Somerset County League Division 3

Middlezoy Rovers Res 2, Chew Magna 1

MIDDLEZOY made it eight wins on the bounce to stay top of Division 3 with a hard-fought and deserved victory over Chew Magna at The Aerodrome on a grey Saturday afternoon.

The hosts came flying out the blocks and took a hold of the game from the first whistle, controlling the tempo with midfielder Carl Tucker stamping his authority from the get go with some neat passes.

Middlezoy were threatening without really having a chance of note until they made the breakthrough in the 20th minute with talisman Craig Wright claiming his 25th goal of the season, heading home Prescott’s cross from four yards out.

Zoy continued on the front foot and were rewarded three minutes later when Dan Male picked the ball up in midfield and played a great ball to Matt Lindsay on the right flank.

He played inside to the impressive Jed Williams, who fed Scott Capel through to slot home to make it 2-0.

Middlezoy then took their foot off the pedal and allowed the visitors back into the game.

Young William Taylor was having a good game between the sticks and made a couple of decent stops while Lee Graham and Mike Haley were proving a strong pairing as Zoy went in 2-0 up at the break.

Barely a minute had passed in the second half and the Chew striker found himself through on goal with the goal beckoning but Taylor stood tall and made a very good point blank save.

Zoy were under a bit of pressure for the next 10 minutes but hit Chew on the counter as Tucker released Capel over the top but his low drive narrowly missed the far post and went wide.

Wright was replaced by Hall with 25 minutes remaining and was called into action straight away, running beyond the centre backs only for the full-back to make a last-ditch challenge to deny a decent goal-scoring chance.

Chew went straight up the other end and pulled a goal back but Zoy saw out the closing stages to stay top of the table with nine matches remaining.

Mom: Lee Graham.

MIDDLEZOY’s first team, who are sitting in a healthy mid-table position in the Premier Division, were without a league game last weekend.

They don’t return to action until March 2, when they entertain Clutton (ko 3pm).

On Saturday, Zoy Reserves host Combe St Nicholas (ko 2.30) looking to continue their good run of form.