29th April 2018
Number 40

Midweek Action

On Monday evening, champions Street got back to winning ways in the Premier Division, with Craig Herrod’s second half goal leading them to a 1-0 victory over Bridport. Elsewhere, an attendance of 808 was in attendance at the Oakfield Stadium, where Gary Higdon scored the only goal in Melksham Town’s Wiltshire derby victory over Bradford Town. In the First Division, a late penalty helped Oldland Abbotonians draw 1-1 with Welton Rovers after Courtney Charles had fired the visitors ahead.

Having spent months at the top of the table, Street’s confirmation as champions of the Premier Division came on Tuesday evening following a 5-1 win over Bitton. The Cobblers did much of their damage after the break with David O’Hare netting a hat trick during the triumphant win, which extended their victorious run to 26 matches. In the battle to finish in second position behind Street hotting up, Bradford Town dropped two points after relinquishing a lead during their 1-1 draw with Bridgwater Town. Having gone ahead thanks to a fine effort from Matt Morris, Bradford were forced to accept a point following a goal 15 minutes from time by Bridgwater’s top scorer Jack Taylor. At Springfield, Matt Huxley kept up his scoring goalscoring form, striking the only goal of the game two minutes from time to hand Cadbury Heath a 1-0 win at home to Clevedon Town. Two goals apiece from Tyson Pollard and Isaac Reid led Shepton Mallet to a 4-2 victory away at Chipping Sodbury Town, while in Bristol, Hallen and Cribbs each scored in the final 20 minutes during their 1-1 draw.

On Tuesday, Shepton Mallet continued their phenomenal end to the season with a 4-1 win over local rivals Wells City. The game was level going into the final 20 minutes, before goals from Joe Morgan, James Billing and Tom Hill led the away side to a fourth consecutive Premier Division win. Hengrove Athletic are another side ending the season on a high, and they reached the 50-point mark with a 4-1 victory away at Brislington. After going ahead in the first minutes through Jack Fillingham, the Grove eased to victory following further goals from Giorgio Mancini, James Boyle and Brandon Feehely. In the Devon derby at Silver Street, Kai Fisher scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute as Willand Rovers defeated Buckland Athletic 1-0. Cribbs picked up an away win at the expense of Bitton, with Jack McKenna and Nathan Legge scoring in either half during their 2-0 win at the Rapid Solicitors Ground. Longwell Green Sports secured their first win of the month, defeating Wellington 3-2 at Shellards Road.

Radstock Town 2-2 Keynsham Town
Tuesday 24th April
©John Cuthbertson

In the race for promotion, Keynsham Town relinquished a two-goal lead during their 2-2 draw away at Radstock Town. The K’s flew out of the blocks and were two-up inside seven minutes thanks to Matt Brown and Matt Long, before Radstock clawed things back and grabbed a point following goals late in the first half from James Rustell and Danny Lock. Wincanton Town came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against Corsham Town, with Darren Shearer scoring the winner two minutes from time. A pair of penalties from Dan Wise and a goal from Marcus Cook saw Wincanton go ahead, with Corsham managing to get level in the 75th minute after goals for them from Jamie Irwin, Jayden Papy and Leigh Rogers. Just as it seemed as though the points would be shared, Shearer struck in the 88th minute to secure the win for the home side.

The individual star of the night was Cheddar’s Callum Ham after he plundered a hat-trick during his side’s 5-1 victory at home to Chippenham Park. The frontman added to Ollie Hucker’s early opener to give the Cheeseman a goal-lead at the break, and after Steve Pennington had struck Cheddar’s third, Ham added goals four and five to complete the scoring. At Weymouth Street, Stuart Windsor scored twice to lead Calne Town to a 2-0 win over Warminster Town, while Ashton & Backwell United defeated Bishop Sutton 1-0 thanks to Sol Shearer’s first-half goal. Bristol Telephones were the other side to gain maximum points, with Zayn Alime, Ben Griffiths and Lee Pitman all scoring during their 3-0 win at home to Malmesbury Victoria.

On Wednesday, Bridport eventually prevailed 4-2 over Chipping Sodbury Town, with goals from Ed Butcher, Oscar Latas and Richard Hedbitch giving them a half-time lead, before sub Andy Martin wrapped up the win three minutes from time. Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Luke Ballinger, Rob Hobbs and Jamie Lyons all scored in the space of 12 first-half minutes to lead Melksham Town to a 3-0 victory away at Cadbury Heath. In the First Division, Ben Dowdell struck a second-half hat-trick to propel Oldland Abbotonians to a 4-0 win over Almondsbury, while Welton Rovers hung on to beat Portishead Town 3-2 after being handed a three-goal lead following goals from Courtney Charles, Lewis Coleman and Chris Pile.

Street’s long unbeaten run in the Premier Division finally came to an end on Thursday evening, after they were defeated 2-0 by Buckland Athletic. In a pre-cursor to their upcoming Les Phillips Cup semi-final clash, goals from Connor Clifford and Les Afful either side of half-time, fired the Bucks to victory against the champions. At Ironmould Lane, substitute Aidan Moyle was on the scoresheet again for Willand Rovers, bagging an injury-time equaliser during their 1-1 draw with Brislington for whom Neikell Plummer had scored earlier in the second half. In the First Division, promotion chasing Roman Glass St George were held to a 1-1 draw by Malmesbury Victoria, with Lewis King scoring for the home side. The scoreline finished the same at Stockwood Lane, where Warminster Town secured a 1-1 draw away at Bristol Telephones. After falling behind to Zayn Alime’s opener in the first half, the bottom side secured their first league point in nearly three months following an equaliser from captain Charlie Walton. In a top-six battle at the Southfields Rec, Devizes Town saw their three-game winning run come to an end after they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Radstock Town. There was a 1-1 draw between Wincanton Town and Cheddar, with Gary Chapman scoring an equaliser in the early stages of the second half for the hosts after Adam Jones had handed the Cheesemen an early lead.

Elsewhere on Thursday evening, Bitton were defeated 3-1 by Brimscombe & Thrupp in the final of Gloucestershire FA Challenge Trophy at Oaklands Park. A first-half double from Jack Smith helped the Hellenic League side to win the trophy for the first time, with Dean Griffiths’ 40th minute strike for Bitton cancelled out by Ollie Pitt’s late goal for the victorious Lilywhites.

Premier Division

Champions Street ended their season in fine fashion, putting six past Chipping Sodbury Town to finish the season with 32 league wins and 99 points. It was fitting that they ended on such a high at The Tannery, with David O’Hare grabbing a hat-trick. Fellow 20-goal strike Steve Murray had earlier opened the scoring, with captain Ben Amghar and Lewis Waldy also getting on the scoresheet for the Cobblers.

Toolstation Western League Champions
©Richard Palette

In the battle to finish second, Melksham Town produced a second-half fightback to defeat Wellington 2-1 at the Oakfield Stadium. All was not going to plan for the home side after they had fallen behind to Joe Chamberlain’s wonder strike in the 18th minute. Melksham got level on the hour mark, with Gary Higdon scoring from the spot following a foul on Dan Demkiv, and then just five minutes later, Higdon struck again to complete the turnaround as they hung on for three crucial points. Willand Rovers kept alive their faint hopes of promotion, finally making a lead stick during their 4-3 win over Bradford Town. The first half was a tight affair in Devon with Brett Worbey and Adam Hill twice putting Willand ahead, only for Bradford to respond thanks to goals from Martin Lenihan and Sam Jordan. That trend of goalscoring continued after the break, with David Steele putting the home side ahead once again, before Jordan grabbed his second of the afternoon to level things up. A point would have done neither side any favours in the chase for second spot, and it was Willand who grabbed all three, with Fletcher Williams scoring the 7th and final goal in stoppage time. Despite facing the daunting prospect of having to play four matches in four days, Buckland Athletic remain in the promotion chase after a hat-trick from Craig Duff led them to a 4-1 win at home to Longwell Green Sports.

Bridport are another side who face a large backlog of matches to end their season, and they will hope to extend their winning run after defeating Hallen 4-1. Goals from Mark Salter and Richard Hebditch in the space of three minutes gave the visitors the lead, before Daryl Charman responded for Hallen to keep his side in the game ahead of the interval. Bridport powered home in the second-half however, and after Salter had scored his second of the afternoon, Oscar Latas wrapped things up with their fourth late on.

Shepton Mallet 1-0 Hallen
Saturday 21st April
©Haydn Jones

Another side to enjoy a big win away from home were Bridgwater Town, with Jake Llewellyn, Jack Taylor and Mark Armstong all scoring goals during their 3-0 victory away at Hengrove Athletic. Andrew Jones’ Shepton Mallet side continued their excellent April form, with a 5-1 win at home to Cadbury Heath extending their winning run to five matches. Having gone behind to Simon McElroy’s opener, Shepton responded on the half hour through Cameron Sanford, before ending the first half with aplomb, scoring three time in the space of five minutes through Tyson Pollard, Isaac Reid and Ryan Pike. Joe Morgan then completed the five-star performance after half-time to help the home side consolidate sixth spot ahead of their final fixture on Wednesday evening. Clevedon Town’s season ended on a high, after penalties in the final 15 minutes from Clayton Fortune and Alex White helped them come from behind to defeat Wells City 2-1 who had gone ahead through Liam Davies. Odd Down were another side to secure a 2-1 victory, with goals from Ben Wych and Ash McGrane in either half helping them to see off Cribbs. Brislington could still finish as high as 12th after they defeated Bitton 3-2 at Ironmould Lane.

First Division

Roman Glass St George will be plying their trade in the Premier Division next season, after their 2-0 win over Portishead Town alongside results elsewhere helped them to guarantee promotion. Three points were essential for the Glass in their final game of the season, and they got off to the perfect start with Jason Burt converting a second minute penalty following a foul on Ryan Radford. A 22nd league goal of the season for Radford during the second half wrapped things up for Andy Gurney’s charges, and with Keynsham Town only mustering a 3-3 draw with Chippenham Park, the Glass were assured of a top-two finish. For Keynsham, promotion is likely now beyond them, with goals from Matt Long, Nathan Curnock and Ben Bament proving not enough to claim a much-needed victory. The visiting Chippenham Park side proved a tough nut to crack, claiming a league-high eighth draw away from home with their goals coming from Ben Pring, Lewis McCarron and Jamie Norman. Westbury United have set themselves up in perfect position, needing three points from their final two fixtures to become champions. Their 27th win of the season came at the expense of Bishop Sutton, with two headers from captain Dan Price, and a volley from Josh Ferguson leading them to a 3-1 victory at Meadow Lane where Sam Roberts had earlier equalised for the visiting side.

Calne Town 0-5 Sherborne Town
Saturday 28th April
©Dave Gillett

Sherborne Town have found terrific touch in front of goal recently, with their latest triumph coming in the form of a 5-0 away win against Calne Town. Luke Jackson and Marc Caines were the stars at Bremhill View, with Jackson notching a hat-trick and Caines also scoring either side of the break to grab a brace of his own. Another club who will be looking forward to next season are Devizes Town, after their 4-1 victory at home to Oldland Abbotonians made it six wins from their previous seven matches. All of the damage was done before half-time, with Jack Hopper, Ali Bradley, Matt Russell and Tom Slater all grabbing goals for the hosts who led 3-0 inside 12 minutes of the kickoff. There was a late winner at West Clewes, where Charlie Wilson’s free-kick five minutes from time saw Bishops Lydeard claim a 1-0 win away at Welton Rovers. Another side to prevail by one-goal to nil were Chard Town, with Ollie Pearson’s second half penalty leading them to a 1-0 victory away at sixth-placed Radstock Town. Cheddar remain favourites to finish fourth despite drawing 2-2 at home to Bristol Telephones. The away side are still battling hard for points and took a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Lee Pitman and Zayn Alime during the early stages. The Cheesemen have done well of late at Bowdens Park however, and managed to secure a share of the points following a double from their top scorer Adam Jones. Dan Wise of Wincanton Town was another man to score twice on Saturday afternoon, with Darren Shearer also striking for the home side during their 3-1 comeback win over bottom-side Warminster Town. Ashton & Backwell United claimed a 1-0 win away at Almondsbury thanks to a goal from Conor Biggins, while Malmesbury Victoria struck in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw away at Corsham Town who had gone ahead through Leigh Rogers.


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