9th April 2017
Number 36

Midweek Action

Melksham Town v Hallen
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On Monday evening, Daniel Kovacs' 65th minute goal was enough for Melksham Town to defeat Hallen 1-0 at the Oakfield Stadium, and then the following night, strikes from Adnan Hiroli and Lee Bridson led Odd Down to a 2-1 win over Bradford Town. Also in the Premier Division, Buckland Athletic suffered their fourth straight loss following a 2-0 loss to Clevedon Town, with James Fisher scoring twice in the first half. There were also a pair of draws on Tuesday, with Gillingham Town's fixture against Shepton Mallet ending 1-1, while Mark Salter scored twice in Bridport's 2-2 draw away at Brislington. In the First Division, new league leaders Hengrove Athletic suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Cheddar. Hengrove's first league defeat in 2016 came following a brace from Adam Jones plus a late goal from Robbi Maggs as Cheddar kept alive their hopes of winning the title. The following evening, goals from Conor Bryant, Jack Taylor and Glen Wright fired Wellington to a 3-1 win away at Warminster Town, and at Bremhill View, James Quick, Ryan Brereton and Charlie Wilson each grabbed goals in Bishops Lydeard's 3-1 victory over Calne Town.

Premier Division

Bristol Manor Farm are now just one win away from claiming the title after they defeated Wells City 4-2 at the Athletic Ground. Dean Stamp scored a treble for the league leaders, with Troy Simpson also finding the back of the net as Manor Farm secured their 29th league win of the season. Street consolidated second position, after coming from two goals down to defeat Melksham Town 3-2 at the Oakfield Stadium. An own goal put Melksham ahead in the 35th minute, and then on the brink of half-time they doubled their lead with Gary Higdon smashing home from the penalty spot. The game then turned in the visitor's favour following a red card to Melksham's Lee Davidson. Ross McErlain headed home the resulting free-kick to get Street back into the game, and they were soon on level terms when Ben Robertson got his head on another set piece. The winner for Street came 15 minutes from time, with Dale Hunt reacting fastest to a loose ball to complete the remarkable comeback.

Bradford Town eased to a 5-0 win over bottom side Sherborne Town, with Dan Cottle and Alex Monks each scoring braces, while the game between Cribbs and Gillingham Town finished goalless. Buckland Athletic recorded their first win in four, following a 3-2 triumph away at Cadbury Heath. Jared Lewington had put the visitors ahead on two occasions only to see Cadbury respond, before Richard Groves settled the matter with a long distance effort late in the second half. Odd Down secured their third consecutive victory with goals from Kye Simpson, Ben Wych, Josh Keen and Richard Dawley helping them to a 4-0 win away at Chipping Sodbury Town, while the fixture between Willand Rovers and Bitton ended 1-1. Longwell Green Sports ended any chance of relegation following a 3-2 win over Brislington at Shellards Road.

First Division

Wellington are back on top of the division thanks to a 4-0 win at home to Calne Town. Ian Bellinger scored twice for the Tangerines, with Tom Ellis and Jack Bryant also getting on the scoresheet. Hengrove Athletic dropped down to second after they could only muster a 1-1 draw at home to Ashton & Backwell United. It was the seventh placed visitors who went ahead just after the break when Paul Uppington grabbed his first goal for the club, but Hengrove fought till the end and scored with the last kick of the game to rescue a point. Keynsham Town maintained their title charge, with Matt Curnock scoring a double, and Matt Brown registering his 25th of the season in their 3-0 win at home to Warminster Town. Cheddar are seven points off the top after they drew 2-2 with Roman Glass St George at Bowdens Park. The Cheesemen went ahead twice through goals from Adam Jones and Robbi Maggs, but they were unable to maintain their lead and were forced to make do with just a point for their efforts.

Radstock Town v Corsham Town
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Chippenham Park secured a 1-0 win at home to Portishead Town thanks to a late goal from Charlie Norman, while on Friday evening, Bishop Sutton drew 1-1 against Oldland Abbotonians, with Callum Hinder scoring for the away side. Devizes Town capitalised on an early red card to win 3-0 away at Chard Town. From the moment Chard's keeper Jonathan Hill was dismissed after just 20 minutes, the hosts were up against it and they went behind on the cusp of half-time when Jamie Wallen fired a free-kick into the net. Jordon Matthews doubled the advantage midway through the second half, before Wallen slotted home another free-kick to wrap up the victory. Ryan Andrews scored three minutes from time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Bishops Lydeard at home to Westbury United, while at the Southfields Rec, a last gasp strike from Tom Stocks helped Radstock Town claim a 1-0 win over Corsham Town. Bottom side Almondsbury UWE suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Malmesbury Victoria, who had Danny Cook, Andy Baker and George Peare to thank for their goals.


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