Eagles flying after thrashing X-Roads
Somerset Eagles 6 X-Roads 2
Somerset Eagles boosted their survival chances after thrashing X-Roads 6-2 at White Hill Field on Saturday.
The home side came out of the blocks very quickly when Tahj Wade slotted home from Ethan Fubler’s cross in the fourth minute.
The East End side were woken up by that early goal, and they finally started to knock the ball around nicely in midfield.
However, just as the visiting side were starting to keep possession, Eagles landed a sucker punch.
Captain Anwar Telford twisted away from two defenders before curling a beautiful effort past goalkeeper Jez Burrows to double the home side’s lead.
X-Roads halved the deficit in the eighteenth minute when Tymon Daniels was brought down in the area by Lorenzo Burch.
Winger Tyrell Burgess stepped up to take the resulting spot kick, and barely placed it past the outstretched arms of Eagles goalkeeper Lorenzo Lambert.
By this stage, the match was evenly poised, and neither side was in control.
Eagles continued to knock the ball around confidently, but they would give the ball away on occasion. They created a few clear chances, but were unable to convert.
The visiting side were resorted to kicking the ball long to Donavan Thompson, who had very little quality service.
Eagles restored their two-goal lead in the 32nd minute. A cushioned layoff from Telford was sweetly struck by fellow midfielder Teniko Eve into the top near corner past a motionless Burrows.
Wade scored his second of the game, and Eagles’ fourth, when he tapped in a low cross by fellow striker Nathan Rego just before half-time.
Eagles started the second half as they finished the first. Winger Rayquan Woodley-Smith had a chance to effectively seal the game, but he lashed his shot high from close range.
X-Roads started to create some quality chances midway through the second half, with goalkeeper Lorenzo Lambert making two brilliant saves to deny Thompson and then Burgess in quick succession.
The visiting side made the first change in the 65th minute, bringing on striker Chare Smith to replace Woodley-Smith.
Smith made an instant impact less than 40 seconds later. Eve played him through and he slotted past Burrows for his third goal of the season to make it 5-1.
X-Roads made their first change with 20 minutes remaining. Patrick Richardson was replaced by playmaker Jorge Sanchez.
Eagles replied by bringing on striker Marcelos Thomas for Telford a few minutes later.
Thompson would finally get his name on the scoresheet when he rose highest to head home a cross by the lively Burgess with fourteen minutes left to make it 5-2.
Wade, to a resounding applause by the home fans, came off for Chioke Medeiros in Eagles’ final change.
Thomas completed the scoring when he glanced in from a cross by Fubler in the final moments to make it 6-2, and secure Eagles’ first league win of the second half of the season.
Scorer Chare Smith, 22, said he was pleased with the team’s effort.
“I was pleased with the team spirit,” he said. “It was a big win for us. But we must make better decisions on the ball. Those giveaways have cost us many goals. The win will be a huge boost. Dandy Town [next weekend] will be a tough game, but we are up for the task.”
Eagles: Wade 4, 45+1, Telford 12, Eve 32, Smith 66, Thomas 87
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