Match Report From the Impressive Win Over Plymouth Parkway
Toolstation Western League
31st August 2019
Bridgwater Town FC 2 Vs 0 Plymouth Parkway
Jack Taylor 43
Jake Llewellyn 45 (Pen
This was the first time that Town had beaten Plymouth Parkway and it was a game which demonstrated how much this team has matured over the last three seasons. In the past Town teams have sometimes been a bit overawed and possibly haven’t had enough self belief. However, confidence is coursing through their collective veins right now and, after a testing first twenty minutes, they deserved this significant win.
In some ways this was an even better win than the crushing of Brislington in the cup because Plymouth have high hopes of promotion, went into this game having won all previous matches and are a good side. They could have no complaints about the result after the ninety minutes.
Keeping an unchanged team from last week, Town were required to focus mostly on their defending for the first half of the first half. Plymouth came out of the traps quickly and looked threatening. Captain Shane Krac tested Jake Viney early on with a quick turn and a surprise, rising drive which Town’s stopper did well to push aside. It was Krac again, after fifteen minutes, who slightly mishit his shot from 12 yards and Viney saved more comfortably this time.
Town responded with a towering header from Tom Ellis which was cleared from near the goal line. A lovely move involving Jack Taylor, Jake Llewellyn and Sam Towler was thwarted by an excellent defensive block as the latter prepared to shoot.
The complexion of the game changed irrevocably with the opening goal. What a strange one it was! As the Parkway defenders tried to move out from the back, one of them hadn’t read the script and played Taylor and Steve Murray onside. There were no defenders around as Town’s striking aces got the ball. For what seemed like an age they interchanged passes. Keeper Kyle Moore seemed to almost give up on it and made no attempt to intervene. Taylor finished the business with the keeper a disinterested observer.
Very soon after that Murray picked up the ball on the wide left. He is accomplished at keeping close control as he takes on defenders. He skinned the right back and was flattened by a lunge from another. No arguments. Jake Llewellyn converted the spot kick. Well, you didn’t think he would miss did you?
2-0 at half time was flattering to Town and harsh on Parkway and one expected a strong reaction from the visitors after the break. It didn’t really happen. Without being overly defensive Town contained free scoring Parkway in an accomplished second half showing. The back three of Jake Horsey, Jamie Laird and Tom Ellis were utterly resolute and really hardly put a foot (or head) wrong. Behind them Viney’s handling was equally faultless and Town didn’t look like letting one in, never mind two.
Krac had another chance after Curtis Damerell had laid the ball back for him but he snatched at the shot and sent it too high. Then Town had the ball (and the keeper) in the back of the net but he had been fouled.
Town were a threat on the break and probably should have made the win safe with a third goal. Taylor produced a low save from Moore and the ball spun up awkwardly towards the nearby Dave Thorne. His header was held by Moore.
Mikey Williams worked some space on the left and his curling shot was well aimed. Viney saw it all the way and made an elastic save. The follow up shot by Aaron Bentley was thumped in to the side netting.
After that, Parkway kept pushing forward but seemed to have little left. Town kept running at them from deep but some last ditch defending kept the score at 2-0. The closest shave was when Taylor and Murray linked together again and Murray toe poked his shot against the bar. Well judged substitutions kept freshness in the Town legs and one of the subs, Pat O’Halloran brought a save out of Moore after a run from Dave O’Hare had taken him deep into the box. The game finished with Taylor flashing one into the side netting.
A hugely satisfying afternoon for Town and their followers. A terrific and disciplined performance against a side sure to be in the top three at the season’s end.
1 Jake Horsey
2 Jake Viney
3 Tom Ellis
Jake Viney, Dave Thorne, Jake Llewellyn, (Patrick O’Halloran 85), Jake Horsey, Jamie Laird, Tom Ellis, Harry Horton, David O’Hare, Steve Murray (Finley Wilkinson 83), Jack Taylor, Sam Towler (Mark Armstrong 70).
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