THE BULLETIN

17th September 2017
Number 8

Midweek Matches

In the standout result during the Premier Division midweek fixtures, Willand Rovers had an incredible night in front of goal, beating Wellington 11-0 at Silver Street. Last year’s First Division champions were put to the sword by Willand who had Luke Mortimore to thank for four of their goals, with Craig Veal also scoring a hat-trick alongside further goals from Brett Worbey (two), Brad Ausden and Angus Wilson. Also on Wednesday evening, an own goal eight minutes from time handed Clevedon Town a 2-1 win at home to Bridgwater Town, while a brace from Joe Brimble, plus goals from Mark Fear and Craig White led Hengrove Athletic to a 4-1 triumph over Chipping Sodbury Town. On Tuesday, free-scoring Cribbs came unstuck at home to Bitton, losing 1-0 following a strike from Reeko Best. At the Tannery Ground, two goals from Steve Murray set Street on their way to a 4-0 win at home to ten-man Wells City, and over in Bristol, a goal in either half from Aaron Anglin was the catalyst behind Hallen’s 3-0 win over Longwell Green Sports. Shepton Mallet’s strong start to the campaign continued at Odd Down, where they ran out 2-1 winners. After taking a 7th minute lead through George Morris-Edwards, Mallet were pegged back by the home side who equalised from the spot through Asa White, only for substitute Harry Ratcliffe to score a superb winner after the break. Brislington were victors by the same scoreline, ending a three-game losing streak in the league to beat Melksham Town 2-1 at Ironmould Lane. All the scoring action occurred in the build-up to half-time with the hosts going ahead just after the half-hour mark through Danny Hunt. Melksham hit back minutes later through Tyler Sibbick, but found themselves behind once more when Neikell Plummer fired home, what turned out to be, a 41st minute winner for Lee Perks’ side.

Chippenham Park v Corsham Town
©John Cuthbertson

In the First Division, Ricky Hulbert scored twice as Westbury United extended their unbeaten run to ten matches with a 5-2 win away at Wincanton Town. Mark Robinson, Dan Price and Jake Hiscocks also netted for the league leaders who were level at half-time following early goals from Marcus Cook and Matt Morley. Elsewhere on Tuesday evening, goals from Robbie Whyte, Jack Hopper and Rob Mitchell led Devizes Town to a 3-0 win at home to Radstock Town, while two goals from Lewis Graham and a strike from Eben Mortimer-Taylor handed Warminster Town a 3-1 victory away at Portishead Town. Bishop Sutton made it three wins on the bounce, with a first-half double from Mason Dagger and a second-half effort from Chris Hind helping them to a 3-2 victory away at Almondsbury. At Hardenhuish Park, both teams scored in the final 15 minutes as Chippenham Park drew 1-1 with Corsham Town. The home side went ahead in the 75th minute thanks to a wonder strike from Darrin Moss, and then seven minutes later Corsham got back on level terms with Nick Chandler finding the back of the net. On Wednesday, Jaiden Savery scored all three goals in Welton Rovers 3-0 win away at Chard Town, while Cheddar claimed a 3-2 win away at Sherborne Town with Ricky Bennett, Kris Bell and Adam Jones all getting on the scoresheet. Roman Glass St George are through to the next round of the Gloucestershire FA Challenge Trophy after an 89th minute goal winner them edge to a 4-3 win over Thornbury Town.

FA Cup

Bridport and Cadbury Heath will meet once more in a replay on Wednesday evening after they drew 2-2 in their FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie at St Mary’s Field. After taking an early lead through George Boon, the Heathens missed out on a chance to double their advantage when Matt Huxley saw his penalty attempt saved by Jason Hutchings in the Bridport goal. The home side then got back on level terms thanks to a goal early in the second-half from Richard Hebditch who slotted home following good work from Leighton Thomas. As is typical with the FA Cup, there was plenty of late drama, and after Simon McElroy looked to have booked Cadbury’s spot in the next round with a 91st minute goal, Bridport battled back in dramatic fashion with Braeden Symes heading home three minutes into stoppage time to set up Wednesday’s replay.

Premier Division

Buckland Athletic continue to set the pace atop the table, after surviving an early dismissal in their 2-0 win at home to Clevedon Town. With Cameron Kelly sent from the field after only 20 minutes, the league leaders faced a tough afternoon which they managed to overcame thanks to a second half brace from Jared Lewington. There was also a 2-0 win for Shepton Mallet, with Tyson Pollard and George Carey scoring in either half of their victory over basement dwellers Longwell Green Sports.

At Oakfields, Melksham Town fought back from a two-goal deficit to claim a share of the points in their 2-2 draw with Willand Rovers. The visitors took a fifth minute lead through James Blake, with the same man then doubling their advantage with his second of the afternoon just after the half-hour mark. Tyler Sibbick gave Melksham hope with his second goal in as many matches, before Dan Demkiv completed the comeback halfway through the second half. David O’Hare notched a hat-trick as Street’s 4-0 win away at Bitton. The marksman scored twice in the first-half, with the man who assisted both of those goals, Craig Herrod, firing home a third for Street just before the break. O’Hare then completed his hat-trick five minutes from time as Street registered their sixth league win of the campaign. First-half goals from Jack Parker and Liam Pullen fired Chipping Sodbury Town to a 2-0 win at home to Cribbs, while Aaron Anglin notched two goals in the opening 20 minutes as Hallen won 2-1 away at Odd Down for whom Kane Simpson scored during the second-half. Wellington look like a much tougher opponent on their home patch, and recovered from their midweek mauling to draw 1-1 with Brislington. There were also two goalless draws in the games involving Bridgwater Town and Hengrove Athletic, and also Wells City and Bradford Town.

First Division

Bristol Telephones rebounded from last week’s defeat by claiming a 2-1 win at home to Devizes Town. The phones went ahead in the 24th minute through Ben Griffiths, and then doubled their advantage 15 minutes from time through Leon Britton before Jack Hopper scored a late consolation for the visitors. A hat-trick from Harrison Williams fired Portishead Town to their first win since the opening day, as they defeated Chippenham Park 3-2 for whom Darrin Moss and Alex Pring registered goals. Following a tough spell, Bishops Lydeard kept their first clean sheet of the season in a 6-0 triumph away at Calne Town. Callum Flaherty gave them the lead with a header, before Zac Ryder doubled their advantage with a long-range effort. The forward duo of James Quick and Luke Redrup then added brace’s as Lydeard completed a one-sided victory. Almondsbury ended their three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win away at Warminster Town, with Greg Parr scoring twice, before Harry Brock wrapped up the victory ten minutes before the final whistle. Wincanton Town secured their fifth win of the campaign, after goals from Matt Peters and Marcus Cook fired them to a 2-1 success at home to Malmesbury Victoria, while Roman Glass St George won 3-1 away at Radstock Town. Substitute Jason Bond scored the only goal of the game as Sherborne Town claimed a 1-0 win at home to Ashton & Backwell United. There was also a 1-0 victory for Corsham Town, with Jon Bazley scoring a screamer to help defeat Cheddar, while Oldland Abbotonians and Bishop Sutton ended goalless. Chard Town and Westbury United was abandoned in the 89th minute due to bad weather with Chard leading 4-2 at the time.

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