Midweek MatchesIn the Premier Division on Tuesday evening, Odd Down claimed their first league win since the month of August, prevailing 2-0 victory away at Chipping Sodbury Town. The Bath side made a flying start, with Ash McGrane giving them a second minute lead, before Michael Tippins doubled the advantage following excellent build-up play from Kye Simpson. In a game of two halves, Buckland Athletic secured their first three points of the month with a 3-2 win at Homers Heath against Bridport. The home side were two goals ahead in no time at all, with Richard Groves and Jared Lewington both firing home following good work from Lloyd Gardner on both occasions. Groves then doubled his tally to put Buckland three up, before a penalty converted by Mark Salter just after the hour got Bridport back into the game. Salter scored again four minutes from time to set up a nervy finish, but the visitors couldn’t force home an equaliser, and then lost all hope of gaining a point when keeper Jason Hutchings was sent off in stoppage time.
On Monday evening, Melksham Town got their Wiltshire FA Senior Cup campaign off to an excellent start, with a 5-0 win over Mere Town at Oakfield Stadium. Joe Stradling scored early in both halves for the home side, with Tyler Sibbick, Ollie Webb and Gary Higdon also getting on the scoresheet. The following night, goals from Jamal Chevolleau and Stuart Windsor led Calne Town to a 2-0 win over Malmesbury Victoria, but Warminster Town and Devizes Town were knocked out following 8-2 and 3-1 losses to Bemerton Heath Harlequins and Bremhill FC, respectively. On Wednesday, Westbury United eased through to round two with a 4-0 win over Marlborough Town, but Corsham Town will go no further after their young side suffered a 5-0 loss to Pewsey Vale.
Hallen are through to the next round of the GFA Challenge Trophy following a 4-0 win away at Tuffley Rovers. Luke Mills set Hallen on their way just prior to half-time, before goals after the break from Scott Cousins, Santiago Escolano and Kye Mountford wrapped up the comfortable victory. Despite taking a sixth minute lead through Nathan Legge, Cribbs were knocked out of the same competition after losing 3-2 to Brimscombe & Thrupp.
Ashton & Backwell United failed to reach the second round of the Somerset FA Premier Cup, after a first-half goal from Shaun Anthony handed Taunton Town a 1-0 win at Wordsworth Drive.
In the result of the round, a six-goal second-half blitz from Willand Rovers led them to a stunning 7-1 win at home to Street. Willand went ahead early in the piece through their top goalscorer Luke Mortimore, before Street levelled through Josh Wadham on the half-hour mark. Alex Faux then made it 2-1 to Willand, and from there they didn’t look back, scoring five goals in the final half hour to complete the one-sided scoreline. Mortimore added a second, with Luke Alden also scoring a brace which was sandwiched by goals from Adam Hill and Brad Ausden. Bridgwater Town will join Willand in the next round, after they struck an extra-time winner to defeat Bashley 3-2. After Syd Camper gave Bridgy a 2-1 lead just before the hour mark, they were then pegged back late on before an extra-time goal from Harry Horton secured the win. Hengrove Athletic fought back from the dead to progress to the second round with a 4-2 extra-time win over Alton FC. After taking the lead through Luke Crewe, Hengrove were on the cusp of being knocked out following goals from Danny Knee and Scott Sanderson for the visitors. With three minutes left on the clock, Joe Brimble saved his side with an equaliser, and then in the extra-time period they managed to forge ahead thanks to goals from Craig Parsons and Jack Fillingham. There was no such luck for Radstock Town, with Joal Jackson scoring the only goal in their 1-0 defeat at Baffins Milton Rovers, while a late penalty from Asa White couldn’t save Odd Down in their 2-1 loss at home to Tavistock. Sacha Tong also scored twice from the spot, but couldn’t stop his Cadbury Heath side losing 4-3 to Wantage Town, with Scott Robertson scoring the winner four minutes into extra-time for the Southern League side. Wellington produced a strong performance, scoring twice during extra-time to claim a 4-3 win at home to Wessex League side Downton.
On an afternoon where all five home teams claimed victory, Bradford Town’s 4-1 win over Cribbs saw them move one point behind the two league leaders. The still unbeaten Town fell behind just after the half-hour mark to a Sol Wanjau-Smith goal, but they managed to get level by half-time through Dan Cottle. Then, with the game in the balance, Cribbs gave themselves an uphill task after having both Jake Hodgson and Nathan Legge dismissed in the space of ten second-half minutes. Karim Rendall fired Bradford ahead for the first time in the 82nd minute, and after Rendall added another moments later, Sam Jordan completed the scoring in stoppage time. Despite losing goalkeeper Tom Easterbrook to a red-card just before half-time, Shepton Mallet claimed a 1-0 win at home to Clevedon Town thanks to a James Billing strike. Melksham Town were another 1-0 victor, with Gary Higdon’s first minute goal helping them see off the challenge of Bridport. A goal in either half from George Box was followed by a late strike from Justin Bishop to help Chipping Sodbury Town claim a 3-0 win at home to Wells City. Brislington were victors by the same 3-0 scoreline at Ironmould Lane against a Longwell Green Sports who have lost all 12 of their league fixtures to date.