Bridgwater Town got their season underway on Tuesday night in fine fashion thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Buckland Athletic. Jake Llewellyn was the hero for Bridgy, heading them ahead in the first half, before adding a fine volley after the break to claim the three points. In the other Premier Division fixture on Tuesday, goals from Ben Dowdell and Sol Wanjau-Smith fired Cribbs to a 2-1 win away at Hallen, for whom Dan Hunt struck a late consolation.
In Tuesday’s First Division action, Cheddar’s fantastic start to the campaign continued with a 3-0 win away at Keynsham Town. An early strike from Kristian Bell put the Cheesemen ahead, before substitute Reece Ferguson added a brace in the final 20 minutes to complete the victory. In fact all four of the away teams in action on Tuesday went home happy, with Adam Crooks’ penalty leading Bishop Sutton to a 1-0 triumph against Portishead Town. Goals from Beau Blakeman, George Butler and Jake Wright led Warminster Town to a 3-1 win away at Calne, while Devizes Town beat Radstock 3-1, with Ryan Bole, Jack Hopper and Jake Waters each getting on the scoresheet. The following evening, Tim Trevett scored the only goal of the game to maintain Sherborne’s perfect start against Chard, while second half goals from Ryan Brereton, Jason Quick and Harry Millar led Bishops Lydeard to a 3-0 triumph at home to Wells City.
Wednesday’s Premier Division fixtures saw an influx of goals, with nine of those coming at Paprika Park where Hengrove Athletic defeated Shortwood United 7-2. The visitors struck twice in the first half through Jamie Walker and Levi Mathews, but they were no match for their hosts for whom Brandon Feehely, Luke Crewe and Craig Parson each notching braces. Willand enjoyed a strong showing in their second Devon derby of the season so far, with Luke Mortimore rifling home a hat-trick during their 4-0 win at home to Plymouth Parkway. There was also a hat-trick for Dan Kovacs during Westbury’s 4-2 victory at home to Shepton Mallet, while goals just before the break from Josh Egan and Ben Bament led Bitton to a 2-0 win away at Bradford. In a terrific game at the Hand Stadium, Clevedon Town left it late before wrapping up a 4-3 win at home to Brislington. The side’s shared four goals in the first half, with Mitchell Osmond then handing Clevedon a 3-2 lead ten minutes after the break. Brislington equalised soon after through Clarke Taylor, only for Lucas Vowles to steal all three points in the 89th minute to secure the Seasiders first three points of the campaign. It was a game of two halves at Oaklands Park, where goals from Matt Huxley and Simon McElroy helped Cadbury Heath overturn a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Roman Glass.
FA Cup Action
First Division leaders Cheddar made history by battling to a 3-2 win at home to Premier Division outfit Bridgwater Town, securing their first ever victory in the FA Cup. After falling behind to an early own-goal, Bridgwater responded quickly through Jack Taylor, only to see Adam Jones restore the home side’s lead. Early in the second half, Josh White headed the Premier side level once more, but it was Cheddar who will make their way through to the next round thanks to Danny Griffiths headed winner. Bitton’s terrific start to the season continued as they stormed their way to a 7-0 thrashing of Tavistock. After goals from Mario Mateus, Ben Harris and Josh Egan had fired them into a three-goal lead, Ben Bament took over, scoring a second-half hat-trick to complete the rout. In an all-Premier Division clash at Trowbridge Road, Bradford scored three times in the final 20 minutes to complete a 5-2 victory over Roman Glass St George. Two goals from Tyler Sibbick helped the home side go in level at the break, before the late goals from Mark Robinson, Conner McKay and Martin Lenihan saw them secure their place in the next round. Buckland Athletic have done likewise, with goals from Lewis Tasker, Dan Harrison and Nick Rudge leading them to a 3-0 win at home to Pewsey Vale. Keynsham Town showed their never-say-die attitude away at Bodmin Town, continuing to battle back to eventually secure a 4-4 draw. The K’s never led during the fixture, and after Cameron Shorney, Matt Brown and Lee Pitman had all scored goals to keep them in the game, Adey Harvey headed home a late equaliser to grab a well-deserved replay. Shepton Mallet will also require a replay to reach the next round, after Ben Bickle’s 89th minute equaliser saw Willand Rovers come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw. The matches involving Bridport and Wellington, as well as Hallen and Longwell Green will also need to be replayed after they battled out goalless draws on Saturday afternoon. Westbury United maintained their winning start to the campaign, with goals from Dan Kovacs, Steve Hulbert and Jamie Jordan leading them to a 3-0 triumph over Cribbs. Sacha Tong struck six minutes from time to give Cadbury Heath a 2-1 win away at Brislington, while George Box’s leveller means Chipping Sodbury will go at it again with Reading City after they drew one-apiece.
Shortwood United were put to the sword by Ardley United, falling to a 7-0 defeat at Oxford Road, with Odd Down also falling at the first hurdle after suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of Saltash United. Tyler Ashmead’s late consolation couldn’t stop Clevedon going down to a 2-1 defeat against Portland United, while Wells City suffered a 5-2 loss at home to Shaftsbury Town. At Paprika Park, Plymouth Parkway handed Hengrove their first defeat of the season, scoring three goals during the final quarter to complete a 5-1 victory. Following an early brace from Adam Carter, Parkway’s lead was cut in half after Jordan Trott converted the ball into his own net. The away side pushed on though, and with 17 minutes remaining they restored their two-goal lead through Stewart Yetton, before Connor McAuley and Mike Williams added some gloss to the final scoreline.
After finishing bottom of the pile last season, Warminster Town have made a strong start to the 2018-19 season, with their latest win coming in the form of a 2-1 triumph at home to Sherborne Town. The Weymouth Street outfit had to come from behind to secure the three points, with Charlie Walton bagging their equaliser before 16-year-old Jake Wright completed the turnaround 15 minutes from time. Bishops Lydeard made it back-to-back wins at Cothelstone Road, striking three times in the closing stages to defeat Chippenham Park 4-1. Having gone ahead in the first half thanks to a curling finish from Mark Clunie, Lydeard saw their lead slashed when the visitors equalised through Alfie Presley with just over 20 minutes left on the clock. The home side quickly regained the lead thanks to a deflected finish from Mark Cornish, with Luke Desave and Harry Millar completing the scoring. The points were shared at the Southbank Ground, where Josh Bright had given Corsham a half-time lead, only for Stuart Windsor to grab an equaliser for Calne Town. There was also a draw at West Clewes, where Welton Rovers and Ashton & Backwell United shared six goals in an entertaining affair. David Cooper’s brace looked to be enough for the home side to claim the win, but after earlier goals from Jake Flower and Callum Townsend, Harry Walker then struck a stoppage time equaliser to grab a point for the visitors. In another tight affair, Wincanton came from behind on two occasions to draw 2-2 away at Chard. Ollie Pearson and Ryan Parris struck at the beginning of either half to put Chard ahead, with Wincanton managing to level things up through Toby Cole and Declan Cornish as the sides shared the spoils. At Lakeview, Jack Goddard scored the vital goal to give Bishop Sutton a 1-0 victory over Oldland Abbotonians.