THE BULLETIN

17th February 2019
Number 29
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Midweek Action

In their replayed Somerset FA Premier Cup clash, Welton Rovers defeated Bath City on Tuesday evening thanks to a perfect showing in the penalty shootout. Having fallen behind during the second half, Welton got back on level terms in the 89th minute, when Aaron Seviour scored with his first touch after joining the game as a late substitute. Rovers were then successful with all five of their spot kicks, which saw them book a spot in the last eight of the competition.

Plymouth Parkway extended their formidable away form on Wednesday evening, scoring three times after the break to defeat Wellington 3-0 in the Premier Division. Following a tight first half, Parkway took just six minutes to break the deadlock after the interval with Jordan Annear adding to his growing tally of goals with a well-taken opener. Adam Carter then doubled the lead four minutes later from the penalty spot, with Ryan Lane completing the scoring having been set up by the influential Mike Williams. Elsewhere on Wednesday, Westbury conceded three goals in extra time to suffer a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Swindon Supermarine in the Wiltshire Senior Cup, while Buckland were knocked out of the Devon St Lukes Bowl by a young Exeter City side on penalties after they had drawn 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.

Premier Division

Bridgwater Town came out on top in a terrific encounter on Friday evening, with a late goal giving them a 3-2 victory over Clevedon. Bridgy went ahead in the 20th minute thanks to a header from Jack Taylor, with Clevedon’s task made tougher toward the end of the first half when Liam Dempsey was given his marching orders having picked up a second yellow card. Jake Brown then doubled the home side’s lead three minutes after the interval, but the ten men fought back and reduced the arrears on the hour mark thanks to a fine free kick from Syd Camper. It was Camper who then turned provider ten minutes later, with his cross headed home by Alex Camm as the visitors clawed their way back into the contest. The last word went to Bridgwater however, and with the game entering the final ten minutes, Brown scored his second of the evening as the hosts eventually made the extra man advantage pay. The big game of the weekend saw the Premier Division title race blown open as Willand Rovers fell to a 2-0 defeat away at Plymouth Parkway. With the two form sides in the Western League going head-to-head, a crowd of 459 headed to Bolitho Park, and the home fans will have left the happier after goals either side of the break from Mike Williams and Jordan Annear led Parkway to a memorable victory.

Westbury United are now just three points off the top of the table, after they held on to beat Cadbury Heath 2-1 at Meadow Lane. Goals from Ricky Hulbert and Dan Kovacs gave the home side a two-goal half-time lead, with Simon McElroy then reducing the deficit 15 minutes from time, but Westbury held on to claim all three points. Bitton also gained ground on Willand, after beating Buckland Athletic by three goals to nil. With half-time on the horizon, the deadlock was finally broken when Dean Griffiths lashed the ball into the net two minutes into first half stoppage time. Matt Groves then doubled the advantage just after the hour mark, before Ben Bament completed the scoring in the final ten minutes. Two spectacular goals during the second half helped Cribbs come from behind to defeat Bradford Town 2-1 at the Lawns. The visitors led at the break thanks to Will Hailston, but then a pair of unstoppable efforts from Matt Spiller and Sam Oakley turned the game in Cribbs favour to secure back-to-back league victories for the first time since October. Hallen were another side to win by two goals to one, with strikes soon after the interval from Kyle Thomas and Aaron Anglin sandwiching an effort by Chipping Sodbury’s Sam Taylor. Hengrove Athletic ended a 12-match winless run, by claiming a 2-1 victory at home to Odd Down. Both of the Grove’s goals came from Jack Fillingham either side of the interval, with George Lloyd scoring a stoppage time consolation for the Bath side. Shortwood continue to fall just short in their battle to claim a win, with a third minute strike from Joe Chamberlain all that separated the sides during their clash with Wellington. An away win also came the way of Shepton Mallet, with goals at the end of either half from Tyson Pollard and James Billing leading them to a 2-0 triumph over Brislington. Bridport ended a three-game losing streak away at Roman Glass St George, with Sam Clark and Ed Butcher striking for the visitors before an own goal helped them take the win.

First Division

Cheddar have retained their one-point lead atop the First Division after overturning an early deficit to defeat Welton Rovers 2-1. The home side had a couple of unsuccessful early attempts on goal, and were made to pay for failing to take those chances when Welton went down the other end and take a 25th minute lead when Joe Garland fired home after being found in the box by Harry McLachlan. The Cheesemen weren’t behind for long, with their equaliser coming on the half hour mark through Reece Ferguson-Obamwonyi after he reacted quickest when Robbi Maggs had seen his effort parried by the visiting keeper. The winning goal came just after the hour, with Maggs doing enough to find the back of the net this time, giving Cheddar their seventh successive victory in league games at Bowdens Park. Keynsham were also made to work hard for their latest three points, with a goal just before half-time from Matt Martin turning out to be the decider during their 1-0 victory over Radstock Town. Elsewhere, it was a tough afternoon for the majority of the top sides, with the teams who started the day placed from 3rd to 6th registering just one point between them from their four fixtures. Third-place Calne Town were held to a goalless draw by Devizes at Bremhill View, while a goal midway through the second half from Alfie Presley saw Chippenham Park claim a surprise 1-0 victory over the previously in-form Wells City.

Ashton & Backwell United have now dropped down to sixth spot after losing 1-0 at home to Oldland Abbotonians, with Corsham jumping into the top five after beating fourth-placed Chard 3-0 away from home. A 7th minute own goal gave Corsham a dream start at the Dening Sports Field, with Alistair Mayoh then heading home from a corner ten minutes later to double the visitors advantage. Chard were unable to break through in the second half, and when Josh Bright added a late third for the Wiltshire side, the points had already been decided. A five-star performance from Warminster Town saw them leapfrog opponents Wincanton Town to claim a place in the top half of the table. Astonishingly, all five of Warminster’s goal came in the final half hour, with captain Charlie Walton breaking the deadlock in the 63rd minute. Conner McKay and Jake Wright put Warminster out of sight with a pair of quick-fire strikes, before Walton and Martin Johnson added some late gloss to the 5-0 scoreline. Goals ten minutes into either half from Courtney Charles and Ali Bamford helped Longwell Green Sports to secure a 2-1 win away at Bishops Lydeard, while a fast start from Sherborne saw them defeat Bishop Sutton 2-0 at Raleigh Grove. Town were ahead inside ten minutes thanks to Ashley Clarke’s early opener, with Josh Williams then producing a sweet half volley just moments later to complete the scoring. In a clash between the bottom two at Stockwood Lane, Bristol Telephones secured a crucial 3-1 victory over Portishead, which has trimmed the gap between the sides to just four points.

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