Timsbury Athletic maintained their title challenge in the UHlsport Somerset County League Division One with a comprehensive 3-0 home win against Wrington Redhill. The visitors played a lot of good football but they lacked a cutting edge up front and they were comfortably held by an impressive Timsbury defensive unit.
Timsbury began strongly and a telling cross from Chris Midgley saw Ellis Hancock hammer his shot into the side-netting. A speculative effort from Sean Derrick sailed over the top before the home side at last took a well deserved lead. Again it was Midgley who created the chance with an inch perfect cross that Dom Barresi headed home for his first goal of the season. Soon after another centre from Midgley found the towering head of Matt Garner but his effort went just past the post.
Despite looking comfortable on the ball the visitors were creating few problems up front and Ashton Tucker in the Timsbury goal had a relaxing first half. After another Barresi shot was easily saved by James Williams in the Wrington goal Timsbury increased their lead five minutes from half-time. An accurate free-kick from Callum Taylor caused havoc in the visitors’ defence and Hancock was on hand to hammer home his ninth goal of the season.
Wrington came out strongly in the second half and at last started to put pressure on the home side. Ethan Johnson was just over the top with one effort and then Jesse Bishop came to the home side’s rescue clearing off the line from Josh Pitt’s goal-bound shot. At the other end Midgley shot just wide from distance and Garner headed wide from Hancock’s cross.
A free-kick from Cory Thomas-Barker was just too high for the visitors before a third goal for the home side with 20 minutes to go effectively put the game to bed. A fine ball from Hancock sent Sean Derrick clear and he made no mistake with a clinical finish. It capped a strong performance from the home side and sets them up nicely for next Saturday’s crucial home return match with league leaders Minehead.