More misery for Athletic
SOMERSET LEAGUE Timsbury Athletic's nightmare season continued with a 4-1 defeat at home to local rivals Welton Rovers Reserves in Somerset County League Division 2 East.
After absorbing a mountain of Welton pressure, Timsbury took a 25th-minute lead when Sam Gurner volleyed in Ryan Gullock's excellent cross to score against one of his former clubs.
Their advantage lasted just 60 seconds, though, as Rhys Cook converted a penalty. Before half-time the Timsbury defence was caught all at sea and Tom Park took advantage to put a young Welton side in front.
The game was virtually settled 20 minutes from time when Cook raced clear of the home defence before calmly shooting past Timsbury keeper Dave Lait.
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A second penalty, awarded for a foul on substitute Joel Sims, then gave Cook the opportunity to complete his hat-trick and seal the points for the visitors.
Tunley Athletic ended a run of five consecutive draws with a 2-0 home success over Imperial.
Early pressure from the home side resulted in Chris Young heading home a Jason Curtis corner after six minutes. Imperial's inability to defend another set-piece lead to Tunley's second goal soon afterwards as player/ manager Matt Curtis smashed home from ten yards.
Both sides missed chances throughout, with Tunley skipper Matt Weaver forcing a fine one-handed save from Imperial's Wes Smith.
The second half saw Imperial press for a way back into the match but the home side defended well, with Ross Lingley taking the man-of-the-match honours.
Tunley are home to Hengrove Reserves on Saturday (2.30pm), while the reserves visit their Evercreech counterparts (2pm).