Cheddar 2 Chard Town 3August 18
Toolstation Western League Division One
Cheddar 2 Chard Town 3
Two goals from substitute James Boyland gave Chard Town a fine come from behind win on Saturday against a team which had won its first three games and beaten Bridgwater Town in the FA Cup writes Kerry Miller.
It brought a thrilling climax to what had a been a superbly entertaining game in front of a good crowd, which included a healthy visiting contingent whose side climb to fourth in the Toolstation Western League Division One table. The Cheesemen were without leading scorer Adam Jones for the first Vegetarian Derby of the season but is seemed to matter little as within three minutes they were a goal up. Craig Mawford found room on the right and his cross was not cleared and Adam Wright was lurking on the edge of the area to finish well past keeper Scott Wells-Burr. The tempo of the game was intense and very watchable and it was no surprise when the Robins equalised nine minutes later when a long throw from Andrew Holmes somehow reached Ryan Parris and then the net in a split second. Both sides were playing some excellent football on a green and flat surface at the Theatre of Cheese and Cheddar could have retaken the lead when a long free-kick was volleyed over from close range by Sam King.
Just before the break Stephen Pennington had an effort blocked then from another free-kick Wright had a header saved before the teams went off with honours even from a fine first half. The equilibrium was almost ended with the first attack after the break as Wright brought a diving save out of Wells-Burr then the same man drove into the side netting with some of the home support at the clubhouse end prematurely celebrating a goal. Chard should have taken the lead soon after when a mix up from a goal kick presented Parris with the ball on the edge of the area but somehow home keeper Mike Dangerfield blocked the effort which could have been a turning point either way.
Cheddar were dominating possession with Chard relying on the occasional counter attack and they again went close when a mass raid ended with Danny Griffiths and King both having shots blocked by the overworked defence who watched as Wright skied the loose ball into the car park. On the hour King drove wide and a Ricky Bennett corner was nodded wide by King who was dangerous whenever venturing up field but by then Robins manager Jamie Manley had introduced Boyland and he was to change the whole outlook on the game. On 71 minutes Chard fashioned a move out wide on the left and Boyland cut in and his solo effort flew past Dangerfield and in off the post for a lead which was against the run of play but deserved by the visitors who were playing their part in a cracking game. It was almost level moments later when a Cheddar corner was almost nearly nodded in for an own goal by Keiran Bailey before it was somehow cleared off the line but the home side were not to be denied and with ten minutes left it was level. Pennington hooked the ball home from five yards out after good work from substitute Reece Ferguson-Obamwonyi to set up a thrilling finish where both teams went for the win. It was the Robins who won the final battle as a free-kick was thrown in towards Boyland who controlled the ball before launching a dipping lob shot over Dangerfield and in the top corner for what was to prove the winner. It was a stunner for Cheddar who would have gone top with a win and they almost snatched a point in injury time when Pennington had a drive saved by Wells-Burr who then somehow tipped over a close range header from the same man for what was a match winning save.
League leaders Bishops Lydeard visit Bowdens Park on Tuesday for what will be another exciting encounter as they gear up for the visit of Southern League Yate Town on Saturday in the FA Cup while Chard Town can enjoy their win for some time. Frustratingly for the squad their forced non-appearance in either the FA Cup or the FA Vase means that unless a league game can be rearranged they do not play again until September 8 when they visit Radstock Town.
Posted on : 19th August, 2018 09:44:42
Willand Rovers 3 Shepton Mallet 0Wednesday August 15
FA Cup extra-preliminary rd replay
Premier Division Willand Rovers pocketed a very handy winner’s cheque on Wednesday night and in doing so booked a home tie with newly promoted Southern League side Street on Saturday week in the preliminary round of the FA Cup writes Kerry Miller.
The 3-0 scoreline looks comfortable enough but it was far from that as Shepton were right in the game until 20 minutes from time when a fine Luke Alden finish sealed the deal.
Shepton lined up without their impressive young keeper Tom Easterbrook who has gone to Nottingham University and striker Tyson Pollard who was on holiday, as was joint boss Jon Burr and they missed a battling performance which included debuts for Ryan Fry and Jammeh Malick.
Willand had the best of the opening half while Shepton played some excellent football without creating much in the way of chances and the home team went close early when Brad Ausden was put through and cut inside but his shot lacked power and was saved by new keeper Charlie Phillips. The visitors retaliated as Luke Ingram latched on to a long pass to lob over Mike Searle then Luke Mortimore and Ausden combined but Phillips was equal to the move with a flying save. There was no shortage of action as home full back Ryan Guppy had a shot saved then was deep in the defence to snuff out a promising situation twice in the same attack but the pressure was to tell and seven minutes from the break Josh Searle picked up a cross field pass and hit a sweet left footed drive past Phillips for the opener. The youngster almost set up the second just on the break with a whipped cross but Ausden could not connect from close range.
Shepton’s endeavour continued in the second half but with the bonus of chances created and Tom Hill scuffed his shot when in a good position and both substitute Ash Willmott and Joe Morgan went close. Willand were also looking good as befits a team at the top of the league and Jed Harper-Penman drove wide before Searle’s long drive cannoned back off the post into Phillips’ arms for a big let off. Mortimore crushed Plymouth Parkway with a clinical hat-trick seven days earlier but he could not add to his tally on the hour after Brett Worbey put him through but it was not to prove costly. Worbey then threaded another pass to Alden and he drew Phiilips before slottin g home the second with 19 minutes left to all but kill off the tie which they had been seconds from losing in the original game.
Shepton skipper James Billing then could only watch as Searle somehow kept out his point blank effort and the visitors showed they were not beaten as towering substitute Dale Hunt twice went close to halving the deficit. Just near the end Harper-Penman and Worbey almost exploited the space as the visitors pushed up in a vain bid for a goal but it did come right at the end when Harper-Penman slammed home the third from 18 yards to complete a good performance from Willand who look to be shaping up for a successful season.
Posted on : 16th August, 2018 11:38:44
Keynsham Town 1 Bodmin Town 3Tuesday August 14
FA Cup extra-preliminary rd replay
Keynsham Town 1 Bodmin Town 3
Division One Keynsham Town gave themselves too high a mountain to climb at the Crown Field on Tuesday in their FA Cup extra-preliminary round replay with SW Peninsula League Bodmin Town midway through the first half, conceding a goal and having Craig Wilson sent off and so it proved writes Kerry Miller.
It was a disappointing anti-climax after the remarkable exploits of the Saturday before when they came back from 4-2 down to force a long trek up country for Bodmin but the Cornish side now entertain K’s neighbours Cadbury Heath on Saturday week in the preliminary round.
Bodmin began well and in Ollie Brokenshire and Stuart Bowker have a burly strike force to more than replace the departed Adam Carter and the latter was soon pitched up against Scott Saunders for a battle which went on all night. Brokenshire and Ben Steer both tested home keeper Matt Dunk before after an end to end beginning Bodmin upped the pace and took the lead on 17 minutes. Brokenshire’s sharp drive was too hot for Dunk to hold and Ryan Oxley pounced to rifle the rebound into the roof of the net for the lead. Matt Brown saw a lob from a good position held by the backpedalling Corey Harvey then Adey Harvey's drive was also held before Brown’s long cross was met by Wilson whose header was saved on 20 minutes. It was the striker’s last meaningful contribution for five minutes later he was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Halford after retaliating to a foul which brought the inevitable and now almost compulsory bench clearance which mercifully calmed down.
Sadly Keynsham’s chances of a juicy local derby in the next round went with Wilson’s departure and although to their credit they battled to the end the result was rarely in doubt. Brown went close with an overhead kick but on 37 minutes the visitors doubled their lead when Jon McCreery beat the offside trap and cut in before curling a fine shot in off the far post. Adey Harvey then found room to dance into the area only to be denied by a flying Corey Harvey before right on the break at the other end Steer brought a fine stop out of Dunk.
Soon after the resumption a defensive error gave the impressive and experienced Kai Fisher the chance to make it three but Dunk parried his drive and then blocked Brokenshire’s rebound to keep his side in with a faint chance of a comeback but the few chances created did not go in despite the non stop running of Brown and Nathan Curnock who could have had a couple himself. Lee Pitman went close before Curnock volleyed well over from a good position after driving just wide seconds earlier. The match occasionally simmered and gave referee Halford plenty to do and with a number of the crowd offering the visiting forward line advice as to where all the pasties had gone in Cornwall, there was always something going on.
Bodmin could afford then to introduce 42 year old substitute Danny O’Hagen who made his Football League debut for Plymouth Argyle 21 years ago butt was all academic with 20 minutes left when Steve Colwell’s skill gave him enough space to curl a gem over Dunk and in to make it 3-0 and close it out for good. Just on time Ks endeavours were rewarded when Kyle Box shot home via a healthy deflection but it was immaterial and the watching Cadbury Heath contingent were left to plan their route down the A30 on Saturday week.
For Keynsham they are left to contemplate the last three matches where they have conceded ten goals after the opening evening crushing of Bishop Sutton and will be looking to bounce back at home to Welton Rovers on Saturday
Posted on : 15th August, 2018 23:46:26
Bridport 0 Wellington 0August 11
FA Cup extra-preliminary Rd
Wellington earned the chance of another crack at the £2,250 prize money and an away tie with either Hallen or Longwell Green Sports with a battling 0-0 draw at a rainy Bridport on Saturday writes Kerry Miller.
It was no more than they deserved after a good defensive performance in the first half followed by a second half full of counter attack and midfield battling. Bridport played their part in a match which could give 0-0 draws a good name in constant rain which for once in this part of Dorset, was a blessing rather than a disaster. The Bees were without their new teenage prospect Jamie Cox who scored on his debut last week , and keeper Darren Hutchings who was at a wedding and leading scorer Mark Salter, who was on holiday.
Wellington were forced to play without Joe Chamberlain and Jai Fisher who were both sent off last Saturday and suspended and the sides were in no mood to mess about as tackles flew in. Leighton Thomas was looking lively for the Bees and he fed Richard Hebditch who brought a save out of Josh McLean then Hebditch broke to set up Lee Sweet whose first effort was saved before he knocked over the rebound. Sam Bryant then provoked the first outburst of aggression with a late challenge on Kamaron Andrews and was booked along with Josh Wadham, who was one of at least seven Wellington players chasing referee Hobbs while screaming at him full in the face. A further half dozen bookings for dissent at that moment would have nipped everything in the bud but Wellington survived.
Wadham hit a free-kick from 20 yards which was deflected for a corner then from a quick counter attack his curling strike was only a yard wide from distance on the half hour. The visitors were playing their part in a very watchable game and Bridport survived a massive scramble as the last five minutes became frantic. Thomas’s fine work enabled Dan Peach to test McLean before Bryant shot at Smith with the last play of the half.
From the restart Conor Bryant won a battle to set up Wadham who brought another save out of James Smith but Wellington were giving as good as they were getting and after Oscar Latas had a 25 yarder saved for Bridport Sweet’s drive was equalled by McLean’s flying stop. Wellington’s counter strikes were looking increasingly potent and when Jack Bryant and Wadham found themselves two on two with the home defence, Chris McGrath did just enough to allow Smith to save for a corner and what could have been a turning point. Sweet then somehow got his frame in the way of Tom Hawkings’ shot and with Welly going for the win Jack Bryant volleyed inches over.
Bridport at times in the second half were looking second best but in their best move of the match McGrath won a challenge before Hebditch found Dan Peach who set up Thomas whose snap shot was held by McLean. With what was the last play of the match Thomas’s shot was parried out by McLean but it was cleared and the teams must do it all again on Wednesday night in the replay which will be at Cullompton Rangers FC as Wellington’s ground is unavailable until next month due to cricket.
Posted on : 11th August, 2018 19:55:22
Willand Rovers 4 Plymouth Parkway 0Wednesday August 8
Willand Rovers 4 Plymouth Parkway 0
WILLAND Rovers went to the top of the fledgling Toolstation Western League Premier Division table on Wednesday evening with a stunning and comprehensive victory over visiting Plymouth Parkway at Silver Street writes Kerry Miller.
A clinical hat-trick from Luke Mortimore and a close range header from new boy Ben Bickle dismantled Parkway who had no answer to the pace and finishing of Mortimore and the speed of passing on what was a pitch which looked poor but played well. Almost 200 gathered on what was a night which started dry but got wetter and they watched Parkway, many people’s favourites to go right through to Southern League football next season, got off to a fine start pinning Willand in their own half for the first ten minutes. The potent strike force of Stuart Yetton and Adam Carter were a real handful early on and when the home defence gave the ball away in midfield Carter ‘s fierce drive was parried by Mike Searle to Mike Williams but he could not guide his free header with enough accuracy and the chance was gone.
It proved costly as Willand began to claw their way into the game and Bickle set up Mortimore who was denied close up by a defender and from the corner Adam Hill nodded wide. It was a wake up call which Parkway did not heed for on 19 minutes they gave the ball away in midfield in identical fashion but Rovers took full advantage as Brett Worbey fed Mortimore who drove under Kyle Moore to give his side the lead slightly against the run of play. He was then given the freedom of Silver Street minutes later and weaved inside before shooting wide just as the first of a series of fierce showers made its presence felt. The pendulum had swung completely and Mortimore again raided as a ball over the top caused problems and having won the tackle he curled a shot around Moore and into the same corner to double the lead and stun Parkway. It was almost a half hour hat-trick moments later as he was put through and lobbed home but an offside flag put paid to the celebrations.
Parkway themselves regrouped and Yetton had a firm header saved then Ryan Lane showed superb speed and no little skill in sending over a cross which Mike Smith chipped just over. They were creating chances but took none and when the second half began a come back was not being written off by anybody. Around the hour mark the venue of the points became clear but they could easily have gone elsewhere if the fates had decided it. Yetton shot over from 18 yards before Worbey struck a free-kick which Moore tipped onto a post and Parkway somehow escaped and seconds later instead of 3-0 it could so easily have been 2-1 as Yetton hit the post with a header. Willand cleared a corner of the line before Smith blazed over and in truth that was where the visitor’s chances of a share of the spoils disappeared.
Rovers and the home fans then believed a win was on the cards and with Mortimore’s pace causing them no end of grief he was one of a counter attack which Parkway could not cope with and Worbey’s chip found Bickle who nodded home the third with some style. Three minutes later it was 4-0 as Mortimore ran half the length of the pitch before drawing Moore and steering home the hat-trick goal.
Substitute Christian Pople was just over with a drive late on but with four goals in the bank Willand managed the game and sit proudly at the top having comprehensively come out of the Devon derbies the victors. They now go to Shepton Mallet on Saturday in the FA Cup while Parkway have a trip to Bristol in the same competition to take on Hengrove Athletic.
Posted on : 08th August, 2018 23:40:52
Bridgwater Town 2 Buckland Athletic 0Tuesday August 7
A goal in each half from Jake Llewellyn gave Bridgwater all three points from their opening Premier Division game at Fairfax Park on Tuesday night which ended in pure farce with them completing the game with ten men writes Kerry Miller.
Substitute Ian Bellinger possibly made history right at the death as he was sent off seconds after coming on to replace Jack Taylor, who himself was replaced after a confrontation which saw him and Buckland’s Jamie Richards booked when the opposition were screaming for a red card. Bellinger walked onto the pitch and appeared to deliberately walk into Richards provoking yet another skirmish as he was dismissed before the game had even restarted.
In truth both sides should look closely at their behaviour as the constant screaming for fouls and racing to the referee demanding sanctions has no place in football and should be stamped on before every game becomes chaotic.
The home pitch was hard and uneven but perfectly playable after much grafting from the ground staff and with Buckland never really getting out of second gear it didn’t take very long for the teams to decide they weren’t over keen on each other. Buckland’s match set up was thrown out of kilter after less than 20 minutes when Danny Griffiths limped off and other than a couple of long throws into the box from the Robins very little happened until Dave Thorne escaped down the right and his wicked low cross was missed by everyone. On the half hour they took the lead when player-boss Dave Pearse and Taylor linked and his fine cross found Llewellyn on the far post and he nodded home with keeper Dom Aplin, signed on dual forms as cover from Newton Abbot Spurs, helpless.
By then tackles were flying in and with accusations of errant elbows from both sides referee Richard Lawrence lost patience as too many free-kicks and too much testosterone threatened to dominate the game. Buckland player-boss Craig Duff set up Richard Groves who drove wide, their first shot in the game, before Duff escaped and brought a save out of Jake Viney just on the break.
What had been a largely uneventful first half came to live with a vengeance from the restart as Les Afful drove over before the Robins went two up and all but wrapped up the game on 55 minutes. Taylor had lobbed wide seconds earlier but from a corner Buckland did not clear their lines and Llewelyn smashed it home from 20 yards out. Duff became the second player in the book after Taylor earlier and he was joined by Groves and with the visiting defence all at sea Taylor was gifted the ball but could only lob it into Aplin’s arms. The keeper kept out a Lee Bugg drive late on then Llewelyn set up Sam Towler who volleyed just wide which set up the bizarre ending.
Taylor and Richards clashed in the area, the latest in several confrontations, with Taylor accused of a head butt and he was immediately substituted for Bellinger who trotted on to pitch straight into Richards, with yet another skirmish opening up as he was shown a straight red, no more than 15 seconds after coming on and without the match restarting.
Buckland have some questions needing answers as they have started the season with three straight competitive defeats going into Saturday’s game while Bridgy can be delighted with the win but less so with their lack of self-discipline.
Posted on : 07th August, 2018 22:54:56
Hallen 0 Roman Glass St George 2Saturday August 4
A Ken Oni goal inside the opening 30 seconds set Roman Glass St George on the way to their first ever three points in the Premier Division of the Toolstation Western League at a scorching Moor Lane on Saturday, writes Kerry Miller.
With the oppressive heat and hard surface fast flowing football was at a premium but with their very first attack Oni found room to move forward and his drive evaded Liam McFarlane and may have taken a slight deflection on its way in. Hallen’s squad for this campaign under Ray Johnson includes a handful of former Clevedon Town men including the vastly experienced Clayton Fortune, Kevin Camargo and Alex Russell and Camargo was involved when Tom Bradley and Dan Hunt’s good work forced a corner then George Binding and Bradley combined but the cross was cut out by Josh Dempsey. Hallen were beginning to come to terms with the conditions and Kyle Thomas’s shot was deflected and the corner routine ended with Thomas’s cross shot being headed off the line.
Rhys Hodgson skied an effort when the ball bobbled 20 minutes in for Roman Glass then his lobbed cross landed on the net after another penetrating counter attack and from the best move of the half Ibrahim Sarr and Hodgson set up a diving header from Lewis Wentland which went high. Hallen could have levelled just past the half hour when a mass attack involving Daryl Charman, Hunt and Binding saw all three go close in a melee but their good work was undone when the ball was given away in midfield and Joe Swift was given too much room and tucked his shot past McFarlane to make it 2-0 with ten minutes left of the half. Just on the break Oni latched on to a long ball out of the half and was only kept out by a superb tackle by Matt Davis.
Predictably as the heat and the early season leg weariness took its toll the second half never really got going although Oni was just wide from a corner then Hodgson also went close from 12 yards. Hallen’s attacks were sporadic also and Charman shot over before following a good move Hunt shot from close range and Dempsey appeared to get a touch on it to push it onto the bar and away.
Alex Russell made a belated appearance after his exploits in helping England to win their third consecutive Veterans World Cup in Thailand but the points were gone and Hallen must regroup for Tuesday’s home game with Cribbs while Roman Glass prepare to entertain Cadbury Heath on Wednesday. Referee Andrew Perry had an unfussy game with few problems but Andy Gurney’s side went home the happier.
Posted on : 04th August, 2018 20:57:18
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Keynsham Town 5 Bishop Sutton 0Friday August 3
The new Toolstation Western League season got off to a flying start on Friday night when Keynsham Town’s opening match against neighbours and friends Bishop Sutton attracted a crowd of 265, which Groundhop apart will take some beating writes Kerry Miller.
The home side are fresh off the back of going so close last May while Bishop Sutton stabilised last campaign after a rocky spell and hope to be ready to push on in Division One.
The Ks had defender Rhymel Henderson making his debut after signing from Hallen while Sutton fielded a similar looking side to last season with all four of the Keen family in the squad.
Unsurprisingly the opening ten minutes or so were scrappy with a Harry Keen drive held comfortably by home keeper Matt Dunk then Craig Wilson and Matt Long both had efforts go wide for Town. Striker Matt Brown set up Scott Saunders whose shot was deflected wide for a corner and Sutton put together a fine move which ended with Sam Downes being blocked by Long for another corner.
Downes went closest for the visitors around the half hour when his dipping 30 yarder hit the bar but Town were beginning to string some moves together after a patchy start and a goal looked likely when Brown was denied by a fine save from Will Justin before he set up Harley Purnell who was also kept out by the keeper. The goal eventually came five minutes from the break when Purnell’s corner reached both Wilson and Henderson who appeared to be welded together at the hips and the ball ended up in the net with Wilson claiming it. He almost made it two with the last kick of the half but his bullet strike crashed down off the bar and away.
At the break Sutton replaced Harry Keen with Ben Snell but within a minute Town missed another chance when Brown was again through but once more Justin was equal to it. He was not to be denied as just before the hour Purnell put him in and although Justin saved the first effort Brown rolled in the rebound to make it two. In much the same vein as last season’s game between the sides, also on a Friday, Sutton played well but got nothing which was illustrated when Jack Keen’s shot from distance was kept out by a diving Dunk moments before it was 3-0. An identical corner was whipped in by Purnell for both Wilson and Henderson to again attack it together and once again it flew in with nobody in the crowd sure who scored and Wilson once more claiming it. With the points secure Keynsham relaxed and despite Scott Hatcher bringing a fine save out of Dunk, Wilson was unstoppable and his superb work set up Adey Harvey to side foot the fourth with 15 minutes left. Bishop Sutton did not deserve to ship five goals as they did a year ago but they did, despite Justin keeping out Harvey and substitute Kyle Box with a double save. Nathan Curnock completed the nap hand just on the whistle with a crisp angled drive.
Referee Graham Pearce and his colleagues all had fine games to get their season up and running and Keynsham now look forward to entertaining Cheddar on Tuesday who will arrive delighted with their stunning 4-0 opening day win at Devizes Town while Bishop Sutton go to Portishead Town.
Posted on : 04th August, 2018 20:55:58
Penistone Church 1 Buckland Athletic 0July 28
Toolstation Charity Cup
Western Premier side Buckland Athletic made the long journey north to North East Counties League Penistone Church FC to play the Charity Cup match between the two sides representing the sponsors Toolstation yesterday but returned empty handed after a goal five minutes before the break separated the sides writes Kerry Miller.
It was the first competitive match for new player-manager Craig Duff and his team who travelled north early on the day and they were greeted by a blustery day and cool temperatures, in stark contrast to the broiling heat of the last couple months.
Buckland are in transition having lost Lloyd Gardner and Jare Lewington to Truro City while Penistone, situated a few miles west of Barnsley in south Yorkshire were nominated for the game having finished seventh last year. Adam Seedhouse took over the keeper’s gloves having travelled across the Pennines from his base at Manchester University and was the club’s man of the match for a string of fine saves, especially in the first half when the home side had the best of the conditions.
Penistone began well with nippy striker Nathan Keightley and James Young setting up Connor Glavin, but the son of former Football League striker Ronnie Glavin headed over. The deceptively strong wind and hard and parched surface was doing nobody any favours and Buckland struggled to get any momentum going after the long journey and having had a number of friendlies called off. Seedhouse saved well from Sam Scrivens before Buckland’s first real sortie when Lewis Tasker, a new signing from Street, slung in a low curling cross which evaded everybody including the onrushing Les Afful. Seedhouse again denied Scrivens from point blank range and did even better from Andy Ring as Buckland’s goal led a charmed life but a score was always coming and from a curling corner Ash Ellis nodded home from six yards to give Penistone the lead.
Half-time saw the predicted hailstorm arrive at the Memorial Ground and with the 181 strong crowd scuttling for cover Buckland began to get into the game and Afful’s right foot shot flew just wide. The same man was almost in on the hour only for James Young to deny him with a last ditch tackle and with half an hour to go both sides were showing signs of fatigue. The game opened up and Liam Head’s effort was cleared off the line and with Penistone havin g used all five subs and Tom Bren nan going off injured they were down to ten men for the last 20 minutes but Buckland were creating few chances and ultimately the cup stayed in Yorkshire although the nominated charity, Yorkshire Air Ambulance gained to the tune of £700.
Adam Seedhouse, Toby Down, Liam Head, Dan Harrison, Lewis Tasker, James Richards, Nick Rudge, James Moxon, Les Afful, Ryan Bush, Danny Griffiths, Subs , Craig Duff, Charlie Johansen, Josh Webber, Matt Roberts.
Posted on : 29th July, 2018 20:57:12
Chipping Sodbury Town 2 Fareham Town 1July 14
Pre season friendly
Sodbury took an impressive scalp on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Wessex League Premier Division Fareham Town at a baking hot Ridings on Saturday afternoon writes Kerry Miller.
The game came about with the clubs having brothers in both camps and the Hampshire squad arrived to find the pitch in superb condition despite the continued drought and the home side were soon busy with Joe White and George Box showing up well in the attack. Liam Vaulters had a drive deflected then Theo Coombs set up White who volleyed wide when well placed before Fareham clicked and Ash Tattersall was wide after latching on to a long ball. Experienced Callum Laycock then thought he had given his side the lead but it was disallowed for a push and as the action went to the other end Sam Jenkins went close . Craig Hardy nodded over for Fareham and a Laycock drive went close then the Sods were close to the lead again soon after as White set up Liam Pullen but his effort was pushed over by Del Harding. The visitors should have taken the lead around the half hour when they launched a three on one attack but Lamin Manneh missed although it didn’t seem to matter as just on the break Laycock knocked in a corner from close range to give Fareham the lead.
After the break Tom Fry was wide from close range but a long drinks break only 15 minutes in disrupted the flow for a while and there were few chances until Box and White combined and the latter netted to make it 1-1. Fareham were stunned and six minutes later a through ball found Box on the left and he guided his effort over Harding for what proved to be the winner.
Yusapha Badjie watched his drive tipped over the bar by Sam Burgess but the home team were comfortable and move on to games against Yate Town and Rockleaze Rovers before the big kick-off on August 4 at home to Bridport.
Posted on : 17th July, 2018 20:31:02
Axminster Town 2 Chard Town 013th July 2018
Late goals from substitutes Ricky Pitter and Charlie Skilton gave Axminster Town victgory over near neighbours Chard Town at Tiger Way on Friday night in front of a very impressive attendance for a pre season match in early July writes Kerry Miller.
It was a touch harsh on Jamie Manley’s new look squad who played some fast one touch football in the first half and only faded late in the game after a number of substitutions had broken up the play.
Former Westland Sports’ winger Tom Salter was busy early on and was almost in on goal inside 30 seconds then he shot wide after good work from James Boyland. New man Callum Williams then brought a save out of Ash Smith in the home goal as the Robins impressed before the home side’s first chance when Aaron Daniels was just crowded out for a corner. Nathan Antat then almost caught Chard napping from a corner but they were let off when his shot hit the side netting.
Just on the half hour Tony Pinder nodded a long cross over before at the other end Ryan Mason was wide and Matt Howell released Boyland but Smith was equal to it and saved well with his legs.
After the break both sides made changes and with a couple of players using the same shirt for some reason it was not easy to follow the action at times but Axminster boss John Hurford lobbed over and Salter was also too high with an effort for Chard. Ben Haines then went very close as his shot was sliced over his own bar by a defender and Axminster capitalised on the good fortune as with 15 minutes left Hurford’s cross was too much for the defence and former Sidmouth Town striker Pitter tucked in the first goal. Axminster clinched the victory in the dying seconds when Hurford’s shot was parried by Alex Cunnold only for Skilton to nod it over several defenders and in to the far corner.
Chard can take heart from this game as they played some quick paced football and now look to go to Dorset Premier side Gillingham Town on Thursday at 7pm for their next work out before a first team game with Somerset County side Somerton Town on July 24.
Posted on : 16th July, 2018 19:05:45
Wells City 1 Bridgwater Town 212th July 2018
Less than 24 hours after England fell at the second last fence, Wells and Bridgwater linked up to continue their pre season games at the Athletic Ground writes Kerry Miller.
With some matches falling foul of crumbling pitches there were no such problems at Wells where the surface was fine, if slightly scorched although a mid match rain shower was well received by players and groundsmen alike.
Wells fielded a much changed squad from last season while Bridgwater were more or less the same with the inclusion of Tom Ellis and Ian Bellinger from Wellington and Alex Twiggs from Portishead Town and Bellinger was busy early on setting up Harry Horton to volley wide. Home skipper Mark Randall then hit a lob cross which went just over before at the other end Horton hit the bar with a dipping shot after a fine run from Charlie White.
A fine move just outside the penalty area midway through the first half led to the opening goal as Mark Armstrong bent his shot past Tom Creed in the home goal just as the rain shower came in to refresh all and sundry. On the half hour Jack Taylor caused havoc with a cross which was somehow sliced away for a corner then Jake Llewellyn was given too much room on the left and his 20 yarder was saved comfortably by Creed. Against the run of play and with the final touch of the half Jack Spence came up from the back and hammered in a header from Randall’s corner to level at 1-1.
To the credit of both sets of management the game flowed without dozens of substitutions and soon after the break Jack Jenkins was given the chance to restore the lead from a free-kick just outside the area and he didn’t waste it, planting it firmly past Creed. Both squads were then tweaked including Robins boss Dave Pearse who gave himself a half hour run out and he went close with a header which hit the side netting before a good spell from Wells. Harry Davidson found room to cross for Tony Hobbs whose header was blocked then James Russell’s good work came to nothing when he drove over but it was a good work out played in a perfect spirit and the clubs are one step nearer the big kick-off on August 4.
Posted on : 14 Jul, 2018 15:59:29