THE BULLETIN

18th September 2016
Number 8

News From Around The League

Alresford Town v Cadbury Heath: CADBURY HEATH moved into the 3rd Qualifying round thanks to an almost faultless first half display against Wessex League outfit Alresford Town. The clinical finishing from the Toolstation League lads saw their hosts floundering at half time, having conceded three goals. The second half produced just one more goal, a consolation for the Hampshire side. CADBURY HEATH are now just two matches away from a dream tie in the First Round Proper, achieved by the then Western League side TEAM BATH in Season 2002-03.

Brislington v Brimscombe & Thrupp: The BRISLINGTON v BRIMSCOMBE & THRUPP match did not produce the best football, and it did not start well for Brislington who were a goal down after seven minutes. On 34 minutes it was all square following a well hit cross. Just before the hour mark Brimscombe were lucky to snatch proved to be the winner with a deflection. The Western League boys did not give up and were looking for the equaliser until the final whistle, but it was not to be.

PREMIER DIVISION: Luke Ballinger and Gary Higdon grabbed two goals each to help MELKSHAM TOWN to a 5-2 victory over home side CLEVEDON TOWN, making sure that the Wiltshire side stayed top of the table. Lee Davidson hit a 35 yarder for the other Melksham goal, giving them eight victories this term. Daine O’Connor notched up the two Clevedon consolations. There were just eight GILLINGHAM TOWN players remaining on the pitch in their home match against WILLAND ROVERS. The visitors took the lead just before the hour mark, just before the referee produced the first red card, reducing the home side to ten men. Nick Hewlett then equalised for the then depleted squad, but a penalty, deftly converted by Brett Worbey saw Willand back in front. The second red card of the match was shown for that penalty and the third saw the home side down to just eight players after Brett Worbey notched his second to seal victory in a match Gillingham will wish to forget. BUCKLAND ATHLETIC’s Gavin Hammon helped his side to a five-nil victory over travelling HALLEN with a deft hat-trick and BRADFORD TOWN remain in second spot thanks to a 3-0 victory over CHIPPING SODBURY TOWN. Goals from Dean Stamp, Pete Sheppard and Aron Robbins enabled BRISTOL MANOR FARM to win 3-1 away at BRIDPORT. Struggling SHERBORNE TOWN leaked 8 goals without reply to give CRIBBS a comfortable victory and leaving Sherborne planted at the foot of the table. David O’Hare, Steve Murray and Craig Herrod helped STREET defeat BITTON 3-0, whilst ODD DOWN overcame SHEPTON MALLET 5-0, each goal claimed by a different player.

FIRST DIVISION: League leaders MALMESBURY VICTORIA had to work hard against ASHTON & BACKWELL UNITED, but they clinched three vital points with a goal either side of half time. Sam Parker grabbed the first half opener and Shane Bumphrey grabbed the second. WELLINGTON will have league leaders Malmesbury Victoria looking over their shoulders as they keep producing impressive performances. With their 6-3 home victory over CHIPPENHAM PARK Wellington kept up the pressure. Glen Wright opened the scoring for the home side within a minute of the start but Chippenham took the lead with two goals before nine minutes had passed. Jack Taylor then scored for Wellington on 10 and 20 minutes and Ian Bellinger scored just before the break to see the home side 4-2 to the good. Just after the restart Jack Bryant made it 5-2, Chippenham then grabbed a third before Tom Ellis wrapped it up with a sixth goal following a corner. At the other end of the table ALMONDSBURY UWE crumpled to a home defeat at the hands of visitors HENGROVE ATHLETIC. Within three minutes the visitors had laid their cards on the table when Rhys Hickery grabbed his first goal. On eighteen minutes Jake Fillingham grabbed his first goal and notched another thanks to a penalty. Almondsbury could only stand and watch as Fillingham recorded his hat-trick on 65 minutes. There seemed to be little reason for PORTISHEAD TOWN’s tame display, but WESTBURY UNITED were happy to capitalise on their host’s uninspired offering to take maximum points. Just before the break George Bendle opened his account for Westbury and his side remained in control, although Portishead made sure that it wasn’t a walkover. Ten minutes before the final whistle, however, Westbury made sure of a deserved victory. Gary Shorney hit the only goal of the match to give home side OLDLAND ABBOTONIANS all three points against BISHOP SUTTON. CHARD TOWN were delighted to fight back to a 2-1 victory after trailing 1-0 to a goal from Nathan Churchill for ROMAN GLASS ST GEORGE. Just before the interval a goal from Kieran Bailey saw scores level and just after the restart Steve Friend gabbed the winner. DEVIZES TOWN snatched victory by the odd goal in three from WELTON ROVERS. Robbie Mitchell was first on the score sheet for Devizes but Zane Banton equalised from the penalty spot. A superb long range strike from Jamie Wallen sealed victory for his side. CORSHAM TOWN were well worth their three-nil victory over a strong CHEDDAR side. It started well for Cheddar who held possession well in the opening stages but it wasn’t until the 32nd minute that the home side took control when they opened the scoring through Lewis Russell. On 49 minutes it was 2-0 thanks to a goal from Josh Bright. Russell grabbed the third and final goal on 72 minutes, but the perfect match was spoiled for Corsham when a red Hencard reduced them to ten men in the closing minutes. Elsewhere WARMINSTER TOWN were held to a one all draw by RADSTOCK TOWN in front of a crowd of 103, while CALNE TOWN ran out 0-1 victors over home side BISHOPS LYDEARD and KEYNSHAM TOWN dealt the same scoreline to WINCANTON TOWN.

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