TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Experience helps Westbury beat Bradley (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Experience helps Westbury beat Bradley
12:30pm Monday 10th September 2012 in Sport
NORTH Bradley were unable to recapture their opening-day form in Division One of the Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge League.
After last week's 7-1 win over Castle Combe, they were humbled by Westbury United Reserves.
Marc Lanfear showed he still has an eye for goal when he put Westbury ahead.
Ross Parker another one of Westbury’s elder statesmen doubled the lead for the Meadow Lane outfit before half time.
Bradley halved the deficit early in the second half when Mike Little turned the ball home, but any thought of a comeback was shortlived as Jack Hayward restored Westbury’s two-goal advantage before Dale Rowland added a fourth for the hosts.
Sam Webb scored a second for Bradley but it proved to be nothing than a consolation for Paul Ranger’s side.
Boomsbury 4 Semington Magpies 1
DESPITE missing many of their first-choice players Ben Howe’s Boomsbury side coasted to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Semington Magpies.
Steve Jackson set Boomsbury on their way with an early nerve settler, John Baker made it 2-0 before a second from Jackson gave Howe’s side a three-goal cushion at the break.
Semington pulled a goal back through substitute Kelvin Lockwood on 65 minutes when he tapped home following a goalmouth scramble.
Boomsbury sealed their victory courtesy of a brilliant goal from substitute Pete Spong, who picked up the ball beat four players and bent a superb effort into the net from 20 yards out to wrap up another three points for the early leaders.
Bradford United 0 Melksham Town Reserves 4
MELKSHAM Town Reserves missed out on a fixture on the opening day of the season so they were grateful to get started with an away trip to Bradford United, who they had narrowly beaten by the odd goal on three occasions last term.
Melksham may have won this encounter 4-0 but the game was a lot closer than the score line suggests it was, as three of the victors goals came via a Bradford player.
Own goals from Nick Gerrish and Mitchell Hamber gave Melksham a 2-0 interval lead.
A third own goal of the contest saw Melksham open up a 3-0 lead, this time around it was the unfortunate Tom Hainsworth who put through his own net.
Melksham showed they could find the net themselves when Ben Macey scored their fourth.
Bradford went close on many occasions and had Jonny Eamer’s 30 yard screamer gone in and not hit the bar wit hthe score at 2-0 the result could have been a lot different.
Castle Combe 0 Trowbridge Wanderers 5
AFTER suffering a heavy opening-day loss at the hands of Boomsbury, defending champions Trowbridge Wanderers delivered the goods in their second outing of the season thanks to a resounding 5-0 victory at Castle Combe who themselves endured a 7-1 loss on day one of proceedings.
Mark Slade started the ball rolling for Wanderers, Joe Walker doubled the lead for Jake Wyman’s side before Craig Gornell killed off Combe’s challenge when he made it 3-0. Nigel Penelhum added a fourth before half time.
Combe were a lot better defensively in the second period but they were unable to keep Wanderers out as Penelhum grabbed his second of the afternoon to seal his teams 5-0 success.
Seend United 2 Freshford United 1
A NEW-LOOK Seend United side kicked-off their title challenge with a 2-1 home triumph over last terms runners-up Freshford United who haven’t had the best of starts managing just one point from a possible six.
Seend made an excellent start and took the lead on two minutes when James Eatough put them in front. Seend’s player-manager Mike Hopkins increased his teams advantage with a second on 20 minutes.
The second half saw Freshford mount a challenge to get back into the contest, but Seend’s back line remained solid until the last five minutes when Freshford gave themselves a lifeline thanks to Andy Donald who scored from the penalty spot.
But it proved to be a matter of too little, too late for Hughie Fulton’s side as Seend saw out the final few minutes to claim maximum points.
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