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Wincanton Town’s free-scoring streak can create club Somerset Cup history

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

Wincanton Town

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WINCANTON Town manager Paul Down believes his side’s current free-scoring form can help the club create history this weekend.

The Magna Dorset Premier League high-flyers take a break from their promotion push on Saturday to lock horns with Somerset County League Division Two West Middlezoy Rovers in the Somerset Senior Cup.

Town are just 90 minutes from their first ever final in the competition and having scored 17 goals in their last four games are confident of avenging a last four exit in the same competition 12 months ago.

Despite knowing little about their opposition that beat Combe St Nicholas 2-1 last weekend, Down is confident his side have the quality to prevail.

“We have certainly clicked since the New Year,” he said. “We have played well since Christmas but didn’t get the goals to start with.

“Matt Chant has made a difference and is a quality footballer that came down from the Toolstation Western League. His goals and movement have made a big impact, but having said that we had five different scorers when we beat Blandford United 5-1 last weekend.

“It’s not a case of Matt on his own but he has certainly helped. Former Yeovil Town scholar Toby Iriah has played well since the New Year and all the lads have hit form at the right time. We have found goals from all over the pitch and the back four have been solid.

“This weekend is a big match for the club, they have never made the final in their history. It is a massive game in that respect and it is always nice to reach a final. We made the semis last year and went out but we are doing everything we can to get to the final.

“I think we need to concentrate on our own game. If we do that I am confident we will win. I am not too tied up or worried by what they are doing, I am sure that if we keep focuses on what we do we can win.”

Ren Turnock, Chant, Mike Taylor and Danny Golden gave Wincanton a 4-0 first half lead against the Royals before Gary Chapman and a late consolation completed the one-sided score line in Town’s first game at Moor Lane since the first week of December.

Down said: “The game was effectively over by half time. At the moment we are having one of those spells where it’s going well for us. We are playing good stuff and everything we hit is going in.

“The pitch started well and in the first half we played some good football. But in the second half it cut up and was tough. In the last month we have been starting well and we did emphasise that we needed another quick start because the pitch was going to cut up and that is exactly what happened.

“They had a couple of chances late on and when you are four or five up you do lose concentration every now and then, people start pushing up from the back and you do leave yourself open to the odd counterattack. I was just pleased to play at home for the first time since the first week of December.

“The points are the main thing and I am not too worried about the odd goal if we’re winning.”

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