8th January 2017
Number 23

News From Around The League

FA Vase: Buckland Athletic booked their place in the last 16 of the FA Vase thanks to an impressive 3-1 win away at Chichester City. The Devon side claimed victory in Sussex thanks to a brace from Jared Lewington, and a goal from the prolific Lloyd Gardner as they extended their winning run in all competitions to eight matches. Premier Division duo Melksham Town and Bristol Manor Farm will meet in a replay on Monday evening after the sides could not be split following 120 minutes of action. After Manor Farm had taken a first-half lead through Troy Simpson, Sam Jordan struck four minutes from time, and after no goals were scored in extra-time, a replay at The Conigre was confirmed. Bradford Town's participation in the Vase this season came to an end in agonising fashion as they went down to a 4-2 defeat at Southall after extra-time. Having taken the lead twice, the second of which came in the 91st minute through Mark Wall, Bradford were pegged back on both occasions, before conceding twice in extra-time to their hosts as they bowed out of the competition.

Premier Division: Hallen continued their upturn in form and secured their first victory away from home this season thanks to a 1-0 triumph at Springfield against Cadbury Heath. A 25-yard belter from Andy Cook midway through the first half helped Hallen secure all three points as they look to produce a miracle in their battle against relegation. Wells City also claimed a 1-0 win away from home, with captain Jake Brown's goal helping them see off Willand Rovers at Silver Street. At The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury Town claimed a 2-1 win over struggling Bitton. Gillingham Town produced an excellent first-half performance which saw them defeat Odd Down 3-2, moving into the top-half of the table in the process. The game at Hardings Lane was only 20 minutes old before the home side were two goals ahead, with Harry Baker and Phil Ormrod both finding the back of the net. Haydn Hodges then added a third just before the break, and despite conceding twice late on they had done enough to wrap up all three points. Shepton Mallet condemned Bridport to their third consecutive defeat following a 2-1 win at St Mary's Field. Tyson Pollard and Conrad Peck each converted good chances in the first half-hour to put Mallet two goals ahead, and despite conceding from the penalty spot just before the break they held on to move up to 11th in the league.

First Division: Wellington extended their winning run in the league to four games, following a 3-1 home win against Bishop Sutton. Jack Taylor scored twice and Jack Bryant once for the league leaders who are now six points clear at the top following Keynsham Town's 3-1 home defeat against Oldland Abbotonians. Oldland had Josh Dempsey sent off but that didn't stop them claiming the surprise scalp, with Danny Carter, Ryan Dunn and Owen McCallum each finding the back of the net. Portishead Town claimed their seventh successive victory, after coming from behind twice to defeat Roman Glass St George 3-2. Finding themselves 2-1 down at the break, Portishead had second half goals from Billy Manning and then Tyler Davies 19 minutes from time to thank as they moved up into eighth in the league. George Saunders scored in the fourth minute, and then four minutes from time as ten-man Ashton & Backwell United claimed a 2-0 away win at the Dening Sports Field against Chard Town. Bottom side Almondsbury UWE suffered defeat once more, after relinquishing a 2-1 lead before going down 4-2 against Corsham Town. The home side fell behind to an early Zak Costello goal, but that didn't daunt them and they were ahead just after the break thanks to strikes from Ryan Gourley and Stuart Alexander. However, Corsham fired back and two goals from Callum Elms, alongside a John Bazley strike helped the visitors to all three points. Calne Town scored three times in the opening 20 minutes on their way to a 4-0 victory against Westbury United. Mark Dolman opened the scoring after only six minutes, and after further goals from Bill Boakes and Josh Legg the game was all but over, before Dolman capped the win with a penalty seven minutes from time.

A dramatic match at the Southfields Rec saw Radstock Town awarded three red cards as they relinquished a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw with Cheddar. Jack Whitcombe had scored twice in the opening half to give Radstock command of the match, yet after both teams had been reduced to ten-men, Cheddar got back into the game thanks to Chris Coombes’ goal on the hour mark. Whitcombe was then given his marching orders for dissent, and Theo Coombes soon followed after a foul on Adam Jones, with Callum Ham converting the resulting penalty as Cheddar grabbed a share of the spoils. Bishops Lydeard had five different goalscorers in their convincing 5-0 win at home to Welton Rovers. Mark Clunie volleyed home to give them a 2nd minute lead, yet the home crowd had to wait until the final 15 minutes for more goal action, with Jack Adams, Charlie Wilson, Ryan Brereton and Jack Kelly all scoring late on. In an entertaining fixture at Norton Lane, a first half brace from Craig White, and second half goals from Ben Crewe and Asa White helped Hengrove Athletic defeat Wincanton Town 4-3. Chippenham Park drew 1-1 with Warminster Town to aid their survival hopes, and Malmesbury Victoria drew 2-2 with Devizes Town.


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