On an entertaining evening of Les Phillips Cup action, half of Tuesday’s six preliminary round ties were decided by penalties following a new rule, which has seen the 30-minute extra-time period scrapped. Corsham Town were one of three sides to progress following a shootout, claiming victory after they had come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Hallen during normal time. Lewis Powell and Kristian Lee each struck equalisers for Cadbury Heath, helping them come from behind twice before defeating Chippenham Park 5-4 on spot kicks at Hardenhuish Park. Chipping Sodbury were the other side to have success from 12 yards, knocking out Oldland Abbotonians after their game had finished 1-1 at the end of normal time. There was also plenty of drama at Bowdens Park, where First Division side Cheddar knocked out Bradford Town thanks to a 2-1 victory. After falling behind to Martin Johnson’s first half opener, Cheddar turned the game on its head thanks to goals either side of the break from Kris Bell and Nathan Best. Bradford had a plethora of chances to hit back, but saw three second half strikes ruled out for offside on a frustrating night for the visitors. Two second half goals from Mike Rimmer were the difference between the sides at Ironmould Lane, where Brislington defeated Hengrove 3-1, while early efforts from Ryan Brereton and Jake Quick helped Bishops Lydeard claim a 2-1 win away at Radstock. Wednesday’s lone tie saw a thoroughly one-sided contest at St Mary’s Field, where Sam Clark struck four times during Bridport’s 10-0 thrashing of Bristol Telephones.
In league matters, Willand Rovers continued their fantastic start to the season in the Premier Division, scoring five times before the break in their 5-1 win away at Shepton Mallet. After Luke Mortimore and Ryan Guppy helped them claim a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes, Craig Duff added a pair of headed goals, before Brad Ausden struck in the 44th minute to cap a near-perfect first half from the unbeaten Devonians. There was also a big away win in the First Division, where goals from Adam Young, Ali Bamford and Courtney Charles fired Longwell Green Sports to a 3-0 victory at the Lancer Scott Stadium against Ashton & Backwell United.
In a clash between two of this season’s strong starters, Westbury United got the better of Willand Rovers at Meadow Lane. Following a goalless half hour, the game shot into life in the lead up to half-time, with Josh Ferguson’s fine finish edging the home side ahead. A Ricky Hulbert header then doubled Westbury’s advantage, before Willand were handed the opportunity to get on the scoreboard themselves. Brad Ausden saw his penalty attempt come back off the post however, and Westbury made him pay instantly with Ian Jeffery extending the lead to three direct from a corner in the 42nd minute. Willand got themselves a late consolation thanks to Ben Bickle, but it was Westbury who claimed the 3-1 win to extend their winning run to seven matches in the league this season. Another side who remain perfect in the league are Bitton, with their fifth win from five fixtures coming at home to Hallen. After falling behind to Jack Mills 9th minute opener, Bitton fought back thanks to goals from Josh Egan, Ben Harris and Kane Ingram to claim the 3-2 win. Plymouth Parkway secured a 1-0 win away at Hengrove Athletic thanks to substitute Connor McCauley, while braces from Conor Bryant and Joe Chamberlain fired Wellington to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Shortwood United.
At the Hand Stadium, Clevedon Town’s imperious start to the season continued with a 1-0 win over Bridgwater Town. The Seasiders have now won six from seven following this latest three points which came thanks to Archie Ferris’ 34th minute effort. Cribbs fought back from a half-time deficit to claim a 3-1 win away at Odd Down. After Ash McGrane’s bullet header had given the home side a 1-0 lead at the break, Cribbs enjoyed the better of the second half, capitalising on a red-card to Lewis Dunn by scoring three unanswered goals through Charlie Aldom, Dan Spicer and Marcus Kelly. Another side coming from behind to win were Cadbury Heath, with their 2-1 victory at Bridport making it three league wins on the bounce. The Heath were handed the perfect opportunity to go ahead in just the fourth minute but Lewis Powell failed with his penalty attempt. Bridport made them pay almost instantly, with Mark Salter converting a spot kick of his own to put the home side on top. Powell made amends for his earlier mishap by scoring the away side’s equaliser, before Kristian Lee scored what turned out to be the winner just before the interval. Goals from Jayden Nielsen and Mike Rimmer helped Brislington win 2-1 away at Roman Glass St George after Ryan Radford had put the home side ahead, while James Kenway’s 26th minute effort led Chipping Sodbury Town to a 1-0 victory away at Buckland Athletic to register their first victory of the campaign. Following a run of six straight defeats, Shepton Mallet are back in the winner’s circle following a 2-1 success away at Bradford Town. After going ahead through Conrad Peck, Shepton doubled their lead 15 minutes from time through Dale Hunt which rendered Dan Price’s late effort as nothing more than a consolation for the home side.
Joe Battrick scored in either half for Welton Rovers who now sit top of the table following their 5-1 win at home to Devizes Town. After falling behind in the opening minute to Jamie Wallen’s opener, Welton were on top at the break thanks to a Lewis Coleman volley and then Battrick’s first of the afternoon. Battrick doubled his tally in the 47th minute to extend Rovers’ advantage, before Lewis Hunt and Aaron Seviour struck late on to cap another fine victory. Adam Wright struck a hat-trick for Cheddar to lead his side to a 3-2 win away at Ashton & Backwell United. Wright gave the Cheesemen an early lead at the Lancer Scott Stadium, before Ashton turned the game on its head thanks to a pair of penalties from Calum Townsend. Cheddar’s task then became even tougher after losing Sam King to a red card, but the ten men managed to claim the win thanks to a pair of second half efforts from star-man Wright.
Keynsham Town claimed their first home win since early August, after a hat-trick from Bath City loanee James Ollis led them to a 6-2 success over Longwell Green Sports. Josh Bright’s 21st minute effort secured an impressive 1-0 win for Corsham at home to Chard, while goals after the interval from Ryan Brereton and Zac Ryder saw Bishops Lydeard defeat Oldland 2-0. Calne Town also enjoyed a 2-0 success, with first-half strikes from Tom Boakes and Stuart Windsor helping them to see off the challenge of Sherborne at Bremhill View. Luke Woodland’s double, plus a late goal from Dan Wise proved to be enough for Wincanton Town, with the Somerset side beating Warminster 3-1 to claim their first three points since the opening game of the season. Wells City were another team to secure a 3-1 victory, with James Bayliss, Jack Spence and James Bisgrove each getting on the scoresheet in their defeat of Portishead Town. The points were shared at the Southfields Rec, where the ten-men of Bishop Sutton went ahead through Liam Evans, before new signing Bekim Deram tied things up for Radstock Town as the game ended one apiece. Bristol Telephones leapfrogged opponents Chippenham Park after defeating the Wiltshire outfit 2-1 at Hardenhuish Park.