20 May Watcombe Wanderers – Champions!
LCM Environmental proudly sponsor the kit for local team Watcombe Wanderers who are managed by Royston Carrington, one of our staff. Royston continues the tradition of LCM staff playing and supporting teams from this successful football club. This year the team, as well as topping their league, made two cup finals! Royston describes how the team got on:
Fred Hewings Cup
Monday was a great cup game for us at Watcombe – we won the Fred Hewings cup, which is the biggest cup in our league. The lads were a little taken aback by the big stage as we played at Torquay United’s ground for the first time. It was a nervy start, but after 20 minutes the players started to relax and we were soon 1-0 up. This settled their nerves and we went in at half time 2-0 up. After a little chat to the lads in the changing room they came out the second half a different team. The football was exceptional and within 20 minutes of the second half we were 5-0 up. After a few changes (to give the substitutes a chance), one of the subs added to the score line to make it 6-0. Finally, about 2 minutes before the end of the game, a bit of complacency from the keeper allowed the other team to run in to an empty net to make the final score 6-1. Nevertheless, we are proud to be Watcombe Wanderers Fred Hewings champions!
This was a bit of a different game as this was the fourth game in 6 days for Watcombe. After winning the Fred Hewings Cup we had two postponed league games to play – both of which we won 10-0 and 11-0 respectively!
The game against Roseland started slowly for Watcombe and we were under pressure for much of the first half as the large number of games we had played began to take their toll. 35 minutes into the first half Watcombe conceded a goal to go 1-0 down. Then, just before the ref was about to blow the whistle, we made a big mistake in defence and went off at half time 2-0 down. As the manager I had to try my best to get the lads to believe in themselves and let them know I had every confidence in them to go on and win the game. Once again, Watcombe came out for the 2nd half a different team and were putting a lot of pressure on Roseland. Their keeper made a few great saves and we hit the bar twice. 10 minutes into the second half Watcombe scored to make it 2-1, by which point the match was predominantly being played in Roseland’s half. Roseland defended really well and the match ended 2–1. I was very pleased with the way the team played and you could see in their faces they have all given 100%, but it just wasn’t to be. Watcombe Wanderers were runner up in the Lidstone Cup.