Five in five for on-form defender-turned attacker

JON Vooght scored his fifth goal in five games as Ilfracombe Town kept the pressure on the Toolstation Western League leaders with a 3-1 win at home to Welton Rovers.

Vooght has been enjoying a new role in front of goal since moving up the left flank in recent weeks. On Saturday, he opened the scoring after being asked to tuck inside and spearhead an attacking five-man midfield.

Centre-half Neil Bettiss – back in the side in place of Karl Baggaley – played in Lee Francis with a neat one-two and after Francis’ shot was saved, the on-form Vooght took a touch and grabbed the glory with a calm finish 20 minutes in.

Clearly hungry for more, Vooght was unlucky to see a long-range effort lash back off the post soon after but ‘Combe didn’t have long to wait until goal number two.

When the play broke on the left, Francis could have squared to any number of players but Shaun Lewis was given the job to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Despite suffering with illness, Baggaley actually oversaw the running of the team from the sidelines in place of manager Barry Yeo who was laid low with tonsilitis. Yeo and Baggaley would have been pleased with what was unfolding on the pitch as the Bluebirds took charge of the match against a Welton side that rarely threaten to cause any trouble.

New signing Shaun Copp came on for Steve Holland in the second half and although the hosts lost a little of their first half superiority, Welton never really put them under any real pressure until an unfortunate fumble by new keeper Rob Holmes with 20 minutes to go.

Holmes, in for the absent Steve Oliver, misjudged a cross and the ball dropped behind him only for Craig Mullen to head into an empty net.

The visitors were all but packed up and ready to go home before the goal but now sensed they could grab an unlikely draw.

They began taking risks and getting forward but Mike Heddon volleyed home left back Mark Clunie’s cross to secure all three points for ‘Combe.

Barnstaple slipped from ninth to 12th in the table after a 3-1 defeat at Bristol Manor Farm.

George Swain gave Barum the lead and Manor Farm had a player sent off before they found the target themselves.

Barum are home to Hallen in the first round of the Les Phillips League Cup on Saturday while Ilfracombe Town travel to Corsham Town in the same competition.