FA Cup Win in a 7 (Seven) goal onslaught!
Bridgwater Town 7 vs 0 Brislington
Goal Scorers Goal Scorers
Murray 24, 52, 90
Taylor 26, 55, 89
Anybody who knows their football at this level realised that the team building that Town engaged in before the season started would only improve the team. In particular it was clear that the potential for scoring goals is immense. It took a game to two but Town now appear to have well and truly found a method which fully unlocks that potential. This was a scintillating, unremitting, classy performance on a boiling afternoon which had Brislington trailing in the dust.
However, it wasn’t until after the drinks break, at the midpoint of the first half, that Town found their way to goal. Prior to that it was even- stevens. Steve Murray had been a bit wasteful with a shot over the bar from a Dave O’Hare pass but Mason Dagger had replied with a header from a corner which drifted just wide of the left post. Oaklan Buck had a shot on the turn pouched by Jake Viney and, when the drinks break arrived, it was a close affair.
Within 3 minutes of the resumption Town were two up and in control. A Harry Horton shot was deflected and it landed at Murray’s feet 15 yards out. He wasted no time and smashed it into the bottom right corner. An O’Hare pass from half way was well judged for Jack Taylor’s run down the middle and he smoked the ball to the keeper’s right from the edge of the area. Both examples of confident finishing.
Brislington offered little in reply and Town secured the win just short of half time. Horton’s corner kick wasn’t the best but somehow it wriggled its way to O’Hare, lurking on the edge of the 6 yard box. His left foot connection wasn’t especially smooth but it was good enough for number three.
The game was won but would Town be prepared to coast to an easy win? No way. With Brislington losing a bit of heart, Town kept the foot on the accelerator. Town poured through the midfield area at will and chance followed chance. Despite the heat, you could see every player really putting in a shift and a half. They wanted a full 90 minute performance and we, the fans, are grateful!
Taylor’s free kick was well aimed for the bottom left corner and Liam May made a great save at the foot of the post. He was retrieving the ball from the net soon after. This time it was Murray whose glancing header, from a Dave Thorne cross, was reached by May but he could only touch it into the net.
In the next attack Town made it five. Taylor exchanged passes with Thorne around the half way line and then hurtled forwards. He beat the defender to the ball, easily circumnavigated May and rolled it in.
Brislington looked like they might totally disintegrate at this stage but they pulled it together and there was a quiet spell at both ends for a while. Christian Ayaabah tried his luck from range but Viney wasn’t bothered. Pat O’Halloran came on and his pace was the last thing the visitors wanted. Better delivery of the final ball would have produced more gold.
The second half drinks break again seemed to pep up the Town effort as they went marauding for more booty. Murray chipped over after Taylor won a challenge on the edge of the box and a thrilling run and shot from Jake Llewellyn cleared the bar by not very much.
Just as we were settling for a 5-0 result we were entertained with two late goals, one after the other. Murray’s shot was half saved and Taylor scored at ease and then Murray poked the ball in left footed after O’Halloran had worked through two tired defensive challenges. In so doing, both of these excellent marksmen secured hat tricks.
This was as close to a complete performance as you can expect and in energy sapping conditions. Heroes all over the team. Sometimes you just have to say “Wow!”
It seems a bit invidious to have to select best players when anyone could be in the top three really but, here goes...
1. Dave O’Hare 2. (joint) Jack Taylor and Steve Murray
Jake Viney, Dave Thorne (Patrick O’Halloran 63), Jake Llewellyn, Jake Horsey (Finley Wilkinson 62), Jamie Laird, Tom Ellis, Harry Horton, Dave O’Hare, Steve Murray, Jack Taylor, Sam Towler (Ross McErlain 46).
Man of the Match