Tuffley Rovers Development kick started their Hellenic League Chairman’s Cup in the best way possible, claiming a 4-0 win over Bourton Rovers Reserves at Glevum Park.
Second half goals from Luke Soule, Daniel Onokoya and Nathan Kay after a first half own goal saw Michael Palmer’s men get back into competitive football with a pretty convincing win on the day.
The hosts started well and had two early efforts at the Bourton goal, with Luke Troke’s effort saved and Niall Priday firing over from the edge of the box.
The home team lined up with a couple of first team players involved in order to help get some minutes in and it was full back Antoine Thompson who would have the best chance of the half, when he struck the bar from 18 yards.
As the ball came down after Thompson’s shot, the rebound was headed off the line and the hosts were wondering how they weren’t in front.
Then just before the break the pressure finally proved too much for the Bourton defence, but even then the goal came in unlucky circumstances.
Troke’s driven ball in from the left hand side looked set to be claimed by keeper Oliver Lockey, but the diving keeper spilled the ball against the defender and it somehow ended up in the net.
Tuffley doubled their lead just after break with a delightful second. After a defence splitting through ball found Craig Cambridge in the box, he squared the ball first time to Luke Soule and the former Shortwood United man was left to tap home.
From there the next 20 minutes became a slog, mainly due to the wind and the rain beginning to lash down.
However it cleared up with about 20 minutes to go and Tuffley look advantage.
Again a defence splitting through ball found Daniel Onokoya on the left side of the box and the forward did well to drill it low and across the keeper into the far corner. A really lovely finish!
Harry Morgan nearly scored from the half way line minutes later, when he leapt onto a loose clearance by Lockey to send the ball goalwards and off the post.
Nathan Kay added a fourth late on with a fantastic diving header, after Cambridge’s cross from the left.
Tuffley go top of the group having played the only game of their group so far, with Slimbridge Reserves to host Swindon Supermarine Development on Wednesday night.
Tuffley Rovers Development: Fulford, McNally, Thompson, Earwaker, Walker, Morgan, John, Troke, Soule, Priday, Onokoya
Subs: Wilson, Cambridge, Kay
Bourton Rovers Reserves: Lockey, Hughes, Maudesley, Boote, Coops, Burrell, Larner, Bowes, Oakey, Hubbard, Pulham
Subs: Hitchman, Crammen, Griffiths, Galpin
M&S Roofing Man of the Match: Harri John (Tuffley Rovers Development)