13th May 2018
Number 42

Les Phillips Cup Final

Buckland Athletic
Les Phillips Cup Winners
©John Cuthbertson
On the warmest May Bank Holiday since records began, Buckland Athletic held their nerve to claim the Les Phillips Cup following a penalty shootout victory over Shepton Mallet. The hectic end-of-season schedule saw Buckland without a couple of usual starters, but they made the better start and went ahead in the 10th minute through Jared Lewington. The Devon side then lost keeper Kenny Griffiths to a shoulder injury, with Shepton sending the game to extra-time following a late equaliser from Ross Padfield. The first 15 minutes of the extra period was goalless, with Shepton then gaining their first lead of the match two minutes after the restart through Joe Morgan. Buckland managed to find enough time to grab an equaliser of their own, with Les Afful lobbing the ball home following a long ball upfield, meaning the final would be decided on penalties.

Shepton had come through their quarter and semi-final ties on spot kicks, but they were unable to repeat the feat in the final, with stand-in keeper Nick Barker proving to be the hero for Buckland. Having started the game at right-back, Barker took over the gloves from the injured Griffiths earlier in the contest, and as well as saving two penalties, he also fired home a penalty of his own as Buckland claimed a 4-2 penalty win to the cup.

Premier Division

At the beginning of a long final week for Bridport, Leighton Thomas struck an equaliser ten minutes from time during their 1-1 draw with Cribbs on Monday afternoon. The day after their cup triumph, Buckland were back in league action, and thanks to a brace from Jared Lewington they claimed a 2-0 win away at Cadbury Heath.

Odd Down secured an impressive 3-1 win away at Brislington on Wednesday night, with goals from Adnan Hiroli, James Dunn and Kyle Tooze helping them overturn Neikell Plummer’s fifth minute opener for the hosts. Elsewhere that evening, Karl Rickard’s brace alongside further goals from Tom Bath and Adam Hill helped Willand Rovers claim a 4-2 win away at Devon neighbours Buckland, while Bridport and Longwell Green Sports battled out a 0-0 draw.

The final 90 minutes of the 2017/18 season saw Bridport defeat Odd Down 2-0, with a well taken free-kick by Andy Martin helping them secure seventh spot.

First Division

On Bank Holiday Monday, Sherborne Town ended their season on a high, claiming a 3-2 win at home to Malmesbury Victoria. Luke Jackson scored the winner for Sherborne 15 minutes from time for the home side, adding to earlier goals from Marc Caines and George Mapletoft. Another side who secured three points to end their campaign were Calne Town following a 4-2 win away at Wincanton Town. Tom Morris scored twice for the home side in defeat, with Calne’s goals coming from Matt Hudson, Charlie Austin, Richard Hudson and Rory Worthington.

On Tuesday night there was a pair of 1-0 away wins, with Paul Uppington scoring ten minutes from time to help Ashton & Backwell United defeat Portishead Town, while Alex Bisp’s goal handed Almondsbury a win over Chard Town. 24 hours later, second half goals from Ben Dowdell and Liam Gale saw Oldland Abbotonians come from behind to beat Wincanton Town 3-1, while Malmesbury and Bristol Telephones ended their campaigns with a 2-2 draw at the Flying Monk Ground, where Jamie Packer struck twice for the home side. The final First Division game of the season saw Chard Town claim a 2-0 win away at Bishop Sutton. Goals in the final 15 minutes from James Boyland and Taoufik Ben-Salem secured the victory which helped the Somerset club finish ninth in the final standings.


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