THE BULLETIN

18th March 2018
Number 34

Midweek Action

On Tuesday evening in the Premier Division, Street made huge strides towards claiming the title, securing a 2-0 win at home to Willand Rovers. It was the Cobbler’s 19th consecutive victory and came thanks to goals in either half from the in-form Josh Wadham. There was also three points for Bradford Town, with goals in the final 20 minutes from Karim Rendall and Mark Wall helping them come from behind to defeat Odd Down 2-1 after their hosts had gone ahead through Luke Hall-Cousins. Substitute Gavin Hammon struck the winner nine minutes from time to hand Buckland Athletic a 2-1 victory away at Wells City, while a brace from Chris McGrath was the catalyst behind Bridport’s 4-0 triumph away at Chipping Sodbury Town. The following evening, Hengrove Athletic came out on top in a seven-goal thriller away at Cadbury Heath, eventually holding on to a 4-3 win. Having fallen behind to Sacha Tong’s opener, goals from Ben Crewe, Scott Lewis and Rhys Hickery had given Hengrove a strong 3-1 advantage. Simon McElroy then pulled a goal back from the spot, but Luke Crewe restored the visitors two-goal lead, meaning McElroy’s 89th minute penalty proved to be nothing more than a consolation.<.p>

In the First Division, second-half goals from Joe Wych and Jason Hughes led Malmesbury Victoria to a 2-1 victory away at Portishead Town, while Stuart Windsor, Rory Worthington and Rich Hudson were all on the scoresheet during Calne Town’s 3-1 win on the road at Bishop Sutton. On Wednesday, Scott Gregory and Matt Huxley each struck in the final eight minutes to help Oldland Abbotonians grab a 3-1 win at home to Sherborne Town, and at Stockwood Lane, Roman Glass St George missed out on the chance to go top after drawing 1-1 against Bristol Telephones.

Premier Division

Street have stretched their lead atop the league to 12 points, after striking in stoppage-time to claim a 2-1 victory at home to Shepton Mallet. After breaking the deadlock 20 minutes from time through Steve Murray, Street conceded soon after to Ashley Willmott to put their winning run in jeopardy. However, after Josh Wadham’s shot was blocked, David O’Hare was on hand to score the winning goal in injury-time, to make it 20 victories on the bounce for the Cobblers. Gary Higdon became Melksham Town’s all-time leading goalscorer, after scoring a hat-trick during their 5-1 triumph away at Clevedon Town. Higdon opened the scoring after 17 minutes, before seeing teammates Chris Allen and Jake Brown add to Melksham’s lead during a commanding first period. Lucas Vowles then pulled a goal back for Clevedon in the early stages of the second half, before Higdon struck twice more in the final 15 minutes to bag his second treble of the week. The league’s leading scorer now has 257 career goals for the club and looks certain to win the golden boot following another fruitful week in front of goal. Bridgwater Town’s imperious home form continued, with Syd Camper’s opening goal after just 14 seconds setting them on their way to a 2-1 win over Cribbs. After his goal in the opening minute, Camper played a role in Bridgy’s second which was fired home by Harry Horton, helping the Robins return to winning ways. Hengrove Athletic’s recent improvement continued at Trowbridge Road where they claimed a 2-2 draw with Bradford Town. The visitors went ahead on two occasions thanks to goals from Ben Crewe and Craig Parsons, but the second-placed Bradford side managed to grab a point following equaliser’s from Karim Rendall and Martin Lenihan. Goals from Mario Mateus and substitutes Daryl Charman and Jamie Moore saw Hallen defeat Chipping Sodbury Town 3-1, while a pair of quick-fire strikes from Conor Bryant and George Sinnott helped Wellington come from behind to beat Odd Down 2-1.

First Division

Welton Rovers v Chippenham Park
©MIP Photography

In the eagerly anticipated clash atop the division, Roman Glass St George moved one point clear of Keynsham Town following a 3-0 win over their rivals at Oaklands Park. After dropping points in midweek, Roman Glass returned to winning ways thanks to goals from Ken Oni, Sam Wentland and Lewis Wentland, while managing to keep their free-scoring visitors at bay for 90 minutes. Westbury United claimed their first clean sheet since early January on their way to a 1-0 victory away at Ashton & Backwell United. Having drawn three of their previous four fixtures coming into this game, Westbury were under pressure, but they managed to claim all three points thanks to Ricky Hulbert’s 15th minute effort. Harry Vandervell’s exquisite form for Sherborne Town continued, as he scored a hat-trick during his side’s 6-1 victory over Bristol Telephones. All three of Vandervell’s goals came during the first-half, with further goals coming from Marc Caines, Dan Newens and Luke Jackson. Cheddar’s Adam Jones was another man to hit a treble on Saturday afternoon during his side’s 4-1 triumph away at Calne Town. At West Clewes, Alex Pring scored the only goal of the game during Chippenham Park’s 1-0 win away at Welton Rovers, while Wincanton Town defeated Bishops Lydeard by the same scoreline thanks to Tom Morris’ 19th minute strike. Almondsbury extended their winning run to four matches, after goals from Harry Brock, Ashley Knight and Dan Lane saw them defeat Malmesbury Victoria 3-0.

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