THE BULLETIN

2nd December 2018
Number 18

Midweek Action

Cheddar secured a fourth consecutive First Division victory on Tuesday night, holding off a late challenge from Chippenham Park to win 3-2 at Hardenhuish Park. Goals from Rick Bennett and Adam Jones had given the Cheesemen a two-goal lead at the break, which Robbi Maggs then extended in the opening spell of the second half. The home side had the better of the final 20 minutes, and after Rhys Talmash and Alfie Presley found the target, Cheddar just about managed to preserve a hard fought three points.

The Les Phillips Cup swung back into action on Tuesday, with four matches beating the weather. Bridgwater Town carried their strong league form into their clash with Roman Glass St George, beating the Premier Division strugglers 2-0 thanks to early goals from Jack Taylor and Lee Begg. Bridgy will now face a trip to Calne in the quarter-finals after goals from Matty Jenkins and Joe Williamson helped the Lilywhites see off the challenge of Wincanton Town. Shepton Mallet have also secured a home quartef-final, after goals from Kailan Gould, Tyson Polland James Billing led them to a 3-1 triumph away at Chipping Sodbury Town. In the result of the night, First Division flyers Keynsham Town produced a fine performance at the Crown Fields to defeat Clevedon Town of the Premier Division 3-2. It was the away side who enjoyed the better start, going ahead in the 16th minute following a header at the near post from Archie Ferris, only for Keynsham to hit back through last season’s top scorer Matt Brown. The First Division side then took control of the tie, scoring through Craig Wilson and Harley Purnell to build a two-goal lead and it was enough to progress with Tyler Ashmead’s goal five minutes from time proving to be too little, too late.

FA Vase

There was mixed success for the two Western League sides who didn’t see their ties postponed on a damp day in the South West. Games at Saltash and Cadbury Heath will have to be replayed at a later date, where the victors will be joining Willand Rovers in the fourth round after they defeated Bodmin Town 3-0. Following a goalless first half, Rovers went ahead less than two minutes after the interval, with Luke Mortimore volleying them ahead to claim his 11th goal of the campaign. Bodmin were unbeaten in four league games coming into this contest, but the Cornish outfit were no match for Willand in the second half, with Mortimore’s second of the afternoon doubling the advantage before Brett Worbey wrapped things up late on. Bradford Town will not be joining Willand in the hat for the fourth round draw, after two second half goals from Callum Dart led Baffins Milton Rovers to a 3-1 victory at Trowbridge Road.

Premier Division

Having battled out a 4-4 draw just over a month ago, the fixture between Bridgwater Town and Roman Glass St George saw eight goals scored once again, with the league leaders scoring five of them on this occasion. The table toppers were forced to come from behind at Oaklands Park, with Lewis Wentland and Nathan Legge giving Roman Glass a two-goal lead inside half an hour. First half substitute Patrick O’Halloran struck in added time at the end of the first period to give Town a lifeline, before top scorer Jack Taylor drew the sides level soon after the interval. The prolific Taylor then fired Bridgy ahead, only for Roman Glass to respond with an equaliser of their own four minutes from time to set up a tense finale. Having beaten the same opposition earlier in the week in the Les Phillips Cup, it was Bridgwater who pushed for victory and after a long range volley from Harry Horton saw them regain the lead, Sam Towler then added some gloss to the scoreline in the final moments to extend their lead in the league to four points.

Dean Griffiths scored the perfect hat-trick for Bitton as they overturned an early deficit to defeat Shortwood United 7-1. Having fallen behind to Joey Tustain’s 10th minute effort, Bitton responded through goals from Jordan Whittaker and Josh Egan to go ahead by two goals to one at the break. Griffiths then took over the contest, scoring with his right foot, left foot and head to help Bitton romp home in a dominant five-goal second half which included further efforts from Whittaker and Joe McLennan. Clevedon returned to winning ways at the Hand Stadium with all of their of their goals coming before the break in a one-sided victory at home to strugglers Hengrove Athletic. It took just two minutes for the home side to break the deadlock, with Jack Sell smashing the ball home following some fine build-up play. Sell then hit the crossbar, before scoring his second just prior to half-time thanks to an excellent cross from Archie Ferris. It was then Ferris who scored the third and final goal of the contest in first half stoppage time after being picked out by teammate Tyler Ashmead. Shepton Mallet were another side to enjoy home comforts, with Tyson Pollard and Francois Allen each providing assists for one another during a 2-0 victory against Wellington. In Bath, Chipping Sodbury Town registered their fifth league win of the campaign, with George Box adding to an earlier own goal during their 2-0 victory away at Odd Down.

First Division

Chard Town maintained their three point lead atop the table after coming from behind to defeat Oldland Abbotonians. Having seen their hosts go ahead inside three minutes through Josh Williams, an instant response from Chard was crucial and that was provided by Liam Cleal who levelled the scoring in the sixth minute. That was how it remained until the early stages of the second half, with Cleal handing the Robins their first lead, before substitute James Boyland added their third in stoppage time following a successful counter attack. Second place Cheddar just about kept pace with Chard, coming away with the tightest of 1-0 victories at home to Devizes, with an own goal inside the opening two minutes proving to be the deciding factor. It was a different story for Keynsham Town who relied on two late goals to keep their seven-game winning run intact away at Ashton & Backwell. Having hit the woodwork on three occasions, Keynsham would have been forgiven for thinking it might not be their day, but they finally went ahead five minutes from time thanks to cracking effort from Craig Wilson. Having taken the lead, the in-form visitors doubled their advantage soon after with Matt Brown laying the ball off to James Ollis who finished with aplomb.

The points were shared in south Somerset, where Corsham twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away at Wincanton Town. Having fallen behind to Connor Williams’ 12th minute header, Corsham’s first leveller of the afternoon came early in the second half when Ben Pring managed to deflect Lewis McCarron’s free-kick into the back of the home side’s net. Wincanton’s lead was restored almost instantly thanks to Jamie Irwin, but their fourth-placed visitors had the last word, with Pring firing home from the penalty spot after the referee had spotted a handball in the box. Radstock Town claimed a much needed three points, moving up to 17th thanks to a 4-3 victory at home to Warminster. After Simon Millard gave the hosts a 52-second lead, Radstock fell behind in the build-up to half time following goals from Charlie Walton and Jack Miluk for the visitors. The home side recovered in the second half, and after Cory Rawlins had levelled things up, they secured their first win in over a month thanks to a brace from leading marksman Sam Gregory. Bristol Telephones had been enduring an even longer barren spell, not winning since September, but that run came to an end at Stockwood Lane after they defeated Bishops Lydeard 2-1.

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