THE BULLETIN

12th February 2017
Number 28

News From Around The League

Midweek Action: Buckland Athletic extended their winning run to 13 matches in all competitions on Tuesday following a comfortable 3-0 home win against Cadbury Heath in the Premier Division. Charlie Johansen bagged a goal in either half for the hosts, who wrapped up all three points when Simon Revell lobbed the opposition keeper eight minutes from time. Elsewhere in league action on Tuesday evening, Wells City came from three goals down to claim a share of the points in a 3-3 draw with Melksham Town at the Athletic Ground. Melksham were ahead after just three minutes through winger Mike Perrott, and when Gary Higdon had added two more goals before the break it looked as though they had done enough for the win. However that wasn't the case and goals from George Carey, Lee Pitman and Ryan Pledger completed a remarkable for Wells who stay 11th after the draw.

Premier Division: Bristol Manor Farm maintained their eight point lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 win at home to Bridport. In what was a comfortable victory for the hosts, they had the win wrapped-up before half-time thanks to goals from Ben Bament, Dean Stamp and Troy Simpson. Buckland Athletic continued their winning run, following a 3-1 away win at bottom side Hallen. It was Hallen who took a surprise lead in the 14th minute through Danny Webb, but Buckland were back on level terms seven minutes later when Liam Drew scored an equaliser. The home side had a chance to regain the lead from the spot, yet Buckland keeper Grant Fisher foiled Tom Collett and it proved to be a turning point as Buckland surged to victory with second half goals from Jared Lewington and Simon Laughton. Another team who can't stop winning are Street, and goals from Ross McErlain and Lewis Waldy helped them sneak past Bitton with a 2-1 win, while Matty Dawson scored the only goal of the game as Willand Rovers beat Gillingham Town 1-0.

Melksham Town's barnstorming start to life at the Oakfields Stadium continued, as they demolished ten-man Clevedon Town 6-0 in front of another impressive crowd. After 26 minutes, the visitors were reduced to ten-men, when Glen Hayer was given his marching orders, and Melksham took advantage soon after with Mike Perrott heading home a Ben Thomson corner. In the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time, Gary Higdon headed home to double the lead, before Sam Jordan got in on the act just before the hour mark to make it 3-0. Jordan and Higdon each added a further goal, with Joe Stradling also finding the back of the net as Melksham kept pace with their fellow promotion candidates. Another team to enjoy a big win over a ten-man opposition were Bradford Town, as they beat Chipping Sodbury Town 5-0 at The Ridings. Adama Missiato was the man sent from the field for the hosts, with Karim Rendall breaking the deadlock soon after for Bradford. Just like Melksham, Bradford ran away with the game after the break, with second half goals coming from Rendall, Kane Simpson, Rickie Scott and Laurent Davis-Wilson. Brislington claimed a 2-0 win away at Wells City thanks to strikes from Jack Smyth and Mike Rimmer, while the game between Shepton Mallet and Odd Down ended in a goalless draw. Samuel Farthing and Jordan Fletcher scored for the home side during Sherborne Town's 2-2 draw with Cribbs, while Longwell Green Sports defeated Cadbury Heath 2-0 at Shellards Road.

First Division: Cheddar defeated Keynsham Town 2-0 to leapfrog their opponents in their top-of-the-table clash. Stuart Lambert gave the home side a 34th minute lead, and they confirmed the win late on when Callum Ham converted a penalty after Robbi Maggs had been bundled over. Wellington are now just one point clear of the Cheeesmen, after they drew 1-1 away at Roman Glass St George. Conor Bryant gave Wellington a deserved lead after just 20 minutes, but they were hauled back by the home the home side who put in a really good performance, with Jason Burt smashing home a second-half penalty. Brad Miles struck a four minute hat-trick in Chard Town's 5-1 home win against Malmesbury Victoria. Miles found the back of the net in the 11th, 12th and 14th minute of the game to complete a stunning treble, before the same man teed up Steve Fried who made it 4-0 after 21 minutes. Sam Parker reduced the arrears for Malmesbury on the hour mark, before Jack Dicker put the result beyond doubt eight minutes later. Another man to grab a hat-trick on Saturday was Ben Pring during Corsham Town's 4-0 win away at Bishop Sutton. Pring scored once before the break, and twice after, before laying on the assist for Dan Harvey who wrapped-up the three points 14 minutes from time. Tom Golledge's brace, plus a goal from Jack Witcombe helped Radstock United come from behind to defeat Westbury United 3-1, while Ashley Knight struck twice in bottom-side Almondsbury UWE's 3-1 home win against Calne Town. George Painter's solitary strike saw Bishops Lydeard defeat Devizes Town 1-0, and goals from Aaron Ledgister and Harry Myles helped Chippenham Park win 2-1 away at Wincanton Town. Dan Jordan, Sam Clift, Kevin Shinn, Francois Allen and Joshua Ferguson each scored in Warminster Town's 5-0 rout of Portishead Town, while Jack Fillingham scored twice, including a winner five minutes from time in Hengrove Athletic's 3-2 win at Welton Rovers, and Oldland Abbotonians drew 3-3 with Ashton & Backwell United.

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