TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Bees buzzing in top spot (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Bees buzzing in top spot
1:30pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
DAVE Jenkins will be a happy man after his Trowbridge Town Reserves side claimed the narrowest of 1-0 victories at home to Bradford United Reserves to preserve their lead at the top of the Division Two table.
Trowbridge went into their game at Woodmarsh unbeaten in their opening three games and for a second week running they were made to fight for the points.
They took all three points thanks to a first-half penalty from Neil Grant.
Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves 6 Heytesbury 3
MATT Rusling’s Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves side remain as the closest challenges to Trowbridge Town, a 6-3 win for Rusling’s men at home to Heytesbury meaning that they are also unbeaten in their opening four games.
Wanderers were under the cosh in the opening exchanges and only a few smart saves from keeper Tom Bartlett kept it goalless.
Once they had weathered the storm they went one-up when Joe Walker found Steve Jackson, who maintained his purple patch in front of goal by scoring his fifth in four games to put his team in front.
A brilliant individual effort from Will Bayley that saw him beat three players before firing home doubled Wanderers lead.
Bayley added his second and Wanderers third after being set up by Joe Walker and they made it 4-0 when Ben Rogers' deflected shot lopped over the visitors keeper.
Heytesbury reduced the deficit before half time, Leigh Kennedy finding the net.
Wanderers regained their four-goal cushion after the break via an awesome strike from Steve Morris who volleyed home a stunner for 5-1.
A second from Leigh Kennedy sparked a mini Heytesbury revival and when Jamie Howse added a third for the visitors to Lambrok Road, the hosts had to calm their nerves.
Any thoughts of a comeback by the villages were ended when Mike Ritson rolled the ball to Kye Leather who finally put the game to bed seal victory for Rusling’s hosts.
Westbury Town 3 The Fleece FC 3
A LATE goal from Shane Newman helped Westbury Town to a 3-3 draw at home to The Fleece and in turn helped Fozu Gharban’s side maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Mark Gee, who was later sent off for Westbury, laid on the opener for Levi Wood who tucked the ball home to give the hosts the lead.
Dan Thorne, who scored a hat-trick in his previous game for the Fleece got his team back on level terms when he tapped in for 1-1.
Thorne then put Fleece ahead with a well placed header. Shane Newman kept the game balanced on a knife-edge as he restored parity for Westbury just before half time.
After the break Thorne completed his second treble in as many games with a crisp right footed finish across the face of the Fleece keeper.
Westbury then had Gee sent off and at that stage Fleece would have thought they could see the game out to take all three points.
But they were unable to hold out as with time running out Newman pounced on a loose ball in the area to slam the ball home to earn his team a share of the points.
Westwood News 5 Bratton 1
A HEAD injury to Bratton’s Craig Yelland after just four minutes led to their match at Westwood News being delayed by 40 minutes.
And to make matters worse for Dave Griffin’s side, they lost Paul Flanagan 10 minutes after the restart as it was his accidental clash of heads with teammate Yelland that led to the game being held up.
Westwood, who received thanks from the Bratton manager Griffin, for their help in the game went on to win the contest 5-1.
Ben Ludwell striking home the opener after Harry Hamlin’s stepped over his shot to deceive Bratton’s keeper who could do nothing to stop Charlie Powell from making it 2-0 from a superbly struck 25-yard free kick.
An inspired second-half substitution from Westwood manager Mark Hurkett saw him replace the tiring Mark Maguire with Josh Maguire and the switch had an immediate impact with the substitute making it 3-0 and shortly after he scored his second to make it 4-0.
Tom Moore scored a consolation for Bratton before Maguire who had missed a couple of chances to claim a three timer drilled home a wonderful volley from 25 yards out to claim his hat-trick and hand Westwood their second win of the season.
Worton & Cheverell 4 Lacock FC 5
IT WAS raining goals in West Lavington where Worton & Cheverell and Lacock served up a feast of football that ended with the later snatching all three points thanks to a late goal from prolific striker Simon Gray that gave them a 5-4 win.
Jake Marshall saw his opener for Lacock cancelled out by Jamie Sandy but by half time Lacock had opened up a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Andy Wilkins and Simon Gray.
After the break Worton narrowed the gap to the odd goal, Adam Bewley finding the net. A second from Gray put Lacock back in the driving seat at 4-2.
Back game Worton with Ben Mason halving the deficit and when Bewley scored from the penalty spot to claim his second of the game it was all-square at 4-4.
With both sides going for the winner it was Lacock who came up trumps, with Simon Gray’s delightful finish leaving the final score 5-4 in favour of the North Wilts side, for whom keeper Joe King had a fine game.
However Worton thought the stopper was lucky to be on the pitch at the end as they felt a hand ball outside the area that denied them a scoring chance deserved a red card.
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