Trowbridge League: Boomsbury chalk up hat-trick of home wins
A third successive home game for Boomsbury yielded another victory and three more points for Ben Howe’s side but the early Division One pacesetters’ were made to work a lot than they would have expected to by a battling Bradford United who frustrated their hosts for 55 minutes before losing out 3-0. Substitute Dave Appleyard playing his first game since his move from north Bradley put Boomsbury ahead. A Reuben Spong double sealed victory for Boomsbury who on their early season showing are definitely the team to beat this campaign.
It was third time lucky for Freshford United who after failing to win their two opening games came out on top at home to Semington Magpies. Steve Roddy’s brace sandwiched Adam Petty’s effort for the Magpies who were outplayed in a first half which Freshford should have put the game to bed. Referee, David Harding had an excellent game in the middle.
Castle Combe can’t seem to buy a point at the moment, the villagers who have yet to get going this term suffered a 4-0 reverse away at Melksham Town Reserves and their third straight defeat leaves Paul Sanderson’s side at the bottom of the table. Nick Ridout continued his return to form after breaking his leg last term with a double. Jamie Broom and Emilio Menghini added the others.
Two late second half goals from Marc Lanfear and Kirron Kiff earned Westbury United Reserves a 2-0 victory away at Seend United.
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Warminster Town Reserves finally got their campaign underway with a trip to defending champions Trowbridge Wanderers. Andy McFarren’s visitors to Trowbridge were happy with the end result as they return home with a share of the spoils following their 1-1 draw. Craig Gornell gave Wanderers a half time lead which was canceled out by Town substitute Matthew Dyer who scored 15 minutes from time.
Calne Eagles took over as early leaders of Division two after they came from 2-0 down to win 5-2 against previously unbeaten Steeple Ashton. Goals from Nick Gittens and Guy Rowley put Ashton two-up with only 14 minutes gone. Russell Driver’s superb header and Sam Rogers got Calne back on level terms before half time. Stuart Windsor, put Calne ahead, a speculative 25 yarder from Driver and a second from Windsor 15 minutes from time secured all three points for Calne.
The Lamb claimed a narrow 2-1 victory at home to local rivals Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves who defeat was their first of the season. Darrell Thompson missed a good chance to give Wanderers the lead while Craig Sheppard made no mistake at the other end in finding the net to give Lamb the lead. Bradley King-Taylor made it 2-0 before Elliott Blanks reduced the arrears late on. King-Taylor had what both teams thought was a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside late-on.
Bratton suffered a surprise 4-2 loss to local rivals Westbury Town who after losing their opening two games turned the formbook on it’s head they came from two goals down to claim a brilliant win. Shane Newman’s double put Bratton in charge before goals from Luke Smith and Ian Gray restored parity. A second from Smith put Westbury in front and the points were sealed on the hour mark when Daryl Maxwell netted Westbury’s fourth of the afternoon.
Worton & Cheverell and Melksham Town A suffered defeats in their opening games so when they sides met at West Lavington it was a matter of which of the two sides would be celebrating their first points and that honour fell to Worton who won 4-1. Myles Hickton scored three of the four and Carl Ledbury the other, however Ledbury was the star of the show as Hickton was in the right place at the right time as he tapped in after Ledbury saw his initial shots saved. 16-year-old Dan Kirk scored Melksham’s second half consolation.
After going so close to claiming an upset against Trowbridge Town Reserves last weekend, Polenez Westbury hosted Third Division league newcomers Trowbridge Rangers and this time Lady Luck was on the side of Alan Jones side who after taking nearly seven months and 20 games to record their first win of the last campaign it took them just 180 minutes to do so this season as they claimed a 3-1 victory. Sebastian Koszycki put Polenez in front only for Dan Moore to cancel out his opener before half time. The second half saw Krzystof Puchalski hand the lead back to Polenez and when the unfortunate Scott Wallace put through his own net to make it 3-1, Polenez knew that they could send the champagne corks popping six months earlier that they did last year.
A late winner form Lee Ridout earned Bradford United Reserves a 3-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Lacock FC. Lacock led through Liam Shipman whose goal separated the sides at the break. Lance Davis opened his account for Bradford when he restored parity. Lacock regained the lead courtesy of Jamie Murphy but a second of the game from Davis squared things up again. With what was an entertaining contest seemingly heading for a draw, up popped Lee Ridout to grab the winner for Bradford and bring Lacock’s promising start to an abrupt end.
Levi’s suffered a 6-1 home defeat against Trowbridge Town Reserves. Kurt James and Ashley Poms scored two apiece and singles from Natty Mills and Chad Cain made up the Bee’s half dozen. Jason Harvey scored for Levi’s.
The Fleece followed up last weeks 5-1 win over Levi’s, with another 5-1 success, this time around it was the turn of The Stiffs to suffer a defeat at The Beeches. Tom A’Court who couldn’t hit a barn door last weekend bagged a hat trick. Nick Gleeson scored after an excellent team move and Tom Downes completed the five. Youngster Ryan Parfitt was picked out as man of the match for the Fleece, for the Stiffs it was their 47-year-old veteran Simon Lunt who stole the headlines when he scored their consolation.
Westwood News are top of the division after coming from a goal down to beat United FC 5-1. In what was an explosive encounter United took a 20th minute lead when the Westwood keeper dropped a Maciej Niedziela free kick into his net. Westwood weren’t behind for long with Ashley Styles making it one apiece on 29 minutes. Ben Ludwell, Ben Cowdrey from the penalty spot after United had keeper Lukasz Bareja sent off, Steve Bryant and Lee Stevens who scored in injury time all netted I nthe second half to make up Westwood’s five.
Third division’s Civil Service Larkhall played hosts to Mid-Somerset League First Division outfit Glastonbury Town Reserves in the first round of this season’s Somerset Intermediate Cup. The Larks crashing out at the first following a 4-1 defeat, Derek Dunn scoring for the losers.
Results For Saturday 15th September 2012
Trowbridge League, sponsored by Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories: Division One, Boomsbury 3, Bradford United 0; Freshford 2, Semington Magpies 1; Melksham Res 4, Castle Combe 0; Seend 0, Westbury Res 2; Trowbridge Wanderers 1, Warminster Res 1; Division Two, Broughton Gifford v Heytesbury pp; Calne Eagles 5, Steeple Ashton 2; The Lamb 2, Trowbridge Wanderers Res 1; Westbury Town 4, Bratton 2; Worton & Cheverell 4, Melksham Town A 0; Division Three, Bradford United Res 3, Lacock 2; Bratton Res v C S Larkhall pp, Levi’s 1, Trowbridge Town Res 6; Polenez 3, Trowbridge Rangers 1; The Fleece 5, The Stiffs 1, Westwood 5, United 1; Somerset Intermediate Cup, C S Larkhall 1, Glastonbury Town Res 4.