On Tuesday evening, the largest crowd of the season to date were in attendance to see Plymouth Parkway snatch a 1-0 win away at Bridgwater Town. Both sides are among the early Premier Division pacesetters, but it was the ten-man Parkway who grabbed all three points at Fairfax Park, with top scorer Stewart Yetton firing home an 85th minute penalty. 24 hours later, Bridport secured their passage through to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase following a 4-2 win over Romsey Town in their replay at St Mary’s Field. Having shared eight goals on Saturday, it was the Bees who made the better start on Wednesday, finding themselves two goals to the good after 14 minutes thanks to Richard Hebditch and Braeden Symes. Romsey pulled a goal back through James Clifton, but Bridport restored their two goal lead before the break when Hebditch doubled his tally. Liam Magee helped the visitors half the deficit once more in the early stages of the second half, and things were only truly wrapped up by Bridport in the first minute of stoppage time with Mark Salter sweeping the ball home to book a date with Warminster in the next round.
Bridgwater returned to winning ways away at Hengrove Athletic, with a dominant second-half leading them to a 4-1 win at Paprika Park. It took 31 minutes for the deadlock to be broken via a Lee Begg deflection, with the home side responding just two minutes later following a headed effort from Giorgio Mancini. In the opening moments of the second half, Town forward Jack Taylor was fouled in the box, before dusting himself down to fire the visitors ahead from the spot. The current league leaders extended their lead through Tom Ellis, before Kurt Robinson wrapped things up with their fourth 18 minutes from time. Jack Witcombe scored the solitary goal just before half-time to lead Bradford Town to a 1-0 win at home to Brislington. The points were shared at Silver Street where Jason Burt’s header cancelled out Luke Mortimore’s opener to help Roman Glass St George claim a 1-1 draw with Willand Rovers. At the Hand Stadium, Syd Camper’s brace helped lead Clevedon to a 3-2 victory over Odd Down. The in-form Ash McGrane fired Odd Down ahead in the 41st minute, but the visitors found themselves behind at the break following a quick-fire double from Camper and Lucas Vowles. Anthony Conradi struck a late consolation for the Bath side, but Camper had already wrapped things up for the hosts by then to extend their winning run to four matches. Wellington will be hoping they can put a similar winning run together after securing their first three points of the season following a 2-1 defeat of Shepton Mallet. In what was their first true home game of the season, goals from Joe Chamberlain and Glen Wright helped Wellington come from behind to secure the win after Isaac Reid had fire Mallet ahead.
Welton Rovers extended their winning streak to three matches at West Clewes thanks to a three-goal second half blitz against Bishops Lydeard. After taking the lead in the 58th minute thanks to a direct free-kick from Aaron Cockerill, Welton marched on to another win thanks to further goals from Joe Battrick and Aaron Seviour. All 20 teams in the division have now tasted defeat, after Harry Turner scored the only goal of the game during Sherborne’s defeat of Corsham Town. Warminster put Bristol Telephones to the sword on their way to a fourth league win of the campaign. Town added a couple of late goals to add gloss to the 7-1 scoreline, capping a mightily impressive performance which saw Jack Miluk and George Butler each score doubles alongside goals from Harry Barnes and Jake Wright. Wells City were another side to score a big away victory, scoring twice in either half to claim a 4-1 win over Bishop Sutton. Tom Clifford-Jones set Wells on their way at the quarter-hour mark, with Ryan Stiles doubling their advantage nine minutes before the break. City picked up where they left off after the interval with James Bisgrove extending the lead to three, with the same man then finishing the scoring late on, just moments after the home side had scored a consolation of their own. Calne Town captured their first win since the opening day, with Stuart Windsor’s double adding to a goal from Dan Sibley during their 3-0 win at home to Ashton & Backwell. There was also a second league win of the season for Keynsham, who defeated Chippenham Park 4-1 at Hardenhuish Park. After seeing Kyle Box’s early opener cancelled out by Christian Koffi, Keynsham took the half-time lead thanks to a looping header from Matt Curnock, before second-half goals from Rhymel Henderson and James Ollis wrapped up the away win. In the comeback of the day, goals in the final 20 minutes from Jack Hopper and Josh Brigham helped Devizes claim a 2-1 win at home to Wincanton who had led for the majority of the match thanks to an early strike from Kris Hastings.
Longwell Green Sports claimed a 3-2 victory in their derby with Oldland Abbotonians, with former O’s player Adam Young claiming the late winner. A fourth minute penalty from Josh Williams gave Oldland the perfect start, before the visitors drew level through Connor Britton. Longwell Green went ahead 15 minutes from time thanks to Britton’s second of the afternoon, only for Oldland to hit back instantly through Adam Ireland. Young struck the winning goal came five minutes from time to help the away side move up into the top half of the table. There was another 3-2 result at the Dening Sports Field, where Chard Town held off a late charge from Radstock to secure the win. Ollie Pearson scored the only goal of the first half to put Chard ahead, with Nathan Warren then scoring in the opening minute of the second half to double the advantage. Birthday boy Liam Cleal looked to have put the result beyond doubt when he claimed Chard’s third, but Radstock fought back and only finished one goal short of securing a point. The story of the game was similar at Bristol Road, where Cheddar’s three-goal advantage proved to only be just enough to claim a 3-2 win over Portishead Town. The Cheesemen were on the front foot for much of the first half, and led 3-0 at the break thanks to a pair of goals from Adam Jones and a strike from Adam Wright. The hosts gave it their all in the second half however, and following goals from Alex Fox and Alex O’Keefe they were unlucky not to strike again and secure a point.
Bitton’s perfect start to the season continued at home to Westbury United, with the South Gloucestershire side claiming a 3-0 win to progress through to the next stage of the FA Cup. The first 45 minutes belonged to Josh Egan, with the winger striking twice for the hosts, before Dan Hynes added a third to book Bitton’s spot in the second qualifying round. Plymouth Parkway will require a replay on Tuesday evening, after their home fixture with Street ended goalless. The remaining four Western League sides all suffered defeat on Saturday afternoon, with Bridport and Cadbury Heath each falling to 1-0 defeats at home to Tiverton Town and Cinderford respectively. Two goals from Owen Howe saw Bristol Manor Farm claim a 2-0 win away at Chipping Sodbury Town, while Buckland Athletic were beaten 3-0 by Hellenic Premier Division side Binfield who led by two goals inside the opening five minutes.