Sharp Knife cuts through Hornets as Mids move up
Mid Somerset Men 1st 4 ECV Hornets 0
Captain Roger Knife led by example as his hat-trick continued Mid Somerset's climb up the Davis Wood League Central 1 table.
They had the luxury of three substitutes for Saturday's game in Wells and rotated their players well to take control in the end.
The game started at a frantic pace, with both teams intent on scoring the first goal but being thwarted by the keepers until ten minutes before half- time.
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That was when Mids found the final ball which had been missing from their previous attacks, with Knife powering a shot into the far corner after being set up by Jake Connick's driving run and pass.
The second half was all Mids, who used regular substitutions to remain fresh against tiring opposition, and the relentless pressure soon told as Knife scored his second from an acute angle.
The best goal of the game, and arguably the season so far, came when Will Mandil picked up the ball around the halfway line and surged past three players before playing an instant one-two with Connick and tapping home.
This took the wind out of the Hornets' sails and, with five minutes to go, man-of-the- match Knife rounded the last defender at the top of the D before completing his treble.
Mids are now fifth in the table and will look to extend their unbeaten run to five matches when they travel to Taunton Vale this weekend.
Mid Somerset A 1 ECV Hornets C 1
Table-topping Mid Somerset A were expected to come away with three points against second-from-bottom Hornets C – but things did not go quite to plan.
The hosts found themselves on the back foot for the first 15 minutes as Hornets launched wave after wave of attacks.
Mids struggled to leave their half but a counter-attack led by Dan Mehlig, Rob Blake and Steve Dowden saw Ollie Smart continue his goalscoring streak by launching a shot past the keeper.
Hornets, having not won a game all this season, showed great resilience and struck midway through the second half when Andy Carter made a sliding save but was beaten by the follow-up.
The visitors were then gifted a series of questionable short corners but could not capitalise on any of them due to the efforts of man of the match Cameron Dunn, Phil Ballan- Whitfield, Graham Miller and Connor Edwards.
Mids thought they had snatched a seventh successive win when they struck five minutes from time, only for a late umpiring decision to cut their celebrations short.
They remain top of South East 2 but a guaranteed fiery encounter with Chard this weekend may see that change.