Quedgeley Wanderers turned on the football and converted it into goals with a brilliant win at home to Longlevens on Saturday, writes Pete Bull.
Wanderers started stronger and had plenty of the ball, with Longlevens hardly causing the defence any problems. The first goal came 20 minutes in, after winning the ball in midfield Jordan Rouse’s through ball found Chris Gooch who slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper. This brought confidence and Quedgeley kept up the tempo, and a second goal soon came: Pete Bull’s header found Chris Rigby who crossed from the bye- line for Tom Mayo to head home.
Chris Gooch then got his second goal of the game, and his eighth league goal in four league games, as his cross from deep came off his toe and chipped over the helpless goalkeeper. Scott Edwards made it four just before half time with a brilliant volley into the bottom corner.
After the break, Quedgeley stepped down a gear and were soon punished, as a set piece was not dealt with and Longlevens pulled a goal back. This rallied the away team but Wanderers got the fifth and killed the game, with Jordan Rouse and Chris Rigby combining, the ball fell to Scott Edwards in the box who stroked the ball past the keeper. Quedgeley kept going, Chris Smith moved into midfield before scoring a cracker from the edge of the box. Chris Rigby finished the scoring after jinking passed two men and getting fouled in the box, he tucked the penalty away in final minutes of the game.
Overall a brilliant performance which was fully deserved, a big result had been coming for a while and it was good to see everyone still putting the effort in to the final whistle.
Quedgeley Wanderers 3rds: A. Crump, C. Smith, J. Lawes, T. Hughes, Shellam, C. Rigby, J. Rouse, P. Bull (c) (J. Rossell 65), C. Gooch (B. Dixon 60), T. Mayo, S. Edwards.
Subs not used: M. Oxlong
MOTM – Tom Mayo/Chris Gooch