27th November 2016
Number 18

News From Around The League

Midweek Action: In Tuesday evening's lone fixture, Portishead Town climbed out of the bottom three in the First Division following a 3-2 win at home to Chippenham Park. Goals from Tyler Davis, Daniel Elson and William Manning handed the hosts their sixth victory of the campaign which saw them leapfrog their opponents in the process. The only game on Wednesday to survive the weather took place at the Hand Stadium and goals from Daine O'Connor and the prolific Isaac Reid helped Clevedon Town overcome an early deficit to beat Gillingham Town 2-1.

Premier Division: There was late drama at the Hand Stadium, where league leaders Bristol Manor Farm struck late to claim all three points with a 2-1 win over Clevedon Town. After Dean Stamp had put the visitors ahead, Clevedon equalised with ten minutes remaining through Daine O'Connor, but they couldn't hold on for a point as Stamp struck again two minutes into stoppage time. Street are now up to second in the table after they defeated Willand Rovers 2-0. The game was goalless heading into the final 20 minutes before a quick-fire double from Craig Herrod saw the home side grab their fifth league win in six fixtures. Buckland Athletic are now unbeaten in six matches in all competitions following their 3-1 win over Bridport. The visitors had taken a surprise lead in the 21st minute through Mark Salter, only for Buckland to equalise before the break through Lloyd Gardner, with Jared Lewington and Richard Groves making sure of the victory in the second-half. Goals from Karim Rendall and Martin Lenihan saw Bradford Town overcome an early deficit to defeat Gillingham Town 2-1 at Trowbridge Road. Melksham Town and Odd Down shared the points in a six-goal thriller at The Conigre. Gary Higdon converted a 9th minute penalty to hand Melksham the early advantage, but they weren't ahead for long with Mike Baker slotting his third free-kick in the past week to level the scores. Ashley McGrane headed Odd Down ahead on the cusp of half-time, only for Steve Hulbert to equalise moments later, and the goals continued to fly in as the teams reappeared from the break, with Kye Simpson re-gaining the lead for Odd Down straight from the kick-off, and then Luke Ballinger equalising almost instantly for the home side to gain a share of the points. Goals from Leon Britton and Lee Pitman in the final 12 minutes condemned bottom-side Hallen to another defeat, this time going down 2-1 at the hands of Wells City. Matt Huxley scored his 16th and 17th league goals of the season to help Cadbury Heath defeat Brislington 3-1, while a goal from Callum Baker handed Bitton a 1-0 win over Cribbs. The other fixtures ended in a share of the points, with Chipping Sodbury Town and Longwell Green Sports drawing 1-1, and Sherborne Town and Shepton Mallet drawing two-apiece.

First Division: Keynsham Town produced a second-half blitz to win 5-4 against Malmesbury Victoria, coming from three down to maintain their spot at the top of the table. Josh Russell's 18th minute strike, plus a brace from Sam Parker had given the away team a stunning 3-0 lead before Keynsham scored four goals in 15 second-half minutes to go ahead, with Jordan Anstey, Samuel Duggan, Matthew Brown and Patrick Davison all finding the back of the net. Ed Wilkins then grabbed an instant equaliser for Malmesbury to make it 4-4, before Brown scored his second 15 minutes from time to end the scoring in a thrilling encounter at the AJN Stadium. Wellington also overcame a half-time deficit to defeat ten-man Welton Rovers 2-1. Shakeil Green put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute, before second-half goals from Jack Taylor and Glen Wright salvaged all three points for Wellington who remain second on goal-difference. Cheddar kept up the pressure on the top two with an impressive 3-2 win away at Bishops Lydeard, while Hengrove Athletic dropped two points after drawing 1-1 with a struggling Bishop Sutton side.


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