Mathern Wanderers A 7 Caldicot Town 1
1:25pm Monday 11th March 2013 in Sport
MATHERN Wanderers A enjoyed a 7-1 home victory over Caldicot Town, despite losing four first-team regulars due to work commitments and injuries.
“Our strength in depth is great,” manager Gareth Moore said.
“Our B team didn’t have a game so it was a good chance to see them in action.”
He is now hoping his team can remain unbeaten in the league.
“We were beaten in the County Cup earlier in the season but we are determined to make that the only defeat of the year,” he said.
“Winning is a good habit and we want to keep it going - there is even a very good chance we could see a Mathern A v Mathern B Benevolent Cup Final and that would be a real day out for us.
Mathern’s goals came from Ieuan Diyaolu (2), Alex Bell, Jeff Whitehouse, James Burchill, Tom Marmont and Richard Wood.
Meanwhile, one of the two teams standing in the way of an all-Mathern final, Underwood, thrashed Chepstow Town 11-1 after “a few choice words” from manager Danny Williams.
“It seemed to work,” said Williams. “Everyone stepped up to the plate and gave the best passing performance I’ve seen from them.
“Sean Johnson scored a hat-trick in the first 15 minutes and that just about killed any resistance from Chepstow.
“Sean grabbed another, Josh Downing scored four, Tom Turner added a scorcher from 30 yards and the other two came from Rob Williams and Joe Leighton. We are all looking forward to the semi-finals now!”
The other semi-finalists, who will take on Mathern B on March 30th, Blackrock Rovers, also had a good victory, 5-1 against Chepstow Athletic thanks to goals from Nathan Bryant (2), Chris Norris (2) and Tom Reese.
“We played some good football and had to work for our win as Athletic had some good footballers in their team,” said Rovers manager Leigh Taylor.
“It’s hard to pick a man of the match so I'd give it to Chris and Nathan.”
Undy Athletic manager Ben Garner described his teams 10-3 home victory over Severn Tunnel as “strange”.
“We started really slowly and only got going when we were 2-0 down,” he said.
“We showed great urgency to come back and played some good football but then Tunnel had a man sent off.
“They had been causing us some problems but after the dismissal, we showed more ruthlessness in front of goal.”
Undy’s goals came from Sam Griffiths (3), Harry James (2), Andrew Watkins (2), Corey Bowe, Richard Regulski and Mark Davison.
In Division 2, leaders Sudbrook CC beat Thornwell Red & White 6-0 with goals from Richard Lund (4), Chris Phillips and Steve Phillips.
“We dominated throughout,” said Sudbrook CC manager Gary Vaughan. “Alex Learney was man of the match, setting up most of goals from midfield and Matt Phillips was a constant threat while our keeper Ian Parker produced a couple of good saves to keep his second clean sheet of the season.”