By Lewie Simmons
The Southern League opener between Willand Rovers and Melksham Town was certainly not a dull watch; four goals, a red card and a sea of controversy welcomed fans back to the non-league game, and how they’ve missed it.
Willand started the game the brighter of the two sides and took the lead in the 10th minute as striker Louis Jagger Cane slammed home a half-volley following a cross in from the right-hand side. The perfect start for their league campaign.
Jagger Cane struck again in the 33rd minute, following a scramble in the box he was able to bundle the ball over the line – not the prettiest goal the striker would have scored but a goal nonetheless.
Melksham were able to pull one back just before half time, as Jay Malshanskyj finished past George Burton, however the controversy was to follow as Town midfielder Albie Hopkins was sent off - amid no appeals from the Willand players for a red card - straight after and confusion arose around the ground. The referee has confirmed it was violent conduct from the Melksham player.
Willand held off a bombardment of 10-man Melksham attacks in the second half, and eventually managed to seal the game in the 90th minute as Jack Rice-Letherby slotted home to secure the points in a 3-1 victory.
Star player: Louis Jagger Cane
Entertainment Value: 4/5