Chippenham League: Biddestone clinch seven-goal thriller
Just eight days after rain and snow wreaked havoc with the Chippenham Sunday League fixture programme things couldn’t have been any different as blue skies and sunshine ensured that all 23 scheduled League and cup matches were played which was a massive relief to the league as it meant that this season’s presstoprint-sponsored Eric Hughes Memorial Knock Out Cup remained on track.
As expected one of the ties of the first round was all-first division affair at Leafy Lane between leaders Corsham United and third placed Biddestone White Horse. Corsham who reached the semi-finals last term saw their cup run come to an early end as Biddestone won a seven goal thriller 4-3 to put their name in the draw for the second round of matches. Matt Thomson, Dan King with two, one from the penalty spot and the other a sublime volley added to a delightful lob from Warren Jones made up the winners quartet. Darrin Moss (penalty), Jamie Murphy and a Andy Davis own goal were not enough to save Kai Flack’s Corsham side form elimination.
Two time cup winners, Biddestone Social had been predicted to have an easy passage into the second round when they hosted third division Corsham Park Rangers but Dan Lardner’s side who tasted cup success in 2009 and 2010 were made to work hard for a 2-0 win after Rangers producd a brilliant display that earned them much praise for the top flight leaders. Tyler Sibbick volleyed Biddestone in front on five minutes and Nathan Phillimore’s header on 75 minutes won the tie for the cup favourites.
Last seasons losing finalists FC Jager, progressed to the next round with a resounding 10-2 win over Bromham. Dan Moore scored a three timer, James Worsley and Nick Ridout scored two each the first of Ridout’s double came from the penalty spot which led to Bromham’s Dean Rudman’s being sent off for dissent. Lee Fielding, Danny Griffiths and a first goal for Jager from Sayeed Ibrahim made up the 10. Jim Sandiford scored both the Bromham goals.
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Cup holders Bug & Spider continued their defence of the trophy won last term when they beat FC Jager 2-1 with a 7-2 home win over fourth division Crossblades in what was a true David vs Goliath encounter as Premier League Bug overcame their gutsy opponents to make the second round draw. Marcus Lovesey, Dave Herring, Mark Dolman, Mark Smith, Neurin Jones and Steve Allison with two shared the Bug’s goals. James Squire and Mike Booth were on target for Crossblades.
As expected pre-match favourites White Horse booked their place in the next round, but were made to wait until the final quarter of the game before eventually seeing off a spirited Cavalier FC 5-1. Pete Ayton saw his opener for White Horse cancelled out by Jez Wiltshire before second half goals from Dave Appleyard, Dale Rowland, Jack Miluk and Chris Stiles sealed victory for the second division side.
After beating top flight Semington Rovers, second division, Chippenham West End claimed a second upset by beating first division Prestige Bodyworks 6-3 but they did things they hard way, throwing away a 3-0 lead before taking the tie after extra time. Goals from Phil Mellor, Ben Hibberd (penalty) and Scott Nash put West End three up. James Pope, Ryan Tyrell and James Treweke drew Prestige level. Two more goals from Scott Nash in extra time and a Jason Cole headed effort late on ensured West End made the second round.
First division, FC Boroughs came from behind to see off second division GRFC who after taking a two goal lead slumped to a 5-2 defeat. A stunning strike from Charlie Austin and a Robbie Burton effort put GRFC two up before Sam Jenner, Sam Parker and Antony Brown from the penalty spot turned things around. Second half goals from Parker and Brown made up Boroughs five.
Third division, Fortune Inn and first division Castle FC went the distance before the later progressed after winning a nail biting penalty shoot out 6-5 this was after 90 minutes had finished four apiece and extra time ended five-each. Kevin Hiscox hit a 35 yard screamer to give Fortune the lead, Ryan Kubulius, Nick Johnstone and Ed Baldwin were also on target in normal time, as were Liam Hill with two, Gary Campbell and Marcus Wallen for Castle. Gary Campbell put Castle ahead in extra time only for Craig Archard to level and take the tie to penalties. Dan Sloan had his effort saved by the impressive Del Llewellyn only for Danny Johnstone to miss with a chance to win it for Fortune. Castle keeper Ashley Robinson saved Simon Reid’s spot kick to send his side into the next round of the cup.
First division, Steeple Ashton Rangers travelled to All Cannings to take on Kings Arms in what had the makings of an interesting cup clash as the last time the two sides met Kings Arms ran out 9-1 winners but on this occasion it was Ashton who came good as they coasted to a 6-2 win. Marc Sheppard and Mark Hunt scored two each with singles from Jamie Jordan and Mike Ritson making up the half dozen. Simon Drewitt scored both for the losers after coming on as a late substitute.
The all-division two affair between Miller Sports and Somerford went the way of Spike Chandler’s villagers who after beating their hosts 2-0 on the opening day of the campaign followed up with a resounding 6-0 win over Mike Stevens side to book their place in the final 16. Ashley Monaghan top scored with three, Matt Holloway and Chris Yeo who netted twice his first from the penalty spot made up the six.
Premier division AFC Melksham traveled to Langley Burrel for their cup clash with fourth division leaders Old Road FC and prevailed winning a tricky tie 5-1. Tom Robinson, Tony McElhore, Sean Fordham, Matt Cooper and Ethan Cox were on target for Melksham with Jonny Ingram replying for Old Road in a game that was played in a great spirit from the first whistle and well refereed by Derek Leppard.
First division Bradford Renegades overcame a potential banana-skin in Sutton Benger who they beat 7-1 to make it through to the last 16. Without top scorer Sam Jordan and Mark Robinson the scoring honours went to Josh Maguire who scored three. Lane Davis (two), Dan Jordan and Jordan Pinder also netted for Renegades. Matt White claimed Benger’s consolation.
Third division, Talbot’s failed in their bid to cause an upset against top flight outfit Westbury Rangers FC whose dreams on lifting the cup for the first time in their 40 year history remain intact after their 4-1 success. A first goal of the season for Dave Whyte gave Westbury a half time lead. D J Wheeler’s great finished doubled their lead and recent signing Shane Newman made it 3-0. Aaron Clegg pulled a goal back for Talbot only for Newman to add a fourth for Westbury who had DJ Wheeler sent off along with Talbot’s Mark Sharratt.
S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham Sunday League, Second Division leaders Staverton suffered their first defeat of the season after they were beaten 4-1 away at old adversaries and fierce rivals Goatacre CC who had taken a point from Aaron Latchem’s side in the reverse fixture a month ago. Goals from Ed Wilkins and Harry Warner put Goatacre two up before a Levi Wood penalty halved the deficit a second from Wilkins and Jon Gale’s strike 15 minutes from time saw the cricketers’ close the gap on their opponents to two points.
Southwick Wanderers followed up their 5-3 over Sutton Benger which earned them their first win of the season a fortnight ago with a 4-1 victory over bottom of the table Wren FC who have now lost nine on the trot. Martyn Powell scored from the penalty spot to tie the game after Ryan Underwood had given Southwick the lead. Second half goals from Tom Mann, Underwood and Bradley King-Taylor sealed victory for a Southwick side who also had a Matt Rusling penalty saved.
With FC Buscots in Sunday Cup action PSC Galaxy knew that as long as they avoided a defeat at home to Pack Horse Rangers they would move top of Division three and Pete Huntley’s side duly obliged as their 8-1 win saw them open up a one point lead at the top of the standings. Ben House (two), Rob Mitchell, Ben Mason, Neil Clark, Jamie Bayes (penalty), Leo Whitehead and a Callum Upchurch own goal made up the 8. Ben Butterfield claimed Rangers consolation.
A third straight win for North Star B saw them move up to seventh place, Star who couldn’t buy a win in their opening seven matches continued their mini revival with a 7-0 victory over local rivals Bremhill View Boys whose latest defeat leaves them still looking for their first win of the season. Michael Taraskevics and Karl Sharratt scored two apiece, Chris Robinson, Adam Walsh and Clint Couzens added the others.
Sportzcoach Dragonz United moved level on points with Old Road at the top of Division four after they defeated Pig & Whistle United B 5-2. Daryl Ward and Steve Badger (penalty) scored for the Pig who were undone by goals from Paul Walker, Ross Mather, Dan Barnett, Joe Hargreaves and Marc Bowsher who netted from the penalty spot.
With Jason Brooks-Stevens making a staring debut for FC North Wiltshire he helped his side to a 5-3 victory over Melksham Cosmos. The influential midfielder may not of got on the score sheet but he played a massive part in the win which came courtesy of goals from Simon Gray (two), Dan Dring, Dan Deacon and an own goal. Sean Little, Marc Scammell and Lewis Taylor replied.
Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) suffered a seventh straight defeat after they were beaten 4-2 at Whaddon Lane by local rivals Trowbridge Town Supporters Club whose latest success gave them their third win in just five games. Chris Bottomley scored both for Rangers, his first ever goals for the club but they were unable to arrest their losing run as Dean Coles brace and singles for Dave Strickland and James Crawford gave the supporters’ victory.
Oakhill FC followed up their 7-5 victory over Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) from earlier in the season with a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture to claim their first double of the campaign. Ishan Pantry saw his opener for Oakhill cancelled out by goals from Kyle Davies and Martin Dickinson whose goals gave Worton a 2-1 lead at the break. Dan Payne restored parity for Oakhill and William Birch hit the winner five minutes from time.
With defending champions FC Jager and fellow top flight side AFC Melksham already through to the third round of Wiltshire Sunday Cup, they will be joined by FC Brunel in the draw for the final 16 after they saw off a challenge from Swindon Sunday League third division side AFC Tap & Barrel who they beat 3-2 after extra time.
Michael Povey’s stunning volley put Tap ahead before goals from Chris Dobbs and Dave Nolan who scored from the spot put Brunel into a 2-1 lead. Tap & Barrel dominated the second half as Brunel’s lack of fitness started to show and with looking to score on the counter attack it was no surprise that Tap were able to draw level, Povey netting from 20 yards on 80 minutes to take the game into extra time where a 30 yard screamer from Dave Nolan won it for Brunel
Elsewhere FC Buscots suffered heartache after they were beaten at home by top Swindon side Rodbourne FC who were one up in the first minute and although Phil Little got Buscots back on level terms before half time a second for Rodbourne 15 minutes from time gave them the win.
Results For Sunday 11th November 2012
S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham Sunday League: Premier Division, FC Burnel v Semington Magpies pp; Division Two, Goatacre 4, Staverton 1; Southwick 4, Wren 1; Division Three, Christian Malford v FC Buscots pp; North Star B 7, Bremhill View 0, PSC Galaxy 8, Pack Horse Rangers 1; Division Four, FC North Wiltshire 5, Melksham Cosmos 3, Pig & Whistle B 2, Sportzcoach 5; Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) 2, Trowbridge Town S C 4, Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) 3, Oakhill 2; Eric Hughes Memorial Knockout Cup (sponsored by presstoprint) First Round, Biddestone Social 2, Corsham Park 0, Bromham (Sunday) 2, FC Jager 10; Bug & Spider 7, Crossblades 2; Cavalier 1, White Horse 5; Chippenham West End 6, Prestige Bodyworks 3aet; Corsham United 3, Biddestone White Horse 4; FC Boroughs 5, GRFC 2; Fortune Inn 10, Castle FC 11aet&pens; Kings Arms 2, Steeple Ashton Rangers 6; Miller Sports 0, Somerford 6; Old Road 1, AFC Melksham 5; Sutton Benger 1, Bradford Renegades 7; Talbot 1, Westbury Rangers 4; Wiltshire Sunday Cup Round Two, AFC Tap & Barrel 2, FC Brunel 3aet; FC Buscots 1, Rodbourne 2.