Match Reports

Chard Town 2 - 2 Roman Glass St George
First Division

A Joe Swift penalty, a minute into injury time, robbed Chard Town of their first win of the season on Wednesday night after they had come from behind and had conceded an earlier spot kick, which was saved by home keeper Jon Hill writes Kerry Miller.

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Street 3 - 0 Bridgwater Town
Premier Division

Street moved up to fourth in the Premier Division table, three points adrift of leaders Melksham but with a game in hand after Tuesday’s derby victory over Bridgwater Town writes Kerry Miller.

It was a win which was not as straightforward as it appears, with the pace of finishing power of former Robin Craig Herrod proving the catalyst for the victory with two stunning goals, either side of half-time. Street were without the suspended Josh Wadham but still boasted a strike force of Dave O’Hare, Steve Murray, Harry Foster and Herrod, all of whom have hit the net in the first three league games but it was the visitors who made the first chance with Syd Camper finding room on the left to cross for Steve Holland, who was inches away from connecting.

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Melksham Town 3 - 0 Odd Down (Bath)
Premier Division

With 25 minutes to go of what was an old fashioned blood and thunder Western League derby, Odd Down manager Ray Johnson threw on Kane Simpson up front as his side had weathered a ferocious home storm and he possibly saw the chance of snatching a win against the run of play writes Kerry Miller.

Some substitutions are inspired and lead to all kinds of joy – but others aren’t and this came into the latter category as Simpson was shown a straight red within 30 seconds for an off the ball clash with Chris Allen, and with him went the match and the three points. Town immediately stepped on the gas once more and Gary Higdon helped himself to a classic seven minute hat-trick which looked so unlikely ten minutes earlier and they cemented their early place at the top of the Premier Division.

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Westbury United 2 - 0 Radstock Town
First Division

In the end two incidents either side of half-time which could have influenced the outcome of this match were consigned to memory as Westbury United overcame a resolute Radstock Town side to leapfrog them and go top of Division One at a sunny Meadow Lane on Saturday writes Kerry Miller.

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Bridport 1 - 0 St Austell
FA Cup

A stunning 25 yard strike from Ed Butcher ten minutes before half-time gave Bridport a home tie with Street in the next round of the FA Cup after a pulsating replay at St Marys Field on Wednesday night writes Kerry Miller.

However, that goal doesn’t tell the full story of a match which the visitors were forced to play for 80 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of Liam Eddy for a foul followed by a head butt, which gave referee Stephen Graham little option.

Remarkably, it was Eddy’s first game back after suspension but Bridport struggled to take advantage of the extra man as the sending off seemed to even the proceedings.

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Bitton 0 - 1 Clevedon Town
FA Cup

Clevedon went away from the Rec on Tuesday night with £1,500 and a trip to Barnstaple Town in the next round of the FA Cup after two hours of intense football which often promised to ignite but never quite did writes Kerry Miller.

In the end it took a disputed penalty ten minutes from the end of extra-time to separate the sides who had drawn 2-2 at the Hand Stadium on Saturday.

Both teams were missing players but visiting skipper Ollie Barnes soon livened things up with a scything tackle which earned him an early booking while Clevedon struggled to contain Bitton who had all the early play going uphill. Alex Russell shot over then Joe McLennan began his assault on the away goal with a strike from distance which Damien Freeman did well to keep out. Daine O’Connor and Kane Ingram then tested Ben John in the Bitton goal but the half brought few clear cut chances with the teams cancelling each other out and ended goalless.

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Melksham Town 4 - 0 Cadbury Heath
Premier Division

Melksham bounced back from their disappointing FA Cup defeat in Hampshire two days earlier to show the 354 strong crowd at the Oakfield Stadium they were up for the challenge in the league by easing past a resolute visiting Cadbury Heath on a drizzly Monday evening writes Kerry Miller.

Although the result was rarely in doubt, the Bristol side were in the game for the best part of an hour and caused problems themselves, despite top scorer Matt Huxley only being on the bench.

New Town boss Kieran Baggs introduced two new signings in full back Mark Cooper and midfielder Chris Allen, both local lads on dual affiliation with Chippenham Town and both settled after a spell when Cadbury Heath could have taken the lead when Ali Bamford released Simon McElroy who went close. Cooper was getting forward and into good positions as Town began to link up well on the perfect pitch, made slick by persistent drizzle, and he was unlucky when his 20 yard effort was inches wide.

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Shepton Mallet 1 - 4 Tavistock
FA Cup

For almost an hour at West Shepton on Saturday, Jon Burr and Craig Loxton’s new young side more than held their own against a Tavistock side which had won there 6-1 a year earlier in the FA Vase, and led with a strike for Tom Hill on the half hour writes Kerry Miller.

In the end the SW Peninsula League champions proved too strong but the home side will definitely win more games than they lose this season as they played some fine football on a billiard table pitch which stretched the Devon side, who have lost 58 goal league leading scorer Glynn Hobbs to Plymouth Parkway but still should be challenging for honours.

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Ashton & Backwell 2 - 2 Welton Rovers
First Division

Charlie Babb’s spectacular 89th minute volley rescued a point for Welton Rovers on the Toolstation First Division’s opening day, when the Green Army certainly should have taken all 3.

Despite having dominated the entirety of the match, it was the home side, Ashton & Blackwell Utd who took a 2-1 lead ten minutes from time, which looked as if it would be enough to give them the points. A seemingly innocuous free kick was awarded to the Stags in their 18 yard box but goalkeeper Lewis Coombes’ long hoof forward wasn’t dealt with. The ball landed with Sam Skidmore who lifted a shot over the onrushing Welton keeper Drewitt and despite his effort looking like it was sailing wide, an awkward bounce took the ball back towards goal and left it nestling in the Welton net.

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Buckland Athletic

With the first team preparing to welcome SW Peninsula League favourites Bodmin Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, the Reserves were in action in the final of the Devon Champions Cup, at Coach Road Newton Abbot the night before.

Having won the South Devon League last season they qualified to play in the brand new competition, sponsored by football benefactor Carl Throgmorton, which paired the champions from the North Devon, South Devon, Devon and Exeter and Plymouth Leagues in semi-finals, the winners to play for the stunning new cup at the home of Devon FA.

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Street 7 - 0 Mangotsfield United
Friendly

Street’s management duo of Richard Fey and Nathan Rudge could do little but purr with delight on Friday evening as the Toolstation Western League side took apart Southern League Mangotsfield United at the Tannery in what was a clinical and highly impressive attacking display.

The Bristol side were without a number of regulars but Street had both lead strikers Steve Murray and Dave O’Hare missing and in truth they may struggle to get into the side for next Saturday’s Toolstation Cup Final against North East Counties League side AFC Mansfield.

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Street 0 - 1 Bristol Manor Farm
Friendly

Last season’s runners up Street got their pre-season campaign up and running on Tuesday evening when they entertained champions Bristol Manor Farm, who are preparing for life in the Southern League, writes Kerry Miller.

Despite a downpour which lasted all day and most of the match, the Tannery pitch was in perfec t nick as the sides played out a full paced game which was decided by a looping header from Farm new boy Jack Hargreaves 20 minutes from time.

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