THE BULLETIN

18th December 2016
Number 21

News From Around The League

Midweek Action: On Tuesday evening, Bristol Manor Farm extended their winning run in all competitions to seven matches with a 4-0 victory over Odd Down at The Creek. A brace from Dean Stamp, plus goals from Ben Bament and Harley Purnell helped the home side to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier Division. On the same evening in the First Division, Devizes Town made it four successive league wins away from home, with Jamie Walters first-half goal giving them a 1-0 win against Chippenham Park at Hardenhuish Park. On Wednesday evening, Calne Town booked their place in the semi-finals of the Wiltshire FA Senior Cup. A 19th minute goal from Stuart Windsor led the First Division outfit to a 1-0 win over Laverstock & Ford from the Wessex League, yet there was no such luck for Bradford Town who were knocked out at the same stage following a 2-0 loss to Highworth Town of the Hellenic League.

Premier Division: Bristol Manor Farm extended their lead at the top of the league to 14 points following a 4-1 win away at Brislington. The first half was a story of penalties, with Harley Purnell converting twice from the spot, before Jake Cox and Troy Simpson added further goals after the break. Buckland Athletic maintained their spot in the top four, after second half goals from Jared Lewington and Lloyd Gardner led them to a 2-0 win over Gillingham Town at Hardings Lane. Bradford Town made it three wins on the bounce, with Mark Wall's early opener and Kane Simpson's late brace helping them claim all three points in a 3-1 win against Bridport at Trowbridge Road. Daine O'Connor grabbed a hat-trick during Clevedon Town's 7-0 triumph over Longwell Green Sports. Further goals for Town came from Toby Yeates and Ben Murray in the opening half-hour, before leading goalscorer Isaac Reid found the back of the net on two occasions to take his season tally in the league to 19. Matt Dawson and Fletcher Williams were on the scoresheet as Willand Rovers claimed a 2-0 win over Odd Down at Silver Street, while the match between Hallen and Cribbs ended goalless at the Hallen Centre.

Sherborne Town produced one of their best performances of the season to date, beating Wells City 4-2 at Raleigh Grove. Ollie Pearson scored twice for the home side in their first win in over a month, with further goals coming from Alexandru Stafie and Anthony Herrin. Simon McElroy scored twice, and Matt Huxley notched his 30th of the season in Cadbury Heath's 3-2 home win against Bitton, while Shepton Mallet thumped Chipping Sodbury Town 4-0.

First Division: Wellington extended their lead at the top of the table to three points following a 3-0 win away at Westbury United. Ian Bellinger kept up his impressive form, notching a brace, with Luke Redrup also netting as Wellington made it back-to-back 3-0 wins. Keynsham Town lost ground on their nearest rivals after they drew 1-1 at Corsham Town but only thanks to a late leveller. After the home side had grabbed a second half lead from the penalty spot, substitute Sam Duggan managed to force home an equaliser three minutes from time, before the same man was sent off during stoppage time. Chard Town produced one of the surprise results of the day, winning 5-2 at Norton Lane against fourth-placed Hengrove Athletic. Max Westlake was the hero for the visitors, grabbing a hat-trick, with James Boyland adding a brace of his own as Chard ran away with the game in the second half. There was also a hat-trick in the fixture at Cothelstone Road, where Bishops Lydeard claimed a dominant 4-0 home win against Malmesbury Victoria. Joe Chamberlain was the man to grab a triumvirate of goals, adding to a late strike from Zac Ryder as Lydeard moved up to sixth in the table.

Oli Trevarthen grabbed a goal in either half as Portishead Town won 2-0 away at Oldland Abbotonians, while James Rustell scored twice for Radstock Town in their 3-1 win against basement club Almondsbury UWE. Ken Oni, Jason Burt and Lewis Wentland all struck in Roman Glass St George's 3-2 win at home to Wincanton Town, and at Bremhill View, Stuart Windsor claimed a second-half equaliser as Calne Town drew 1-1 with Welton Rovers. Bishop Sutton moved up to 16th thanks to a 3-0 win at home to Devizes Town, while Warminster Town and Cheddar shared the points following a 1-1 draw at Weymouth Street.

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