Game 14: Chipping Sodbury Town 0.3 Willand Rovers (Western Premier) 25.03.17
My first visit to a current Western Premier Ground was to Willand Rovers so it was a happy coincidence that my last required current Western Premier ground, Chipping Sodbury Town, would see them as the away team. The Ridings car park was busy as the facility is used by the local Rugby club as well as two football clubs. We wandered down to the football area and popped into the bar for a quick drink and the closing minutes of the Lincoln v Forest Green match on BT Sport.
It was a nice sunny day but there was a very strong wind blowing down the pitch. Willand had the advantage of the wind in the first half and came close to scoring direct from a couple of corners as the wind hurtled the ball towards the Chipping Sodbury goal. The first Willand goal came as a corner was cleared to the edge of the area and a low shot found its way through to the net with the keeper unsighted. Six minutes later and Willand won the ball in midfield and moved quickly into the gap between two defenders. The keeper came out but couldn’t stop the deflected shot going in. The final goal came five minutes before half time, a Willand player picking up a ball that had been lofted over the defence and crossing it for an unmarked team mate to slot in past the keeper. Chipping Sodbury thought they had pulled one back just before halftime but the header over the keeper was disallowed for offside.
At half time we wandered back to the bar to use the facilities and to check the half time draw results – missed out by one strip of tickets on first prize! The only real incident of note in the second half was the home keeper having to go off injured shortly after kick off. It looked like he had landed awkwardly after pushing a shot over the bar. An outfield player went in goal to replace him but wasn’t tested by Willand. Chipping Sodbury had more attacks than they had managed in the first half but didn’t force any clear opportunities.