4th November 2018
Number 14

Midweek Action

The Les Phillips Cup took centre stage in the final week of October, with the majority of first round ties being played out on Tuesday and Wednesday evening’s. A trio of hat-trick heroes led their teams through to the next round, with recent signing Ethan Phillips scoring all of Buckland’s goals during their 3-0 victory at home to Longwell Green Sports. Another man to score three was Ryan Radford of Roman Glass St George, with Rhys Hodgson and Nathan Legge also getting on the scoresheet during their 5-0 win away at Cheddar. During the fixture at Ironmould Lane, Oaklan Buck’s treble was crucial for Brislington in their 4-2 victory over Warminster. After scoring the only goal in the first half, Buck added two more goals in the final 20 minutes which helped Brislington to fend off a late fightback from their visitors who struck twice through Jake Wright and Eben Mortimer-Taylor in the closing stages. Chipping Sodbury cruised through to the second round, with doubles from Sam Jenkins and Liam Pullen leading the home side to a 5-0 triumph over Shortwood. George Jones was another man to score twice, with his goals before the break landing Ashton & Backwell United a 2-1 win at home to Portishead.

The top two in the Premier Division had differing success, with Bridgwater claiming a 3-1 win away at Welton, while Westbury suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat at home to Odd Down, with Josh Williams striking twice for the Bath side. A strong second half performance from Shepton Mallet helped them to knock out Sherborne, with Tyson Pollard, Oli Morris and Kailan Gould all scoring after the break on their way to a 4-1 win. The other fixture on Tuesday saw Keynsham book their spot in the next round, with first half goals from Tom Knighton and James Ollis helping them to claim a 2-0 victory away at Bishop Sutton. On Wednesday, two goals in the final quarter from Shannon Pocock saw Calne Town come from a goal down to beat Chard 2-1, with Wells defeating Bishops Lydeard by the same scoreline thanks to strikes from Ryan Stiles and Lee Oakley. Floodlight problems caused the Wincanton-Corsham tie to be postponed, while an unfortunate injury to Clevedon’s Morgan Williams saw their match against Bridport abandoned during the second half. In the only midweek league clash to take place, a goal from Freddie Porter helped Chippenham Park claim a 1-0 victory at home to Radstock Town, helping them leapfrog their opponents in the First Division table.

FA Vase

Four Western League sides will contest the third round of the FA Vase following victories on Saturday afternoon. One of those successful teams were Cadbury Heath who came out on top following a frantic seven-goal thriller at the King George V Ground against Exmouth Town. The Heath enjoyed a strong start to the match, and found themselves two goals to the good inside half an hour thanks to Sacha Tong and George Boon. Their opponents from Devon then came to life, and after scoring twice in the space of three minutes to level things up before half-time, they struck once more two minutes after the interval to gain their first lead of the afternoon. It took until the 88th minute for the Heath to get back on level terms, but it was certainly worth waiting for, with Matt Huxley scoring a bicycle kick. They weren’t finished there though, and managed to score a stoppage time winner through Andy Campbell to complete a memorable victory. Bradford Town made easier work of their second round affair, with a hat-trick from Will Haliston adding to a goal from Dan Cottle on their way to a 4-0 victory away at Brockenhurst. At Silver Street, Ryan Guppy struck an injury time winner to lead Willand Rovers to a 2-1 win over Tavistock, after Dean Stamp had earlier fired the home side ahead. The fourth Western League side to prevail were Cribbs, with second half goals from Dan Spicer and Jason Vincent leading them to a 2-0 victory away at Newport on the Isle of White. Cheddar enjoyed a strong three-figure crowd, but saw their cup run ended by AFC St Austell following a 2-1 defeat at Bowdens Park.

Premier Division

Bridgwater Town are the new league leaders, after they secured a dramatic 1-0 win away at Brislington. With the game at Ironmould Lane headed towards a goalless draw, Harry Horton’s late corner was fired home by Jack Taylor to hand Bridgy their 10th league victory of the campaign. Shepton Mallet are up into eighth, with their latest three points coming thanks to a 4-0 triumph over Chipping Sodbury Town. Goals inside the opening 20 minutes from Conrad Peck and Joe Morgan handed Shepton control of the contest, with James Billing and Tyson Pollard adding to their advantage after the interval. Wellington gained revenge for their Les Phillips Cup defeat earlier this season, surviving a red card on their way to a 2-1 victory at home to Clevedon Town. Following a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions, Wellington made a strong start against Clevedon, going ahead inside five minutes through Jack Bryant, before they were forced to battle on with ten men after a dismissal to Josh Wadham early in the second period. With 15 minutes left on the clock, Connor Pengelly capitalised on a loose ball to double Wellington’s lead, before Lucas Vowles converted a late spot kick for the visitors.

A strong finish from Odd Down handed them a 4-1 win away at bottom side Shortwood United, with Josh Williams scoring twice to add to goals from Brandon Benjamin and Ollie Webb in the victory which was under threat following Jamie Walker’s equaliser. Bridport were another side to win away from home, scoring a late winner to defeat ten-man Hallen 3-2. A fifth minute penalty from Kyle Thomas had given the home side an early lead, before Bridport hit back to lead at the break following goals from Kameron Andrews and Dan Peach. After namesake Scott had been dismissed, Kyle Thomas scored his second of the game to level things up, but Bridport had the last laugh, stealing all three points thanks to Tom Richardson’s 89th minute winner.

First Division

Chard moved into a three-way tie at the top of the First Division following a 9-1 thrashing of Bristol Telephones. After scoring the winner last Saturday, James Boyland was very much the hero for Chard once again in Bristol, scoring four times as his side cantered towards an eighth league victory of the season. There was also a hat-trick for Max Westlake to add to further goals from Steve Friend and Tom Salter, with Josh Knight scoring for the home side when his side was six goals in arrears. It didn’t come easily, but Welton Rovers are back in the winner’s circle, scoring twice in the closing stages to snatch a 2-1 victory away at Sherborne Town. Having fallen behind to Marc Caines penalty, Rovers required an 88th minute goal from Lewis Coleman to get back on level terms, before Will Hunter converted a spot kick of their own to complete a dramatic victory. Goals from Rory Worthington, Joe Williamson and Shannon Pocock saw Calne secure a 3-0 win at home to Wincanton, with Keynsham maintaining their pressure on the top four, after Tom Knighton, Michael Grist and James Ollis each scored during a 3-1 victory away at Warminster.

In what is turning into an increasingly unpredictable race for the top spots, big away wins for Devizes Town and Bishop Sutton saw them both move within six points of top spot despite lying ninth and tenth in the league respectively. Devizes had no trouble at all in dispatching Portishead, with a first half treble from Jack Hopper followed by efforts from Matt Russell and Robbie Whyte during a 5-0 win at Bristol Road. Bishop Sutton meanwhile, claimed a 6-1 win away at Longwell Green Sports, after scoring three times in either half of the contest. Recent signing Kyle Box made an instant impact, scoring twice for his new side, with the other goals coming from Josh Keen, Liam Evans, Jack Goddard and Raphael Waugh. Wells City overtook hosts Corsham, ending the weekend in sixth spot following a 3-2 win away at the Southbank Ground. Goals from substitute Ben Wickens and Josh Bright had helped Corsham level things up after being two down, but Wells eventually pushed on to grab the three points, with Ryan Stiles, James Bayliss and Tom Clifford-Jones all scoring for the away side. Ashton & Backwell United came from behind to defeat Radstock Town, with Harry Walker volleying them level, before Sam Thomas headed home the third and final goal of the contest.


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