Yesterday at Bonnymead park the Dev put in one hell of a shift to end their 8 game run without a win when they came back from one down to battle out a 2-1 win over Wroughton whom beat the Whites 3-1 in the reverse fixture.
That day in November the Whites could name Layton Tulk, Devon Arnold and Will Waterson in their attack. Yesterday all three of them were missing which makes the performance all the more impressive.
It was a battle of attrition it has to be said with Wroughton starting the stronger and forging ahead midway through the 1st half. At that point it was clear we had to change something and quick before the game got away from us. Aiden Savage moved from right wing back into the midfield alongside Hawke and 18 year old Will Hall moved out to right back, allowing Owen Taylor to move up to right wing. Immediately the changes appeared to work and on the 34th minute a cracking strike from Ed Timperley from the edge of the box left the keeper flat footed and the home side where level before the break and based on the 5 minutes or so before the goal, we did deserve to be back in the game.
2nd half started the same way as the 1st ended with the Whites edging the game, if at times just. Omario Henry was forced to leave the pitch on 52 minutes from an injury he picked up in the 1st half. On to replace him was 16 year old U16 Dyllan Roocroft who it has to be said made one hell of an impact on the game down the left wing. In around the 80th minute it was he who got behind two defenders trying in vane to stop him, they failed and Roocroft delivered a hard low ball right where Lewis Cross wanted it and he did all he had to do, get a foot on it and guide it home 2-1.
The game was seen out very professionally by us and eventually the clock beat the visitors and we won at Bonnymead park for the first time. That’s one voodoo overcome at least.
Wroughton are like all but 4 of the teams above us in the table, we have games in hand on. Although we remain 12th today, 5th is still in our hands and this is one group of lads that you feel won’t want to let the season end on a low.
Tuesday the Whites visit Calne Town FC Dev whom in the opening months of the campaign were like most beat at the Ray Mac. Calne now occupy 5th place which we ideally want, but to achieve that we need to go unbeaten until the end of the season.
Two dates for your diary are Tuesday 26th and Saturday 30th of April when Melksham and Royal Wootton Bassett visit the Ray Mac.