15th April 2018
Number 38

Midweek Action

On Monday evening, a pair of First Division clashes beat the damp conditions, and Cheddar claimed a 17th league victory of the season with Adam Jones scoring the only goal of the game during their 1-0 win away at Malmesbury Victoria. There was also plenty of action at Cothelstone Road, where the visiting Welton Rovers side stormed to a 6-2 victory over Bishops Lydeard. Rovers shot out of the blocks, and found themselves three goals to the good after just 18 minutes, with Courtney Charles notching a brace after Chris Pile had opened the scoring at the end of their first attack. Jackson Hamilton added a fourth in the lead-up to half-time, with Aaron Cockerill then extending the lead to five from the spot in the early stages of the second half. To their credit, Lydeard scored twice in the final 25 minutes through James Quick and Ryan Brereton to add some respectability to the scoreline, with Lewis Dixon scoring his first Welton goal during the closing stages on a perfect night for the Green Army.

On Tuesday night in the Premier Division, top beat bottom at the Athletic Ground, with Street defeating Wells City 3-0. Aidan Chainey bagged a goal in either half for the Cobblers after Steve Murray had opened the scoring inside the third minute. Bradford Town secured their biggest away victory of the season to date, scoring three goals in either half during a 6-1 win over Cadbury Heath. A scissor kick from Karim Rendall set Bradford on their way, with Matt Huxley equalising for the hosts soon after to give them a foothold in the contest. The game didn’t stay level for long however, and after Matt Morris scored via a rebound from his saved penalty, Will Haliston extended the lead just before the break. Haliston’s second of the evening came seven minutes after half-time to put Bradford in complete control, with substitutes Martin Lenihan and Rick Davis wrapping up the victory with a pair of goals in the final ten minutes. In a topsy-turvy affair, Ibrahima Diallo converted a penalty 15 minutes from time to help Bitton claim a 3-2 win at home to Hengrove Athletic. Goals from Alex Grimshaw and Dean Griffiths saw Bitton lead by two at the break, before Hengrove staged a fightback, and levelled things up early in the second half following quick-fire strikes from James Boyle and Brandon Feehely. The home side managed to find a second wave however, and in the 75th minute, Diallo swept the ball into the bottom left-hand corner from 12 yards out to grab all three points.

Corsham Town v Keynsham Town
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Keynsham Town edged to a crucial three points in the First Division title race on Tuesday, with second half goals from Harley Purnell and Nathan Curnock helping them claim a 2-1 win away at Corsham Town. The same scoreline produced itself at Bremhill View where goals from Joe Delaney and Jason Radnedge saw Ashton & Backwell United defeat Calne Town 2-1. Devizes Town were another side to come out on the right side of a 2-1 result, with goals from Matt Lever and Matt Russell helping them defeat Chard Town for whom Liam Cleal scored in defeat. Radstock Town defeated Bristol Telephones for the second time in four days, overturning a two-goal deficit at the break to eventually claim a 3-2 win. The Phones had control at half-time thanks to goals from Dhani Golding and Ben Griffiths, before a brace from James Rustell and a Morgan Skipp strike helped Radstock complete the double over their opponents.

On Wednesday night, Melksham Town overcame an early red card and a half-time deficit to win 3-2 away at Wellington. The visitors made the worst possible start, falling a goal behind in the second minute and losing their keeper, leaving them to utilise an outfield player in goal for the remainder of the fixture. With the game over an hour old, the ten men equalised through Jon Davies, and then five minutes later they took a shock lead through Gary Higdon. Wellington responded well to falling behind and levelled things up 13 minutes from time, but with the game in stoppage time, the drama was complete, with Francois Allen grabbing Melksham’s winner. There was also late goals at Silver Street, where Ryan Guppy equalised for Willand Rovers in the 88th minute during their 1-1 draw with Hallen who had taken the lead ten minutes from time through Daryl Charman. In another fixture with affected matters at the top of the First Division, Westbury United’s impressive home form continued with a 4-1 win over Welton Rovers. Following a cagy opening half hour, midfielder Josh Ferguson headed Westbury into the lead, and they quickly added a second with Dan Kovacs awarded too much space in the box before slotting home. An unfortunate own-goal extended the lead to three, with Kovacs then adding his second of the game before Malick Jammeh came off the bench to grab a consolation from the spot for Welton after he had been felled in the box.

The following evening, Oldland Abbotonians claimed their first away victory since January after coming from behind to defeat Warminster Town 3-1 in their First Division clash. All four goals came after the break at Weymouth Street, with Luke Lecrass, Joe Walters and Liam Gale all getting on the scoresheet for the visitors. There was also a big win for Cheddar, with Stephen Pennington plundering a hat-trick during their 5-2 victory away at Devizes Town. After taking the lead through Pennington, Cheddar fell behind following a pair of goals from Matt Russell and Tom Slater for their hosts. A penalty from Callum Ham levelled things up just prior to the break, with Pennington adding two more goals, and Ham one during a dominant second half for the ruthless Cheesemen.

There were also plenty of goals in the Premier Division on Thursday, with leaders Street surviving a scare to win 3-2 away at Clevedon Town. After moving into a two-goal lead after 27 minutes thanks to Craig Herrod and an own-goal, the Cobblers found themselves level at the break following goals from Saikou Janneh and Liam Dempsey for the hosts. Jake Mawford restored Street’s lead on the hour mark following more fine work from Herrod, and despite losing Matt Hurley to a red card with ten minutes left on the clock, they held out to extend their winning run. Bitton also earned three points after goals from Kane Ingram and Matt Groves led them to a 2-0 victory over Shepton Mallet, while George Box scored twice to help Chipping Sodbury Town come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Cadbury Heath.

Four goals were scored during the second half at Norton Lane where Hengrove Athletic and Brislington also drew 2-2. After falling behind to Asa White’s opener, Brislington turned the game on its head around the hour mark thanks to goals from Neikell Plummer and Louis Britton. The home side were offered the perfect opportunity to equalise, but Jack Fillingham saw his spot kick saved, yet less than two minutes later they grabbed the leveller with White prodding home his second of the night.

Premier Division

After a stunning run of 25 consecutive league wins, Richard Fey’s Street are Western League champions. The dominant team in the division this season confirmed their promotion on Saturday afternoon with a come from behind 3-2 victory over Cribbs at the Tannery. With a chance of dampening the mood, Cribbs played excellent spoilers and found themselves two goals to the good at half-time following a brace from Charlie Aldom. Street came out flying in the second-half, and after Ben Amghar headed home less than a minute into the second period, the Cobblers found themselves on level terms six minutes later thanks to a Steve Murray goal. The rampant hosts completed the turnaround in the 62nd minute through Lewis Waldy and held on to confirm promotion with five fixtures remaining. Bradford Town remain in second spot following an elementary 4-1 win at home to bottom side Wells City. Mark Wall opened the scoring for Town in the 40th minute, with Sam Jordan then doubling the lead moments later. An expertly taken free-kick from Rickie Scott extended the lead to three before Martin Lenihan completed the scoring late on. At Fairfax Park, Gary Higdon scored his 33rd and 34th league goals of the campaign during a 3-0 victory for Melksham over Bridgwater Town.

Following over a month of postponed fixtures, Buckland Athletic showed no signs of rust during their 5-0 victory over Hallen. The Bucks shot into a two-goal lead in no time at all, with Richard Groves scoring twice in the opening ten minutes. Fans at Homer’s Heath had to wait until the closing minutes for Buckland to add to their tally, with Cliff Walters, Ryan Bush and Craig Duff all scoring late on to complete the victory. Buckland’s Devon neighbours Willand Rovers fell to a surprise 1-0 loss away at Cadbury Heath, with Matt Huxley scoring the only goal of the game on the half hour mark.

Shepton Mallet v Odd Down
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In a shadow of Street’s victory, Shepton Mallet overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat Odd Down 3-2. Kyle Norris handed the Bath side a 20th minute lead, before Martin Stowell’s bullet header doubled the advantage in the lead up to half-time. In what turned out to be a crucial moment in the match, Tyson Pollard found time to get a goal back in first-half stoppage time, with Isaac Reid then levelling affairs in the 65th minute. With only injury time remaining, Jack Goodall took it upon himself to hit a belting winner for Mallet which helped them reach the half-century mark in points for the season. Another ground which welcomed late drama was St Mary’s Field, where Hengrove Athletic struck a late winner to cap a 2-1 victory over Bridport. Following a goalless opening half, Luke Crewe converted a penalty soon after the break only for Leigh Bailey to equalise for the home side ten minutes later. A point looked likely for both sides, but Rhys Hickery had other ideas, scoring in the 89th minute to move the Grove up to tenth spot. Sam Towler was the man of the moment for Wellington scoring both goals during their 2-0 triumph over Bitton, while at the Hand Stadium, Dan Parslow, Lucas Vowles and Saikou Janneh all bagged goals in Clevedon Town’s 3-1 win over Longwell Green Sports. Brislington returned to winning ways at Ironmould Lane, beating Chipping Sodbury Town 2-0.

First Division

With four matches remaining, Roman Glass St George remain in top spot after defeating Bishop Sutton 6-2 at Oaklands Park. With goal difference potentially playing a big part in the promotion picture, The Glass continue to top the scoring charts this season and grabbed their latest win thanks to doubles from Rhys Hodgson, Ryan Radford and Ciaran Greening. Westbury United remain level on points at the top, after easing to a 3-0 win at home to Sherborne Town. The home side were in complete control after just seven minutes thanks to Dan Kovacs’ early double, with Jamie Jordan’s wicked free-kick after the break completing the win. Keynsham Town remain a point behind the top two, but are certainly keeping the pressure on, with their 5-0 victory away at Bristol Telephones making it six wins on the bounce. Ben Bament’s arrival at the club continues to prove fruitful, and after he had fired the visitors into a third minute leader, top scorer Matt Brown struck twice to hand the K’s a three-goal lead at the break. Scott Saunders added Keynsham’s fourth soon after the interval, with Craig Wilson volleying home a magnificent fifth to wrap up their 26th win of the campaign.

Oldland Abbotonians claimed their second 7-0 victory at home this season, putting Malmesbury Victoria to the sword at the Aitchison Playing Field. The hosts took advantage of an early red card to lead by two at the break through Josh Southway and Josh Williams, with Liam Gale then taking over the game, scoring four second-half goals on a wonderful afternoon for Oldland. In the battle between fourth and fifth, Radstock Town staged a late comeback to draw 2-2 with Cheddar. All four goals came after the interval, with Callum Ham giving the Cheesemen a 2-0 lead before Morgan Skipp and captain Tom Stocks salvaged a point for the home side.

Welton Rovers v Warminster Town
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Welton Rovers moved back into fifth spot after defeating basement boys Warminster Town 2-1 at West Clewes. Jaiden Savery played a big part in both Welton goals, playing a great ball in the build-up to Malick Jammeh’s opener, before providing the cross for Courtney Charles who doubled the advantage early in the second half ahead of Matt Dyer’s late consolation. Chard Town defeated Calne Town by the same scoreline, with goals from Taoufik Ben-Salem and James Boyland helping them overturn a half-time deficit to claim the three points. Another side who came from behind to win were Corsham Town, with the away side scoring twice in the final seven minutes to defeat Bishops Lydeard 2-1. After trailing for most of the match following James Quick’s 9th minute opener, Corsham got back on level terms through Chay Forrester before an injury time winner from Matt Purdy saw them grab victory from the jaws of defeat. Wincanton Town secured a third straight win in the league, with Gary Chapman’s sixth minute strike leading them to a 1-0 victory away at Portishead Town.


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