Longlevens AFC 1-6 Highworth Town
Nine from Nine!
This was a well-balanced game for the first half-hour or so but the Worthians looked very sharp going forward and it seemed inevitable that the balance would tip the way of the visitors as the game progressed and the Gloucester men tired.
After ten minutes of play, a Levens attack saw Garry Aulsberry partially block an attempt at goal and then somehow, Ryan Stanners managed to get his head on a goalbound effort for it to canon off the crossbar. A rapid counter-attacking move from the Worthians then ended with Aysa Corrick shooting accurately from ouitside the box for the first score of the evening.
Levens were back in the match after twenty minutes when the stretched Worthian defence were not able to clear their lines, leaving Mason Lewis to carry the ball into the penalty box and slot home coolly for the equaliser.
The Worthians should have been back in front when a brilliant move involving Nick Stanley and Callum Parsons left Aysa Corrick in on goal but Tom Kaye saved the shot with his legs. Dan Drewett found himself in on goal too some five minutes later but he pulled the shot wide of an upright. However, with ten minutes left of the half, the Worthian winger carried the ball down the right flank and passed it into Chris Taylor who then dribbled it into the penalty area and took a shot. Luke Kavanagh blocked the ball on the line but Chris's momentum had carried him forward so that the rebound hit him on the chest and went in!
Just before the break, Ryan Stanners carried the ball forward down the right flank and delivered a great cross to the near post for Keiron Gleed to run on to and volley home from close range to virtually end the contest.
The second half saw the Worthians dominate for long periods but Levens were not giving up and they competed for every ball and tried to get forward themselves. However, the Worthians were on fire, scoring three more goals in the process.
The first of these came after five minutes of the restart when Ryan Stanners played a great one-two with Aysa Corrick and blasted the ball into the top of the net. With a quarter of an hour to go, Nick Stanley cleared a Levens attack by heading the ball out to Keiron Gleed who played a superb first time through ball for Aysa Corrick to run on to and the tireless Worthian front man lobbed the keeper from 25 yards out.
Just as the game was drawing to a close, Callum Parsons played the ball out to Aaron Ferris who turned his man and laid the ball back for Ryan O'Hara to wallop into the net.
Longlevens played well and stuck to their task with determination but they were no match on the night for a rampant Worthians who go back to the top of the table for their ninth win from their opening nine league games.