Minehead under 15s faced Isle of Wedmore at home on Sunday and although they had the majority of the possession they didn’t capitalise in the final third and ended up on the end of a 1-3 defeat.
Minehead had started well with Tyler High and Tom Barber combining well on the left wing forcing an early corner which was well defended. Tyler High was again causing the away side problems and forcing another corner which was floated in by Olly Prescott and Tom Barber was at the far post to head home for 1-0. Wedmore pushed for an equaliser but the back four of Riley Merrick, Ajay Shopland, Callum Dewar and Lewis Leach were holding strong. Lewis Leach made a good run out of defence through the middle linking up with Charlie Disney, Finley Foreman and Russell Lindley who’s shot was saved. Wedmore put some good teasing crosses in but Minehead keeper Ben Bloys was always there to gather, Minehead defender Riley Merrick was also having another good game making some great clearances, challenges and always looking comfortable on the ball which earned him Man of the Match. Callum Dewar made a charging run on the right linking up well with Olly Prescott who played in Tom Barber but his effort was wide. Ben Bloys was called into action at the other end and had to pull off a double save to keep Wedmore out but soon after a good move by the away side which saw them split the Minehead defence and although a great strike was parried out by Ben Bloys he wasn’t going to stop the follow up shot that was rifled into the roof of the net for 1-1. Charlie Disney made a good individual run from midfield playing in Tyler High who’s low shot was well saved and pushed out for another corner, Olly Prescott whipped in a good ball and Finley Foreman managed to get his head to it but couldn’t direct it goal-wards. Minehead were seeing plenty of the ball but couldn’t make it count, Olly Prescott saw his free kick sail over the bar and a number of corners before the break were well defended by the away side. Wedmore came out fighting in the second half and nearly went ahead but Ajay Shopland made a fine goal line clearance, Lewis Leach then saw his long range effort clear the bar and at the other end Wedmore again the came close but Minehead were saved by the post. Minehead took a quick free kick and a low through ball into the box was chased by Curtis Beynon-Pearce who slid in clipping the ball past a fast approaching keeper who managed to get something on it and it rolled out for a corner which was headed over by Finley Foreman. As Minehead pressed for goal they were caught on the counter and a nice chip beat the keeper and the away side were ahead. Minehead came close to equalising through Finley Forman but his headed effort from a corner was over then another attack from Wedmore saw Callum Dewar make a good clearance out of the box but it was looped back in at pace and although the keeper got his fingers to it he couldn’t stop it creeping under the bar for 1-3. Some good play between Duncan Stothard and Curtis Beynon-Pearce ended with a free kick and although Olly Prescott curled it over the wall the keeper was equal to it and kept it out.
Minehead. B Bloys, A Shopland, L Leach, R Merrick, C Disney, C Dewar, F Foreman, T High, T Barber, O Prescott, R Lindley, D Stothard & C Beynon- Pearce.