THE BULLETIN

29th October 2017
Number 14

Midweek Matches

A second-half fightback from Keynsham Town saw them claim a 3-1 win over Bristol Telephones in the First Division on Tuesday night. The Phones led following an own-goal late in the first-half, but then ten minutes after the break the scores were level after midfielder Cameron Shorney scored direct from a free-kick. Substitute Kyle Box then headed home 15 minutes from time to give Town the lead, before Sam Duggan wrapped-up the victory late on. Westbury United’s unbeaten run to start the season also came to an end, with goals either side of half-time leading Bishop Sutton to an impressive 2-0 win at Lakeview. Welton Rovers came from a goal behind on two occasions to claim a 2-2 draw with Portishead Town at West Clewes. Harrison Williams scored the only goal before the break, but then midway through the second period Portishead were reduced to ten men when Will Cook was dismissed. Welton took advantage of the extra man immediately with Chris Pile continuing his hot-streak in front of goal, but then two minutes later, the visitors went ahead once more with Joe Ellis firing home. A frantic five minute period was ended with Welton’s second equaliser, when right-back Alex Wych scored via a cross-come-shot and 2-2 was how it remained despite Welton losing Joe Battrick to a late red-card. On Monday evening, Chippenham Park earned their place in the next round of the Wiltshire FA Senior Cup following a 5-0 win away at New College Swindon. Ben Pring scored twice for the visitors, and there were also goals for Reece Allison, Ryan Tyrell and Jamie Norman.

Premier Division

Street strengthened their position at the top of the table following a 2-0 win at home to the previously unbeaten Bradford Town. A dinked finish from Steve Murray put the home side ahead midway through the first-half, before Josh Wadham doubled the advantage ten minutes after the break. At the Rapid Solicitors Ground, a fine free-kick 15 minutes from time handed Bitton an impressive 1-0 win at home to the early pacesetters Buckland Athletic. Wellington extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches, when Jack Bryant struck 20 minutes from time in their 1-0 win at home to Cribbs. Joe Stradling scored in first-half stoppage-time, before Gary Higdon slotted home his 16th league goal of the campaign as Melksham Town claimed a 2-0 win away at Shepton Mallet.

Bridport got back to winning ways at St Mary’s Field, with a quick-fire second-half double handing them a 3-1 victory over Brislington. In a game which kicked-off late due to traffic issues, goals at either end of the fixture from Luke Alden and Fletcher Williams led Willand Rovers to a 2-0 victory away at Hallen. Ed Butcher put the hosts ahead in just the 7th minute, before Brislington got back on level terms through Danny Hunt ten minutes later. Bridport then regained the lead 20 minutes from time through Leigh Bailey, before Mark Slater wrapped-up the win soon after. First-half strikes from Liam Dempsey and Ollie Barnes fired Clevedon Town to a 2-1 win at home against Chipping Sodbury Town, for whom George Box scored a consolation goal just after the hour mark. Sacha Tong’s rich vein of form continued as he scored twice during Cadbury Heath’s 6-1 win over Wells City. There were also goals for Simon McElroy, Kristian Lee and Jack Camm during the one-sided affair for the 16th placed Heath. Bridgwater Town carried their FA Vase form into the league, with Jack Taylor scoring the solitary goal eight minutes from time to hand them a 1-0 win away at Odd Down. There was joy for Longwell Green Sports, who claimed their first point of the season, scoring a late equaliser from the spot in their 1-1 draw with Hengrove Athletic.

First Division

After their slip-up in midweek, Westbury United got back to winning ways after securing a 2-0 victory away at Sherborne Town. Ricky Hulbert set the leaders on their way in the 38th minute, and they then wrapped-up the three points in stoppage time through George Bendle. Almondsbury extended their winning run to four matches in all competitions, with Alex Bisp scoring the only goal of the game in their 1-0 triumph at home to Bishops Lydeard. A hat-trick from Adam Jones, plus goals from Sam King and Chris Coombes led second-placed Cheddar to a convincing 5-1 win away at Warminster Town. Welton Rovers are in fine form, and have now won four of their past five games, with Joe Garland, Joe Battrick and Chris Pile bagging goals in their 3-0 win away at Wincanton Town. At the Dening Sports Field, Alex Stafie popped up with the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage time as Chard Town claimed a 1-0 win over Corsham Town. Keynsham Town fought back from a first-half deficit against Radstock Town, with Kyle Box scoring the equaliser in their 1-1 draw at the AJN Stadium.

Calne Town v Bishop Sutton
©Dave Gillett
In the game of the day, Calne Town came out on top of a seven-goal thriller against Bishop Sutton. Jack Keen heading the away side ahead from a corner early on, before Stuart Windsor scored twice in the space of four minutes to give Calne their first lead of the game. Keen then added a second of his own to level things up, with Sutton then moving ahead in the 44th minute with Sam Downes firing home. Less than a minute later however, Calne were back on level terms once again with Billy Boakes’ cross-come-shot going into the back of the net to cap a frantic first-half. There was just one goal after the break, and that belonged to Calne, with Billy Gleed finishing off after excellent build-up play from Boakes. In a match which saw five player’s red carded, it was goals from George Peare and Anthony Brown that helped to secure Malmesbury Victoria’s 2-1 win away at Ashton & Backwell United. Oldland Abbotonians missed out on the opportunity to move up to fourth after missing a penalty in their 1-0 loss at home to Roman Glass St George. A penalty save late in the game from Devizes Town keeper Adam Walters, meant that his side’s fixture with Portishead Town ended 1-1. It was Devizes who took the lead after only 15 minutes, when an effort from Ali Bradley bobbled into the Portishead net. The home side got back on level terms just after the half-hour mark through Alex Twigg, who slotted home after a fine assist from Rob Latham. Then, after missing a number of chances after the break, Portishead had a golden opportunity to take all three points, but James Clarke saw his spot kick saved brilliant by Walters in the visiting goal. The game at Stockwood Lane between Bristol Telephones and Chippenham Park finished 2-2, with Ben Pring and Darrin Moss securing goals for the visitors.

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