25th November 2018
Number 17

Midweek Action

The points were shared at the Ridings on Tuesday evening in the Premier Division, after a pair of late goals saw the game end one apiece. With ten minutes remaining, Dan Dempsey looked to have secured the win for Chipping Sodbury, but the visiting Cribbs side had other ideas and managed to peg back their hosts thanks to a penalty from George Kellow. On Wednesday night, Bridport claimed a 3-0 win at home to Wellington, with Kameron Andrews, Leighton Thomas and Mark Salter all on target at St Mary’s Field.

Bitton became the first side to progress to the last eight of the GFA Challenge Trophy after defeating Patchway Town 3-1 on Tuesday evening. Ben Bament’s excellent record in cup competitions this season continued, with the frontman scoring twice in the final half hour to turn the contest in Bitton’s favour. 24 hours later, Cadbury Heath joined Bitton in the next round after coming from behind to beat Wick 4-1. Having watched their opponents go ahead from the spot, the Heath responded well and overturned the deficit by half-time thanks to goals from Simon McElroy and Ross Moorhead. Substitute Sacha Tong extended the home side’s lead not long after entering the field, before Lewis Powell completed the scoring 15 minutes from time. Roman Glass St George were the third Western League side to move through to the next round after beating Stonehouse Town 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Premier Division

On Friday evening, Bridgwater Town were forced to settle for a point against Cribbs after conceding late on during their 1-1 draw at Fairfax Park. After Harry Horton had fired the league leaders ahead in the 19th minute, Bridgy were unable to hang on to the three points with George Kellow forcing home a 92nd minute equaliser. Westbury United moved to within a point of Bridgwater on Saturday afternoon after coming from behind to defeat Clevedon Town 2-1. Just seven minutes into the contest at Meadow Lane, Lucas Vowles produced a pinpoint cross for Syd Camper to head the visitors into an early lead. United came out firing after the break, and following a foul on his brother Dan, top scorer Callum Demkiv converted a penalty to level the scores and take his tally in the league to double figures for the season. 15 minutes from time, second placed Westbury completed the turnaround when Ricky Hulbert arrived on time to head home the third and final goal of the game. Willand Rovers secured a fifth consecutive win away from home after overturning an early deficit on their way to a 2-1 victory against Bradford Town. Having fallen behind to Will Haliston’s 10th minute opener, Willand levelled things up from the spot through Josh Searle, before Dean Stamp produced a fine finish eight minutes from time to grab the late win.

Another side to win on the road were Bitton, with four different scorers finding the back of the net during their 4-1 success at Chipping Sodbury Town. Joe McLennan took just nine minutes to get the scoring underway for the away side, with the prolific Ben Bament then doubling Bitton’s advantage a couple of moments after he had had a goal ruled out for offside. Chipping Sodbury threatened a comeback when Harvey Baker halved the deficit early in the second half, but Bitton finished strongly with Kane Ingram and Dean Griffiths adding to their lead in the closing stages. The star of the day in the Premier Division was Daryl Charman, with the Hallen forward scoring all three of his sides goals in their 3-2 victory at home to Odd Down. An own goal inside the opening minute saw the visitors take the earliest of leads which was only cancelled out in the closing stages of the first half when Charman grabbed his first of the afternoon. Charman struck again not long after the players re-entered the field, before completing his hat-trick in the 66th minute to help Hallen gain revenge for the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of Odd Down less than a month ago. Plymouth Parkway completed a reverse of the 3-2 scoreline they came out on the wrong side of against Brislington in October. Oaklan Buck played a starring role for the Bristol side in that victory, and he proved to be a thorn in the side of Parkway once more, scoring twice in the first half at Ironmould Lane to help hand the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead. Parkway are a more confident side at this moment in time however, and they managed to come away with all three points after goals from Adam Carter and Rob Farkins during the second half turned the game in their favour. Tyson Pollard’s scrambled equaliser saw Shepton Mallet claim a 1-1 draw with Hengrove Athletic, while Bridport continue to ascend the league table after Leighton Thomas’ strike led them to a 1-0 win away at Shortwood United.

First Division

Portishead Town defeated Welton Rovers for the second time in four weeks, scoring four times before the break on route to a 5-1 victory at Bristol Road. Portishead made the dream start, going ahead inside 30 seconds through Robbie Cox, before Elliot Shipway doubled their advantage in the fourth minute. Welton would have finished the weekend in third spot with a win, and they trimmed the deficit on the half hour when Joe Battrick smashed the ball home from close range. That goal seemed to wake the Posset however, and after restoring their two-goal lead almost instantly through Joe Cattermole, they added a fourth before the break when Keiran Marsden found the target. The second period was a quieter affair, with Cattermole scoring just after the break to complete Portishead’s most prolific 90 minutes of the season to date. Keynsham Town are now up into second spot after three goals in the space of five minutes saw them claim a 3-1 win away at Wells City. With half-time on the horizon there was little to separate the sides before Keynsham sprung into life. Danny Spill set the away side on their way, flicking home in the 44th minute, with James Ollis doubling their lead in first half stoppage time. Wells capitulated somewhat, conceding a third to Matt Brown on the counter attack before the half-time whistle, with James Bisgrove’s effort 15 minutes from time proving to be little more than a consolation for the hosts.

Chard Town are the only side who still sit higher than Keynsham on the ladder, and they relied on a late winner to beat Radstock 2-1 at the Southfields Rec. Having gone ahead inside a quarter hour through Tom Salter, Chard conceded a surprise equaliser with just ten minutes remaining, but that left enough time on the clock for Salter to volley home a pinpoint cross from Max Westlake. Third placed Calne Town were another side who had issues away from home, only claiming a point against basement boys Bristol Telephones thanks to a Matt Hudson equaliser two minutes into second half stoppage time. A hat-trick from Wincanton’s Toby Cole helped fire the Somerset squad to a 5-2 success away at Bishops Lydeard. Cole scored twice in the opening 45 minutes, before a far post header on the hour mark saw him complete his treble as Wincanton built up a three-goal advantage. Ben Brereton and Harry Millar each scored in the final 25 minutes for the home side, but they never threatened Wincanton’s lead which was added to late on by Luke White. In an important top-half clash, Ashton & Backwell did enough to see off the challenge of Devizes, with goals from Dan Elson and Joe Ellis cancelling out a Jack Hopper strike as the away side registered a 2-1 win. Corsham Town came out on top in an entertaining five-goal affair against Bishop Sutton to consolidate their place in the top four. Having led at the break thanks to Ben Wickens, Corsham relinquished their advantage in the contest when Kyle Box struck an equaliser on the hour mark. Lewis McCarron restored the hosts lead, with Jack Keen scoring for Sutton five minutes from time before Dan Heavey was in the right place at the right time to tap home the 88th minute winner. In another high-scoring affair, Longwell Green Sports defeated neighbours Oldland Abbotonians 4-2 as they maintained their impressive form in front of goal. Antonio Nurse and Luke Tanner got on the scoresheet for the visitors, but it was never likely to be enough against a Longwell Green outfit for whom Eugene Keary, Jason Adams and Ben Allen all found the back of the net. Warminster Town leapfrogged opponents Sherborne up into 13th after a second half brace from Jake Wright helped them to claim a 3-1 victory at Raleigh Grove.


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