18th February 2018
Number 30

Midweek Action

On Monday evening, Gary Higdon and Tyler Sibbick each scored twice as Melksham Town defeated Longwell Green Sports 4-1 at the Oakfield Stadium. On Tuesday night, two goals from Jamie Packer and a strike from Antony Brown saw Malmesbury Victoria come from three goals down at the break to draw 3-3 away at Radstock Town.

Les Phillips Cup

In the tie of the round, Bridgwater Town needed a big second half to see off Wellington in a 5-3 win at Fairfax Park. The game shot into life, and with less than 60 seconds on the clock, Jack Taylor had fired the in-form home side ahead. Within four minutes of going behind, Wellington got back on level terms through Glenn Wright, and then following a long-throw they went ahead with Joe Chamberlain smashing home. Bridgwater then started to hit their straps, and after getting back on level terms through Dave Pearse, they managed to surge into a 4-2 lead following further goals from Jake Llewellyn and Jack Jenkins. Wellington didn’t lie down however, but after reducing the deficit to one, they were picked off on the counter attack, with substitute Syd Camper bagging Bridgwater’s fifth in stoppage time. Cribbs hit five goals away from home once more, with Jake Slocombe scoring twice during their 5-0 triumph over Wells City. Bitton also moved through to the last eight, with Reeko Best, Jordan Walker and Luke Bryan each striking during their 3-0 win at home to Bishops Lydeard. Mark Salter’s 14th minute goal for Bridport helped them defeat Chard Town 1-0, while Premier Division leaders Street relied on a goal just before the interval from Josh Wadham to see off Chippenham Park 1-0. On a day of tight cup clashes, Chris McPhee headed the only goal during Buckland Athletic’s 1-0 win away at Warminster Town, while two goals in the final 15 minutes from Joe Morgan and Ashley Willmott saw Shepton Mallet defeat Devizes Town 2-0. Brislington will also be in the draw for the next round, after they overturned a half-time deficit to defeat Melksham Town 2-1.

Premier Division

In a big clash toward the top of the table, Bradford Town picked up the three points thanks to a 3-1 win over Willand Rovers. Town were ahead at the break thanks to Will Haliston’s solo effort, and the home team then doubled their advantage from the spot, when Matty Morris dusted himself down after being upended to convert the spot kick. Karim Rendall added a late third for Bradford, before Ryan Guppy struck a consolation goal for Willand with 30 seconds left on the clock. At Norton Lane, Cadbury Heath picked up a vital 3-2 victory away at Hengrove Athletic. After Simon McElroy had struck the only goal of the opening half to put the visitors ahead, Sacha Tong headed home 90 seconds after the break to double Heath’s advantage. Hengrove’s Asa White then scored for the first time since returning to the club after a spell at Odd Down to get the home side back into the game. However, Heath found their way through once more, with Tong restoring their two-goal advantage, before Brandon Feehely struck a late consolation for the hosts. Longwell Green Sports’ late season revival continued away at Odd Down, where goals either side of the interval from Ben Allen and Ross Beazer led the bottom side to a 2-0 triumph.

First Division

Almondsbury v Corsham Town
©John Cuthbertson

Action got underway on Friday evening, and Roman Glass St George piled pressure on their promotion rivals after goals either side of the break from Rhys Hodgson and Jordan Yeo led them to a 2-0 win away at Wincanton Town. The top two both grabbed the three points on offer to sustain their advantage over Roman Glass however, with Adey Harvey and Matt Brown each scoring after the break during Keynsham Town’s 2-0 win at home to Sherborne Town. In Bristol, Westbury United claimed a 5-1 win over Bristol Telephones, with top scorer Dan Kovacs scoring twice after the interval following first half goals from Ricky Hulbert, Steve Hulbert and Jamie Jordan. Welton Rovers made it back-to-back wins in the month of February, after a brace of goals from debutant Courtney Charles led them to a 4-1 victory away at Calne Town. Radstock Town moved up to fifth in the table after the returning Morgan Skipp scored the only goal during their 1-0 win over Ashton & Backwell United at the Lancer Scott Stadium. In a battle between 17th and 18th, Almondsbury came from behind to defeat Corsham Town 2-1. After Adam Mitchell slotted home a Leigh Rogers cross to put the visitors ahead, Almondsbury hit back, with goals from Keelan Mastouras and Lewis Sheppard handing them all three points. Portishead Town produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat Cheddar 1-0, with Dan Elson heading the winner during the second-half. At Lakeview, Bishop Sutton came from behind to defeat Oldland Abbotonians 4-2, with debutant Oaklan Buck’s goal-scoring double inspiring the home side to victory.


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