THE BULLETIN

19th February 2017
Number 29

Midweek Action

In the Premier Division on Tuesday evening, a first-half hat-trick from Harry Baker helped Gillingham Town come from behind to defeat Bridport 3-1. The home side took an 8th minute lead through Louis Rutter, before Baker scored three times in the space of 15 minutes to help Gillingham move up to 10th in the table. On Wednesday, a brace from top-scorer Matthew Huxley, plus goals from David Asbury and substitute Kevin Douglas helped Cadbury Heath defeat Clevedon Town 4-0.

In the First Division, Welton Rovers scored twice in the last ten minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw with Devizes Town at West Clewes. The away side had built a two-goal lead at the break thanks to goals from Joshua Brigham and Jordon Matthews, but they couldn’t hold out as Welton’s club captain Joe Garland struck in the 80th and 87th minute to grab a share of the points. At the Flying Monk Ground, Aaron Allen’s double helped Ashton & Backwell United claim a 2-1 win away at Malmesbury Victoria. The hosts went ahead through Ed Wilkins just after the break, before Allen struck twice to help Ashton move up to 7th in the league table. At Meadow Lane, goals from Oliver Hatfield and Calum Townsend helped ten-man Portishead Town claim a 2-1 win away at Westbury United. Meanwhile, Bradford Town became the final team to book their spot in the 2nd round of the Les Phillips Cup, with goals from Kane Simpson and Rickie Scott helping them claim a 2-0 win away at Brislington.

FA Vase

Buckland Athletic’s terrific run in the FA Vase was bought to an end on Sunday after they suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Bromsgrove Sporting. Buckland were given the chance to open the scoring during the first-half from the penalty spot but Lloyd Gardner had his effort saved, before Bromsgrove’s Liam Spink made no mistake from 12 yards out in the same circumstance. The home side, cheered on by nearly 3,000 fans, made sure of their passage through to the last four when Chris Lloyd scored a second 15 minutes from time.

Premier Division

Bristol Manor Farm came out on top in their top-of-the-table clash with Street, scoring at the death to prevail 3-2. A handball just inside the box saw the visitors awarded a 24th minute penalty which Harley Purnell fired home past Tom Punchard in the Street goal. Manor Farm then doubled their lead eight minutes later through Dean Stamp, before Street hit back just after the hour mark thanks to a quick-fire double from Steve Murray and David O’Hare. With Street in the ascendancy, their opponents were reduced to ten-men with Martin Stowell awarded a red card, but that didn’t hamper the league leaders who scored a winner in stoppage time through top-scorer Troy Simpson.

Melksham Town suffered their first league defeat the new Oakfields Stadium, going down 2-0 to Shepton Mallet. With the game still goalless going into the final 15 minutes, good play from Tyson Pollard and Joe Morgan helped Conrad Peck open the scoring, with Morgan then wrapping up the win six minutes later. Bradford Town defeated bottom-side Hallen 3-1 at Trowbridge Road, thanks to a brace from Dan Cottle and a goal from Kane Simpson.

Cadbury Heath did all their damage in the first half, beating Bridport 3-0 to move up to 12th in the table. The home side scored all three of their goals before the break, with Dave Asbury, Matt Britton and top-scorer Matt Huxley each netting against a Bridport side who have lost seven on the bounce. Brislington also enjoyed a comfortable home victory, with a double from James Batchelor, alongside goals from Mike Rimmer and Alex Lambert helping them see off Bitton 4-0. In the game at Raleigh Grove, Clevedon Town struck late to defeat Sherborne Town 2-1. After Clevedon took the lead through Isaac Reid just after the half-hour mark, Sherborne equalised in the moments leading to half-time when Anthony Herrin slotted home. A stalemate then ensued for much of the second-half, before Clevedon managed to find a winner five minutes from time when Sam Downe’s effort trickled in off the post. Gillingham Town equalised in the final few moments to secure a 2-2 draw with Chipping Sodbury Town. Sodbury fired themselves into a two-goal lead during the first half, with Benjamin Dowdell opening the scoring from long range, before Dave Sims set up George Box to double the advantage. The home side got back into the game thanks to a penalty from Phil Ormrod, before Harry Baker notched the leveller one minute from time to grab a share of the points. At Shellards Road, goals from Matthew Dawson and Fletcher Williams were the difference as Willand Rovers beat Longwell Green Sports 2-0, while Odd Down’s Charlie Maddison scored after just 30 seconds in their 1-0 victory over Wells City.

First Division

On Friday evening, Keynsham Town got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win at home to Bishop Sutton, with an own goal, plus strikes from Ben Harris and Jason Adams helping them to all three points. Cheddar went top of the table on Saturday thanks to a 2-0 win away at Portishead Town. The Cheesemen got off to the perfect start, with Adam Jones tapping in after two minutes, before Callum Ham wrapped-up the points nine minutes from time. Wellington dropped to second despite fighting back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Oldland Abbotonians. Goals from Danny Carter and Owen McCallum fired the visitors into a 2-0 lead at the break, with Jack Bryant pulling a goal back in the 71st minute, before Jack Taylor grabbed the equaliser 12 minutes from time. Hengrove Athletic are now just six points off the top of the table, after goals from Asa White and Joe Brimble helped them defeat Radstock Town 2-0 at the Southfields. Aaron Read fired home a hat-trick as Ashton & Backwell United defeated Warminster Town 5-1. The Stags are now sixth in the table, with Miles Hardidge and Ryan Crouch joining Read on the scoresheet. Chippenham Park claimed their fifth win in six fixtures, with Ben Pring’s goal helping them see off Welton Rovers 1-0. Devizes Town secured their first victory since December in some fashion, putting Roman Glass St George to the sword in a 5-1 win. Man of the match Tom Slater scored twice for Town, with further goals coming from Jordon Matthews, Ali Bradley and Rob Mitchell. Bishops Lydeard remain fifth after scoring late in a 2-1 home win over Chard Town. Lydeard went ahead in the 37th minute when Andy Butler headed home a Charlie Wilson cross, before Chard hit back 17 minutes from time with Luke Jackson slotting home a penalty following a foul on Jack Dicker in the box. The home side hit back four minutes later, with Wilson scoring the winner to hand them their sixth win from their last seven fixtures at Cothelstone Road. Wincanton Town came out on top in a seven-goal thriller, defeating bottom-side Almondsbury UWE 4-3. Wincanton are the third highest scorers in the league despite sitting 10th and they went ahead 11 minutes in through Tom Morris, only to see Almondsbury equalise soon after with Jordan Yeo slotting home. Wincanton took a lead to the break thanks to Dan Golden, only for the Bristol side to hit back once more thanks to a Jordon Davies thunderbolt.Connor Williams’ 20th goal of the campaign restored Town’s advantage, which they soon doubled when Morris scored his second of the game, ensuring that Danny Lane’s late goal had no bearing on how the points were awarded. At the Flying Monk Ground, goals from Jordan Pinder, George Bendle and Matt Jones gave Westbury United an impressive 3-1 win away at Malmesbury Victoria.

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