THE BULLETIN

3rd December 2017
Number 19

Midweek Matches

Roman Glass St George's stunning run in form continued on Wednesday when they swept aside Devizes Town 6-0 to move top of the First Division. After taking a first minute lead through Lewis Wentland, the home side never looked back, with Ken Oni firing home a hat-trick alongside further goals from Ryan Radford and Jason Burt. On Tuesday evening, a brace from Tom Knighton plus a goal from Harvey Baker helped Bitton claim a 3-2 win at home to Almondsbury in the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy. Chipping Sodbury Town will join Bitton in the next round after beating Lydney Town 4-1 on penalties, but there was no such luck for Hallen or Bristol Telephones who fell to home defeats against Shirehampton and Hardwicke respectively. Elsewhere in cup action, two goals from Kye Simpson, plus an Asa White penalty, helped Odd Down to progress in the Somerset Cup following a 3-0 win over Radstock Town after extra-time, while Bridport fell to a 3-1 loss away at Shaftsbury Town in the Dorset Senior Cup despite a goal from Leighton Thomas.

FA Vase

Bradford Town stormed into the fourth round of the FA Vase following a 4-0 win at home to Wessex Premier Division outfit, Team Solent. Danny Greaves side made the best possible start and were ahead inside the opening few minutes when Alex Monks converted an early penalty. After being knocked out of two cup competitions in the month of November, Bradford saved their best performance for the Vase and went on to double their lead on the half hour through Matty Morris. After half-time the hosts had to soak up a fair bit of pressure, but after doing so they were able to push on and add to their victory margin with Sam Jordan and Pete Sheppard striking late in the piece.

Bridgwater Town and Melksham Town will have to meet in a replay on Monday evening after they drew 2-2 after extra-time at Fairfax Park. All four goals came in a frantic 24-minute period at the beginning of the game, with Melksham taking less than 60 seconds to make the breakthrough when Jake Brown fired home. Tyne Govier then equalised from the spot to score for the second consecutive Saturday, before Ryan Burrows completed the turnaround just three minutes later. With only 24 minutes on the clock, Gary Higdon knocked home a penalty for his 18th goal in all competitions this season, but the goals then dried up for the remaining 100 minutes which has forced Monday's replay. Cadbury Heath claimed a 2-1 win over Stonehouse in the GFA Challenge Trophy thanks to goals from Matt Huxley and Sacha Tong.

Premier Division

Shepton Mallet v Buckland Athletic
©Haydn Jones
Street made it ten league wins on the spin with an elementary 3-0 victory away at Chipping Sodbury Town. After an own goal put them ahead in the 25th minute, David O'Hare doubled the advantage soon after half-time, before the same man headed home a third late on. Second-place Willand Rovers were also 3-0 victors, with Craig Veal scoring either side of the break before Ryan Guppy added a third midway through the second half during their win away at Wellington. Gavin Hammon struck the only goal of the game as Buckland Athletic claimed a 1-0 win away at Shepton Mallet, while at Shellards Road, Lewis Dunn and Rhys Hickery scored either side of a Danny Carter strike during Hengrove Athletic's 2-1 win away at Longwell Green Sports. Clevedon Town moved up to eighth following a 2-1 win at home to Wells City. After Lucas Vowles put the home side ahead, Liam Davies grabbed an equaliser six minutes later before Alex Russell's deflected free-kick in the opening minutes of the second half saw Clevedon move into a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Bridport made it three league wins on the bounce, after goals from Ed Butcher, Mark Salter and Richard Hebditch fired them to a 3-0 triumph at home to Hallen. At The Lawns, Cribbs moved ahead of their opponents Odd Down in the league table following an entertaining 4-2 win. After falling behind to Rich Dawley's opener, goals from Liam Clayton and Lewis Hedges saw Cribbs take the lead going into the break. Jake Hodgson and Asa White then traded penalties around the hour mark, before Sol Wanjau-Smith wrapped up victory for Cribbs eight minutes from time. Despite going two goals ahead in the opening 14 minutes thanks to Luke Bryan's double, Bitton were forced to make do with a 2-2 draw against Brislington.

First Division

Keynsham Town maintained their red-hot form in front of goal, scoring seven for the second consecutive Saturday during their 7-1 win at home to Bishops Lydeard. Matt Brown and Adey Harvey each scored goals in either half, with Craig Wilson and James Ollis also getting in on the scoring action for the K's. Welton Rovers got back to winning ways, after Tom Smith and Alex Chapman scored in the space of two first-half minutes during their 2-0 win at home to Bishop Sutton. At Bowdens Park, Cheddar scored twice in either half to defeat Oldland Abbotonians 4-0. After Adam Jones converted Chris Coombs cross to put Cheddar ahead, which was swiftly followed by an own-goal, before Ricky Bennett and substitute Anthony Cleave added further goals after the break.

Roman Glass St George left it late before capturing all three points during their 2-1 win away at Corsham Town. Robbie Tripp had headed the hosts ahead three minutes after the break, but the confident Roman Glass outfit were back on level terms almost instantly through Ryan Radford. Then, with just two minutes left on the clock, a free-kick from 25 yards out was struck on goal by Jordan Yeo, taking a wicked deflection off a Corsham defender and ending up in the back of the net to extend the leaders winning run. Chard Town defeated bottom-side Portishead Town 4-1 with Andy Holmes and Ollie Pearson scoring in the first-half, before Liam Cleal and James Boyland added further goals after half-time. Malmesbury Victoria stretched their winning run at the Flying Monk Ground to three matches, after Jamie Packer and George Peare each bagged goals in their 2-1 victory over Warminster Town. Rory Worthington and Stuart Windsor got on the scoresheet for Calne Town their 2-1 victory away at Bristol Telephones, while there was a goalless draw between Ashton & Backwell United and Chippenham Park. Josh Williams struck a second-half equaliser from the spot as Sherborne Town claimed a 1-1 draw with Devizes Town.

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