Rejuvenated Willand ready for Vase clash
WILLAND Rovers manager Clive Jones hopes Willand Rovers can build on Saturday's big cup win when they go to Horndean in the FA Vase on Saturday.
Rovers go into the second round match after an emphatic 5-1 home win over Warminster Town in the first round of the Les Phillips Cup.
With Lloyd Beech in goal after fireman Ryan Draper was called out at late notice, Rovers went in 0-0 at half-time, only to turn it on in style in the second period.
Goals from Kai Fisher (2), Stan Paxton (2) and Danny Jee – three of which came from Danny Baily corners – saw Jones' men through.
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And Jones hopes that, despite a slow start, the win should help Willand's fragile confidence.
"The win can only do some good. I have said this before but we are all so lacking in confidence that we should have been 5-1 up by half-time frankly," said Jones, whose side will play Buckland Athletic in the next round.
"At half-time I was wondering what we could do because it was 0-0 and we couldn't find a way through.
"These players have not become bad players overnight – I am sure of it – so it has to be down to confidence."
Jones' men had not won in six games, had lost their last three and had gone more than 400 minutes without scoring before Saturday's match.
Meanwhile, Pete Buckingham hopes Elmore have turned a corner ahead of Saturday's match at Keynsham Town.
The Eagles went down in a spirited 3-2 extra-time defeat to Premier Division side Longwell Green at the weekend which, coupled with last week's win over Almondsbury, suggests Buckingham could be right.
" I hope that, after our win last week, maybe we have turned a corner," said Buckingham. "I think my team really grew up in that match.
"We went there with just 11 players and no subs, so we were down to the bare bones already.
"We went 1-0 up through Raith Plant and 15 minutes later he was off to Frenchay Hospital with a broken arm – the second one we have had in the last week. We played the rest of the game with 10 men and I still thought we could have beaten our Premier opponents.
"We thought we had done enough to earn a replay but for 10 men to be told after 90 minutes that there was extra time, we couldn't believe it.
"I have to applaud my players though. They were on their knees by the end of the game and I was so proud of them."