24th September 2017
Number 9

Midweek Matches

Cadbury Heath v Bridport
©John Cuthbertson
Bridport were the victors in a terrific FA Cup replay, with Ed Butcher scoring an extra-time winner in their 3-2 win over Cadbury Heath. After drawing 2-2 on Saturday, the team’s met again at Springfield and it was the visiting Bees side who made the dream start, scoring twice in the opening quarter through Richard Hebditch and Tom Richardson to take control. On the hour mark, the home side got back into the game with Simon McElroy pulling a goal back, and they then grabbed a late equaliser with Matt Huxley levelling things up in the 89thminute. With so much at stake it was unfortunate that one side had to be on the losing end, but in the second-half of extra-time Ed Butcher found enough space to fire home and send Bridport through to the next round where they will travel to take on Conference South side St Albans City on Saturday week.

In the Premier Division on Tuesday, Sekani Simpson struck three minutes from time as Clevedon Town secured a 2-1 win away at Brislington. After losing Aaron Cornwall to an 11th minute red-card, Brislington managed to regroup and claim the lead just before half-time with Neikell Plummer firing home a penalty. Clevedon didn’t take long to respond, with Tyler Ashmead scoring two minutes into first-half stoppage time, and they then completed their comeback late in the game with Simpson volleying home the winner three minutes from time. On Wednesday evening, two goals from Ryan Batten weren’t enough as Bitton fell to a 3-2 defeat away at Hengrove Athletic. Batten struck for the visitors inside 90 seconds to give the visitors an early lead, before Hengrove hit back through Luke Crewe and Scott Lewis who both scored from corners. With the last kick of the first-half, Batten converted a Ben Wych to draw the scores level, and then midway through the second half Hengrove’s Lewis Dunn capped the scoring with a fine effort.

In the First Division, Keynsham Town overturned a 2-1 deficit to win 6-2 away at Chippenham Park. Goals from Alex Pring and Darrin Moss either side of a Kyle Box strike saw the home side move into the lead just after half-time, before a Keynsham blitz stunned their hosts. Matt Brown was the main reason behind the goal blitz, scoring a second-half hat-trick, with Cameron Shorney and Craig Wilson also getting on the goal action. At the Lancer Scott Stadium, a late goal helped Almondsbury claim a 1-1 draw away at Ashton & Backwell United, while a pair of strong goalkeeping performances saw Devizes Town and Westbury United share a goalless draw. Cheddar came out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller against Malmesbury Victoria, eventually running out 4-3 winners, with Jake Mawford playing a starring role with two goals and one assist. On Wednesday, James Rustell scored in either half to fire Radstock Town to a 2-1 win away at Chard Town who had taken an early lead through Liam Cleal. Goals from Joe Battrick and Jaiden Savery secured a 2-2 draw for Welton Rovers away at Warminster Town for whom Jack Miluk fired home a brace. Buckland Athletic’s run in the Devon FA St Lukes Bowl ended at the first hurdle, after Tom Bath and Jordan Rogers scored hat-tricks in a thumping 8-0 win for Tiverton Town.

Premier Division

Buckland Athletic are no longer unbeaten in the league this season, after they fell to a 2-1 loss at home to Bradford Town. The away side were ahead in the 12th minute thanks a goal from Sam Jordan, before Buckland got back on level terms in first-half stoppage time when Jared Lewington headed home. With ten minutes remaining, Bradford scored the winner, with Will Haliston nodding the ball into the home side’s net. Mark Salter starred in the game at the Rapid Solicitors Ground, scoring four goals against his former side in a 5-0 win for Bridport over Bitton. After seeing his teammate Richard Hebditch open the scoring after just three minutes, Salter took over, doubling the lead before half-time and then adding a further three goals after the break in a one-sided contest.

First Division

Bishops Lydeard made it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season with a 3-1 triumph at home to Sherborne Town. The home side had James Quick to thank for two of their goals, with Charlie Wilson also grabbing a goal, while Daniel Quirke netted for Sherborne. Three goals in the space of 20 second-half minutes fired Chard Town to an impressive 3-1 win away at Keynsham Town. James Boyland opened the scoring six minutes after the break, with goals from Alex Stafie and Max Westlake following soon after before Craig Wilson grabbed a consolation for the hosts


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