Tuffley Rovers Reserves moved up to 5th in Division 1 of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League after a clinical first half display against Whaddon United, who made their hosts sweat late on in a 4-2 home win.
Harry Walker went close inside the opening five minutes, when he met a Jack Lee cross with a bullet header that was well held by Whaddon keeper RIch Goodey.
Tuffley didn’t have to wait long until they got the breakthrough though. Just after the 10 minute mark Ryan Dobbins stormed into the box and knocked the ball to his right as he was fouled. The referee played a wonderful advantage and Tuffley striker Luke Whittam slotted the ball home.
The goal brought on wave after wave of Tuffley attacks. Harry Walker forced a spectacular stop from Goodey, with an effort from the left corner of the box.
Alfie Fortey struck wide before Ryan Dobbins forced a decent stop from Goodey at his near post.
Jack Lee then broke down the right hand side, skipped past his man and crossed to the back post. Walker was on hand to volley in under pressure to double his side’s lead.
Tuffley took their foot off the gas slightly and it allowed Whaddon to stem the flow and reshape. Then right on half time Tuffley made it three through Harry Walker’s second of the afternoon.
After winning a free kick Marcus Foxwell chipped to the back post, midfielder Dean Bernard had the presence of mind to head back across goal to the penalty spot. Walker headed the ball goalwards and it flew in despite a strong hand from Rich Goodey.
The second half started a lot slower and more reserved than the first, except for a three on one break for Whaddon after a Tuffley corner. The move ended up breaking down when Zak Hodges took too long to shoot, before sending a scuffed shot along the floor to Kane Winman.
Jack Lee, Alfie Fortey & Dean Bernard had long range efforts on the Whaddon goal as the second half wore on, with only Lee’s effort forcing Goodey into making a save.
With just over twenty minutes left Ryan Dobbins spun on the edge of the box before knocking it right to Lee, who calmly curled the ball into the bottom corner.
Tuffley made changes as the game felt done and dusted. But with 12 minutes left Whaddon decided to push further forward and got their rewards.
After winning a corner, Whaddon midfielder Kofie Corbett lined up an effort for Daniel Nelmes. His shot found a gap between bodies to reduce the deficit to three.
The deficit was reduced to two just as we ticked into the 90th minute. Due to a couple of injuries you knew there would be a fair chunk of additional time so the second goal made the Tuffley players wake up a little bit.
The goal came when that man again Kofie Corbett picked the ball up on the right hand side and carried to ball nearly 40 yards towards the byline. His cross was turned in by Nelmes for his second on the day.
Whaddon nearly set up a crazy barnstorming finish when Corbett played a diagonal to Connor Barrowcliffe, but the forward could only hook his shot wide and with that the points were Tuffley’s.
Due to Tuffley Rovers vs Longlevens going to a replay in the FA Vase, Tuffley Rovers Reserves’ next league game will be a tough away trip to league leaders Sharpness, whilst Whaddon United’s next league game is a home fixture with Harrow Hill – both games are on Saturday 29th September.
Tuffley Rovers Reserves: Winman, Mace, Foxwell (Lucas 90′), Lyons, Bernard, Harmer (Clay 68′), Dobbins, Walker, Fortey, Whittam (Weir 73′), Lee
Subs Not Used: Ellis
Whaddon United: R Goodey, J Payton, M Powell, Pockett, J Powell, Corbett, Nelmes, Jeffs, Barrowcliffe, Hodges, T Goodey (J Payton 46′)
Subs Not Used: Avery, Jackson
Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Harry Walker (Tuffley Rovers Reserves)