Vooght’s ahead of the game

Joseph Bulmer

JV scores his fourth in three as Ilfracombe Town move up to sixth

A JON Vooght header gave Ilfracombe Town a narrow 1-0 win in a hotly-contested game against Wells Town on Saturday.

The Bluebirds grabbed an early lead in the match at Marlborough Park and were made to work hard to hold onto the win in a Toolstation Western League Premier Division game played in almost cup-tie-esque spirit.

Former Dolton striker Vooght hasn’t made a habit of scoring goals in his time at Marlborough Park; but the left back is enjoying a new found freedom as an attacking left sided player in manager Barry Yeo’s re-jigged side.

Vooght has been pushed up the flank in the absence of Leon Taswell and his desire to get up and down has earned him four goals in the last three games.

His latest came just 10 minutes into the match when he made a well-timed run to nod Lee Francis’ long ball over advancing goalkeeper Tom Punchard and into an empty net.

While ‘Combe’s back four remained unchanged from last week’s defeat at Odd Down, midfielder Steve Holland was back in the side after serving out a three-game suspension. Holland played out on the right wing with Lee Francis tucking in alongside Ross Middleton and Michael Heddon, and Shaun Lewis spearheading the attack.

Lewis was unfortunate not to have put his side 2-0 up on 20 minutes when he rounded Punchard and rolled the ball goalwards. The ball looked to have crossed the line but assistant referee Tony Cloak refused to award the goal, claiming his vision had been obscured by the bright sunlight.

‘Combe had goalkeeper Steve Oliver to thank as good chances for Ben Ashman, Ben Robertson and Kieran White went begging and James Mayne headed off the line to protect the lead.

While the home side played the better attacking football in the first half, the second was more about defending. Oliver twice denied White in the early stages as Ilfrcaombe began to lose their shape and player ever deeper.

Despite having to dig in, they always looked dangerous on the counter attack and Lewis was a constant threat to the team chasing the game as the hosts held on to the win.