TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Bradford leave Castle Combe in ruins (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Bradford leave Castle Combe in ruins
12:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
FOR Castle Combe, who beat high-flying Westbury United Reserves last weekend it was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show.
Paul Sanderson’s side were brought back down to earth with a bang by a Bradford United side whose 5-2 win at Culver Close handed them their first win in this seasons Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge League Division One campaign.
Bradford took the lead midway through the first half, a Richie Bliha corner falling to Nick Gerrish whose brilliant strike made it 1-0.
Phil Little headed in a second for Bradford and when Little netted again to give the hosts a 3-0 lead they were in cruise control.
However Combe were able to reduce the arrears before half time, Bradford switched off and that allowed Simon Pitman in and he make no mistake as he gave Combe some hope.
Combe were thrown another lifeline early in the second half, Matt White scoring to narrow the gap on their hosts to the odd goal.
That was as close as the visitors got as Richie Bliha after being set up by Mitchell Hamber restored a two goal lead for Bradford.
Bradford then completed their finest performance for a long time by adding a fifth, Scott Mitchell went close when he hit the post, the ball fell kindly to Phil Little who also struck the post before turning the rebound home to secure a much needed but wholly deserved win.
Calne Eagles 1 The Lamb FC 5
A STRONG and commanding second-half performance from The Lamb saw them claim a comfortable 5-1 over Calne Eagles. Indeed, Calne were indebted to their stand-in goalkeeper Chris Edes, who helped keep the score down with a string of impressive second half saves.
The first half gave no clues to the final score, as both teams played a lot of attacking football and created numerous clear cut chances to score from open play, The Lamb opened the scoring after 20 minutes when a mix-up between Calne defender Roy Wenham and his keeper Chris Edes let in Tom Blackman for a simple tap-in.
They nearly doubled their advantage moments later when Blackman again broke clear but this time his shot hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety. Also during this period Gary Wootten cleared a shot from Bradley Whitham off the line.
However, the Eagles hit back and scored a very similar goal to The Lamb, when confusion between Keeper Aaron Burrows and a defender let in striker Stuart Windsor to score his fourth goal of the season.
Calne also had two gilt-edged chances through energetic midfielder Jordan Winter, who twice got the end of far post crosses, but couldn’t quite manage to work the target on either occasion.
At the start of second half The Lamb scored two quick-fire goals through Tom Blackman and Craig Sheppard, a setback from which the home side never really recovered, as The Lamb dominated the remainder of the game.
The Lamb added a fourth on 62 minutes when Tom Blackman completed his hat-trick and his strike partner Bradley Whitham also capped a fine performance with a well taken strike. Both strikers were also denied by a string of fine saves from Chris Edes in the closing stages.
Steeple Ashton 1 Semington Magpies 3
AFTER four weeks of the season, newly promoted Steeple Ashton find themselves one of four clubs on 3 points at the wrong end of the table.
Ashton were beaten 3-1 at home by Semington Magpies who after back-to-back wins find themselves in the top half of the standings.
Semington who beat Trowbridge Wanderers last weekend made another positive start and took a an early lead, Chris Berreley curling home a stunner into the top corner from 20 yards.
Chris Dore neat finish at the near post on 29 minutes, put Magpies 2-0 up, for Dore it was his first goal for the club.
Mike Hindle pulled a goal back for Ashton on 40 minutes but they were unable to grab a second and when Harrison scored Magpies third on 49 minutes with a superb solo goal, taking on three players and slotting the ball beyond the Ashton keeper it was game over for the hosts who have yet to come to terms with life back in the top flight since gaining promotion at the end of last season.
Warminster Town Reserves 0 North Bradley 3
A 3-0 VICTORY at Warminster Town Reserves saw Chris Carr’s North Bradley side make it four out of four wins but the villagers didn’t have everything their own way at Weymouth Street as the hosts made Bradley work for their victory.
A massive punt from keeper Rob Elliott found the head of Scott Askew who didn’t really have to out jump his marker to give Bradley the lead.
Bradley grabbed a second before half time, after breaking into the box, Jason Povey was brought down and the resulting penalty was tucked away by Bruce Johnson to double the visitors lead.
The second 45 minutes saw chances come and go for both sides and it wasn’t until the last minute that Bradley could finally celebrate victory, Ronnie Frost making it 3-0 with the easiest of tap ins.
Westbury United Reserves 5 Trowbridge Wanderers 1
AFTER opening the season with a 3-2 victory over Castle Combe, Jake Wayman’s Trowbridge Wanderers side have been unable to find the winning formula again.
Wanderers latest loss came at Westbury United Reserves whose 5-1 win went someway to making up for last weeks surprise defeat at Castle Combe.
Goals from Marc Lanfear and Gary Tugwell gave Westbury a 2-0 lead at the break. Elliott Hughes extended their advantage to 3-0 before George Wheeler deflected in a Nigel Penelhum shot to help reduce the arrears for Wanderers.
A second from Marc Lanfear regained a three-goal cushion for Westbury and the scoring was completed by Elliott Hughes who bagged his second of the afternoon to seal a third win of the season for Jason Edwards' side.
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