2nd April 2017
Number 35

Midweek Action

In the Premier Division on Tuesday evening, a solitary goal from substitute George Boon helped Cadbury Heath defeat Shepton Mallet 1-0, while a brace from George King saw Cribbs secure a 2-1 win away at Buckland Athletic. At Hardings Lane, Gillingham Town came out on top of an eight-goal thriller, with goals from Elliot Bevis, Aiden Chainey, Ashley Clarke and Harry Baker (2) leading them to a 5-3 win over Bitton. Meanwhile in the cup competitions, Bristol Manor Farm were knocked out of the Gloucestershire FA Trophy following a 3-1 defeat against Fairford Town, while Brislington and Keynsham Town suffered semi-final defeats in the Somerset Cup, with each side falling 2-1 to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton Town respectively. On Wednesday evening, Hengrove Athletic consolidated their place at the top of the First Division with a 4-0 win away at Oldland Abbotonians. The division’s top scorer, Asa White, scored in either half for the league leaders, with Rhys Hickery and Marcus Maggs also getting on the scoresheet.

Les Phillips Cup

In a repeat of last year’s cup final, Willand Rovers got revenge over First Division leaders Hengrove Athletic thanks to a 1-0 win at Silver Street. Fletcher Williams’ goal nine minutes into the tie was the difference between the sides, as Willand held on for victory despite playing with ten men for the final hour. Another 1-0 Quarter-Final winner were Melksham Town, with Luke Ballinger’s strike five minutes from time securing them a victory over Buckland Athletic at the Oakfield Stadium. Melksham will travel to take on Gillingham Town in their semi-final, after they clinched a 3-1 win away at the much-improved Roman Glass St George. In the other quarter-final, Cribbs claimed a 3-1 win away at Shepton Mallet to book a home tie with Willand in the last four.

Premier Division

Street consolidated second spot with a 2-0 win away at Sherborne Town. David O’Hare gave the visitors the lead inside the opening twenty minutes, before Steve Murray wrapped-up the victory with his 29th goal of the season after the break. Brislington fought back from a half-time deficit to defeat Chipping Sodbury Town 3-1 at Ironmould Lane. Joe White’s 14th league goal of the campaign saw Chipping Sodbury grab the lead, but they couldn’t hold on as a brace from Neikell Plummer, plus a well-worked goal from James Batchelor complete the second-half salvo for Brislington. An own-goal, as well as strikes from Braeden Symes and Richard Hebbitch helped Bridport to an important 3-2 win over Longwell Green Sports at St Mary’s Field. Bitton salvaged a point in their fight for survival, with Ryan Madge equalising to Jacob Brown’s early effort in their 1-1 draw with Wells City.

First Division

In an entertaining affair at Bowden’s Park, both sides scored in the final ten minutes as Cheddar drew 2-2 with Chard Town. It was eighth-placed Chard who took an early lead with James Boyland firing home to put them ahead at the break before Billy Vaughan equalised from close range twenty minutes from time. Boyland then struck once more in the 80th minute to help Chard forge ahead once more, but they failed to hold as Chris Coombs knocked home a penalty to rescue a point for Cheddar. Oldland Abbotonians grabbed their 12th league win of the campaign, with an own goal followed by a strike from David Stone in the final ten minutes helping them to a 2-0 win over Almondsbury UWE. Chippenham Park secured their second consecutive 3-2 win, with goals from Ben Pring, Scott Fear and Lewis McCarron helping them come from behind to defeat Bishop Sutton at Lakeview, while goals from Malick Jammeh and Aaron Seviour helped Welton Rovers to a 2-1 win away at Wincanton Town. Simon Millard kept up his strong form in front of goal, scoring in either half during Radstock Town’s 5-0 win away at Portishead Town. Millard opened the scoring from 14 yards out in the opening quarter of the match, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Tom Stocks who fired home a penalty just before the break. James Rustell nodded home a third in the early passages of the second half, before Jake Wyatt and Millard completed the scoring to extend Radstock’s unbeaten run to six matches. Corsham Town took another step towards survival, scoring a late equaliser in their 3-3 draw with Bishops Lydeard. After taking a fifth minute lead through Marcus Brown, Corsham were soon on the back foot and found themselves 3-1 down after half an hour following goals from Callum Flaherty, George Sinnott and James Quick. Aaron Masson got Corsham back into the game early in the second half, and they grabbed a deserved equaliser in the 89th minute through Robbie Tripp. In the game at Weymouth Street, Warminster Town drew 1-1 with Devizes Town, with the visitors having gone ahead inside 30 seconds through Rob Mitchell.


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