21st January 2018
Number 26

Premier Division

Melksham Town scored twice in second-half stoppage time to claw back a 2-2 draw away at Bitton. Following first-half goals from Scott Brice and Tom Knighton, Bitton were in a strong position which was soon relinquished when they lost Matt Tovey and Kane Ingram to red cards. Melksham had also had a man sent off at that stage, but took advantage of the extra men when new signing Francois Allen reduced the deficit on 90 minutes. During the seven minutes of additional time, Gary Higdon headed home his 21st goal of the campaign to grab a point, before Melksham joined their hosts of nine men following the sending off of Jake Brown. Bridgwater Town held off a late charge from Hallen to defeat their hosts 2-1 following a 32nd minute strike from Jack Taylor and a 25 yard screamer by Michael Duffy. Longwell Green Sports’ recent upturn in form continued at the Lawns, where they scored twice in the final 15 minutes to claim a 2-2 draw away at Cribbs. Following a goalless first half, Cribbs went ahead two minutes after the break thanks to a Charlie Aldom header, and the hosts then doubled their advantage thanks to a goal from Jake Slocombe. But Longwell Green never gave in, and struck twice late on through Ben Allen and Joe Woodley to claim another point in their fight for survival.

First Division

Calne Town v Corsham Town
©John Cuthbertson

Keynsham Town moved back to the top of the league following a 2-0 victory at home to Almondsbury. After Tauren Williams had put the home side ahead in the first half, they waited until second-half stoppage time to wrap up the win through top goalscorer Matt Brown. Lewis McCarron was the hero for Chippenham Park, scoring a hat-trick during their 4-0 win away at Oldland Abbotonians. At Bremhill View, Mark Dolman scored a long range equaliser eight minutes for Calne Town after they had fallen behind to Adam Mitchell’s opener during their 1-1 draw with Corsham Town. There was also a 1-1 draw in the match between Ashton & Backwell United and Chard Town, with Kieran Bailey equalising for the visitors after Harry Walker had put Ashton ahead. Earlier in the week, Malmesbury Victoria beat the weather, and Corsham Town, claiming a 3-2 win over their opponents at the Flying Monk Ground. After a run of four games without victory, the Vics had two goals from Ed Wilkins, plus a solo effort from Krystian Hext to thank for claiming the three points.


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