TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Bradford’s purple patch continues

BRADFORD United continued their purple patch in Division One of the Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories Trowbridge & District League thanks to a 2-1 success at home to Steeple Ashton.

The victory for Anthony Ottavanio’s side was their fourth of the trot while defeat for Neil Taylor’s side was their ninth from 13 games and leaves the villagers with a relegation fight on their hands.

Bradford created many chances in the opening 15 minutes but failed to take any of their opportunities and they were then caught out with Marc Sheppard giving Ashton the lead from their first meaningful attack of the game on 15 minutes.

Bradford got themselves level on 26 minutes, Theo Sing providing the cross for Richie Bliha to equalise from with a superbly executed diving header which saw the teams go in at the interval locked together at one apiece.

With the game ebbing and flowing in the second half, both sides saw chances to add to their first half goals go begging before Dan Samford crossed for Phil Little who struck what proved to the winner for Bradford on the 70 minute mark.

North Bradley 8 Trowbridge Wanderers 1

IT WAS top versus bottom at Leighton Sports Centre where leaders North Bradley welcomed basement side Trowbridge Wanderers.

With the hosts looking to get back to winning ways after suffering defeat in their previous two league outings, normal service was resumed for Chris Carr’s title hopefuls as they brushed their guests aside winning 8-1.

Alex De Silva set Bradley on their way, Joe Kirkpatrick made it 2-0 with a second from De Silva making it 3-0.

A Matty Hall own goal accounted for Bradley fourth with Reuben Spong netting to give Bradley a 5-0 half time lead.

Dean Ranger extended Bradley’s margin to 6-0 before Matty Hall atoned for his first half own goal by finding the right net to claim Wanderers consolation.

A second from Ranger and Spong completed Bradley’s eight.

Semington Magpies 4 Calne Eagles 0

HAVING beaten leaders North Bradley and taken a point from high-flying Freshford United in their previous two league matches, Ricky King’s Semington Magpies side hosted a relegation threatened Calne Eagles whose first season in the top flight has been plagued by injuries to key players.

Eagles may have downed the Magpies when the teams met earlier in the season but the return match saw Magpies pick a hard fought 4-0 win against battling Calne Eagles, who without injured top scorer Stu Windsor cannot buy a goal in recent weeks.

On a bumpy, windswept pitch, Semington had the huge advantage of the wind at their backs in the first half.

However, despite dominating possession the home struggled to create clear cut chances, and as the half progressed, it started to look like Calne might get through to half time without conceding.

Indeed, they nearly took the lead when recent signing Calvin Bye went through on goal but was denied by Semington keeper Ricky King.

On 32 minutes Calne’s resistance was broken when a mishit clearance from centre-back Roy Wenham left his defence exposed, and after a goalmouth scramble, Sam Malone tapped in from six yards out.

Calne then lost their way a bit and Semington doubled their lead just before half when Dan Rimmer finished off a well worked team goal.

In the second half the balance of play shifted and Calne looked more dangerous. Nonetheless, they did not pass the ball as well as Semington had during the first period and they struggled to turn the wind-advantage into decent chances, although both Russell Driver and Jake Goodwin both had decent efforts saved by Ricky King.

With 14 minutes left, a mistimed tackle by Calne winger Rhys Elliott led to Semington being awarded a penalty, which was duly dispatched by Chris Rogers.

In the closing minutes, Jon McChesney scored a thumping headed at the far post to complete 4-0 score line.

The Lamb FC 2 Castle Combe 1

CASTLE Combe would have arrived at Whaddon Lane, still on a high after last weeks victory over leaders North Bradley but they left Hilperton having been given a reality check by hosts Lamb FC who claimed the spoils thanks to a 2-1 victory with their winner coming five minutes from time.

Neither side were unable to force a breakthough the first half and the deadlock was finally broken on 55 minutes when Dean Coles put Lamb in front.

With 10 minutes remaining Jake Dawson retored parity with a goal that looked to earned his team a share of the spoils but that was until Adrain Chantry struck his first goal for the Lamb on 85 minutes to earn them their hard earned victory.

Warminster Town Reserves 1 Freshford United 4

WARMINSTER Town Reserves may not be among the sides considered as title contenders, but Andy McFarren’s side, with just one defeat from seven, have been making things hard for opponents of late.

Warminster’s Weymouth Street Ground saw McFarren’s men play hosts to a high flying Freshford United, who had beaten them 6-3 back in September and although Chris Birleson’s side completed a double over their hosts their 4-1 win was a lot closer than was expected.

This was down to the heroics of the home keeper 16-year-old Callum Hotine who was outstanding especially in the first period with a series of great saves to keep his team in the game.

Freshford may have had enough chances to have won the game many times over but they led 2-0 at the break thanks to a double from Mark Gerrish.

Shaun Sheppard got Warminster back in the game early in the second half before Gerrish completed his hat-trick to restore Freshford’s two goal lead.

Freshford were again denied further goals by keeper Hotine, with Mark Gerrish be denied on numerous occasions before he planted the ball home for his 20th of the season and his fourth of the afternoon.

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