23rd December 2018
Number 21

Premier Division

Willand Rovers will sit top of the Western League this Christmas thanks to their 6-0 demolition of Odd Down at Silver Street on Saturday afternoon. It took the home side 27 minutes to break the deadlock, but once they did it was a very one-sided contest. Craig Duff struck a hat trick for the new league leaders, adding to further goals from Luke Alden, Brad Ausden and top scorer Luke Mortimore. Bridgwater Town left it late before salvaging a point at home to Bitton, with two late goals securing a 2-2 draw at Fairfax Park. Having gone ahead after 25 minutes through Josh Egan, Bitton moved into a two-goal lead on the hour thanks to Dean Griffiths. Bridgwater pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time through Mark Armstrong, before Jake Llewellyn converted a late penalty to bring the scores level. Clevedon Town capitalised on that draw to move up to fourth, with five different scorers helping them to secure a 5-1 victory away at Brislington. Sol Shearer scored an early equaliser for the hosts after Lucas Vowles had given Clevedon a fifth minute lead, but from that moment on it was all one way traffic. Sam Holden restored the visitors advantage nine minutes before the break, and in the second half, Clevedon grabbed all three points thanks to goals from Archie Ferris, Harry Smith and Danny Lock. Wellington and Cribbs shared the points following a six-goal Christmas cracker which both sides will have felt they should have won. Goals from Conor Bryant, Josh Wadham and Joe Chamberlain gave Wellington a 3-1 lead early in the second half as they looked to end a run of four consecutive defeats. Their visitors fought back however, and after Jason Vincent struck for the second time, Matt Spiller’s long range effort managed to creep in midway through the second half to tie the game up. Charlie Aldom was presented with a dream opportunity to claim all three points for Cribbs, but his spot kick was saved by Mitch Woodgate in the Wellington goal as the game ended level. Westbury United are now unbeaten in 17 league matches this season after drawing 0-0 with Buckland Athletic in Wiltshire.

Hallen stunned Cadbury Heath at Springfield, with two stoppage time goals helping them to secure a dramatic 2-1 win. Following 72 goalless minutes, Sacha Tong put the Heath ahead, but they were unable to hang on, and a pair of late goals from Kyle Thomas and Caelen Simpson saw Hallen claim the late, late victory. Plymouth Parkway enjoyed home comforts, scoring twice in either half to defeat Shepton Mallet 4-0. A 20th minute header from Rob Farkins was followed up by another goal from Jordan Annear as the hosts took a two-goal lead to the break. Parkway have now won eight on the bounce in all competitions, with late goals from Mike Williams and Teigan Rosenquest wrapping up their latest success. Another side to score four times were Bridport who moved into the top half following their 4-2 win over Chipping Sodbury Town. The home side were two goals to the good inside ten minutes thanks to James Regan and Mark Salter, with Salter also scoring after the interval to add to his ever increasing goal tally. Dan Dempsey and George Box scored in defeat for the visitors who’s chances were all but ended when Braeden Symes struck for Bridport just after the hour mark. Bradford Town now have seven points from a possible nine, after Jacob Sloggett converted James Rustell’s cross in their 1-0 victory at home to Hengrove Athletic. Roman Glass St George also secured a win on home soil, with Sam Wentland and Jordan Lam each scoring before the break in their 2-0 defeat of Shortwood United.

First Division

There were victories for each of the top three in the First Division, with Cheddar maintaining top spot thanks to a 2-0 defeat of fourth-placed Calne Town at Bowdens Park. The Cheesemen lead the scoring charts this season, and with goal difference currently deciding top spot, it was efforts either side of the break from the prolific Adam Wright which led them to their latest win. Keynsham were forced to come from behind to win 3-2 away at fifth-placed Corsham, with their winning goal coming just ten minutes from time. Having gone ahead in the fifth minute through Craig Wilson, Keynsham watched on as their hosts stormed into a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Zac Costello and Mark Dolman. A successful penalty from Matt Brown levelled the scores just after the hour mark, and then with 80 minutes on the clock, Adey Harvey found himself in the right place at the right time to secure the impressive victory.

Chard kept touch with the top two, after a brace from Ryan Parris was added to by James Boyland during their 3-0 victory at home to Bishop Sutton. At Hardenhuish Park, Devizes ended a run of five consecutive league defeats, claiming a 3-2 triumph over Wiltshire neighbours Chippenham Park. Mark Robinson’s double was crucial in the victory, with Tom Slater also scoring for the visitors who came from behind twice against a struggling Park side who had Rhys Talmash to thank for both of their goals. Welton Rovers responded well following back-to-back heavy defeats, moving back up into the top six thanks to a 4-2 victory away at Oldland Abbotonians. Rovers top scorer Aaron Seviour found the net twice at the Aitchison Playing Fields, with Shak Green scoring for the second successive Saturday, and Lewis Coleman adding a fourth from long range for the Green Army. Bishops Lydeard also prevailed by four goals to two away at Portishead Town at Bristol Road. Goals in the opening 13 minutes from Mark Clunie and Ben Hebditch were both cancelled out by the hosts as the sides headed to half-time locked tied together at 2-2. Lydeard pushed on after the break, with the influential Jake Quick providing assists for Hebditch, and then Callum Flaherty as the Somerset outfit claimed a sixth league win of the campaign. Warminster Town now have back-to-back home wins, after Martin Johnson struck in the second half to help see off Longwell Green Sports by one goal to nil. Bristol Telephones and Wincanton Town each extended their unbeaten runs to four matches after battling out a 1-1 draw at Stockwood Lane.


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