THE BULLETIN

26th February 2017
Number 30

Midweek Action

On Tuesday evening in the Premier Division, a pair of goals from second-half substitute Elliot Bevis handed Gillingham Town a 2-0 victory over Cadbury Heath at Hardings Lane. The following evening, Willand Rovers claimed a 2-1 win away at Sherborne Town, with Joseph Curtis and Brett Worbey each striking before half-time. In the First Division, goals from Ian Bellinger and Sam Towler proved to be the difference as Wellington saw off Portishead Town 2-0, while Almondsbury UWE drew 2-2 against Bishop Sutton, with each side scoring one apiece either side of half-time.

In the Somerset Premier Cup, Keynsham Town produced an excellent performance to knock out Southern League outfit Paulton Rovers 1-0. A 16th minute goal from Ben Harris settled the tie in Keynsham's favour, and they now move onto the semi-final stage to face Taunton Town. Joining them in the last four of the competition are Brislington after they defeated ten-man Ashton & Backwell United 4-0. Luke Meacham gave Brislington the lead just after the half-hour mark, before Miles Allen was sent off for the visitors to leave his side up against it in the second-half. Brislington took full advantage of the extra man, with goals after the break from Meacham and substitutes Neikell Plummer and Otis Williams securing their passage through to the next round.

Premier Division

Lee Pitman produced one of the best individual performances of the season, scoring four goals in Wells City's 5-1 win away at Cadbury Heath. The marksman scored a hat-trick in the first half, before adding his fourth after the break, with Ryan Pledger heading home a late fifth as Wells avenged a 5-2 defeat suffered against the same opposition earlier in the season. Bristol Manor Farm were forced to dig deep for their 25th league win of the campaign, scoring late on in their 2-1 win over Gillingham Town. The match looked to be taking a usual pattern in the first half, with the home side 1-0 up in the 16th minute thanks to Dean Stamp's 27th goal in all competitions this season. They failed to add to their lead however, and Gillingham managed to get on level terms with 20 minutes remaining through Ashley Clarke, only for the Farm to wrap up all three points thanks to Pete Sheppard's winner six minutes after the leveller. Second-placed Street got back to winning ways, with goals from Josh Bennett and Ben Amghar helping them to a 2-0 win away at Chipping Sodbury Town, while third-placed Buckland Athletic also claimed maximum points after goals from Charlie Johansen and Jared Lewington led them to a 2-1 win over Bitton.

At the opposite end of the league, Hallen are no longer bottom of the table after they came from two-goals down to defeat Bridport 3-2. The hosts were 2-0 up at the break following a Mark Salter double, before Ben Willshire gave Hallen a foothold in the game thanks to a free-kick which he knocked home on the hour mark. Bridport then had Matthew Condliffe sent off for a cynical challenge, with Willshire slotting home his second free-kick of the game soon after to level the score before Aaron Anglin fired home the winner three minutes from time. It is now Sherborne Town who prop up the table after they suffered an 8-1 defeat at home to Brislington. James Batchelor scored a hat-trick for Brislington, who as a team have scored 16 goals in their three fixtures over the last seven days, with Neikell Plummer, Luke Meacham and Otis Williams each scoring for the second game in a row and Alex Lambert adding a brace. Sam Farthing was on the scoresheet for Sherborne after knocking home a first-half penalty, but he and his teammates are now without a win in seven and have conceded 117 league goals. Bradford Town held onto fifth-place in the table following a commanding 3-1 win away at Clevedon Town. Bradford took just eight minutes to break the deadlock with Dan Cottle firing home, before Laurent Davis-Wilson doubled the lead three minutes later with a sweet volley. Mark Wall extended the advantage to three in the 36th minute, with Clevedon's consolation goal coming from Ryan Gissing in second-half injury-time. Melksham Town and Willand Rovers played out a 1-1 draw in front of the biggest crowd of the day at the Oakfield Stadium. Willand went ahead in the battle between two top-six sides thanks to an Angus Wilson header, before Melksham's Sam Jordan scored on the cusp of half-time to secure a share of the points. Cribbs defeated Odd Down 2-0, with George King and Darren Edwards scoring either side of half-time, while Ciaran Houston scored twice in Longwell Green Sport's 3-1 win away at Shepton Mallet.

First Division

Keynsham Town capped a perfect week with a 2-0 win over Wellington to move to within one point of the leaders. Before last week's victory over Bishop Sutton, Keynsham had lost three on the bounce to relinquish top spot, but are now back in the title race following this important win. A tight affair was decided by two goals in the space of seven second-half minutes, with Adrian Harvey and Matthew Brown beating the Wellington keeper. Cheddar's 21-match unbeaten run came crashing down, after they relinquished the lead in a 2-1 defeat at home to Malmesbury Victoria. The home side were set on their way thanks to a volley from Chris Coombes, before Malmesbury surged back, equalising just after the break thanks to a Anthony Brown penalty, with Sam Parker's header six minutes later turning out to be the winner. Hengrove Athletic have won all six of their fixtures in 2017 to remain just five points off the top, with their latest triumph a 4-0 victory at home to Warminster Town. Top scorer Asa White scored his 20th and 21st league goals of the season during the win, with Mark Fear and Rhys Hickery also getting on the scoresheet. Bishops Lydeard have now won five of their previous six fixtures following a 2-1 home win against Oldland Abbotonians. James Quick scored in either half for the home side to help them register their 17th win of the campaign, with Owen McCallum finding the back of the net for the visitors. Wincanton Town came from behind to defeat Devizes Town 4-1, moving them up to ninth in the league table. The visitors took the lead midway through the first-half before Matt Peters headed home to send the teams in level at half-time. Tom Morris's long distance strike put the Wasps ahead for the first time in the game, with Kieran Davis and Dan Wise also scoring to help wrap up all three points. Chippenham Park are now unbeaten in nine matches, after goals from Ben Pring and Aaron Ledgister helped them to a 2-1 win over Radstock Town at Hardenhuish Park, while Bishop Sutton defeated Ashton & Backwell United 2-0. Roman Glass St George fought back from a two-goal deficit at the break to defeat Corsham Town 3-2 at the Southbank Ground. Josh Brown and Robbie Burton had put Corsham two-up, before the visitors hit back through Sam Wentland and Kris Douglas to draw the side's level, with Ken Oni scoring a dramatic late winner to complete The Glass' comeback. Portishead Town came back from a goal-down to beat Calne Town 2-1 to return to winning ways. After Aaron Witchell had given Calne a 12th minute lead, Portishead took until there was 20 minutes left on the clock to equalise with Lloyd Harding heading home, before Calum Townsend scored the winner five minutes from time. Ryan Gourley scored twice for Almondsbury UWE, with James Boyland doing likewise for Chard Town as the sides drew 2-2 at The Field, while Jamie Jordan notched two second-half goals in Westbury United's 2-0 triumph over Welton Rovers.

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