31st March 2019
Number 35

Midweek Action 

Cadbury Heath will host Plymouth Parkway in the Les Phillips Cup semi-finals after dumping out holders Buckland Athletic. Despite sitting seven spots below their opponents, the Gloucestershire side stormed to victory on Tuesday, with Sacha Tong scoring twice for the visitors. Matt Huxley also got on the scoresheet for the Heath, with Richard Groves scoring Buckland’s only goal as they tasted defeat in the competition for the first time since April 2017.

There were two big victories for away teams in Tuesday’s Premier Division games, with Bitton scoring three times in the final half hour in their 4-0 win away at Brislington. After Dean Griffiths had given the visitors a half-time lead, Billy Fletcher then scored his first goal of the season to double the advantage 15 minutes into the second half. Joe McLennan then added Bitton’s third, thanks to an assist from Scott Murray, with Matt Groves completing the scoring in the final moments. Chipping Sodbury Town also enjoyed a highly successful away trip, with a brace from George Box, and a goal from Joe White handing them a 3-0 victory away at CribbsCheddar extended their lead atop the First Division, winning by the smallest of margins away at Radstock. A near post header from Adam Wright proved to be enough for the Somerset side who had been winless in their four previous away fixtures.

Wednesday’s action centred on Bolitho Park, where another victory for Plymouth Parkway over Hallen saw them move to the top of the Premier Division. The Devon side made a fast start to the game, storming into a two goal lead inside 15 minutes thanks to Ryan Lane and Rob Farkins. A free kick from Jordan Trott increased the lead at the beginning of the second half, before Hallen pulled a goal back a couple of minutes later. Another chipped finish from Jordan Annear wrapped up the three points as the game entered the final quarter, with the visitors adding a late consolation. Corsham Town’s rise up the First Division ladder continued, with goals either side of the break from Jamal Chevolleau and Ben Wickens leading them to a 2-1 victory over Portishead Town at the Southbank Ground. In the mid-table clash between Sherborne and Devizes, two goals in the final five minutes saw the hosts battle back from two goals down to grab a dramatic 2-2 draw. Two second half goals from Ryan Bole looked set to hand Devizes an impressive away victory, before a pair of substitutes led a sterling fightback by the hosts. Sol Carney was the first to strike five minutes from time, with fellow sub Pete Ireland then grabbing an equaliser three minutes into stoppage time to spark wild scenes of celebration from the majority of the Raleigh Grove crowd. 

Premier Division

In the battle for the title, Bitton and Plymouth Parkway each lost ground to Willand Rovers after drawing 1-1 at the WDS Associates Stadium. In what has turned into a three-horse race, Willand now find themselves top after overturning a half-time deficit to defeat Clevedon Town 3-2. The visitors lead was handed to them by Syd Camper who smashed the ball into the net following a long throw by Sam Larkins. The start to the second half couldn’t have gone much better for Willand who went 2-1 ahead thanks to a quickfire brace from Ben Bickle. The Devon side extended their lead 15 minutes from time through top scorer Luke Mortimore, before Sam Bell struck an injury time consolation for Clevedon. Plymouth Parkway have dropped down to second after seeing their 16-game winning run come to an end away at third-placed Bitton. With ten minutes remaining in the first half, Bitton went ahead through a usual source, with Joe McLennan scoring for the third successive match this week thanks to a sensational bicycle kick. No sooner had Parkway fallen behind, they hit back through Ryan Lane who scored with their only meaningful effort on goal in the entire first half. Bitton’s Dean Griffiths was dismissed on the hour mark after picking up two yellow cards, but it was the ten men who went closest to claiming a winner with Matt Groves rattling the bar 15 minutes from time. In Bath, Bridgwater produced a dominant second half performance to help them claim a 3-0 victory away at Odd Down. Sam Towler broke the deadlock five minutes after the break, and then the league’s top marksman Jack Taylor took over the contest, heading home Bridgy’s second, before adding their third in stoppage time after surging through the centre of the home defence. Another side to do all of their damage after the interval were Bradford Town, with four second half goals helping them storm to victory away at Hengrove. The first two of Bradford goals came thanks to the work of two men, with Dan Cottle providing the assist to Matt Morris for their opener, before Morris returned the favour soon after to enable Cottle to double the lead. Captain Lee Davidson put the result beyond doubt with a driven finish, before Morris completed a fine brace late on when his goal-bound free kick found the bottom corner. Cribbs also scored four unanswered goals in their victory over Cadbury Heath, with Sol Wanjau-Smith and Tom Burns each scoring for the home side, along with Jason Vincent who added another two goals to his ever-growing tally this term. 

Chipping Sodbury Town survived an early red card to influential forward George Box during their 3-0 win at home to Wellington. Dan Brown’s tenth minute header had given the hosts a strong start, which looked to have been scuppered when Box was sent off for an off the ball incident. Town grew in strength however, and after Luke Henderson had doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break, a late headed effort from Jake Thomas completed the long-awaited home victory. Despite suffering a harrowing season, Shortwood continue to battle until the end, fighting back on Saturday to draw 1-1 with sixth-placed Buckland. The in-form Ryan Bush continues to flourish in front of goal for the Bucks, and after he had put the visitors ahead, Shortwood grabbed a share of the points thanks to Rendijs Kalnins equaliser. There was also a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane, where Bridport claimed the latest of equalisers to harm Westbury’s top four hopes. The home side led for the majority of the match thanks to Dan Price’s early goal, but then in the third minute of second half stoppage time, Luke King smashed home for Bridport to grab a dramatic late point. Hallen moved ten points ahead of opponents Brislington after holding off a late fightback from their hosts to triumph by three goals to two. Goals either side of the interval from Caelen Simpson and Matt Davis saw Hallen move two goals ahead, with Kyle Thomas extending the lead to three just after the hour mark. Brislington scored twice in the final 20 minutes to set up an exciting finale, but the visitors held out to collect their 11th league win of the campaign. The returning Ryan Radford made an instant impact for Roman Glass St George, scoring two vital goals in their 3-1 win at home to Shepton Mallet. The game was in the balance at half-time, with Rhys Hodgson putting the Glass ahead, before James Billing powered home a header from the edge of the penalty area just before the interval. Radford has been missing from the lineup for five weeks due to injury, but his return made a big difference for the home side, and he scored two second half goals to help his side rise to 17th.

First Division

Tuesday’s upcoming clash between Cheddar and Keynsham could now decide the destination of the First Division title, after the K’s moved a point behind the Cheesemen following Saturday’s fixtures. Keynsham powered to a 2-0 win at home to Portishead Town, with second half goals by forwards Craig Wilson and Matt Brown handing them their 24th victory of the league season. Meanwhile, Cheddar slipped up at home to Wells, losing 2-1 despite playing against ten men for the entirety of the second half. The game started at a frantic pace, with Mark Randall’s deflected effort putting Wells ahead, before Oli Hucker levelled things for Cheddar inside 15 minutes. The away side restored their lead instantly through Dale Hunt, but then suffered a dismissal at the end of the first half to galvanise their hosts ahead of the second period. A strong resolute performance from the Wells backline kept the league’s most frequent scorers at bay to help City complete a memorable league double over their Somerset neighbours. Another side from the rural county to enjoy success on Saturday afternoon were Chard Town who defeated Calne 3-1 at the Dening Sports Field. After falling behind to Joe Williamson’s opener, Ollie Pearson drew the sides level from the spot, with Stephen Friend then capping a fine second half performance from Chard with their third goal 20 minutes from time.

Jamal Chevolleau’s 53rd minute effort was enough for third-place Corsham to see off the challenge of Welton, while Josh Williams’ first half strike edged Sherborne to a 1-0 victory over Oldland Abbotonians at Raleigh Grove. Warminster are another side bang in form, and they racked up another four goals in their one-sided victory at home to Bristol Telephones. Jake Wright’s double help lead Andy Crabtree’s side into a three-goal lead at the break, with Eben Mortimer-Taylor completing the scoring in the second half, adding to Lewis Graham’s earlier header. Devizes Town produced a remarkable comeback to beat Longwell Green Sports 4-2 at Nursteed Road. The visitors looked to be in complete control at the break, after goals from Courtney Charles and Ali Bamford had steered them into a two-goal lead. Not only were Longwell Green 2-0 up, they also had a man advantage, with Jack Bramwell dismissed for the foul which led to Bamford’s successful penalty on the half hour mark. Devizes had not won in more than three months on their home patch, but went about putting that poor record to bed, with second half doubles from both Sam Dodds and Jake Waters completing an unbelievable turnaround. Radstock Town ended a three-match losing run, scoring a stoppage time winner in their 3-2 triumph at home to Bishops Lydeard. Having fallen behind inside the opening minute to Ryan Brereton’s early strike, Radstock moved into a 2-1 lead at the break thanks to goals from Shaun Derrick and Luke Ingram. Zac Ryder then headed in a Sam Mockridge corner to bring Lydeard back level, but with only seconds left on the clock, a bullet header by James Rustell decided the outcome of the contest and helped Radstock rise to 16th. Chippenham Park also eased their relegation fears slightly, after a solitary goal from Lewis Ellington midway through the first half helped Chippenham Park defeat Bishop Sutton 1-0 at Hardenhuish Park. At the Lancer Scott Stadium, Callum Townsend’s 20 league goal of the season cancelled out an earlier effort from Gary Chapman as Ashton & Backwell United drew 1-1 with Wincanton Town.


PDF Copy