THE BULLETIN

19th March 2017
Number 33

Midweek Action

On Tuesday evening in the Premier Division, Street came from two-goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Buckland Athletic at the Tannery Ground. The game had been a tight affair and was goalless going into the final 20 minutes before Buckland fired in a quick-fire double through Jared Lewington and Craig Duff to put themselves in position for a huge away win. However, the Cobblers got a goal back just moments after Duff had put Buckland two-up when David O’Hare scored for the second game running, and then deep into stoppage time they grabbed an equaliser when Ben Amghar lashed home a Matt Hurley free-kick. Bridport scored four times in the space of 15 minutes to help claim a 5-1 win at home to basement dwellers Sherborne Town. Bridport went ahead in the Dorset Derby in just the third minute through Leigh Bailey, before Sherborne got back on level terms with Ben Wood firing home. Then, in the moments leading up to the break, Bridport completely dominated and added four more goals through Mark Salter, Kameron Andrews, Braeden Symes and Edward Butcher to move 5-1 ahead and that was how it remained up to the full-time whistle. At Ironmould Lane, Brislington scored in either half to defeat Clevedon Town 2-0, while on Wednesday evening, goals from Simon McElroy and Andrew Campbell helped Cadbury Heath to a 2-1 win over Cribbs. In the First Division, Wellington crushed promotion rivals Cheddar 4-0 to move top of the league ahead of the weekend’s fixtures. The fixture started badly for the Cheesemen who had Ricky Bennett red carded for a deliberate handball, with Ian Bellinger knocking home the resulting penalty. Bellinger was then given another opportunity from 12 yards out and made no mistake once more to hand them a two-goal half-time advantage which they doubled after the break thanks to goals from Conor Bryant and substitute Jack Bryant. A second-half double from Asa White, following Ben Crewe’s opener saw Hengrove Athletic defeat Bishops Lydeard 3-0, while Calne Town drew 1-1 with Warminster Town at Bremhill View. A pair of goals in the opening ten minutes from Callum Biggins and Sam Skidmore helped Ashton & Backwell United defeat Almondsbury UWE 2-1, while there are congratulations due to Gillingham Town who have reached the Dorset Senior Cup final following a 5-0 win in their semi-final at home to Swanage Town & Herston. Goals from Aaron White and Buddy O’Shea put Gillingham in control at the break, before Harry Baker, Lee Sweet and Ashley Clarke completed the victory to set up a final date with Weymouth.

Premier Division

Bristol Manor Farm continue to march towards to the title following a 4-1 win at home to the in-form Bradford Town. It took the home side 26 minutes before they went ahead as Dean Stamp opened the scoring, with Troy Simpson doubling the advantage six minutes later. Pete Sheppard smashed home a third, with Harley Purnell completing the scoring in injury-time after Bradford had clawed a goal back. Ten points behind in second are Street, and they got back to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph away at Clevedon Town.

Bristol Manor Farm v Bradford Town
©Keith Fussell
Dale Hunt handed the visitors control of the game by scoring twice in the opening 25 minutes as they looked to get back to winning ways. Clevedon got back into the game just prior to the hour mark through Kye Mountford, and despite losing Craig Herrod to a red-card, Street wrapped-up the win with Henry Foster heading home late on. In a frantic match at Homers Heath, Buckland Athletic’s Jared Lewington struck twice in the final 15 minutes to help his side to a 3-2 win over Chipping Sodbury Town. Buckland led at the break thanks to an early goal from Charlie Johansen, yet they found themselves behind at the hour mark after a quick-fire double from Joe White and Dave Sims put the visitors in front. Lewington then scored his first of the afternoon 15 minutes from time, before Buckland’s Simon Revell looked to have blown his side’s chance of victory after seeing his penalty effort saved by opposition keeper Tim Griffiths. However, Griffiths was beaten three minutes later by Lewington once more as Athletic secured their first league win in the month of March. Gary Higdon’s 25th league goal of the season saw Melksham Town defeat Cribbs 1-0, while basement dwellers Sherborne Town lost 5-0 to Odd Down who had Dave Gould, Ben Wych, Jon Sage, Kye Simpson and Jack Knight to thank for their goals. Bridport struck late to salvage a 2-2 draw with Wells City. With the visitors two goals ahead through Leon Britton and George Carey, Bridport got back into contention midway through the second half thanks to Ed Butcher before Leigh Bailey struck in stoppage time to claim a point. At Silver Street, Fletcher Williams’ goal was the difference between the sides as Willand Rovers defeated Brislington 1-0, while Bitton picked up a huge 3-1 win over relegation rivals Hallen with recent signing Josh Morgan-Williams scoring twice and Callum Baker then making it 3-0 before Aaron Anglin got a goal back for the visitors.

First Division

Asa White struck a hat-trick as Hengrove Athletic defeated Calne Town 6-0 at Norton Lane to move up to third in the table. White broke the deadlock in the eighth minute, before adding goals in the 50th and 57th minutes to give his side complete control, with Craig White, Jack Fillingham and Rhys Hickery completing the rout. Table-topping Wellington backed-up their midweek victory with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Wincanton Town thanks to goals from Jack Taylor, Conor Bryant and Jack Bryant. Keynsham Town held onto second spot following a 4-2 win away at Bishops Lydeard. Ben Harris put Keynsham ahead before the home side levelled through Ryan Brereton. Matt Brown’s strike just after the break saw Keynsham retake the lead, with an own goal then extending their advantage, before Zac Ryder set up an exciting final 20 minutes after tapping home. However, five minutes from time, the K’s made sure of the victory with Brown scoring his second of the afternoon. A hat-trick from Sam Thomas helped Ashton & Backwell United to a 4-2 win over Cheddar at the Lancer Scott Stadium. Cheddar were ahead at the break following goals from Adam Jones and Callum Ham, but they couldn’t hold on, and Thomas’ triumvirate of goals, plus a strike from Sam Skidmore saw the home side claim victory.

Corsham Town v Chippenham Park
©John Cuthbertson
Ben Pring completed an unusual feet during Chippenham Park’s 3-1 win over Corsham Town at the Southbank Ground. Having scored a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture for Corsham last season, Pring struck a treble for his new side as they made it six wins on the bounce. There was also a hat-trick in the game at the Southfields Rec, where Simon Millard scored all three of his sides goals in Radstock Town’s 3-1 win over Oldland Abbotonians. Jon Bazley and Sam Parker were on the scoresheet at the Flying Monk Ground as Malmesbury Victoria defeated Portishead Town 2-0, while a brace from Kris Douglas plus a goal from Ken Oni saw Roman Glass St George defeat Bishop Sutton 3-0 for their fifth win in six fixtures. At Nursteed Road, two goals in the space of three second half minutes from Jamie Jordan saw Westbury United claim a 2-0 win away at Devizes Town, while Welton Rovers drew 0-0 with Chard Town. At the bottom, Almondsbury UWE kept alive hopes of pulling off the incredible escape, with Jordan Yeo scoring twice in their 2-1 win against Warminster Town who had Mark Robinson to thank for their goal.

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