In Monday evening’s Premier Division fixture, ten-man Bitton scored twice in the final three minutes to claim an impressive 2-0 win away at Melksham Town. After having Joe McClennan sent off for picking up two bookings with 15 minutes remaining, Bitton stunned their hosts with a pair of breakaway goals from Josh Morgan-Williams and Tom Knighton. The following evening, Bridport's strong run of form continued as they claimed a 2-1 win away at Wells City with first half goals from Ben Wood and Tom Richardson proving to be enough to claim all three points. Bridgwater Town were 3-0 victors over Hallen, with Syd Camper, Jake Llewellyn and Jake Burrows each netting before the break, while goals from Craig Herrod and Steve Murray edged Street to a 2-1 win over Wellington at The Tannery Ground. There was also a resounding victory for Cribbs, who claimed a 9-0 win away at struggles Longwell Green Sports. Nathan Legge and Ben Dowdell each completed hat-tricks for the away side, with Charlie Aldom also adding a brace alongside a Dave Truan header in the one-sided affair. On Wednesday, Willand Rovers made it five league wins on the bounce, after goals from Brad Ausden, Josh Searle and Craig Veal led them to a 3-0 victory over Shepton Mallet, while there was a 1-1 draw between Clevedon Town and Cadbury Heath at the Hand Stadium
In the First Division, a lone strike from Jason Radnedge saw Ashton & Backwell United defeat Cheddar 1-0, while goals in either half from Tom Boakes and Chris Alchin led Calne Town to a 2-1 win over Almondsbury at Bremhill View. Goals in the opening ten minutes from Francois Allen and Tom Smith were followed by an Alex Chapman brace as Welton Rovers claimed a 4-0 win away at Sherborne Town. Westbury United and Chippenham Park each registered their fourth draws of the season, following a 0-0 at Meadow Lane, while there was an impressive 4-1 win for Roman Glass St George away at Bishops Lydeard with Ryan Radford, Joe Swift and Joe Cox each getting on the scoresheet.
Completing an incredible week for the club, Cribbs scored nine goals away from home for the second time in five days, smashing Witheridge 9-1 to reach the next round of the Vase. Charlie Aldom bagged a hat-trick, with Nathan Legge and Ben Dowdell each adding braces for the free-scoring visitors. Unfortunately Bishops Lydeard were on the wrong end of the same scoreline, going down to a 9-1 defeat at AFC St Austell, but Ashton & Backwell United are through to the next round after first half goals from Aaron Allen and Sol Shearer helped them to a 2-1 win over Godolphin Athletic. Home comforts brought back the good times for Wellington, with a brace from Glen Wright sandwiching a Joe Chamberlain header during their 3-1 win at home to Wells City. Stuart Windsor scored twice, and Billy Gleed once in Calne Town’s 3-1 win away at East Cowes Athletic, and a Lewis McCarron double led Chippenham Park to a 2-0 win on the road against Pewsey Vale. In one of the most entertaining games of the day, Malmesbury Victoria overcame a two-goal deficit to claim a 5-3 extra-time win over Chipping Sodbury Town. Two goals from George Box and a strike from Justin Bishop helped Sodbury claim a 3-1 lead just after the break. Malmesbury then scored twice in quick succession through Josh Russell and Scott Reynolds to level things up, and with their tails up they pushed on in extra-time to claim victory. Matty Jenkins gave the Vics their first lead of the afternoon, and they had goalkeeper Adam Clatworthy to thank for preserving that after he saved a penalty to stop George Box completing his hat-trick. Man of the Match Josh Hughes wrapped up the victory for Malmesbury, scoring their fifth late on. Clevedon Town left it late before booking their spot in the 2nd qualifying round after winning 2-1 against fellow Western League side Almondsbury. Town went ahead in the 31st minute through Daine O’Connor, before the home side got back on level terms in first-half injury time thanks to a free-kick from Jack Dempsey. Then, when extra-time looked like a certainty, Kaine Gazzard popped up with a winner for Clevedon in the first minute of stoppage time. Tom Morris and Dan Wise were on the scoresheet for Wincanton Town as they won 2-1 at Bridport, while Willand Rovers ran out 1-0 winners against Welton Rovers thanks to a 25th minute chipped finish from Luke Mortimore. At Weymouth Street, captain Charlie Walton scored twice, and Liam Gibbens once as Warminster Town claimed a 3-1 win over Folland Sports.
Corsham Town fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Petersfield Town, but there was success for First Division leaders Westbury United who won 3-0 at Cove following a brace from Mark Robinson and a late Jamie Jordan strike. Two Neikell Plummer free-kicks were pivotal in Brislington overturning a 1-0 deficit to defeat Bitton 3-1, and Hallen fell to a 2-0 loss at Tavistock. After drawing blanks in the first half, goals after the break from Sacha Tong, Matt Huxley and Simon McElroy fired Cadbury Heath to a 3-1 win over South West Peninsula League side St Blazey. Radstock Town eased to a 3-1 win themselves, against fellow First Division outfit Cheddar, with Morgan Skipp, James Rustell and Jack Witcombe netting for the visitors. Roman Glass St George made it through to the next round, with goals from Ken Oni and Joe Swift helping them to a 2-0 extra-time win over Elburton Villa. The FA Vase is over this season for Keynsham Town, Sherborne Town and Devizes Town, with the Western League trio all falling to away defeats against Bovey Tracey, Plymouth Parkway and Windsor respectively.
Buckland Athletic extended their lead atop the table following a 4-1 win away at bottom side Longwell Green Sports. The home side did score for the first time in the league this season but it wasn’t enough as goals from Lloyd Gardner, Chris Wright and Lloyd Gardner secured the win for Buckland. Melksham Town and Street shared six goals in a 3-3 thriller at the Oakfield Stadium. The visitors surged ahead in the early stages thanks to a goal from Harry Foster, but Melksham soon hit their stride and grabbed the lead following a quick-fire double from Joe Stradling and Dan Demkiv. Demkiv then added his second just after the hour mark to double the advantage, but Street had the last word grabbing a point thanks to goals from David O’Hare and Steve Murray. Shepton Mallet defeated Hengrove Athletic 1-1 thanks to a goal from Joe Morgan, while a late own-goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Bradford Town with Odd Down who went ahead in the 62nd minute through Kye Simpson.
James Boyland starred in Chard Town’s 3-2 win away at Bristol Telephones, ending their hosts perfect start to the campaign. A third-minute own-goal put Chard in front, before Boyland jumped on an error from the Phones back-line to double the lead after just ten minutes. The home side came out firing in the second half, and got themselves back into the game in the 59th minute when Leon Britton headed home. The game’s second own-goal got the home side back on level terms, but ten minutes from time Boyland fired home a 25-yard screamer to grab all three points for Town. In the game at Lakeview, Bishop Sutton moved up to sixth following a 2-1 win at home to Portishead Town.