TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Five-star Stiffs end winless run (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Five-star Stiffs end winless run
2:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
AFTER going very close to ending their winless run last weekend, Trowbridge-based The Stiffs came up trumps this weekend and claimed a 5-3 victory at Drummer Boy that saw them claim their first win since early February and their first in 14 games.
The Stiffs went into the fixture without a keeper, forcing manager Ade Giles to play himself between the sticks and they started brightly. After sustained pressure took the lead through a cross come shot from Dave Carroll, which deceived Drummer Boys keeper sailing over his head into the top corner.
This seemed to spur on The Stiffs who went two up after a fine save from the opposition saw Chris Giles on hand to finish off the rebound.
Giles then got another and was unlucky not to complete his hat trick before half time, after his towering header beat the keeper only to thunder off the bar.
The first half was totally dominated by The Stiffs who should have scored at least three more goals before the break, Giles in The Stiffs' goal happy to only have to make two relatively easy saves.
Drummer Boys came out fighting in the second half, while The Stiffs appeared to have won the game in their heads. This resulted in a quick goal for Drummer Boys reducing the deficit with what has been described as an own goal by Kelvin Bousefield-Adams.
Drummer Boys continued pushing forward and but for a mixture of luck and fine keeping, they could have scored again.
Unfortunately for them, The Stiffs scored twice more through a fine effort from Conner Lee, and a second from Dave Carroll.
This took the score to 5-1 with about 20 minutes remaining. Substitutions by both sides seemed to have differing effects with Drummer Boys looking the far stronger of the two team.
They pulled back another goal with about ten minutes left with the pitch playing a huge part, The Stiffs keeper went to stop a tame shot from substitute Chris Smith only for it bobble over his leg into the net.
Drummer Boy pulled back a third in the dying minutes after The Stiffs keeper was unable to hold a fierce shot from Rory Henderson, another of the Drummers second-half substitutes.
The Stiffs had to sustain heavy pressure in the dying minutes but held on for a thoroughly deserved win though it should have been by a far greater margin.
Marshfield 0 Holt FC 6
LEAGUE newcomers Marshfield were on the wrong end of a 6-0 score line as they suffered their first loss since joining the league. Marshfield’s conquerors were joint leaders Holt who thanks to recent signing Lance Davis coasted to a 6-0 win.
Davis turning out for his fourth club in less than eight months didn’t take long to open his account since transferring from Westwood News, his early strike gave Ben Hogg’s team the lead and Davis was again on target before half time to give Holt a 2-0 interval lead.
Davis completed his hat-trick early in the second half with further goals from Tom Wade, Rhys Gibbons and Ryan Godridge making up the winners half dozen.
Polenez Westbury 0 White Horse FC 2
AFTER two draws and a win in their opening three matches Polenez Westbury came up against White Horse FC in what was their first derby day duel of the season and it ended in them losing for the first time this season as their Westbury-based opponents who are red-hot favourites to win the title battled their way to a 2-0 win.
After a goalless first 45 minutes Dan Cox put the White Horse ahead before Ross Parker added a second to secure the points and with it a fourth clean sheet for the newcomers.
The Lamb Reserves 1 United FC 8
UNITED FC were the biggest winners of the day, an 8-1 success at local rivals Lamb Reserves gave them their third win in five games and moves them into third place in the standings.
Lamb suffered the worst possible start and found themselves one-down inside the first minute, Arkadiusz Jedrejewski put United in front.
Jozef Zapotoczny doubled their advantage before half time but it was after the break that the damage was done. Adam Stevens may have netted for the Lamb but his goal was just a consolation as United helped themselves to another six.
Lucasz Bareja scored twice, Allen Shavon bagged his first for the club as did Zdzistaw Gawron. A second from Jozef Zapotoczny and a single for substitute Mateusz Pitrowoski made up United’s eight.
Trowbridge Rangers 2 Zeals FC 2
A SECOND successive visit to Trowbridge for league newcomers Zeals saw them visit the Stallards for a second week running and unlike last weekend when they beat The Stiffs 4-3 they had to settle for a share of the spoils as a late goal from the hosts earned James Goddard’s side a 2-2 draw.
Trowbridge Rangers led 1-0 at half time courtesy of a Jordan Fielding goal. Dan Powell got Zeals back on level terms after the break and Josh Bridle O’Neal put them 2-1 ahead before Rangers struck late on.
Cameron Thomas scoring their equaliser to give them their first point of the new season and on another day Rangers may have taken all three points.
But they came up against an inspired keeper in Nathan Beasley who produced some great save to keep his team in the game and along with defender Aaron Carter who made a number of crucial last ditch challenges to deny Rangers.
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