Chippenham League: White Horse gallop to extra-time cup success
It will be White Horse that keeps the Division Two flag flying this year in the presstoprint-sponsored Eric Hughes Memorial Cup, after they came out on top of a scintillating encounter with fierce rivals Staverton. The second division heavyweights went head to head at a cold and blustery Leighton Sports Centre and produced the classic cup tie that had been predicted that saw Clive Black’s side win 4-2 after extra time.
Dave Appleyard missed a first minute penalty for White Horse before Levi Wood gave Staverton a second half lead. Dale Rowland restored parity and Chris Stiles put White Horse ahead but with second of normal time remaining Staverton’s left back Olly Bramell struck a stunning 30 yard effort to take the game to extra time where Pete Ayton regained the lead for White Horse before a second from Rowland sealed the win.
First division Biddestone White Horse booked their place in the last eight after they avoided a potential banana skin in second division Goatacre CC who suffered a 4-2 loss to end their cup hopes. Goatacre paid the price for missing a host of guilt edged chances as goals from Tom Lye (two) his first direct from a corner, Leigh Rogers and Dan King who scored from the penalty sent Goatacre out. Harry Warner scored both of the losers goals.
As predicted it was a David verses Goliath battle at Poulton where first division high flyers Bradford Renegades disposed of second division basement side Wren FC 14-0 and once again it was little surprise that the red hot Sam Jordan had a field day as he filled his boots with another seven goals to take his tally to 53 in just 12 games. Along with Jordan’s seven, Lance Davis scored three, Josh Maguire grabbed a brace and singles for Mark Robinson and Dan Jordan made up the 14.
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In a repeat of last terms cup final cup holders Bug & Spider played hosts to FC Jager and once again it was Marcus Lovesey’s side who came out on top. Bug had to come from behind to claim a 2-1 success in the final and they had to come from behind again to claim their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory of their guests at Beversbrook who had Frome Town manager Darren Perrin take charge of the team in the absence of Barry Holloway. Dan Griffiths put Jager ahead, Dave Herring leveled and two excellent goals from Mark Dolman put them 3-1 up before Kia Miller scored for Jager to set up a nervy final 10 minutes, Bug held out to book their spot in the next round.
Castle FC who have reached the semi-final stage of the Knock Out cup in two of the last three seasons belied their league position as they turned in a superb second half display to batter FC Boroughs 11-3 in an all-first division battle and with Castle winning 2-1 at the break their was no sign of the carnage that was to happen in an incredible second 45 minutes. Sam Parker scored all three of Boroughs goals but they counted for nothing as Tom Salter, Jack Fisher and Liam Hill scored two each for Castle with singles for Gary Campbell, Nathan Emm, Joe Unsworth, Josh Robinson and Dan Sloan making up the winners 11.
First division, Steeple Ashton Rangers travelled to Sutton Benger to take on second division, Chippenham West End with both teams looking to progress to the last eight and it was Ashton who prevailed after overturning a half time deficit to win 3-2. Ashton has the chance to take the lead early on but Lee Mounty had his penalty saved by Ceiron Lyon. Scott Nash put West End in front thanks to his 25 yard volley. Lee Mounty leveled for Ashton and Nathan Holloway put the villagers ahead before a second from Nash squared things up. With the game heading for extra time a second from Holloway won it for Ashton.
Biddestone Social who won the cup in 2010 and 2011 kept their hopes of lifting the trophy for a third time alive with a 7-1 victory away at second division Somerford FC who held out against the premier division leaders for 19 minutes, before four goals in 20 minutes ended their cup dreams. Danny Jones put Biddestone ahead and two goals each for Tyler Sibbick, Martin Johnson and Kieran Baggs his second coming from the penalty spot took the victors into the quarter-finals. Jamie Holloway replied for Somerford.
Westbury Rangers 40 year wait for Knock Out cup success goes on as their dreams of cup glory were ended with a 2-1 defeat away at AFC Melksham after the original tie was switched to Christie Miller from Meadow Lane at the eleventh hour after Westbury’s pitch was declared unplayable. Melksham lead through Josh Robinson’s deflected effort, and when Westbury had Mark Young sent off the result looked a formality but Westbury leveled through Matty Mead only for a second for Robinson to give Melksham their win.
Everything is as it was before the start of playing in S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham Sunday League, Premier Division as the only scheduled fixture between FC Brunel and Semington Rovers was postponed due to the former being unable to raise a side as work commitments left them short of players.
With Bradford Renegades in Knock Out Cup action, Corsham United moved top of the Division One table after they followed up last weeks 6-2 win over Bromham (Sunday) with a much closer 2-1 success. James Hernandez deflected a Jamie Murphy’s goal bound effort in to give Corsham the lead. Jim Sandiford restored parity only for Andy Wilkins to win it for Corsham with tremendous strike.
Prestige Bodyworks picked up their first point in three games, however their 0-0 draw away at North Star A wasn’t the result they were looking for and come the final whistle Prestige were at a loss as to how they didn’t take maximum points as they had battered their hosts for much of the game but were unable to take any of their numerous chances in front of goal.
Miller Sports moved out of the Division Two relegation zone thanks to their 3-0 win over Sutton Benger. It was the third time the two teams had locked horns this term and the second time that Miller had beaten Benger on home soil as they followed up a 5-3 Parr Trophy win and it saw them avenge a 2-0 loss from earlier in the season. Paul Walker in only his second gave for Miller scored twice with their third coming from Scott Boyd.
A 3-1 victory for Kings Arms (All Cannings) at home to GRFC saw Jim Wilson’s host’s extend their unbeaten run to five matches while for Tam Laidlaw’s GRFC side they have now lost four on the trot. GRFC missed a host of chances before Jacob Rogers gave Kings Arms a 1-0 lead which was against the run of play. Charlie Austin restored parity only for Simon Drewitt to win it for Kings Arms with two second half goals.
Corsham Park Rangers remain top of the pile in Division Three after they completed a quick fire double over Pack Horse Rangers, after beating Paul Kidley’s side 6-5 in a thriller last weekend Corsham Park hit six goals for a second successive game as they coasted to a 6-1 win. Matthew Spear scored a brace his first coming from the penalty spot, Joe Forester, Kadir Ayhan, Simon Young and Owen Bryan shared the others with Tom Butterfield replying for Pack Horse.
Christian Malford took the points in their home game against bottom side Cavalier at their Kington Langley pitch with a 7-4 win in a see-saw game with six goals coming in the last fifteen minutes. Carl Ledbury put Cavalier in front only for David Brown, Scott Evans and Robert Lowe to score for Malford before half time. Evans went on to complete his hat trick in the second half, Brown and Ledbury also added to their first half goals to make up Malford’s seven. Dan Rance, Andy Holman, and Mark Torr made up Cavalier’s quartet.
FC Buscots remain in second spot behind Corsham Park, but the Devizes based side can count themselves a little lucky to have their 100% record still intact as they threw away a two goal lead to trail 3-2 before two late goals turned things back in their favour as they ran out 4-3 winners. Nathan Moffatt and Phil Little scoring for Buscots before goals from Caner Ozkaya, Mark Smollens and Kieron Gleed put Bremhill 3-2 up. Luke Enderby two minutes from time and a second from Little three minutes into injury earned Buscots their amazing win.
Talbot FC maintained their excellent form of late with a 2-0 victory over Pig & Whistle United A which means that Victor Long’s Calne based side sit pretty in fourth spot thanks to a fifth successive win. Jamie Van-Crump scored from the penalty spot to put Talbot ahead and Talbot’s keeper Stephen Rich brilliantly saved a Sean Meer spot kick to preserve their lead before Alex Wells secured Talbot’s win with his first goal for the club. United’s keeper Steve Sims produced a string of stunning saves for his teams despite playing with a broken hand.
FC North Wiltshire opened up a two point lead at the top of Division Four after their defeated third placed Old Road FC 6-1. Simon Gray top scored for North Wilts with a three timer, Dan Dring, Dan Deacon and Jason Brooks-Stevens added the others. Matt Croston replied for Old Road.
Melksham Cosmos ended their six match winless run with a hard fought 4-3 victory at home to Oakhill with their winner coming from almost the last kick of the game. Will Birch (two) and Dan Payne scored for Oakhill. Matt Brock, Marc Bowden from the penalty spot and two from Rich Ayling his second being the winner in the final seconds earned Cosmos the spoils.
A 6-3 win for Trowbridge Town Supporters Club away at Pig & Whistle United B saw them complete a double over Adrian Skinner’s side and claim a fifth win in their last six outings. A Jake Goldsworthy double and a first goal for the club for Steve Jamieson put Pig & Whistle 3-2 ahead at half time, Dean Coles and Lewis Smith scoring for the supporters’. A second half doubled from Coles saw him complete a hat trick and a goal each for James Crawford and Chris Darling his first since November 2008 won it for the supporters’ club.
Results For Sunday 9th December 2012
S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham Sunday League: Premier Division, FC Brunel v Semington Rovers pp; Division One, Bromham (Sunday) 1, Corsham United 2; North Star A 0, Prestige Bodyworks 0; Division Two, Kings Arms 3, GRFC 1; Miller Sports 3, Sutton Benger 0; Division Three, Christian Malford 7, Cavalier 3; Corsham Park 6, Pack Horse 1; FC Buscots 4, Bremhill View 3; PSC Galaxy v North Star B pp; Talbot 2, Pig & Whistle A 0; Division Four, Melksham Cosmos 4, Oakhill 3; Old Road 1, FC North Wiltshire 6; Pig & Whistle B 3, Trowbridge Town S C 6; Sportzcoach v Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) pp; Worton & Cheverell v FC United of Chippenham pp; Eric Hughes Memorial Knockout Cup (sponsored by presstoprint) Round Two, Biddestone White Horse 4, Goatacre 2; Bradford Renegades 14, Wren 0; Bug & Spider 3, FC Jager 2; Castle 11, FC Boroughs 3; Chippenham West End 2, Steeple Ashton Rangers 3; Somerford 1, Biddestone Social 7; Westbury Rangers 1, AFC Melksham 2; White Horse 4, Staverton 2aet.