THE BULLETIN

26th August 2018
Number 4

Midweek Action

Bitton’s perfect start to the Premier Division season continued on Tuesday evening after they ran out 2-0 winners at home to Roman Glass St George. An individual effort from Mario Mateus set the home side on their way, before Scott Brice doubled their advantage with a 24th minute effort. Westbury United also maintained their winning start, with goals from Jordan Pinder and Callum Demkiv helping them to defeat Shortwood 2-1 for whom Josh Beadle struck a fine free-kick before the break. Brislington’s first three points of the season came at the hands of Chipping Sodbury, with Oaklan Buck and Michael Rimmer both scoring braces for the home side during the 6-0 win. Buckland Athletic were another side to grab their first win, with goals from Les Afful and Graham Mercieca firing them to a 2-1 triumph over Bridport at Homer’s Heath. Odd Down also came out on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline, with Ash McGrane’s double leading them to victory over Hengrove Athletic. At Moorhouse Lane, Bridgwater Town secured a dramatic 2-1 win away at Hallen, with Jake Brown and Charlie White scoring in the final three minutes to overturn Matty Davis’ opener. The following evening, Plymouth Parkway scored five for the second time this season, handing Wellington a 5-0 defeat at Bolitho Park. The home shot out of the traps and were two goals to the good after just nine minutes, with a pair of headed goals from Mikey Williams and Stewart Yetton. A third goal just before half-time from Aaron Bentley put the result beyond doubt, with second half efforts from Mike White and Yetton completing the scoring. At Springfield, Bradford came from behind to defeat Cadbury Heath 4-1, with Matt Huxley firing home an early penalty for the Heath. Two goals in the space of three minutes from Jack Witcombe and Martin Lenihan turned the game in Bradford’s favour, with Jake Hiscocks then striking twice after the break to complete the victory.

Cheddar returned to winning ways in the First Division on Tuesday evening, coming from behind to defeat Bishops Lydeard 3-2 at Bowdens Park. Ryan Brereton and Harry Millar had both struck to hand the visitors a 2-1 lead early in the second half, but it was the Cheesemen who came out on top thanks to a brace from Adam Jones and a 25-yard free-kick from Ricky Bennett. Wells City grabbed their second away victory in the space of four days, with goals from Harry Davidson, Jack Spence and Billy Manning helping them come from behind to defeat Keynsham Town 3-1 after the home side had taken a second minute lead through James Ollis. Longwell Green Sports were in fine form during their home victory over Portishead Town, with Danny Carter, Connor Britton, Sam Ford and Ali Bamford all getting on the scoresheet to help them to a thumping 5-0 win at Shellards Road.

FA Cup

Chipping Sodbury Town created some late magic to defeat Easington Sports 2-1 and book their spot in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Having fallen behind at the beginning of the second half, the Sods were staring down the barrel, only for Steve Fitzpatrick and Justin Bishop to pop up with goals in stoppage time to claim a famous victory. Westbury United’s perfect start to the campaign continued at Meadow Lane where they saw off the previously unbeaten Saltash United. Dan Kovacs handed Westbury the lead just prior to half-time, with Francois Allen and Josh Ferguson completing the scoring after the break. Bitton’s early season success continued away at Portland United, with Ben Bament scoring twice for the visitors during their sixth consecutive win. New signing Bament has been the star of the show for the Ton so far, scoring in five of their six contests to date, but a word must be said for their back line also who are still yet to concede a goal this season. Plymouth Parkway also progressed after Stewart Yetton’s solitary goal helped them defeat Larkhall Athletic, with Buckland joining them in the next round after early strikes from Graham Mercieca and Richard Groves saw off Mangotsfield United. In an all-Western League tie, Bridport were no match for Hallen, with Oscar Latas’ brace adding to further goals from Andy Martin, Leighton Thomas and Leon Wood during a 5-0 thrashing. Cadbury Heath will require a replay against Bodmin Town after they drew 2-2 in Cornwall. Sacha Tong twice put the Heath ahead, but Bodmin managed to find an equaliser on both occasions, with Dan O’Hagan striking eight minutes into stoppage time to set up a replay at Springfield on Wednesday evening. Bradford Town and Cheddar both fell to home defeats against Southern League sides Paulton Rovers and Yate, while Luke Mortimore’s goal wasn’t enough for Willand Rovers during their 2-1 loss at home to Street.

Premier Division

Jack Taylor produced a stunning five-goal performance to help his Bridgwater side defeat Brislington 6-0. It took 33 minutes for Taylor to open the scoring, with the frontman then doubling his side’s advantage ten minutes later following a cross from Tom Ellis. The third Bridgwater goal came from the left boot of David Thorne, with Taylor completing his hat-trick in the 51st minute before adding a further two goals in the closing stages. Clevedon Town secured their third straight league win, with goals either side of the interval from Callum Kingdom and Lucas Vowles helping them to defeat Cribbs 2-0.

Bridgwater Town 6-0 Brislington
Saturday 25th August
©Debbie Gould

First Division

In an astonishing encounter at Bristol Road, 11 goals were scored, with Radstock Town eventually defeating Portishead 6-5. The first-half was a quiet affair in comparison to the second, with the sides heading to the changing rooms level at 2-2, with Kyle Norris scoring twice for Radstock in response to goals from Chris Abbot and Robbie Cox for the hosts. Norris then completed his hat-trick soon after the interval, with further goals from Sam Gregory and Jacob Hill to extend the visitors lead. Portishead responded thanks to Cox’s second of the afternoon, but Radstock hit back once again with Norris firing home his fourth from the penalty spot, not long after he had seen an earlier effort from the spot thwarted. Portishead continued to push forward and grabbed two late goals, with Cox completing his hat-trick, before Hamish Hurst scored the 11th and final goal during a pulsating 90 minutes of action. It was a successful day all round for the visiting teams in the First Division, with Welton Rovers claiming a 2-0 win away at Warminster Town thanks to goals in either half from Aaron Seviour and Dave Cooper.

Bishops Lydeard 0-5 Corsham Town
Saturday 25th August
©John Cuthbertson

Corsham Town also claimed victory on the their travels, moving top of the table thanks to a 5-0 victory at Cothelstone Road against Bishops Lydeard. An own-goal handed them the half-time lead, with Lewis McCarron and Josh Bright adding two of the four second half scores.

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