Uhlsport Somerset County League
Premier Division
Middlezoy Rovers 5, Stockwood Green 0

MIDDLEZOY Rovers were at home for the second week running on Saturday, and were hoping for a better outcome than the previous week, when they lost 3-0 to Chilcompton Sports.

Zoy started well, seeing the majority of the ball without really creating any clear chances, while visitors Stockwood Green had the better opportunities in the opening stages.

Home goalkeeper Greg Turner saved well one-on-one, then Zoy had the woodwork to thank as the Stockwood centre forward struck the foot of the post from outside the box.

Having had that let-off, the hosts took the lead on the half-hour, as Andy Smith held the ball up and laid it onto his centre midfield partner Dan Luce, whose effort from the edge of the box deflected in off a Stockwood defender.

This goal seemed to settle some Zoy nerves, and they were now looking like scoring with each attack.

Luce broke into the box but sliced his shot wide, before a mazy run from Jed Williams saw him beat three players, only for a defender to get a tackle in just as Williams was about to get his shot away.

It wasn’t long though before the home side had their second, though, as good build-up play down the right ended with Charlie Lintel drilling the ball across the six-yard box, Luce’s toe-poke was saved, and Luce reacted quickest to fire in the rebound.

Zoy started the second half very slowly, and it was Stockwood looking most likely to score next, as they enjoyed the bulk of possession, but the visitors never really troubled Turner.

The next goal was crucial, and after Luce saw his diving header from six yards saved, Zoy finally killed the game off in the 75th minute.

Harry Horton held the ball up well, before putting it on a plate for Liam Winter to power the ball home under the keeper from 12 yards.

This goal killed Stockwood’s spirit, and 3-0 soon became 4-0 when Jake Horsey delightfully curled the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

The floodgates were now open and there was even time for Charlie Bridges to get his first goal in three years, as he cut in well from his wing before firing into the bottom corner to cap a much improved display from Zoy.

Man of the match: Andy Smith

Middlezoy are up to 11th in the Premier Division standings, after two wins and three defeats from their opening five games, and are without a fixture this coming Saturday.

They return to action on Saturday, October 24 (3pm), away to early pace-setters Nailsea & Tickenham.

Middlezoy Rovers Reserves sit sixth in Division 1, meanwhile, following their second win from their first four matches, away to Yatton & Cleeve United on Saturday.

The visitors trailed 1-0 at half-time, but goals from Joshua Ford, Lee Graham, Kyle Lazowski and Scott Capel secured a 4-2 victory.

Alex Bird scored both goals for the home side.

Middlezoy Reserves are at home to Burnham United this coming Saturday (3pm).