4th February 2018
Number 28

Midweek Matches

On Tuesday evening, Cheddar recovered from an early deficit and a first-half red-card to defeat Warminster Town 4-1 during at Bowdens Park. After Henry McFerran had headed home a fifth minute corner to put the visitors ahead, Cheddar wasted no time in getting level through former Taunton and Mangotsfield forward Ross McNab. The home side then went ahead in the 22nd minute thanks to an own-goal, but then just moments later they were reduced to ten-men when McNab saw red for an apparent stamp. Warminster failed to capitalise on the extra man, and after keeping their opponents at bay, the Cheesemen picked them off late on with Adam Jones striking twice in the final ten minutes. Elsewhere in the First Division, Sam Thomas scored two minutes from time to hand Ashton & Backwell United a 1-0 victory over Portishead Town, while Roman Glass St George defeated Sherborne Town 3-0 following a brace from Lewis Wentland.

FA Vase

In front of a four-figure attendance at the Oakfield Stadium, Melksham Town reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase following a 2-1 win against Hertfordshire’s Tring Athletic. It took just six minutes for Melksham to break the deadlock when Rob Brown’s free-kick found its way to the far post via Gary Higdon allowing Mike Perrott to head home. It got even better for the home side nine minutes later, when Rob Hobbs became the second man to score with his head following another flick-on by Higdon at a set-piece. Tring pulled a goal back four minutes before half-time through Luke Dunstan, but the second-half was a goalless one which saw Melksham progress to the last eight of the competition, meaning they are just 180 minutes away from a date at Wembley. Unfortunately Bradford Town’s run in the Vase came to an end in Yorkshire after a brace of goals from Danny Earl handed them a 2-0 defeat at Marske United.

Premier Division

Shepton Mallet v Longwell Green
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In just their second game of 2018, Buckland Athletic registered an impressive 1-0 victory away at Clevedon Town with Craig Duff scoring the only goal of the game 13 minutes into the contest. Bridgwater Town moved up to sixth spot in the table, after an early penalty save from Jake Viney set them on their way to a 4-0 win away at Cadbury Heath. Viney made the vital stop inside the first quarter-hour, and then just 15 minutes later the visitors went ahead after Syd Camper set up Jack Taylor to keep up his fine form in front of goal. Not long after the opener, Camper was involved again in Bridgwater’s second, with Michael Duffy firing home from the spot after his teammate had been felled in the home side’s area. Midway through the second half, Jack Jenkins put the result beyond doubt after adding Bridgwater’s third, with Steve Holland claiming the fourth late on. Cribbs have now gained 10 points from a possible 12 since the turn of the year, after a double from Jake Slocombe, plus a goal from Dan Dyke saw the home side defeat Chipping Sodbury Town 3-1 at the Lawns. Hengrove Athletic ended a streak of three straight defeats, by beating Bridport 3-2 at Norton Lane. After Bridport took a 25th minute lead through Mark Salter, the game shot to life, and within five minutes of falling behind, Hengrove had turned the game on its head with both Jack Fillingham and Luke Crewe finding the back of the net. An own-goal in the moments before half-time levelled the score to undo Hengrove’s hard work, but they had the last word with Fillingham’s second goal of the afternoon on the hour mark sending them home with all three points. Aaron Anglin’s 10th minute penalty was followed up by a late goal from Sam Skidmore as Hallen took advantage of the extra man to defeat ten-man Odd Down 2-0 in their bottom-half battle. Shepton Mallet defeated Longwell Green Sports 3-1 thanks to goals from James Billing, Craig Loxton and Tyson Pollard to end the visitors three-match unbeaten run.

First Division

Welton Rovers v Sherborne Town
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Roman Glass St George overturned a half-time deficit to defeat Calne Town 5-2, keeping up the pressure on the top two. After Jordan Yeo had given them the perfect start, Roman Glass found themselves behind at the break following a quick-fire double from Stuart Windsor. The home side regrouped during the interval and after Ryan Radford had struck the equaliser, substitute Ken Oni fired them back into the lead. Alex Lewis was then dismissed to hurt Calne’s chances of getting back into the game, with Lewis Wentland and Jacob Watson each scoring late on to complete the victory. At Hardenhuish Park, goals in either half from Dan Kovacs saw Westbury United secure a 2-1 win away at Chippenham Park, for whom Lewis McCarron struck before the break.

A strong performance from Corsham Town helped them to gain a 2-2 draw at the Crown Fields, ending Keynsham Town’s eight-match winning run in the process. After James Ollis had opened the scoring from long range for the league leaders, Corsham grabbed an equaliser in the 25th minute through Adam Mitchell. A bullet-header from Nick Chandler edged Corsham into a surprise lead at the break, but midway through the second half, Keynsham rescued a point thanks to a powerful header of their own from Adey Harvey. Bishops Lydeard plundered five goals away from home for the second week on the bounce, registering a 5-2 win against bottom-side Portishead Town. Harry Millar struck twice during a five-goal first half for the visitors, with Ryan Brereton also getting on the scoresheet, yet the major plaudits went to Mark Clunie who scored two long-distance screamers for the rampant Lydeard. A curling left-footed effort from Callum Elms set Welton Rovers on their way to a 3-0 win at home to Sherborne Town, with Joe Garland and Chris Pile adding further goals either side of the break. Chard Town have now scored for 21 consecutive games in all competitions, after defeating Bishop Sutton 4-1 at the Dening Sports Field. James Boyland put the hosts ahead after half an hour, with substitute Steve Friend, Alex Stafie and Liam Cleal then adding goals after the break for the eighth-placed Chard. Warminster Town grabbed a crucial point in their fight for survival, with Matthew Dyer stabbing home an equaliser from Jack Miluk’s cross to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Wincanton Town, while the fixture between Almondsbury and Oldland Abbotonians remained goalless throughout.


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