15th January 2017
Number 24

News From Around The League

Midweek Action: Oldland Abbotonians moved up four places to 16th in the First Division following a 3-1 win at home to Corsham Town on Wednesday evening. After a goalless first half, Oldland's Jason Side opened the scoring with a fine header, before Danny Carter doubled the advantage six minutes later. Benjamin Pring pulled a goal back for Corsham, before Carter scored his second of the evening to confirm the home side's second win on the bounce. On Tuesday evening, Chipping Sodbury Town were knocked out of the GFA Challenge Trophy following a 3-2 loss at Cinder Lane against Fairford Town.

FA Vase: Bristol Manor Farm are through to the fifth round of the FA Vase after coming through their replay with fellow Toolstation outfit Melksham Town. After the sides drew 1-1 in Bristol last weekend, it was Manor Farm who graced Melksham's new stadium with the first victory thanks to an early blitz in their 5-3 triumph. The Premier Division leaders were three-up within half an hour thanks to early goals from Ben Bament, Aron Robbins and Dean Stamp. Melksham's first goal at the Oakfield Stadium was grabbed by Mike Perrott in the 65th minute, yet before long the game was in the bag for the visitors as Tory Simpson and Bament extended their advantage. Melksham gained some respectability with late goals for Luke Ballinger and Ricky Hulbert but they were soundly beaten and it is Manor Farm who will be travelling to Bromsgrove in the next round. Cadbury Heath are through to the next round of the GFA Challenge Trophy following a 4-2 home win against Kingswood North, with Matt Huxley registering a hat-trick.

Premier Division: Street took advantage of the top two being involved in cup action, beating Hallen 6-1 and moving into second place in the league. Dale Hunt scored twice in the first half and once after the break to notch a hat-trick, with further goals coming from Craig Herrod, David O'Hare and top scorer Steve Murray. Buckland Athletic left it late before defeating Longwell Green Sports 3-0 at Shellards Road. With the game goalless going into the final quarter hour, goals from Nick Rudge, Gavin Hammon and Steve Revell late on helped push Buckland up to third at the expense of Melksham. Bradford Town had goals from Matty Morris and Dan Cottle to thank as they beat Bitton 2-1 to get over their FA Vase disappointment in the best way possible. Wells City came from behind to secure a point in their 1-1 draw with Gillingham Town. After Harry Baker had given the visitors the advantage just after the half hour mark, Gillingham secured a share of the points thanks to Jacob Brown's second half strike. Odd Down grabbed their 12th league win of the campaign with a 4-2 triumph over Bridport at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground. Ashley McGrane scored twice for the hosts to accompany goals from Adnan Hiroli and Simon Gilbert as Odd Down secured their first win in five. Cribbs and Willand Rovers drew 2-2 at the Lawns, with the home side salvaging a point thanks to David Hill's bullet header during the second half. Brislington picked up an impressive 3-1 win away at Shepton Mallet thanks to goals from Mike Rimmer, Luke Meacham and Danny Barwood, while Chipping Sodbury Town won 4-2 away against Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove.

First Division: Table-toppers Wellington let slip a first half lead as they were held to a 1-1 draw away at Ashton & Backwell United. Jack Taylor put the Tangerines ahead but they couldn't hold on for the win after Sam Skidmore headed home late on as Wellington's four match winning run was ended. Keynsham Town cut Wellington's lead to four points after winning 2-1 away at Portishead Town thanks to two goals in the space of six second-half minutes from Ben Harris and Jordan Anstey. Cheddar came from a goal down to defeat Wincanton Town and register their ninth win in 11 league fixtures. After finding themselves a goal behind at the break, the home side got back on level terms thanks to a penalty from Chris Coombs and then late on in the game a mistake from the visiting keeper allowed Cheddar's top marksman Callum Ham to stroke home the winner from long distance. At Weymouth Street, Warminster Town produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat Malmesbury Victoria 5-1. Mark Robinson scored twice for Warminster to add to goals from Joshua Ferguson, Francois Allen and Jack Miluk as the home side registered their 10th league win of the campaign. At the Southbank Stadium, Lewis Dunn scored twice before the half-time break as Hengrove Athletic claimed a 2-1 Ground against Corsham Town to consolidate fourth place in the division. Another man to score a brace was Bishops Lydeard's Joe Chamberlain, with his goals a big part of his side's 3-0 win over basement club Almondsbury UWE.


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