18th November 2018
Number 16

Midweek Action

Wincanton Town will travel to take on Calne in the last 16 of the Les Phillips Cup after defeating Corsham Town 3-1 on Tuesday evening. Luke White fired the home side ahead inside five minutes, with Corsham drawing level just prior to half time following a long-range free kick from Dan King.  With penalties just 15 minutes away, Toby Dolton Cole took the game into his own hands, scoring twice in the closing stages to secure an impressive victory for the First Division outfit. There were a pair of Premier Division clashes on Wednesday night, with the in-form Odd Down storming to a 4-1 victory away at Roman Glass St George. A fifth win on the bounce was secured by the Bath side, with Josh Williams, John Lock and George Lloyd all finding the back of the net. In the other fixture at Meadow Lane, Westbury maintained their unbeaten run, with Joe Stradling responding to Jake Thomas’ headed opener during their 1-1 draw at home to Chipping Sodbury Town.

Chard Town progressed through to the next round of the Somerset Premier Cup, claiming a penalty shootout victory away at Portishead Town after the game had finished 1-1 at the end of normal time. Portishead looked to be heading through thanks to Robbie Cox’s 65th minute strike, but with five minutes left on the clock Steve Friend managed to force home an equaliser for the away side. Friend was then one of four successful Chard penalty takers, with Portishead only managing to find the net with one of their spot kicks against visiting keeper Scott Wells-Burr. On the same evening, Welton Rovers and Cheddar saw their participation in the competition ended after suffering 3-1 defeats at home to Bath City and Frome Town. The following evening, Radstock left their fightback too late, with Corey Rawlings scoring five minutes from time in their 2-1 defeat at home to Paulton Rovers. In an all-Western League tie, Clevedon progressed at the expense of Bridgwater, with a brace from Lucas Vowles helping fire them to a 3-1 win at The Everyone Active Stadium. Both Calne and Devizes were defeated in home Wiltshire Cup ties, falling 2-0 and 1-0 to Chippenham Town and Melksham respectively. Wednesday saw Bradford Town knocked out by Salisbury on penalties, with Matt Morris’ second half equaliser seeing the game end 1-1 after 90 minutes prior to the spot kick defeat.

Premier Division

In front of 253 fans at Fairfax Park, Bridgwater Town secured an impressive 2-1 win over Odd Down to maintain their three-point lead atop the table. After Lee Begg headed Bridgy ahead in the 12th minute, the in-form visitors levelled things midway through the first half, with the division’s top scorer Jack Taylor firing home with his left foot to secure the win. Second-placed Westbury United remain unbeaten in the league this season, with their latest three points materialising on the back of a 2-0 victory away at Cadbury Heath. The goals both came before half-time from Dan Demkiv and Francois Allen, with a missed penalty after the break from Jamie Jordan not costing the Wiltshire side. The biggest winners of the day were Wellington, with the Bryant duo of Jack and Conor spearheading their 7-2 victory over Chipping Sodbury Town. Both Bryant’s scored twice for the home side, adding to further goals from Joe Chamberlain, Sam Jones and Glen Wright during the seven goal onslaught. At Oaklands Park, Clevedon Town produced a dramatic fightback to beat Roman Glass St George 3-2. The home side were two goals to the good at the hour mark thanks to Ryan Radford and Lewis Wentland, with goals from Archie Ferris and Sam Holden striking in the space of seven minutes to level things up. Then, three minutes into stoppage time, Harry Smith claimed the winning goal to complete the late, late turnaround. There was more late drama at Silver Street, where Willand Rovers relied upon a stoppage time equaliser from Adam Moyle to secure a 1-1 draw against a mid-table Cribbs outfit. Bitton had much less trouble putting their opponents to the sword, with a dominant first half helping them to grab a 5-2 win at home Shepton Mallet. The home side led by three goals at the break, with recent addition Aysa Corrick joining Kane Ingram and Alex Grimshaw on the scoresheet. Joe McLennan then added a fourth despite Bitton being reduced to ten men, with Jordan Whittaker scoring their fifth late on to complete the victory.

At Trowbridge Road, nine man Bradford Town drew 1-1 against Hallen thanks to a stoppage time equaliser. After a Kyle Thomas free-kick had put the away side midway through the first half, Bradford had both Charlie Maddison and Jack Witcombe sent from the field. The nine men managed to force a late corner, and with the last kick of the game, Will Haliston tapped home to claim a share of the spoils. In the battle of the Athletic’s, four goals before the interval from Buckland saw them ease to a 4-0 victory away at Hengrove. Ryan Bush scored at the beginning and end of the half, sandwiching goals from Ethan Phillips and Lloyd Gardner during an easy afternoon for the Devon side. Plymouth Parkway continued their strong run away at Bridport, with an early goal from Jordan Annear followed by a Mike Williams strike during their 2-0 win at St Mary’s Field. Brislington were the latest side to defeat Shortwood United, with a double from Oaklan Buck followed by a stoppage time effort from Sol Shearer during their 3-0 win.

First Division

Chard Town snuck by Devizes Town by a solitary goal to extend their winning run to four matches. A quiet game was decided in the 62nd minute, with Steve Friend scoring the only goal of the game to ensure Chard remain top of the table. Calne Town were forced to battle until the final minute, scoring three times in the final ten minutes to come from behind and defeat Longwell Green Sports 4-3. The Lilywhites found themselves 3-1 down heading into the final stages of the contest, but managed to have the best of the latter stages to claim maximum points, with Matt Jenkins, Stuart Windsor, Charlie Norman and Joe Williamson each notching goals for the victors. The duo of Adam Wright and Adam Jones played starring roles for Cheddar during their 4-1 win at home to a struggling Radstock Town side. The Cheesemen’s ninth league win of the campaign saw Wright and Jones each score twice, with three of the four assists provided by the other half of the striking duo. Keynsham Town continue their climb up the table, with their latest three points coming on the back of a 4-0 triumph away at Portishead. The K’s led by a goal at the interval thanks to a driven effort from skipper Harley Purnell, with Craig Wilson’s bullet header doubling the advantage on the hour mark. A fine finish from Tom Knighton extended the lead to three, before Matt Brown added a final nail in the coffin following a late breakaway.

Bishops Lydeard were another side to win by four goals to nil away from home, with a Zac Ryder brace adding to goals from Charlie Bridges and Jake Quick during their defeat of Bishop Sutton at Lakeview. Another visiting team to claim victory were Corsham Town, with Ben Wickens assisting goals for Mark Dolman and Lewis McCarron either side of the break to secure a 2-0 win away at fellow Wiltshire side Warminster Town. There continues to be a log-jam toward the top of the table, with Wells City well amongst it following their 3-1 win at home to Sherborne Town. All of the damage was done in the opening half hour, with James Bisgrove scoring twice, adding to a goal from Charlie Crook for Wells who now lie fifth. Welton Rovers sit just one spot behind Wells, after defeating Bristol Telephones 4-1 at Stockwood Lane. 17-year-old Conor Ford was among the goalscorers for Clive Scott’s charges, with more usual suspects Chris Pile and Aaron Seviour also finding the net for the away side. At the Aitchison Playing Field, two goals from Cal Townsend were the difference between the sides where Ashton & Backwell United defeated Oldland Abbotonians 3-1. In another dramatic finish, Wincanton managed to gain a point at home despite trailing Chippenham Park by two goals with five minutes left on the clock. Goals from Alex Hallett and James Guthrie had put Park into what looked like an unassailable late lead, with Wincanton halving the deficit through Luke White who scored for the second game in succession after being teed up by Jamie Irwin. Then in the fifth minute of added time, Gary Chapman was in the right place at the right time for the home side, forcing home an equaliser to help Wincanton move up to 14th.


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