Trowbridge League: Melksham Town Reserves open three-point gap at the top
Steve Burns table topping Melksham Town Reserves opened up a three point lead over the chasing pack in Division one of the Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge League after picking up a sixth successive victory, their latest success coming away at Warminster Town Reserves who they beat 2-1 to keep their winning run intact. A spectacular long range strike from Jake Cooper on five minutes gave Melksham the lead which was doubled on the stroke of half time when Jordan Evans scored from the penalty spot. Warminster made a game of it in the second half and pulled a goal back in the 55th minute Antony Cane-Hall scoring to reduce the arrears despite further chances they were unable to add a second as Melksham held firm to claim victory.
Boomsbury remain in second spot in the table after they continued their winning ways at Trowbridge Cricket Ground, but only after they had made things really hard for themselves by being reduced to 9 men in their 4-2 triumph over rivals North Bradley. Ali Bradley who put Boomsbury ahead was shown red card for a challenge on Bradley’s Brad Godridge. Booker Woodford slot home for 2-0 after the break, and Woodford made it 3-0 from the penalty spot. A spectacular left foot volley from Dan Dominy made it 4-0 and another routine victory looked on the cards, until Dominy picked up a second yellow card with 20 minutes remaining. Neil Hannaford and the impressive Sam Weston got Bradley back in the game but the nine men of Boomsbury saw out time to claim what was a comfortable win.
Castle Combe may have got the better of Semington Magpies in both of their league meetings last term, but with Paul Sanderson’s side struggling at the foot of the table after their opening seven games it was Magpies who were expected to take the points from this game but a missed penalty and a disallowed goal saw the sides settle for a point apiece from their 1-1 draw. Will Couzens gave Combe a half time lead. Kelvin Lockwood missed from the spot and had a goal ruled out before Sam Malone netted to give Magpies a deserved share of the points.
Seend United made it six wins on the spin in all competitions after they came from a goal down to beat last season’s champions Trowbridge Wanderers 4-2. Wanderers took an early lead courtesy of a well taken goals from their skipper Jamie Moth. Seend equalised through Barry Holloway before Rob Manning put the villagers 2-1 at the break. Mike Hopkins and Nathan Walker stretched Seend’s lead before James Orchard scored a second for Wanderers.
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Bradford United lost out in two thrilling encounters to Westbury United Reserves last term, losing both games by an odd goal so when the teams got together at Meadow Lane for the first time this season an under strength Bradford side were expecting the worse but although they lost a seven goal thriller 4-3 manager Anthony Ottaviano was pleased with the performance of his side who despite leading 2-0 and 3-2 were unable to hold out against a good Westbury outfit. Jack Hayward, Kane Scott, Ashley Easton and Jordon Matthews who hit the winner shared Westbury’s goals. Mark Maguire, Lewis Smith who had put Bradford two-up and Phil Little were on target for Ottaviano’s side.
It was top verses fourth at St Mary’s where Neil Taylor’s hosts Steeple Ashton were hoping to close the gap on Matt Rusling’s Division Two pole sitters Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves who were looking to claim the scalp of another of their fellow promotion hopefuls, come the final whistle Ashton found themselves top of the table after an 8-0 victory catapulted them above the Lamb, Bratton and Wanderers who they now share the number one spot with but head the table thanks to a superior goal difference. Guy Rowley was the star man for Ashton scoring six of the eight, his double hat trick included two penalties. Rafal Whitcher who started the rout with his second minute goal and Gary Collins added the others.
Westbury Town came out on top in their gladiatorial battle away to near neighbours Heytesbury who played their part in a seven-goal thriller before coming out of it on the wrong end after a late goal earned Westbury a 4-3 win. Goals from Leigh Kennedy, Laurence Bartley who struck a spectacular effort from 35 yards and Chris Baker got the villagers level on three occasions after Daryl Maxwell, Josh Dowd and James Reeves had put Westbury ahead three times. A second from Dowd earned Westbury a nail biting 4-3 triumph.
A week after the claimed their first point of the season, Melksham Town A claimed their first win with a 3-1 at home to near neighbours Broughton Gifford. Goals from Dan Kirk and Ben Macey gave Melksham a 2-0 advantage before Ollie McAninch pulled a goal back for Broughton before the break. Miles Copland missed a sitter for Melksham as they looked to increase their lead, his blushes were spared when Macey grabbed his second of the game to secure a home win that lifted the hosts from the foot of the table for the fist time this season.
Lamb FC suffered their first defeat of the season, Richard Stevens who were on the road for the first time this term were beaten 5-1 away at Worton & Cheverell who they had beaten 3-2 just a fortnight ago. Tom Mason scored a hat trick and goals for Dave Close and Ben Mason who popped up with goal number five at the death capped a five-star display from the villagers. Ryan Underwood netted for the losers.
The Stiffs, currently bottom of Division three faced United FC for the second time in a month and with United winning the previous encounter 8-1, Stiffs were out to avenge that defeat and although they didn’t get the win they were after stand-in manager Keith Quadling was happy with they way his side performed as they overturned a 3-0 half time deficit to claim a point from a thrilling 3-3 draw. Jacub Koman, Agim Iljazi and Lukasz Bareja with a 35 yard stunner put United in charge at the break. Nathan Litterick pulled a goal back and a double from substitute Steve Smart who had a debut to remember earned Stiffs their first point of the campaign.
With a number of players called into their first team and players unavailable through injury and illness Bradford United Reserves put up a brave fight before losing 7-2 at home to Trowbridge Town Reserves in what was a great game for the neutral supporter. Natt Mills who caused Bradford no end of problems all afternoon scored for of the seven, Chad Cain, Kieran Green and Kurt James added the others for Trowbridge while Tom May and Lee Radwell were on target for Bradford.
Westwood News seventh successive win on the spin saw them open up a 9-point gap on the chasing pack, Westwood latest success coming with a 3-1 win away at Bratton Reserves in what was their first league match away from Bobbin Lane this term. Darren Hudd put Bratton ahead inside the first minute, Dan Thorne headed Westwood level on 15 minutes and Ben Ludwell’s far post head put them 2-1 up on 47 minutes and a second from Thorne in the 67th minute sealed victory for Mark Hurkett’s men.
Lacock FC hosted second placed Fleece FC who after suffering a first defeat of the season slumped to another loss as the hosts took all the points thanks to a 3-0 victory. After goal less first half goals from Jamie Murphy, Stuart Tutty and a first of the season from Matthew Blueitt sealed victory over a Fleece side who finished the game with 10 men after they had Ryan Parfitt sent off late on.
Trowbridge Rangers who were beaten 3-1 by Polenez Westbury earlier in the campaign avenged that defeat when the two sides met in the reverse clash at Whaddon Lane with James Goddard’s hosts winning 5-3 thanks to first half doubles from Dan Moore and Cameron Thomas. Rory Elliott on his debut made up the five. Robert Bigaj, Bartosz Kogat and Mariusz Hoszko replied for Polenez who finished the game with 10 players after they had Kizsztop Pudialski sent off.
Freshford United who lifted the Somerset Junior Cup in 2010 and lost at the semi-final stage last term suffered an early exit this season after they were beaten 3-2 at home by Weston Super-Mare & District League fourth division high flyers Weston Players. Steve Roddy and Jamie Olding scoring for Freshford who came for two-down but couldn’t find a third to take the tie to extra time.
Results For Saturday 10th November 2012
Trowbridge League, sponsored by Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories: Division One, Boomsbury 4, North Bradley 2; Castle Combe 1, Semington Magpies 1; Trowbridge Wanderers 2, Seend 4; Warminster Res 1, Melksham Res 2; Westbury Res 4, Bradford United 3; Division Two, Heytesbury 3, Westbury Town 3; Melksham Town A 3, Broughton Gifford 1; Steeple Ashton 8, Trowbridge Wanderers Res 0; Worton & Cheverell 5, The Lamb 1; Division Three, Bradford United Res 2, Trowbridge Town Res 7; Bratton Res 1, Westwood 3; Lacock 3, The Fleece 0; The Stiffs 3, United 3; Trowbridge Rangers 3, Polenez 5; Somerset Junior Cup Round Two, Freshford 2, Weston Players 3.