22nd April 2019
Number 39

Premier Division

A thrilling end to the Premier Division remains on the cards, with all three title challengers maintaining their winning runs. Plymouth Parkway continue to lead the way, with goals either side of the break from Shane Krac and Adam Carter handing them a 2-0 victory away at Shepton MalletWilland have a game in hand on Wednesday evening at home to fourth-placed Bridgwater, and the Rovers will move into top spot with victory. Their latest three points came at home to Wellington, with goals from Brad Ausden, Luke Alden and Dean Stamp leading them to a 3-0 win at Silver Street. Bitton continue to sit third despite racking up another win, with Ben Bament’s incredible form in front of goal helping them see off the challenge of Cribbs. Facing the toughest matchup on paper, Bament struck once in the first half, before scoring twice more in the final 15 minutes to complete a marvellous hat-trick. Bridgwater are now assured of finishing in fourth spot, after goals in either half from Jake Brown and Carl Jones saw them defeat Westbury 2-0 in Wiltshire. The biggest winners of the day were Bradford Town, who overturned an early deficit to beat relegated Shortwood 7-1. A fifth minute opener from Lee Bowles had given the home side a surprise lead, which Bradford had turned around within 20 minutes thanks to strikes from Lewis Powell and Simon Prangley. Town then surged home in the second half, with Dan Cottle scoring two of their five goals after the break. Matt Morris and Will Hailston also found the back of the net, with Jamie Lyons free kick completing the scoring late on. A 74th minute effort from Ryan Jones saw Clevedon win 1-0 away at Cadbury Heath, while goals from Shaun Keet and Dan Brown led Chipping Sodbury to a 2-0 victory over Hengrove. There was also a 2-0 victory for Roman Glass St George away at Odd Down, while four unanswered goals from Bridport helped them come from behind to beat Brislington 4-1 in Bristol. Hallen completed back-to-back 2-1 wins over the Easter period, after first half goals from Daryl Charman and George Binding saw them claim the scalp of Buckland Athletic who claimed a stoppage time consolation through Jordan Ewing.

First Division

Keynsham will be plying their trade in the Premier Division next season, after a 2-1 win over Ashton & Backwell United saw them confirmed as champions. Following a brilliant head-to-head tussle with Cheddar over the past couple of months, it is the K’s tally of 90 points which will not be breached. With one point needed to be assured of promotion, Town made a strong start to the game with Scott Saunders putting them one goal to the good on the 20 minute mark. No sooner had they gone ahead, Keynsham doubled their lead from the spot, with Matt Brown making no mistake from 12 yards. Ashton have been one of the better sides since the turn of the year, and they set up a slightly nervy final ten minutes when they cut the deficit in half, but that was as close as they got and Keynsham’s celebrations could begin. Cheddar’s title push may have fallen short, but they are still battling away for points, coming from two goals down to beat third-place Corsham 3-2. The away side had won six on the bounce heading into the game at Bowdens Park, and they looked likely to extend that run when goals just before, and just after the interval from Ben Pring handed them a two-goal lead. The Cheesemen turned to their usual goal-getters to find a route back into the game, and after Adam Wright had fired home a free kick, his strike partner Adam Jones beat three defenders before slotting in the equaliser. The fifth and final goal of the game was worthy of being the match winner, with Wright’s sublime long range lob nestling in the back of the net after he had raced through on goal. Another strong showing away from home saw Longwell Green Sports move up to fourth spot. The visitors fell behind early in the second half when Alex O’Keefe capitalised on a mistake at the back to put Portishead into the lead at Bristol Road. Longwell Green then surged back to claim a 3-1 win, with Friday’s goalscorers repeating the trick, as Sam Crumb struck twice adding to another goal from the in-form Courtney Charles.

Another side to claim three points on their travels were Welton Rovers, with Dylan Hatt’s opener followed by two own goals in their 3-0 win away at Calne Town. The points were shared at the Sports Ground, where Wincanton Town and Chard battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw. The game started at a frantic pace, with Liam Cleal handing Chard a second minute lead, before goals from Toby Cole and Jamie Irwin turned the game in Wincanton’s favour inside the opening quarter. Sam Smith levelled the scores ten minutes before the break, only for Wincanton to hit straight back through Cole to take a 3-2 lead into half-time. The second half was a quieter affair on the goal front, with Chard’s Ryan Parris grabbing a point for his side after scoring ten minutes after the restart. There was also a draw in the big game at the bottom, where Chippenham Park fought back from being two goals to nil down within 17 minutes to claim a 2-2 tie with Oldland Abbotonians at Hardenhuish Park. Bishops Lydeard continued their imperious form at Cothelstone Road, making it five home wins on the bounce after easing past Bishop Sutton by three goals to nil. Great finishes in either half from Ryan Brereton put Lydeard two goals to the good, with debutant Cahal Robertson adding a stunning free-kick to complete the scoring. Radstock’s Sam Gregory has now hit 20 league goals this season after scoring twice in his team’s 3-1 win at home to Bristol Telephones. Town have now won four in five, and had more reason to celebrate on Monday with 16-year-old Mason Harrison also getting on the scoresheet at the Southfields Rec. Sherborne are another side who have shown good signs of improvement during the campaign, with their final game at Raleigh Grove this season ending in a 4-1 win at home to Wells City. Town led by two at the break thanks to goals from Oli Hebbard and Ashley Clarke, with a pair of late strikes from Elliot Mann completing the victory over their top-half opponents. In the highly attended fixture at Weymouth Street, both sides scored at the end of the first half as Warminster and Devizes drew 1-1. The hosts looked like they had gained the half-time advantage when Harry Barnes put them ahead with a well-taken free-kick, but within moments of going behind, Devizes hit back through Matt Russell to grab a share of the spoils.


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