6th August 2017
Number 2

FA Cup

In the extra-preliminary round of FA Cup qualifying, Neikell Plummer notched a hat-trick in Brislington’s 6-1 thumping of Sherborne Town at Ironmould Lane. Fabian McCarthy, Jason Hughes and Danny Hunt also got on the scoresheet as Brislington made a fantastic start to their campaign. In a seven-goal thriller at Trowbridge Road, goals from Asa White, Kane Simpson, Kye Simpson and Adam Bouchama saw Odd Down progress to the next round following a 4-3 win over Bradford Town. Simon McElroy grabbed a brace in Cadbury Heath’s 4-1 win over Longwell Green Sports, while five goals after the break from Syd Camper, Jake Llewellyn, Matt Connick, Dave Pearse and Mike Duffy fired Bridgwater Town to a 5-2 defeat of Keynsham Town. James Blake was another to score twice as Willand Rovers claimed a 2-0 win away at Cheddar, while Luke Crewe went one better, nabbing a hat-trick as Hengrove Athletic booked their passage through to the next round after beating Wellington 3-1. There was heartbreak for Melksham Town, who conceded late in the piece to suffer a 2-1 defeat against Horndean at Five Heads Park. Melksham went ahead just after half-time, with Mike Perrott prodding home from a corner, yet they conceded twice in the final ten minutes with the Wessex Premier League outfit taking their place in the next round. Buckland Athletic were another to fall at the first hurdle, losing 3-2 at home to Bodmin Town despite goals from Charlie Johansen and Lloyd Gardner, with Shepton Mallet also out following a 4-1 defeat at home to Tavistock. There was joy for Chipping Sodbury Town, with Liam Pullen, Dan Clements and Justin Bishop all on the scoresheet in their 3-1 win at home to Brackley Town Saints, with Wells City joining them in the next round following a 2-1 win at home to Cribbs. Bridport will face a replay on Wednesday evening after drawing 1-1 away at St Austell, with Street and Hallen set to do likewise on Tuesday evening after drawing 1-1 at the Tannery Ground. There was also a draw at the Hand Stadium, where Bitton fought back from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw with Clevedon Town. Clevedon went ahead just after the half-hour mark when Kaine Gazzard headed home an Alex Russell corner, and they then doubled their lead in the opening moments of the second half when Daine O’Connor found the back of the net. The away side clawed their way back into the game when Ross Beazer scored 20 minutes from time, before Joe McLennan fired home a free-kick in added time to secure a replay.

First Division

Bristol Telephones made an excellent start to life in the Toolstation League, coming from behind to defeat Bishop Sutton 4-1 at Stockwood Lane. After trailing at the break, the Bristol side hit back to claim all three points thanks to goals from Lee Pitman, Leon Britton and Dhani Golding (2). The biggest crowd on the opening day of the First Division were at the Southbank Ground, yet were left disappointed as Calne Town claimed a 2-1 win over Corsham Town. Calne had goals from Kieron Gleed and Jake Brand to thank for their win, with Chippenham Park defeating Almondsbury 1-0 thanks to a first-half Aaron Ledgister penalty. The only draw of the day took place at the Lancer Scott Stadium, where Welton Rovers struck late to share the points against Ashton & Backwell United in a game which finished 2-2. Joe Battrick put Welton ahead in the 28th minute thanks to a Lewis Coleman cross, only for Ashton to hit back through Sam Skidmore with an equaliser just before half-time. Solomon Shearer then scored six minutes from time to give Ashton a late lead, but they couldn’t hold on and Charlie Babb rescued things for Welton with a late leveller. Warminster Town claimed a 2-0 win away at Chard Town thanks to second half goals from Charlie Walton and Jack Miluk, while Dan Kovacs and Jordan Pinder each registered opening day goals for Westbury United in their 2-0 triumph over Oldland Abbotonians.

Radstock v Wincanton
©John Newport
Another side to get their season off to a winning start was Portishead Town, who came from behind to defeat Malmesbury Victoria 2-1. Shane Bumphrey had given Malmesbury a lead at the break, but Portishead fought back to take the win following goals from Dan Elson and Olly Hatfield. Bishops Lydeard got their campaign off to a cracking start, with three different scorers helping them to a 3-1 win away at Roman Glass St George. Zac Ryder gave the visitors the ideal start in the 18th minute, firing home the game’s opening goal, but their joy didn’t last long with Roman Glass equalising ten minutes later. Not long after, Lydeard were back ahead thanks to a left-footed effort from Jake Quick, before he then turned provider for Luke Redrup to slot home their third. There was also an impressive victory on the opening day for Radstock Town, who defeated Wincanton Town 4-1 thanks to goals from Jack Whitcombe, Simon Millard, Tom Pawley and Jack Biddiscombe.


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