Adam Bloomfield netted a hattrick as Slimbridge U18s saw off their Tuffley Rovers counterparts in the GFA U18s Shield at Glevum Park, with the visitors winning 3-0 against a Tuffley side that ended with ten men.
The two sides met for the second time in cup football this season, after being drawn against each other in the FA Youth Cup back in September.
Slimbridge pressed straight from kick off and applied a lot of pressure to a Tuffley Rovers side that was missing influential captain Ethan Ravenhill at centre half.
As the two sides were settling into the game a ball driven across goal from the left hand side was turned into the back of the net by Bloomfield, who reacted well to direct the ball past keeper Kane Hyett.
Hyett was called into action minutes later when Bloomfield was slipped in on the left side of the box. Hyett then blocked an effort after a goalmouth scramble from a set piece.
The visitors were doing a great job at swinging their corners right under Hyett’s crossbar, with the keeper taking a few knocks in the first half – including a collision with Slimbridge centre back George Callinan.
Hyett was favouring his shoulder but did well to block a Taylor Buckland shot before the impressive Ryan Sarson drilled one straight across goal and wide.
Tuffley struggled for momentum in the first half but Niall Priday forced Slimbridge keeper Lewis Adams into making a save, with Adams doing well to palm over a 30 yard free kick.
Rovers winger Kyle Rogers put in a lot of effort and looked really good on the ball but wasn’t given enough support as Callinan and Fin Brown dealt with most things in the first half very comfortably.
Brown began spreading the play and it was from his free kick that Bloomfield doubled his tally just before half time. Brown’s diagonal ball in was headed goalwards by Bloomfield on the edge of the box and the header looped up into the net.
Hyett will disappointed with the second goal but you can’t help but feel the shoulder injury played a part in the limited mobility for the goal.
Into the second half and Tuffley came out with all guns blazing. Rogers and Beres Nkiwane stretched the Slimbridge back line for the first time but neither of them nor Priday could test Lewis Adams in goal.
The game was effectively over went Bloomfield leapt onto a poor Nathan Clift back pass, rounded Hyett and was brought down by Max Bell. Bell was issued a second yellow card and was promptly dismissed whilst the Slimbridge forward stepped up to send Hyett the wrong way and complete his hattrick.
Throughout the game you felt Slimbridge always had enough to see the game out and they had chances through Buckland and Finlay Byrnes, who skied over from inside the six yard box.
The two sides are yet to meet in the league so will have two more games against each other before the end of the season. Tuffley are back in action at Glevum Park a week Monday when they host Stourport Swifts, with Slimbridge scheduled to take on Redditch United the following day.
Tuffley Rovers: Hyett, Woodland, Clift, Heggs, Bell, Ellis, Connor, Rogers, Priday, Nkiwane, Docks
Subs: Bacon, Barnes, Cresswell
Slimbridge: Adams, Virgo, Waddington, Byrnes, Callinan, Brown, Townsend, Maddock, Bloomfield, Buckland, Sarson
Subs: Griffiths, Ahmed, Harper, Mbika, Small
Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Adam Bloomfield (Slimbridge U18s)