Trowbridge League: Boomsbury in seventh heaven at Castle Combe
A 7-1 victory away at Castle Combe coupled with a draw for Melksham Town Reserves away at North Bradley moved Boomsbury to within one-point of their rivals at the top of the Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge League, First Division.
Boomsbury who were out of sorts for the opening 20 minutes fell behind to a Matt White goal on three minutes, Oli Howe got Boomsbury level before half time but they had to wait until the second half for the floodgates to open. Steve Jackson and substitute John Baker scoring quick fire doubles before Jackson added a third to complete a deserved hat trick and Scott Phillips netted to make up the seven.
Early season pacesetters Melksham Town Reserves dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 2-2 draw away at North Bradley who had lost the reverse fixture 3-1 at the Conigre back in October. Both sides had chances to score before Ben Lee scored from the penalty spot for Bradley. Jordan Evans leveled for Melksham from the spot and Lee Fielding put Steve Burns side ahead, only for Mike Little to bagged Bradley’s deserved equaliser on 80 minutes.
A youthful Warminster Town Reserves that featured eight players under the age of 20 overturned a half time deficit to beat an inform Seend United outfit 2-1. Warminster fell behind to a Rob Manning goal but hauled themselves level midway through the second half with Matt Dyer restoring parity and they grabbed the winner on 88 minutes when Mark Bailey pounced on an error from the Seend keeper.
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Semington Magpies and Westbury United Reserves met for the second time in a month and unlike the previous game that ended four-apiece this one was easily won by Westbury who after falling behind to a Sam Malone goal fought back to claim a 4-1 success. Ashley Easton got Westbury back on level terms, George Wheeler put them in front and goals from Marc Lanfear and Kane Scott who scored from the penalty after Darren Morris saw red for a deliberate hand ball extended Westbury’s unbeaten start to seven games.
Fresh from their superb 5-1 success over The Lamb in their previous game, Worton & Cheverell visited another of the Division Two promotion hopefuls on Saturday afternoon and once again Paul Spearing’s side showed their worth as they held the villagers to a 4-4 draw but they would have believed at 3-1 and 4-3 up the points were their for the taking. Luke Chant saw his 16th minute opener for Worton canceled out by Chris Storey. Scott Stroud regained the lead for Worton with a stunning 35 yard looping strike.
A penalty from Kieran Dickinson extended Worton’s lead to 3-1 before goals from Shane Newman and Ben Mead brought Bratton level. Into the final 10 minutes, Myles Hickton got Worton back in front only for Dale Rowland on his Bratton debut to restore parity with two minutes left and earn his team a point from what was a thrilling 4-4 draw.
Steeple Ashton maintained their three point lead at the summit after they came from 2-1 down to beat bottom side Broughton Gifford 3-2 with all five goals coming in an enthralling first half. Rafal Whitcher put Ashton one-up before goals from Ben Forester James Dark handed the lead to Broughton. The unfortunate Gary Turk put through his own net to make it 2-2 and their Broughton’s dreams of an upset turned into a nightmare when Gary Collins scored what proved to be Ashton’s winner on 41 minutes.
Melksham Town “A” recent revival continued at the expense of freefalling Calne Eagles, who just can’t buy a goal at the moment and their 2-0 loss at home to Melksham was their fifth on the bounce and comes after they had opened the season with three straight wins. A brilliant finish from Mkumbi Sokoni gave Melksham a half time lead and the win was sealed early in the second half when Ben Macey netted the second.
It was a case of de-ja-vu for Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves who after losing 2-1 to the Lamb early in the season suffered the same fate in the reverse fixture. Lamb led through a 15th minute goal from Bradley King-Taylor but they were pegged back five minutes later when Cliff Sakyi scored from the penalty spot to make what was a scrappy game interesting and it took a last minute penalty from Sam Stevens to give Lamb maximum points from a game that for most of it had draw written all over it.
Table topping Westwood News put their seven match winning run on the line away at an inform Levi’s side who prior to an unwanted two week break were looking in good shape and had started to move up the table after stringing together an unbeaten four match run which came after they had lost their opening two games. The rest proved decisive as holding the leaders 1-1 at the break they ran out of steam as four late goals helped Westwood to a 7-3 win.
Had it not been for Westwood keeper Martin Cowdrey who produced a number of great saves Levi’s could have been out of sight but they only had a Levi Wood effort to show for their efforts, Steve Bryant scoring for Westwood to keep them in the game. The second half was a complete opposite of the first as goals from Tom Rooney and Josh Maguire put Westwood 3-1 ahead before Levi Wood scored two more to complete his hat trick and level things at 3-3. After that it was one way traffic as a second from Rooney and goals for Richard Jones, Jonny Andrews and Troy Hawkes won it for Westwood.
Bradford United Reserves beat Lacock FC 3-2 earlier in the season but in the return clash at Stanley Park it was the turn of Lacock to avenge that defeat as they with a 2-1 win over their guests who finished the game with 10 men after they had Lance Davis sent off late on. Goals from Adrian Webb and Liam Shipman put them two-nil ahead before Aiden Lane pulled a goal back for Bradford on 60 minutes but it was nothing more than a consolation.
After defeats in their previous two games against leaders Westwood News and Lacock FC, second placed The Fleece returned to winning ways thanks to a 5-3 victory over Trowbridge Rangers. Good work from Sam McWade set up Nick Gleeson who put the Fleece ahead, Jordan Field equalised for Rangers before keeper Carl Bryant saw red for the Fleece after bringing down a Rangers player and Dan Moore scored from the spot to give the visitors a half time lead.
The 10 men of the Fleece got themselves level, Nick Gleeson scoring from the spot for 2-2. Tom Downes regained the lead for the Fleece before goals from Charlie Rawlings and James Cameron who headed home number five killed off Rangers whose third came from Jordan Field.
Just a fortnight after they fought out a 1-1 draw at Leighton Sports Centre, Bratton Reserves and Trowbridge Town Reserves met in the reverse fixture with Woodmarsh hosting what had the makings of another thrilling encounter, and so it proved as in a repeat of the last meeting of the sides it was a close game which ended with Trowbridge claiming a 2-1 victory. Conor Green gave the Bee’s a half time lead which was cancelled out by Ian Young. Kurt James scrambled the ball home on 83 minutes to give Trowbridge their win.
Fierce rivals Polenez Westbury and United FC locked horns in what was expected to be a red blooded coming together at Leighton, Westbury but both sides behaved themselves and let their football do the taking for them and it was Polenez who came out on top in a seven-goal thriller which saw them win 4-3 to claim their first ever victory over their rivals. Goals from Sebastian Kosiycki, Mariusz Hoszko and Pizemek Pogpizdski enabled Polenez to open up a 3-1 half time lead, Miciej Niedziela who lobbed the keeper from a 40 yard free kick replied for United.
United gave themselves a fighting chance of getting a draw from the game when they got it back to three-each, Niedziela reduced the gap to the odd goal and a Fatmir Kurti own goal tied the contest at 3-3. With five minutes remaining a second from Pogpizdski stole all the points for Polenez as they hung on to claim what was only their third win in 24 league matches.
Results For Saturday 17th November 2012
Trowbridge League, sponsored by Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories: Division One, Castle Combe 1, Boomsbury 7; Bradford United v Freshford pp; North Bradley 2, Melksham Res 2; Seend 1, Warminster Res 2; Semington Magpies 1, Westbury Res 4; Division Two, Bratton 4, Worton & Cheverell 4; Broughton Gifford 2, Steeple Ashton 3; Calne Eagles 0, Melksham Town A 2; Trowbridge Wanders Res 1, The Lamb 2; Division Three, Lacock 2, Bradford United Res 1; Levi’s 3, Westwood 7; The Fleece 5, Trowbridge Rangers 3; Trowbridge Town Res 2, Bratton Res 1; Polenez 4, United 3; Wiltshire Junior Cup Round Two, Old Town United v Freshford H-W.