Salter strike earns Bitton victory at title-chasing Cadbury Heath
TOOLSTATION LEAGUE Bitton put one over on former manager Andy Black as they denied his Cadbury Heath side the chance to return to the top of the Toolstation Premier Division table on Saturday.
The visitors secured a 2-1 victory after striker Mark Salter grabbed a 71st-minute winner following Leroy Swaby's swift counter-attack.
Daine O'Connor had given Bitton a first-half lead that was cancelled out by Mark Reynolds' penalty but parity only lasted for three minutes.
The result lifted Bitton back into the top six ahead of Saturday's visit to Hallen and a home clash with Longwell Green Sports on Boxing Day (12 noon).
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"It is all about being consistent," said manager John Lester, who has also guided his side into the last 32 of the FA Vase. "We have been very up and down this season but our results and performances in the FA Vase show what we are capable of.
"If we can play like that more often than not and put ourselves in the top six at Christmas, then we can still challenge."
Larkhall Athletic took the lead three times at Hallen but ended up on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline to drop into the bottom half.
Ben Horan, Tyler Sibbick and Ben Thomson all put Larks ahead, while Asa Corrick's hat-trick, a Tom Collett penalty and a Simon Knight effort earned the hosts their win.
Larks entertain Winterbourne United on Saturday before a high-noon showdown away to Bath rivals Odd Down on Boxing Day. The Downers, who host Bishop Sutton on Saturday, had their game at Gillingham Town called off last weekend.
Corsham Town's climb up the Division 1 table was halted by a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Cheddar on Saturday.
Jamal Chevolleau was on target for Corsham, whose Boxing Day derby at Calne Town (3pm) is preceded by a home game against another Wiltshire side, Westbury United, on Saturday.
Sharp-shooting Bradford Town passed the half-century mark for the season with a 5-1 thrashing of visitors Elmore.
Liam Milburn led the way with a hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by Nick Ross and Josh Brigham.
Town travel to bottom side Shrewton United on Saturday and Westbury on Boxing Day (3pm).
Wayne Pearce had a stoppage-time penalty saved as Keynsham Town were beaten 1-0 at Cribbs Friends Life.
Jordan Yeo also missed from the spot in the first half for the home team, whose winning goal came from Jack Kinnerley with 20 minutes remaining.
Keynsham are at home to Almondsbury UWE on Saturday and visit pace- setters Hengrove Athletic on Boxing Day (12 noon).