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DIVISION FOUR: Whistle blow chance to move top
10:16am Monday 29th October 2012 in News
WITH Division Four leaders Old Road FC without a game, Pig & Whistle United B missed out on the chance to take over at the summit after they were beaten 7-0 at home by Worton & Cheverell (Sunday).
The visitors had started the day bottom of the table and their only other win to date had come against pole sitters Old Road but once against they tore up the formbook to claim a famous win.
Kyle Davies was the star turn for Worton, scoring six of the seven goals with three coming in each half, Tom Thyne added the other to leave Chris Cole’s Worton side in seventh heaven.
FC United of Chippenham 6 Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) 0
FC United of Chippenham ended a four match losing run with a 6-0 victory over a Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) side whose latest defeat was their sixth on the trot, which has seen them tumble down the table and into the bottom two.
Jack Hanks scored from the penalty spot to give United the lead, Alex James made it 2-0 prior to half time after the break, both Hanks and James netted again to make it 4-0 before player/manager Dudley Philpott got his name on the score sheet with goal number five.
United were then awarded their second spot kick of the morning and with both Hanks & James on a hat trick, the ball was given to the latter who made no mistake from the spot as he took his tally for the game to three as he completed United’s half dozen.
Melksham Cosmos 2 Crossblades FC 2
Melksham Cosmos entertained a depleted Crossblades side in what was the second meeting between these teams this season. In what was a free flowing game, the two evenly matched sides played out a 2-2 draw in a good tempered fixture that was refereed excellently by Sam Alison.
With several first team players missing, Crossblades had a little intrepidation as this game kicked off, their fears were soon allayed as the midfield trio of Tim Chilton, James Squire and Mike Booth found space to probe the Cosmos back four with some telling balls.
Cosmos were having more of the ball in the opening exchanges, but the final ball was lacking and stand-in keeper William Wright was rarely troubled.
After good work by Taylor Worthy, the ball found Chilton who beat his man and released Squire. Squire's cross was deflected for a corner.
Captain Chilton floated the ball in to the box and Jimmy Squire popped up to fire home and give Crossblades a slender lead.
Riled from this, Cosmos upped their game and began to attack with more purpose and composure.
Cosmos nearly leveled with a wonder strike by Jason Hull; the half volley would have been a serious contender for any goal of the season.
Somewhat against the run of play, the Blades continued to attack and as Jacobi flicked the ball to Chilton, his shot beat the keeper and ricocheted of the outside of the post.
Taking advantage of defensive frailties, this nearly went from bad to worse for Cosmos when Booth's lobbed effort hit the bar and the headed rebound by David Young was well saved by Fran Harvey.
After a nervy few moments, a fantastic attack lead to Cosmos taking advantage of a failed clearance with Jason Hull drawing the scores level just before half time.
Cosmos started the second half with a little more purpose, using the enigmatic Marc Scammell to dictate the play and force the Blades defence in to drastic measures.
Sitting much deeper, Crossblades found it hard to get on the ball and invited Cosmos to attack at will.
Despite this pressure, no real clear cut chances were created and Crossblades eased back in to the game.
Chilton played through Carl Gilbert, who's effort was blazed over the out coming keeper and the Crossbar. Mike Booth was put through by Squire and his effort was toe poke wide.
The Blades were rewarded for their attacking prowess when Booth played in Jacobi wide of goal and his utterly exquisite chip beat the keeper and sent the Blades in to the lead with 20 minutes to go.
The final twist was yet to come in this game when the Blades once again failed to clear a ball and Scammell capitalized and Cosmos drew level with moments to go. As if to add further drama to an entertaining game, captain Chilton could have won it for the Blades had he connected with a volley six yards from goal.
The game ended 2-2, and no one could argue that this was a fair result played out by two competitive teams in great spirit.
Sam Alison was in command throughout and had the upmost respect from both teams and he must be commended for his efforts.
Oakhill FC 2 Sportzcoach Dragonz United 7
After dropping their first points of the season last weekend when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Melksham Cosmos, Joe Hargreaves' Sportzcoach Dragonz United side made an immediate return to winnings ways with a commanding 7-2 victory away at Oakhill.
Goals from Ross Mather, Lee Clark and Mark Bowsher put Sportzcoach three up before Dan Payne replied for Oakhill. Any hopes of a comeback were soon ended as two further goals from Bowsher saw him claim a first half treble and give his team a 5-1 lead.
Mark Bowsher picked up where he left off from in the first half when he stretched Sportzcoach's lead even further with his fourth of a profitable morning and Dan Barnett rounded things off with goal number seven.
Ishen Pantry with his first ever league goal scored the second consolation for Oakhill.
Trowbridge Town Supporters Club 5 FC North Wiltshire 3
FC North Wiltshire suffered their first loss in four games after they were beaten 5-3 away at Trowbridge Town Supporters Club, who put in one of their best performances for a long time to claim what was a shock result, as the visitors to Bratton had been tipped to keep their excellent run of late going.
Simon Gray scored both first half goals for North Wilts, his second coming from the penalty spot, however he was out-scored by Dean Coles, whose first half treble put the supporters’ club 3-2 in front; Coles' hat-trick goal being something special.
After spotting the keeper off his line, his audacious shot from out near the touch line sailed in.
The second half also belonged to Coles as he bagged two more goals for the hosts to take his and the supporters’ tally to five for the game. Paul Colegate was North Wilts' other scorer.