On Tuesday evening, Plymouth Parkway became the eighth team to secure their passage through to the next round of the Les Philips Cup, after winning 2-0 away at Bitton. Stewart Yetton handed the visitors a half-time lead, with Ben Joyce then adding a second after the break to defeat their in-form hosts. In the Premier Division, Odd Down ended a run of three league defeats by beating Chipping Sodbury Town 3-1 with Ritchie Chandler and George Lloyd each getting on the scoresheet. The First Division clash between Wincanton and Longwell Green ended goalless in Somerset, with Wednesday’s Premier Division tie between Wellington and Buckland finishing in the same fashion.
The action got underway on Friday evening, with Odd Down’s trip to Brislington for the first leg of the Ground Hop weekend. In front of a healthy crowd at Ironmould Lane, it was the away side who claimed all three points thanks to a hat-trick from George Lloyd. After firing Odd Down ahead, Lloyd saw goals from Clarke Taylor and Conner Biggins turn the game on its head, but the frontman struck twice in the final 12 minutes to complete a brilliant treble for the Bath side. On Saturday afternoon, Buckland Athletic secured an impressive 3-1 come from behind win at Clevedon Town. Having fallen behind to Alex Camm’s 12th minute opener, the Bucks got themselves level on the half hour mark thanks to a header from Charlie Johansen. The visitors went ahead for the first time in the contest through Ryan Bush, before a long range effort from James Richards six minutes from time wrapped up the victory. Another standout away victory occurred at Bolitho Park, where Callum Demkiv’s goal midway through the second half gave Westbury a 1-0 victory over Plymouth Parkway to make it eight wins from eight in the league this season. Bitton also carried a winning start into their fixture at Silver Street, but they fell to a 3-1 defeat at league leaders Willand, for whom Luke Mortimore, Craig Duff and Brad Ausden were all on target.
Nathan Legge and Ryan Radford each bagged braces during Roman Glass St George’s 7-0 thumping of Shortwood, while goals from Conor Bryant, Joe Chamberlain, Tom Hawkings and Glen Wright fired Wellington to a 4-1 win away at Cadbury Heath. Chipping Sodbury Town claimed their first league win at the Ridings this season, handing Bradford Town their third consecutive 2-1 defeat in all competitions. Shepton Mallet claimed back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, after goals from Ashley Willmott, Tyson Pollard and Joe Morgan led them to a 3-0 victory away at Hallen. In Saturday evening’s fixture at the Lawns, Cribbs claimed a 2-1 win over Hengrove Athletic, with Sol Wanjau-Smith scoring the winner five minutes from time after Mark Fear had cancelled out Ben Dowdell’s early opener. Sunday’s fixture at Fairfax Park was watched by the largest league attendance of the season to date, and it was the Bridgwater who took home all three points, with a 75th minute Tom Ellis header helping them see off the ten men of Bridport.
In Saturday’s early kickoff, Aaron Seviour scored a second half double to help Welton Rovers come from behind to defeat Longwell Green Sports 3-2. The league leaders fell behind in just the second minute, with Connor Britton firing the home side ahead, before Lewis Hunt volleyed Rovers level on the half hour mark. Longwell Green retook the lead just before the break through Courtney Charles, only for Seviour to head home twice after the interval to extend Welton’s winning run in the league to six matches. There was late, late drama at Bowdens Park, where Stephen Pennington struck twice in the dying moments to complete a late 2-1 win for Cheddar at home to Sherborne Town. Having seen Pete Ireland head the visitors ahead, Cheddar looked certain to be heading towards defeat, but Pennington had other ideas, equalising in the 90th minute, before scoring less than two minutes later to claim a sixth league win of the campaign.
Bishop Sutton and Wincanton Town shared six goals in a breath-taking game at Lakeview, with five of those goals coming in the final quarter of the contest. It was Bishop Sutton who scored the only goal of the opening half, with Josh Keen rifling home a free-kick from 30 metres out five minutes before the interval. Midway through the second half, Wincanton, and in particular Toby Dolton Cole shot to life, scoring a hat-trick in the space of eight minutes to turn the game heavily in his side’s favour. In the 83rd minute, Sutton replied through Sam Downes, and then two minutes later Keen scored his second of the contest after taking the ball past a couple of defenders on his way to goal.
Corsham Town handed Portishead their ninth defeat of the campaign, after winning 3-0 at Bristol Road. Goals from Jon Bazley and Lewis McCarron had given Corsham control at the break, with 17-year-old Ben Selman then scoring his debut goal for the club less than a minute after entering the field of play to complete the scoring. Bishops Lydeard left it late before grabbing a point at home to Calne, with Jake Quick levelling the match eight minutes from time after Matty Jenkins’ powerful 30-yard effort looked to secured the away win for the Lilywhites. Another side who struck late to grab a share of the points were Wells City, with two goals in the final three minutes helping them salvage a 3-3 draw away at Chard Town. Having gone ahead in the 11th minute through Tom Clifford-Jones, Wells conceded three times in quick succession to Ollie Pearson, Matt Howell and Stephen Friend as Chard motored towards victory. The visitors had other ideas though, and despite having lost Jack Spence to a red card, they claimed a point following a pair of late efforts from Clifford-Jones and Rhys Cornish. Ashton & Backwell United moved up to fifth after Calum Townsend’s 7th minute strike helped them defeat Warminster, while Liam Villis tapped home the winner in Oldland’s 1-0 victory at Nursteed Road over Devizes. In the final Ground Hop game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, Keynsham Town moved up to 7th following a 2-1 win away at Bristol Telephones. A free header after the break from Dhani Golding threatened to spoil Keynsham’s victory which came thanks to a pair of excellent finishes from midfielder Cameron Shorney in the first half.