Sodbury fight back from early losses
The new management team at Sodbury have suffered some set backs in their first few games in charge including striker George Box leaving the club to take some time out of the game.
A 4-0 defeat at league leaders Bridgwater and the same score line a week later in a poor performance at ninth placed Shepton Mallet left them dangerously close to the relegation positions.
The loss at Bridgwater disappointed after a fine performance against an in form outfit that saw the Sods down to ten men after twenty minutes, concede two penalties and score two own goals.
However there was some good news in the League Cup. Sandwiched between the two heavy league defeats, bottom placed Shortwood visited the Ridings to play in the first round of the Les Phillips Cup.
Under floodlights, the home side proved too strong for their visitors running out 5-0 victors and securing a place in the second round at home to Shepton Mallet.
Sam Jenkins opened the scoring on 14 minutes however a penalty by Liam Pullen saved by the keeper left the score at half time 1-0. The game turned in the space of two second half minutes with Liam Pullen, making up for his penalty miss with a goal to put the Sods two up on 58 minutes. Just a minute later Shortwood were down to ten men following the dismissal of their captain for a second bookable offence.
Sam Jenkins added his second of the evening on 71 minutes and Pullen completed his double on 74 minutes. Dan Brown finished the night off in style with a goal in the last 5 minutes to give the home side a comfortable win.
Sodbury’s league outlook improved somewhat with a hard fought three points against fellow strugglers Roman Glass St. George. The starting eleven included Joe White, leaving his management partner and father Steve to ring the changes alone on the touchline.
A disappointing goalless first half in which neither keeper were tested did not bode well for either team. Whatever Steve White said to his players in the changing room at half time made all the difference. Space had opened up in midfield and Sodbury set a fast pace and with 65 minutes gone they were rewarded when Liam Pullen struck a low shot from 15 yards out to finish off a fine attacking move.
Four minutes later the lead was nearly extended when a free kick from just outside the area cleared the four-man wall only to be tipped over for a corner by Josh Dempsey in the Roman goal.
Roman really should have drawn level but missed two guilt edged opportunities. With 15 minutes left a cross from the right found a Roman striker in space but inexplicably he headed wide from just six yards.
With just 10 minutes remaining the same striker blasted over when it looked easier to score.
A battling away draw with unbeaten Westbury Utd just 4 days after that home win must be encouraging for the new management team.
Sodbury had stunned the home crowd by taking the lead on 10 minutes having survived an early barrage from their hosts. In form Liam Pullen forced a save from Baldy in the Westbury goal and from the resultant corner the unmarked Jake Thomas headed home for a 0-1 lead.
The Sods held onto their lead until the 54th minute when Joe Stradling headed into an empty net when Sheppard could only half punch a long throw.