Bridgwater United defeats Mousehole to advance in FA Vase

BRIDGWATER United continued their current form with a 1-0 win over Mousehole in the FA Vase on Saturday.

The game at Fairfax Park was very tense and the 327 supporters got their money’s worth as there was 12 minutes of added time at the end of the game.

Fit center-back Jordan Greenwood scored the most important goal for Bridgwater in the 39th minute, but Jake Viney in the goal was the man of the match; he made over 10 saves to keep his team in the lead.

Early in the game Mousehole picked up the pace and created a number of chances for himself, Tallan Mitchell leading the midfield and teaming up well with the always dangerous Hayden Turner, who was on the left wing.

Bridgwater had to work there in the game and they created a few chances, but the Mousehole defenders did well to limit the chances.

United got more into the game around the half hour mark; a corner fell at the feet of Ross Edwards and he shot to the left of the goal.

Then, in the 39th minute, Greenwood rose higher to meet a Tom Llewellyn corner and his header went into the goal.

CHALLENGE: Jordan Greenwood climbs the highest to get home (Photo: Debbie Gould)

At the start of the second period, Jack Taylor dispossessed Josh Otto as he tried to play from behind, but Taylor missed the shot.

It must be said that for the rest of the game Mousehole was in the lead, Turner seemed the most likely to them as he often beat his defender to get a shot.

If it hadn’t been for Viney’s heroism in the goal the score could have been read differently, at one point Turner lifted the ball in the middle of the penalty area and Mark Goldsworthy tapped against the cross-bar.

Bridgwater was hanging on, and they did it through ultimate defense and strong teamwork.

The Robins created a few more chances as Mousehole was left open at the back, Adnan Hiroli found space and hit a half volley right off the goal.

Hiroli then had a header to the far post from another corner kick that looked certain to cross the line, but a last-second save of the week in the goal prevented him.

Players, coaches and fans on both sides were taken aback when the referee signaled that there were 12 extra minutes left at the end of the game.

Mousehole used the extra time to push higher up the pitch for a goal, but they couldn’t get the ball in the net.

The win means Bridgwater has moved on to the FA Vase’s next round and Mousehole has just one league to focus on now.

The next Bridgwater will return to the league at Fairfax Park on Saturday November 27th to face Ashton & Backwell.

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