Trowbridge League: Champions crash to 9-1 defeat
Last season’s Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories sponsored-Trowbridge & District Football League, Division One champions Trowbridge Wanderers made the worse possible start to the defence of their title with a 9-1 defeat at the hands of this terms favourites Boomsbury.
Carl Davies who was the star of the show for Boomsbury in their comeback win over Calne Eagles in last terms Division Two cup final picked up where he left off from on that May evening at Weymouth Street. Davies netted a first half treble, Booker Woodford netted twice with singles from Pete Spong, Matt Jones, Rueben Spong and substitute Neil Hannaford making up the nine. Wanderers reply came from Tom Pang.
One of the eye catching matches of the opening day was the clash between last terms runners up Freshford United and Westbury United Reserves who had finished just below them in the standings. Honours were shared last term with one win apiece so it was little surprise that the first meeting of the sides this term ended in stalemate as the teams shared four goals and the points with a 2-2 draw. Westbury led twice through goals from Marc Lanfear and Ashley Easton (penalty) but they were unable to hold out as two headed goals from Elliot Carris-Smith earned Freshford a point.
A storming second half performance from a new look North Bradley side under Paul Ranger saw them come from a goal down to beat Castle Combe 7-1. Bradley started the game well but against the run of play they fell behind to a Carl Dawson goal, but they responded well and fashioned an equaliser before the break with Lewis Smith making it one-each. The second half it was all Bradley as they hit six unanswered goals, Dean Ranger helped himself to a hat trick, Dave Appleyard grabbed a double and a second of the afternoon from Smith completed the romp.
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Semington Magpies may have closed out last season with a 3-1 defeat away at Bradford United but when the sides meet at Magpies Littlemarsh base at the weekend it was Ricky King’s host who prevailed taking the spoils thanks to their 2-1 win. Bradford struck the first blow with Tom Bouquet heading them ahead on 20 minutes. An Andy Harrison penalty after a foul on Dan Rimmer made it 1-1 and Magpies wrapped up the points on 35 minutes after a good move down the right wing involving Ricky King and Rimmer resulted in Rich Allum tapping in the winner at the far post.
Bratton who are tipped to do well this season got their Division Two campaign of to a winning start with a 4-1 victory away at fellow villagers Heytesbury. Dave Jenkins has replaced Paul Flanagan as Bratton manager and he will be more than happy to have got off to a winning start as the game was seen as a potential banana skin. Bratton were ahead inside two minutes with Dan Cox finding the net. Two minutes in the second half Sam Sweetman restored parity for Heytesbury. Bratton regained the lead midway through the half thanks to a second from Cox and late goals from Shane Newman and Matthew Morgan made sure the points made the short trip back to Bratton.
Last term’s losing Division Two cup finalists Calne Eagles got off to a flyer with a 3-2 triumph over relegated Broughton Gifford whose loss means that they have not won in 15 League and cup games. Rob O’Harrow and Gary Turk were on target for Broughton but they couldn’t save the villagers from defeat as first half goals from Adam Bewley, Stuart Windsor and Sam Rogers fired Eagles to victory.
Steeple Ashton who suffered relegation from division one last term, began this campaign with an excellent 3-2 win at home to Westbury Town who were last season’s third division runners up. Ashton overcame a 2-1 half time deficit to take maximum points for the first time since January. Guy Rowley put Ashton in front only for Ryan Earny (penalty) and Jamie House to reverse the score line before second half goals from Jake Mazan his first goal for club and Nick Gittens with only his second goal for Ashton secured them a hard fought for win.
Former Northbridge manager Matt Rusling is now in charge of Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves began his tenure with a fine 3-2 victory away at Worton & Cheverell. Mike Cooksey headed Wanderers ahead on 10 minutes. The ever youthful Dave Close leveled a few minutes later the evergreen Dave Close made it one apiece. Wanderers regained the lead just prior to half time when Will Bayley netted from a 25 yard free kick. Darrell Thompson’s close range effort made it 3-1 before Worton and Dave Close added a second in the dying moments.
Mark Hurkett started his reign as Westwood News manager with a comfortable 5-1 home win over The Stiffs, Westwood’s hot shot striker Dan Thorne opened his account for the season with the villagers first goal of the match which gave them a slender half time lead. Thorne doubled his tally and his teams lead, but the Stiffs fought back to reduce the arrears via Nathan Litterick, but they were unable to build on the goal as Westwood regain their two goal cushion through Richard Jones. Ben Cowdrey and a second from Jones sealed the win.
Lacock and fellow league new boys Trowbridge Town Reserves met at Stanley Park, Chippenham and it was the hosts Lacock who picked up the spoils after claiming a narrow 2-1 success. Town had the better of the opening exchanges but against the run of play fell behind on 23 minutes when Dom Sheppard scored for Lacock. A clinical finish from Kurt Jones in the 52nd minute tied the scores for the Town before Liam Shipman produced an excellent finish from an acute angle to hand Lacock victory in the 70th minute.
United FC twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw and deny League newcomers Trowbridge Rangers an opening day victory. A Cameron Thomas goal gave Rangers a 1-0 half time lead. An excellent team move led to United tying things up through Kloc Malek. United had Lukaz Bareja sent off and this in turn led to Rangers regaining the lead courtesy of a second from Thomas. The 10 men of United dug deep and drew level for a second time with Artur Laga’s excellent free kick squaring things up at two-each.
Results: Trowbridge League, sponsored by Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories: Division One, Boomsbury 9, Trowbridge Wanderers 1; Castle Combe 1, North Bradley 7; Freshford 2, Westbury United Reserves 2; Melksham Town Reserves v Warminster Town Reserves pp; Semington Magpies 2, Bradford United 1; Division Two, Calne Eagles 3, Broughton Gifford 2; Heytesbury 1, Bratton 4; Steeple Ashton 3, Westbury Town 2; Worton & Cheverell 2, Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves 3; Division Three, Bradford United Reserves v, Fleece FC pp; Lacock 2, Trowbridge Reserves 1; Levi’s v C S Larkhall pp; Trowbridge Rangers 2, United FC 2; Westwood 5, The Stiffs 1.