4th December 2016
Number 19

News From Around The League

MIDWEEK ACTION: Goals from Daniel Elson, Calum Townsend and substitute Nicholas Gallagher drove Portishead Town to a much-needed 3-1 win at home to Calne Town in Division One on Tuesday evening. Elsewhere on Tuesday, Harry Baker, Aiden Chainey and Phil Ormrod each scored in Gillingham Town's 3-1 win away at Hamworthy United in the Dorset FA Senior Cup, while Melksham Town were dumped out of the Wiltshire FA Senior Cup following a 4-1 loss away against Laverstock & Ford. In the Gloucestershire FA Challenge Trophy ties which survived the cold, Bristol Manor Farm and Chipping Sodbury Town progressed thanks to home wins, while Longwell Green Sports were knocked out following a 2-1 defeat at home to Cirencester Town's Development team.

FA VASE: It was a very successful weekend for Toolstation sides in the FA Vase, with all four teams coming through their third round fixtures. A remarkable comeback from Melksham Town saw them come out on top in a tricky tie away at Bemerton Heath Harlequins, eventually winning 3-2. The hosts stunned Melksham early on and were two goals ahead in no time at all through Jack Slade and Scott Joyce, however the deficit was halved in the 21st minute when Gary Higdon converted from the penalty spot. Melksham struggled to make any more inroads however until the 84th minute when Ricky Hulbert drilled home an equaliser, before Higdon secured their place in round four with his 20th goal of the campaign three minutes from time. Bristol Manor Farm found things much easier going in their tie at The Creek, with a brace from Troy Simpson, plus goals from Jack Durrant and Jordan Metters handing them a 4-1 win over Thatcham Town. A first half brace from Matt Morris handed Bradford Town a 2-0 victory over Torpoint Athletic, and they will be joined in the next round by Buckland Athletic after they defeated Horsham YMCA 3-0 thanks to goals from Lloyd Gardner, Richard Groves and Simon Laughton.

PREMIER DIVISION: Bridport picked up an important three points, securing a comfortable 4-0 victory over Chipping Sodbury Town at St Marys Field. Mark Salter scored a hat-trick for the home side, adding to Oscar Latas' first half strike as Bridport moved further away from the relegation places. Shepton Mallet came from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw with ten-man Clevedon Town at the Hand Stadium. Goals from Kevin Camargo and Glen Hayer had fired the home side into a strong position with 20 minutes left, before a goal from Tyson Pollard and then Joe Morgan's equaliser four minutes from time saw the visitors grab a share of the spoils. Kyle Tooze and Callum Baker got themselves on the scoresheet as Bitton defeated Sherborne Town 2-1 to pick up their second win on the bounce. Brislington grabbed an impressive 3-2 win away at Gillingham Town thanks in part to a brace from Neikell Plummer, while second-placed Street missed out on the chance to close the gap on league leaders Bristol Manor Farm after they lost 3-1 at Cribbs. Goals from Jacob Brown and Lee Pitman helped Wells City pick up a 2-0 win away at Longwell Green Sports, and at Silver Street, a stoppage time goal from Mike Williams enabled Willand Rovers to secure a 2-2 with Cadbury Heath.

FIRST DIVISION: Goals in the opening half from Samuel Duggan and Patrick Davison saw Keynsham Town make it five league wins on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Roman Glass St George at the AJN Stadium. Previous joint league-leaders Wellington dropped two points on Saturday after they drew 1-1 at home against bottom side Almondsbury UWE. Ashley Knight had given the visitors a shock half-time lead, and after Jack Porter missed a penalty for the home side, they battled back to grab a share of the points thanks to a goal from Ian Bellinger two minutes into stoppage time. Cheddar kept up the pressure on the top two, with Callum Ham scoring in either half to propel the Cheesemen to a 3-0 win away at Welton Rovers. Westbury United also prevailed by a 3-0 scoreline with goals from George Bendle, Ian Groves and Nick Taylor helping them see off Chard Town. Rhys Hickory and Asa White scored first half goals as Hengrove Athletic eased to a 2-0 win over Devizes Town, while a double from Courtney Charles helped Bishop Sutton see off Wincanton Town 2-0. Elsewhere the games involving Malmesbury Victoria and Chippenham Park, as well as Ashton and Backwell United and Bishops Lydeard ended goalless.


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