27th August 2017
Number 5

Midweek Matches

In the Premier Division, Clevedon Town registered their first league win of the season in scintillating fashion with a 5-0 win away at Longwell Green Sports. Daine O’Connor broke the deadlock after just five minutes, before seeing teammates Isaac Reid and Oliver Barnes each add goals before the break. The away side kept up the pressure in the second-half, and scored twice more through O’Connor and Conor O’Sullivan. On Tuesday evening there was also a win for Brislington, with goals from Neikell Plummer and Curtis Jack helping them come from behind to defeat Cribbs 2-1. Shepton Mallet were another side to win 2-1, with goals from Joe Morgan and Elliot Nicholson as they saw off Bridgwater Town, while Asa White scored the only goal of the game against his former side as Odd Down defeated Hengrove Athletic 1-0. Nick Rudge struck the winner on the occasion of his 100th appearance for Buckland Athletic in their 2-1 triumph over Wells City, while at The Ridings there was a 2-2 draw between Chipping Sodbury Town and Melksham Town. Melksham were two goals up inside 22 minutes thanks to strikes from Ben Thomson and Gary Higdon, before the home side hit back either side of half-time through Jack Parker and Justin Bishop to register a point. On Wednesday evening, Wellington secured their first points of the campaign with goals from Ian Bellinger, Jack Taylor and Conor Bryant helping them to secure a 3-2 win away at Bridport. Adam Hill and Brett Worbey found the net in Willand Rovers 2-0 win against Street, and at Springfield there was a big 5-2 win for Cadbury Heath over Hallen. Sacha Tong and Andy Campbell each scored doubles for Heath, with last season’s top scorer Matt Huxley also getting on the scoresheet.

Warminster Town v Radstock Town
©John Newport

In the First Division, two goals in the opening ten minutes from Matt Brown, plus a strike just before the break from Matt Long saw Keynsham Town claim a 3-0 win away at Almondsbury. At Lakeview, Malmesbury Victoria survived two red cards and a missed penalty to beat Bishop Sutton 3-1, with Ant Brown, Shane Bumphrey and Joe Tranter all grabbing goals. Wincanton Town got back to winning ways, with Daniel Golden helping them see off Cheddar 1-0, while Rob Mitchell, Cullen Wylie and Jack Hopper all found the target in Devizes Town’s 3-1 win at home to Ashton & Backwell United. Charlie Norman and Harry Myles each struck in Chippenham Park’s 2-1 win at home to Oldland Abbotonians, while Ken Oni grabbed a hat-trick in Roman Glass St George’s huge 7-2 win away at Calne Town. On Wednesday, goals from Jake Quick, Callum Flaherty and Max Dyer fired Bishops Lydeard to a 3-1 win away at Sherborne Town and at Weymouth Street, Warminster Town drew 2-2 with Radstock Town in a battle between two of the early season pacesetters.

Les Phillips Cup

Calne Town v Bradford Town
©Dave Gillett

Chard Town put their current league frustrations behind them by reaching the next round of the Les Phillips Cup following a 2-0 win away at Roman Glass St George. Town left it very late before grabbing the win, with Andy Holmes and Taoufik Ben Salem each scoring in the final 15 minutes at Oaklands Park. Bishops Lydeard are also through to the first round, after a Charlie Wilson hat-trick helped them beat Malmesbury Victoria 4-2, with Sam Jordan also plundering a treble in Bradford Town’s 4-2 triumph away at Calne Town. Bridport were another to enjoy a fruitful day in front of goal, coming from two goals down to beat Keynsham Town 5-2. The opening passages of play belonged entirely to the K’s who found themselves two-nil up after just eight minutes with Stefan Lee and Tauren Williams each bagging goals. Those early goals kicked Bridport into gear and they got back into the game almost instantly through Leighton Thomas, before Cameron Vere slammed home from a corner to make it two-all after just 12 minutes. That was how it stayed until the opening moments of the second-half, when Leigh Bailey scored a 16 minute hat-trick to put Bridport out of sight and into the next round. Cadbury Heath flexed their goalscoring muscle, with Sam Bailey, Ali Bamford, Matt Huxley, Christian Lee and Andy Campbell each finding the back of the net in their 5-0 canter over Bishop Sutton. First Division strugglers Almondsbury stunned Hengrove Athletic, with goals from Alex Bisp, Jack Dempsey and Greg Parr helping them to a 3-2 win, while goals from Lewis McCarron and Paul Gittins helped Chippenham Park defeat higher-ranked opposition, in the form of a 2-1 win at home to Longwell Green Sports. Bitton enjoyed a comfortable afternoon at the Rapid Solicitors Ground, with Dean Griffiths, Adam Mahdi, Tom Knighton and Callum Baker all grabbing goals in their 4-0 win over Welton Rovers. Isaac Reid and Glen Hayer scored in the space of nine second half minutes to help Clevedon Town to a 2-1 victory against Wincanton Town, while Aaron Anglin, Jack Mills and Tom Collett were the difference between the sides as Hallen saw off Radstock Town with an entertaining 3-2 win.

Premier Division

At Homers Heath, Buckland Athletic maintained their winning start to the league season following a 4-1 victory over Brislington. After falling behind in the sixth minute lead following a Jared Lewington header, Brislington got back on level terms in the moments leading up to half-time. However they were soon behind, with Richard Groves firing home a penalty less than two minutes later. The second half belonged to Buckland, with Groves and Lewington both adding to their tallies either side of a red card to Brislington’s Jason Hughes. Shepton Mallet produced an excellent late comeback to defeat Melksham Town 2-1. New signing Tyler Sibbick put Melksham ahead ten minutes from time on his debut, before the visitors turned the game on its head. The equaliser came five minutes from through Craig Loxton, and then just two minutes later they stole all three points with Cameron Sanford firing an effort through a crowd of players. Odd Down were another side to claim an away victory, with Asa White scoring either side of the break in their 2-1 triumph over Street, while Cribbs defeated Wellington 1-0 thanks to a strike from Charlie Aldom despite playing with ten men for an hour. Bridgwater Town claimed their second win of the season after beating Wells City 3-0 at the Athletic Ground. An early own-goal set Town on their way, with Syd Camper making it 2-0 in the 20th minute, before the same man completed the scoring midway through the second half. Another side to win 3-0 away from home were Willand Rovers, after James Blake scored a pair of headers in their victory over Chipping Sodbury Town.

First Division

Bristol Telephones’ perfect start to life in the Western League continued after they beat Cheddar 4-2 at Stockwood Lane. Leon Britton kept up his strong start to the campaign with another goal, but the day belonged to Dhani Golding who bagged a hat-trick for the Phones. Oldland Abbotonians’ promising start to the campaign also continued, with Danny Carter’s double helping them come from a goal down to defeat Devizes Town 2-1. At the opposite end of the table, Ashton & Backwell United grabbed their first three points of the season with Ryan Crouch’s goal helping them to a 1-0 win at home to Warminster Town. Westbury United scored the biggest league win of the day, recording a 6-0 victory over Portishead Town. Mark Robinson got on the scoresheet twice, adding to goals from Jamie Jordan, Martin Johnson, Josh Ferguson and an own goal. Sherborne Town captured their first win of the season, with substitute Dave Smith scoring a late winner in their 1-0 victory over Corsham Town.


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