WITH Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories Trowbridge & District League Division One leaders Freshford United in A&B Cup action and both of their closest challengers North Bradley and Westbury United Reserves missing out on a game due to the weather, it gave fourth-placed Lamb FC the opportunity to claim second place in the standings if they could overcome Bradford United at Whaddon Lane.
Tony Stevens' Lamb side, who had not seen any action since they threw the title race wide open with a 4-1 victory at North Bradley at the end of January, were denied the chance of leapfrogging both Bradley and Westbury as Bradford grabbed a winner five minutes from time.
Bradford, who had made the better start, took the lead on 10 minutes through Tom Bouquet, who produced a brilliant diving header to get on the end of a Mitchell Hamber cross.
Bradford then had the better of the next 25 minutes but were unable to create and clear cut chances to increase their lead before half time.
After the break it was the Lamb who started brightly as they went in search of an equaliser which they finally got with Sean O’Brien scoring to square things up at one each.
After their sluggish start to the second period Bradford woke from their slumber and started to regain the upper hand and were unlucky not to reclaim the lead on 80 minutes when Richie Bliha rattled the bar with a superb free kick.
Bradford continued to probe as they look for a winner and on 85 minutes they got the goal they were after when Theo Sing ran onto a Phil Little through ball and slot the ball home to seal victory for the Bradfordians.
Castle Combe 3 Warminster Town Reserves 1
WARMINSTER Town Reserves went into their game at Castle Combe on the back of three successive draws and at half time it looked as if Andy McFarren’s men were set for a fourth.
Butg Combe came to life in the second period to claim a deserved 3-1 victory.
Jack Sanderson saw his opener for Combe cancelled out by Luke McGulkian whose fourth goal of the campaign took the teams into the break locked together at one-apiece.
Combe regained the lead courtesy of a first goal of the season from Karl Sharratt and they wrapped up the points and their 3-1 win when Quinnan Tarawai planted home his first since he netted against North Bradley at the start of December.
Semington Magpies 1 Steeple Ashton 3
SEMINGTON Magpies made a welcome return to action when they hosted near-neighbours Steeple Ashton in what was only their second outing since mid-December.
Ashton, who came from three down to claim a 3-3 draw at Calne Eagles last weekend, picked up where they left off from as Neil Taylor’s side took a huge step to easing their relegation worries thanks to a 3-1 success.
In what was an evenly matched first half it was Ashton to got their noses in front when they broke the deadlock on 41 minutes, Guy Rowley scoring after being set up by Matt Gittins.
With their tails up, Ashton made a positive start to the second half and doubled their lead on 53 minutes with Marc Sheppard and Mike Hindle combining well to feed the ball to Louis Stillman who kept his cool to make it 2-0.
Less than 10 minutes later Damian Hateley lashed in from 18 yards to give Ashton their deserved victory.
Referee, Melvin Sullivan had a fine game in the middle.
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