outside chance of avoided relegation after just the one season in the Somerset County Premier Division) by including two players from Bridgwater United.

The visitors dominated the ball in the opening half an hour, three times Keeper Jack Rutter had to be at his best to deny them taking the lead.

Just before half time a superb cross field pass from skipper Lee Sweet found Evan Howse who had a good touch before driving into the box where he found the bottom corner with a good finish to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Half way through the second half Drew Stride who was having a good match used his pace down the left before cutting inside, the Wrington defender dived in bringing Stride down for a penalty.

Stride himself took the spot kick but was thwarted by a good save.

Kieran Manley who was leading the line well, worked an opening before shooting, the keeper made a good save with the alert Manley heading home the loose ball to make it 2-0.

Stride then made amends for his penalty miss with a great cross into the box, Manley timed his run and header well to score his second goal in quick succession.

At 3-0 the game was over, a couple more chances were created with Lewis Bolland who has had a great season with the reserves setting up a great chance for top scorer Taylor Jefferson who went close to adding to his impressive total for the season.

Wrington did pull back a late goal to make the final score 3-1.

In the glorious sunshine it was a fitting end to the season for the Blues, it was great to have Kieran Manley back to his best, after a difficult period with his injury.

Jack Steer filling in at left back was voted man of the match.

Team : Jack Rutter, Jack Steer, Brad Pitman,Tom Case,Harry Manley, Lee Sweet, Drew Stride, Harvey Saunders , Evan Howse, Thomas Lee, Kieran Manley 

Subs Used: Tom Lee, Taylor Jefferson, Lewis Bolland

Bank holiday Monday saw the Blues lose 1-0 to Somerton. With the win, Somerton managed to avoid relegation.

On Thursday an impressive display against a weakened fourth in the table Timsbury saw the Blues win 5-0.

Man of the match Taylor Jefferson was on fire, scoring four times to end the season with 21 goals. With 14 Somerset County Premier goals and 6 in the Somerset Senior Cup run to the Quarter Final, 20 goals for the season is an impressive total at this level. Not to be outdone, Jefferson’s cousin Owen Burn added the best goal of the match with a 25 yard screamer.

The team has improved as the season has progressed, playing some good football along the way, the majority of the young team have not played at this level before and it will certainly help next season to now have that experience.