Midweek MatchesIn a five-goal second half, Bishops Lydeard took the lead on three occasions during their 3-2 win in the First Division away at Ashton & Backwell United on Tuesday evening. Five minutes after the break, they went ahead for the first time through Zac Ryder who had also scored in their defeat three days previously. The home side levelled things up through Callum Biggins just five minutes later, only for Lydeard to retake the lead through Harry Millar following a slick attacking move. Five six minutes left on the clock, Tom Smart looked to have secured a point for Ashton, but they were only on level terms for two minutes before James Quick tucked home the winner following a defensive mix-up. In the Somerset Cup on the same evening, Wincanton Town claimed a tremendous scalp, knocking out League Two outfit Yeovil Town on penalties after the game had finished 3-3 after extra-time. The visitors were two goals ahead at the break through Paulius Golubickas and Nestor Shako, before Wincanton hit back to take the game to extra-time following goals from Kris Hastings and top scorer Marcus Cook. Jack Rice-Lethaby then fired Yeovil back in front, before Wincanton found another wind and forced penalties with Hastings scoring his second of the night. The home side left no doubt during the spot kicks, prevailing 4-2 against their youthful opponents to move onto the third round. Wincanton will not be joined in the hat for the draw by Keynsham Town, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bath City for whom Dan Ball scored their winner. The following night, there was a plethora of goals in the second round fixtures, which included Clevedon Town’s 6-1 win at home to Hengrove Athletic. A hat-trick from skipper Clayton Fortune, plus a brace from Daine O’Connor and a second-half strike from Alex Russell led Clevedon to the comprehensive win. There was also a 5-1 win for Wellington away at Chard Town, with Ian Bellinger, Sam Towler, Jack Bryant and Kai Fisher all getting on the scoresheet for the Tangerines.
In a repeat result of their league game seven weeks previously, Bradford Town dumped Buckland Athletic out of the FA Vase following a 2-1 win at Homer’s Heath. Following a goalless first half, Will Haliston put Bradford ahead, before Sam Jordan then doubled the visitors advantage. With ten minutes left on the clock, Richard Groves gave Buckland a foothold in their contest, but they were unable to force home an equaliser late on. Melksham Town will join Bradford in the draw for the third round following a one-sided 4-1 victory away at Wantage Town. Melksham made the dream start, finding themselves two goals to the good inside the opening eight minutes following a pair of headed goals from Warren Maidment and Jake Brown, both via Ben Thomson crosses. The remainder of the game was all about Brown, with the Melksham man adding a pair of excellent goals after the break to complete an impressive hat-trick. Bridgwater Town made it three Western League representatives in the third round after securing a 3-2 win away at Farnham Town. A first-half penalty from Mike Duffy had them level at the break, before two second half goals from Ryan Burrows helped them progress. Willand Rovers Vase run came to an end, after they were defeated 2-1 at home by Westfields despite holding a half-time lead thanks to Craig Veale’s opener. Wellington are also out after conceding in the dying moments to fall to a 2-1 defeat at Sholing, while Hengrove Athletic suffered a disappointing 6-2 loss at Newport on the Isle of Wight.
Table-toppers Westbury United shook off last week’s defeat by beating Ashton & Backwell United 2-0 thanks to a pair of goals after the break from Dan Kovacs. In the game at Cothelstone Road, substitute Charlie Wilson struck a 92nd minute winner as Bishops Lydeard defeated Warminster Town 1-0, with the visitors now 11 games without a win in all competitions. There was also late drama in the fixture at Oaklands Park where a stoppage time penalty secured a 1-1 draw for Roman Glass St George at home to Chippenham Park. The visitors went ahead midway through the second half through Charlie Norman and looked to be heading towards all three points, before Roman Glass were awarded a late spot kick which Ken Oni coolly fired home. Chard Town completed their second win over Bristol Telephones this season, scoring three times after the break during their 4-2 victory. Ollie Pearson put them ahead early on, before the in-form Alex Stafie doubled the advantage in the early stages of the second half. The visitors scored twice in the final 20 minutes, but so did James Boyland of Chard who ran out easy winners.
Keynsham Town came from a goal down to defeat Wincanton Town 2-1 with James Batchelor and Matt Long scoring second half goals for the K’s. In front of a huge crowd at the Southbank Ground, James Rustell opened the scoring during Radstock Town’s 2-0 win away at Corsham Town. Sam Downes’ cross-come shot was the difference between the sides as mid-table Bishop Sutton claimed a 1-0 win away at Portishead Town. In an entertaining encounter, Almondsbury and Sherborne Town shared the points following a 3-3 draw. After 25 minutes, Almondsbury were in control of the fixture thanks to goals from Greg Parr and Danny Lane, before Steve Burton pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time. Josh Williams then headed Sherborne level, and the game was then turned on its head when Town went ahead through Sam Farthing. With the game nearing full-time, Almondsbury registered an equaliser through Josh Scully-Rogers to grab a share of the points. Malmesbury Victoria overturned a half-time deficit to hand Devizes Town their first home defeat of the season in a 3-2 win at Nursteed Road. A first-half brace from Tom Slater sandwiched a goal from Tyler Quinnell to put the home side ahead, with Slater’s opener coming inside the opening minute. Sam Ockwell levelled things up just before the hour mark, and then with nine minutes left on the clock, Jamie Packer found the back of the net to complete the turnaround.