Uhlsport Somerset County League
Premier Division
Stockwood Wanderers 1, Middlezoy Rovers 1

MIDDLEZOY Rovers were looking to return to winning ways on Saturday – after the previous weekend’s defeat at Westfield ended their long unbeaten run – as they travelled to Stockwood Wanderers.

Zoy started brightly and inside five minutes Jamie Temlett found himself through on goal, only to see his effort saved.

The opening 20 minutes were bossed by the visitors, but they were finding it hard to time their runs and passes against a high Stockwood backline.

A sloppy period then followed from Zoy, as misplaced passes and slow movement gave the hosts something to build on, and they then enjoyed a period of pressure in the game.

Luckily for Middlezoy, the home side did not capitalise on this and instead it was the visitors who could, and perhaps should, have gone into the break in the lead, only for a dubious offside flag to rule out Liam Winter’s far post header.

Zoy started the second half well and on the hour they took the lead, as good pressure from Jed Williams allowed Winter to head into the empty net.

Again the linesman flagged, but this time he was overruled by the referee and the goal stood.

Unfortunately for the visitors this was a lead that didn’t last long, as they presented their hosts with the equaliser.

Zoy gave the ball away when trying to play out from the back and this allowed the Stockwood centre midfielder to drive forward unchallenged before firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The final 20 minutes was all Zoy, as they searched for that winning goal.

Twice they hit the woodwork, through Alex Male and Dan Luce, and further chances fell to Jed Williams, Josh Evans and Johnny Higgins, but poor finishing and last-ditch defending meant that they were left frustrated with a 1-1 draw.

Man of the match: Charlie Lintell

Middlezoy are without a scheduled fixture this coming weekend.

They are set to return to action on Saturday, October 5, at home to Broad Plain House in the second round of the Somerset Senior Cup (ko 2pm).


MIDDLEZOY Rovers Reserves remain top of Division 2 in the County League, despite failing to win for the first time this season.

After five straight wins, Zoy were held 1-1 at home by Radstock Town Reserves; Steven Hall netted for the hosts and Luke Ingram was on target for Radstock.

This coming Saturday sees Zoy entertain Imperial (ko 3pm).


MIDDLEZOY Rovers Ladies are out of the Women’s FA Cup after a thrilling tie at Portishead on Sunday.

They took the lead in the 35th minute when a long-range strike from Georgia Coles nestled in the back of the net.

It was a lead Middlezoy held until the 65th minute, when Portishead equalised.

Chances came and went for both sides but, after a series of near-misses, the game entered extra-time at 1-1.

Portishead pressure eventually told and they scored twice in quick succession to settle a very even tie, 3-1.

Middlezoy return to South West Premier action on Sunday when they get an immediate chance for revenge with a visit to Portishead (ko 2pm).