Chippenham League: FC Colerne keep cup hopes alive
FC Colerne kept their hopes of lifting the Westernsport Trophies-sponsored WG Parr Trophy for a third time alive, but were made to fight tooth and nail by a resilient White Horse FC before booking their place in the next round. Despite being two divisions lower than their Premier Division opponents, the Westbury based side asked plenty of questions of their own and were unlucky not to take the game into extra time at least, eventually succumbing to a 3-2 defeat in a game that ebbed and flowed in true cup tradition. Dale Rowland and Pete Ayton scored for White Horse who had chances to take the game to extra time, but it was Chris Dixon’s treble that won it for Colerne.
Having beaten Talbot 9-2 in their preliminary round game, first division Bradford Renegades were in the goals for a second game running as clinical finishing eliminated top flight Brunel who were on the end of a 12-2 drubbing and if confirmation was needed Renegades can now been seen as serious challengers to lift the cup next April. Brunel led through Dave Nolan’s penalty, Sam Jordan hit his first of 7 t oget Renegades all square. Mark Nolan added a second consolation for Brunel before Mark Maguire (three) and Lance Davis with two completed Renegades romp.
Fourth division, Trowbridge Town Supporters Club gave it their best shot of claiming another cup scalp to go with the one of Christian Malford which they got in the previous round but Kevin Williams side came up just short against Third division, Cavalier who needed extra time and penalties before booking their place in the next round. Darren Folkard, John Stockman and Josh Hunter’s 85th minute penalty took the game to added time after, Dean Coles, Carl Ledbury (own goal) and Andy Anderson had taken the Town so close. Extra time failed to find a winner and it took successful spot kicks from Jez Wiltshire, Ledbury, Roger Wiltshire and Hunter to see Cavalier through.
The all-first division affair between Malmesbury based FC Boroughs and Biddestone White Horse went the way of Biddestone who after taking the lead trailed 4-1 at the break before turning up the gas in the second half to run out 7-4 winners. Scott Fleming opener was wiped out by Anthony Brown’s two spot kicks, and goals from Jack Ellis and Sam Jenner. Dan King’s second half four timer along with singles for Tom Lye and Leigh Rogers handed what seemed at half time an unlikely win to Biddestone.
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First division North Star A who struggled past third flight Corsham Park Rangers in the previous round avoided a possible cup upset away at second division GRFC who put up a brave performance before losing 7-2. Harry Myles and Robbie Burton scoring for GRFC who were well beaten in the end by goals from Karl Sharratt (three), Paul Green (two), Jamie-Lloyd Davies and Matthew Law.
One of the games that caught the eye in the last 16 of the draw saw local rivals Kings Arms (All Cannings) welcome neighbours Castle FC to their village fortress. Tom Perkins Castle side coasted to a comfortable 7-1 victory to put themselves into the last 8 of the competition. Marcus Wallen’s four timer and singles from Liam Hill, Gary Campbell and Tom Slater made up Castle’s seven. Gary Lavery replied. The victory was marred however when Andy Hunt from the Kings Arms required an ambulance when he suffered a nasty head injury.
After a run of three successive defeats Miller Sports pulled back from 2-0 down to win 5-3 in extra time against second division stable mates Sutton Benger who had beaten their hosts 2-0 just a few weeks ago. After a goal less first half two Tom Bond penalties put Benger two up. Substitute Nick Groves halved the deficit only for Luke Watson to double it again. Robert Biggs and Scott Boyd scored in the final 9 minutes to take the game into extra time where further goals from Groves and Boyd earned Miller their place in the last eight.
AFC Melksham welcomed current leaders and defending S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham Sunday League, Premier Division champions Biddestone Social to Christie Miller on a foggy October morning. With the game in doubt up until kick-off, once given the green light it produced another thriller which lived up to expectations and saw Biddestone claim a 3-2 win. Nathan Phillimore and Tyler Sibbick put Social 2-0 ahead before Melksham got back on level terms with goals from Aaron Wiltshire and substitute Luke Ballinger. With 10 minutes remaining Danny Jones headed home the winner for Biddestone.
Marcus Lovesey manager of Bug & Spider FC insisted before their game with Semington Rovers that he would step down should his team not win their first game of the season against the side who had beaten them 8-6 the previous week. Lovesey kept his job as the Bug avenged last weeks loss courtesy of a 5-2 win. Neurin Jones and Liam Brown scored two each with Mark Smith’s single making up the five. Bobby Mitchell and Nick Mead from the penalty were on target for Rovers.
FC Jager and Westbury Rangers squared off again following last Sundays game which Jager won 6-1, this time the sides fought out a 1-1 draw. Westbury will definitely be the happier of the two teams, after playing the last 25 minutes with 9 men after having Dean Ranger and Ashley Easton sent off. Beau Blakeman gave Westbury a first half lead, Ashley Barnett scored on 52 minutes to earn Jager their draw.
Steeple Ashton Rangers looked to avenge and early season 3-0 defeat at the hands of Corsham United when they travelled to Leafty Lane for a Division One match that had received top billing. Ashton led 3-0 at one stage before Jake Sainsbury’s late sending off helped rob them of victory and they had to settle for a point from a 3-3 draw. Sainsbury’s double and Mark Reynolds smart finish put Ashton three up, Adrian Webb, Jake Marshall and Darin Moss whose shot deflected in off Nathan Holloway earned Corsham who also saw a Stuart Tutty penalty saved by keeper Nathan Taylor their point.
Prestige Bodyworks claimed their first win in three outings but they did things the hard way as they came from two-down to beat Bromham (Sunday) 6-2. Freddie Paget’s double had set Bromham up for an unlikely win but it wasn’t to be as James Pope’s four-timer and singles from Stefan Klukowski and Sam Pring turned things around to earn Prestige victory.
The mouthwatering clash in Division Two between leaders Staverton and Goatacre CC ended in stalemate as Goatacre came from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw with Aaron Latchem's hosts. Goals from Jason Povey and Matt Hall put Staverton in charge but they were denied a fifth win of the season as Darren Holcombe and Jamie Crichton scored to earn Goatacre their draw.
Southwick Wanderers suffered a fourth successive loss after they were beaten 7-3 at home to Chippenham West End whose victory over Stuart Powell’s side moved them into second place in the standings. Scott Nash (two), Carl Britton, Ben Hibberd and a second half treble from James Mulhall made up the seven. Carl Davies, Stuart Powell and a first for the club from Jason Hughes netted for Wanderers.
A first win in three games for Somerford has seen them reignite their title challenge, as expected the villagers had an easy time against bottom of the table Wren FC, having already beaten them 5-2 already their completed a league double with an 11-1 win at Leafy Lane. Ashley Monaghan (four), Will Stone (three) and singles for Rob Preston, Will Robbins, Chris Yeo and Aaron Gale made up the villagers 11. Wren’s reply came from Hayden Sheffield.
The match that caught the eye in Division Three was the fixture between high flyers Corsham Park Rangers and PSC Galaxy. Galaxy were ecstatic when Rangers turned up with six keys players including top scorer Owen Bryan missing and helped the hosts claim a 4-2 success. Kane Kauppinen and Matthew Spear scored for Rangers, but it was goals from Rob Mitchell (two), Darren Lewis and Steven House who won it for the hosts.
Five goals in each half earned Fortune Inn a 10-1 victory away at North Star B for whom it was their sixth straight loss of the campaign and leaves them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. Joe Hylands, Adam Shipman, Matt Jenkins, Ryan Kubulius (three) and Richie Bolter with a four timer made up Fortune’s 10. Rob Lymath scored North Star’s consolation from the penalty spot.
Bremhill View Boys latest defeat away at Pack Horse Rangers left Garry Marshall’s side still looking for their fist win of the season. For Paul Kidley’s Pack Horse side their 6-1 win was their second in four games. Ben Butterfield, Steve Jenkins, James Bracey, Ben Butterfield and Darren Legg with two made up Rangers half dozen. Chris Eades who was later sent off after two bookings was Bremhill’s scorer.
Christian Maford got their first win of the season with a 5-2 away success over Pig & Whistle United A, inflicting a first League defeat on the hosts at their Awdry Avenue home. Kieran Shiels, Paul Knight, Ben Head, Scott Evans and Dave Brown shared Malford’s goals. Nathan Mantle with his first since September 2010 and Mark Bridger who marked his 400th appearance with a goal replied for the Pig.
FC Buscots maintained their 100% start to the season but their 2-1 win away at Talbot which keeps the Devizes based side top of the table was without controversy. Rob Drown and Dan Kidd with his first ever goal put Buscots two-up. Talbot had a goal controversially ruled out and were denied by the woodwork on three times before Karl Sharratt scored late on but it was too little, too late as Buscots held out.
Crossblades FC and FC North Wiltshire met for the second time in two weeks with the hosts looking to avenge their 6-1 defeat in the reverse fixture. As per the Fourth Division match at Leafy Lane, those in attendance were treated to 7 goals, however this was a much closer affair with North Wilts winning 4-3. Goals from Paul Colegate and Dan Deacon put North Wilts 2-0 up at the break. A Gareth Cole double got Blades back on level terms and Ben Owers put them in front only for Dan Gilbert and a second for Deacon to deny them a famous win as North Wilts fought back to take the points.
Sportzcoach Dragonz United claimed a third win of the season courtesy of their 8-5 triumph away at FC United of Chippenham who after a promising start have gone off the boil with three straight defeats. Tom Hanks treble and Adam Gerrard’s double couldn’t prevent United for defeat and goals from Dan Barnett (three), Paul Walker (two), Dan Kovacs, Ross Mather and Miles Copland won it for Drgaonz.
Pig & Whistle United B consolidated second place in the table after they beat local rivals Melksham Cosmos although they had to travel some 14 miles to Goatacre to claim their 3-1 success. Steve Badger bagging a brace and Dan Goldsworthy netted for United, Phil Carter scored for Cosmos when he leveled things at one apiece.
Two of the divisions newcomers met at Kington Langley this Sunday and it was hosts Oakhill who emerged triumphant from their clash with Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) winning a high scoring contest 7-5 to open their account for the season. Gavin Freegard, Ricky Stonham, Dan Payne, Joe Court (penalty), Tristen Huntley and a Will Birch double accounted for Oakhill’s seven. Kurtis Marsden, Jake Flower, Kyle Davies (two) and substitute Joe Mchaffy replied for Worton.
Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) were unable to arrest their slid the table, a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of early leaders Old Road FC was their fourth on the spin. After a goal less first half Andrew Rose had put Old Road ahead when he curled home direct from corner, A second from Rose made it 2-0, Dan Stevens, Jake O’Keeffe and Adam Foskett with their first goals of the season made up Old Road’s five.
S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham Sunday League: Premier Division, AFC Melksham 2, Biddestone Social 3, Bug & Spider 5, Semington Magpies 2; Westbury Rangers 1, FC Jager 1; Division One, Corsham United 3, Steeple Ashton Rangers 3; Prestige Bodyworks 6, Bromham (Sunday) 2; Division Two, Southwick 3, Chippenham West End 7; Staverton 2, Goatacre 2; Wren 1, Somerford 11; Division Three, North Star B 1, Fortune Inn 10; Pack Horse 6, Bremhill View 1; Pig & Whistle A 2, Christian Malford 5; PSC Galaxy 4, Corsham Park 2; Talbot 1, FC Buscots 2; Division Four, Crossblades 3, FC North Wiltshire 4; FC United of Chippenham 5, Sportzcoach 8; Melksham Cosmos 1, Pig & Whistle B 3; Oakhill 7, Worton & Cheverell 5; Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) 0, Old Road 5; WG Parr Trophy (sponsored by Westernsport Trophies of Chippenham) First Round, Bradford Renegades 12, FC Brunel 2; Cavalier 7, Trowbridge Town S C 5 aet & penalties; FC Boroughs 4, Biddestone White Horse 7; FC Colerne 3, White Horse 2; GRFC 2, North Star A 7; Kings Arms 1, Castle 7; Miller Sports 5, Sutton Benger 3 aet.