THE BULLETIN

11th March 2018
Number 33

Midweek Action

In the First Division on Tuesday evening, Bishop Sutton stormed to a 6-0 win at home to Warminster Town. Most of the damage was carried out before the break, with the home side five goals ahead, and it was Oaklan Buck who played a starring role, scoring a hat trick. Devizes Town were also in good goalscoring form, with Luke Enderby, Rob Mitchell and Matt Russell each firing home during their 4-1 victory at home to Bristol Telephones. In a crunch match towards the bottom of the table, Sherborne Town held on claim a thrilling 5-4 win away at Portishead Town. Harry Vandervell’s double, alongside goals from Sam Farthing, Elliot Mann and Pete Ireland handed Sherborne what looked like an unassailable 5-1 lead just after half-time. Portishead found a second steam however, and after trimming the deficit to two, they struck once more in the 90th minute, but despite playing eight minutes of stoppage time, they were unable to force home an equaliser and were forced to settle for nothing. The following evening, goals from Scott Reynolds and Ed Wilkins proved to be enough for the ten men of Malmesbury Victoria during their 2-1 win away at Bishops Lydeard. At the Aitchison Playing Field, Oldland Abbotonians’ forward Matt Huxley made the desired impact in his second game since returning to the club, after he scored twice during the final half hour to lead the O’s to a thrilling 4-3 victory at home to Radstock Town.

It was a busy evening on Wednesday in the Premier Division, with league leaders Street having to come from behind to defeat Wellington 2-1. Joe Chamberlain’s unstoppable free kick had given the hosts a dream start, with David O’Hare then getting Street back on level terms just prior to half-time, before Josh Wadham then struck the winner on the hour mark. There was also victory for Melksham Town, with Gary Higdon, Luke Ballinger and Rob Hobbs all scoring during their 3-2 triumph away at Bridport, while Asa White scored twice against his former side Odd Down to help Hengrove Athletic claim a 3-1 win at Norton Lane. Cadbury Heath and Bitton shared six goals during a thrilling local derby at Springfield, with the away side striking in stoppage time to gain a point. It was Bitton who made the strongest start to find themselves two-nil up at the break following goals from Reeko Best and Luke Bryan. Two goals in the space of four minutes from Jack Camm and Sacha Tong got the home level, before Bitton missed the opportunity to regain the lead with Tom Knighton thwarted from the penalty spot. Heath thought they had stolen all three points when substitute Jordan Chubb struck in the 89th minute, but Bitton had the last word and managed to grab a point thanks to Scott Brice’s late equaliser. In cup matters, Willand Rovers suffered a 3-2 defeat away at Bideford in their Devon FA St Luke’s Bowl semi-final despite leading at the break thanks to a Luke Mortimore brace.

Premier Division

Shepton Mallet v Willand Rovers
©Haydn Jones

Street’s ten point lead atop the league was maintained with ease on Saturday, with their latest victory coming at the expense of Cadbury Heath. After Matt Hurley had rifled the hosts into an eighth minute lead, their advantage was doubled midway through the opening half thanks to Josh Wadham’s volley. Lewis Hogg was very influential for the Cobblers, and after scoring the third, he saw Harry Foster and Craig Herrod add further goals as Street eventually ran out 5-0 victors. Despite a number of games falling foul to the weather once again, it was a good afternoon for Street’s nearest rivals, with the top five all claiming three points. Willand Rovers remain in second after Karl Rickard’s header led them to a 1-0 victory away at Shepton Mallet, while first half goals from Sam Jordan and Dan Cottle, plus a late penalty from Matt Morris saw Bradford Town defeat Clevedon Town 3-1, with Tyler Ashmead striking for the visitors. Melksham Town remain just one point behind Willand and Bradford, after they ran out 8-2 victor’s against lowly Wells City. With the game still goalless, Harry Davidson was dismissed for the visitors, and Melksham never looked back, with the league’s top scorer Gary Higdon claiming a hat-trick. Jamie Lyons was also in inspired form, converting a free kick in either half, with further goals for the hosts coming from Luke Ballinger, Ollie Webb and Mark Cooper during a six-goal second period. There was late drama at Homer’s Heath, where Buckland Athletic struck in stoppage time to defeat Bridgwater Town 2-1. Both sides came into the game on the back of long winning runs, and it was Buckland who broke the deadlock in the early stages of the second half through Richard Groves. With three minutes left on the clock, Bridgwater looked like they had gained a point following Tom Llewellyn’s leveller, but Buckland found time to hit back, with skipper Liam Head scoring the winning goal at the death. Odd Down claimed their first win in three months after Kyle Tooze scored against his former club, during their 1-0 victory away at Bitton.

First Division

A strong second half performance from Keynsham Town helped the league leaders claim a 3-1 win at home to Wincanton Town. Following a fruitless hour, two goals in quick succession from Craig Wilson and Kyle Box suddenly had the home side heading towards another three points. Danny Spill then added a third eight minutes from time, before Gary Chapman struck a late consolation for Wincanton. At Hardenhuish Park, Roman Glass St George continued their ascent up the table, storming to a 5-0 win over Chippenham Park. Westbury United dropped down to third, after a 68th minute equalise from Aaron Witchell helped Calne Town claim a 1-1 draw following Dan Kovacs’ opener for the visitors. Dan Elson was the man on the spot again for Portishead Town, scoring from 12 yards out during their 1-0 triumph away at Bristol Telephones. At Raleigh Grove, Almondsbury ran out 5-3 winners against Sherborne Town in a thrilling encounter. First-half goals from Matt Brown and Harry Montacute had Sherborne level at the break, but Almondsbury proved to be too strong going forward, with Daniel Lane scoring twice, adding to goals from Alex Bisp, Ashley Knight and Keelan Mastouras. There was also an away victory for Bishops Lydeard, with all the goals coming after the break during their 2-1 win over Warminster Town.

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