CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Miller hold favourites to a draw (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Miller hold favourites to a draw
2:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
HAVING convincingly won the third division title last term, FC Buscots would have been confident of starting life in Division Two with a victory at home to Miller Sports A.
And although Mark Camacho’s men extended their unbeaten run to 22 matches their 2-2 draw at Nurstead Road wasn’t the result that anyone expected.
After an even start to the game Buscots took the lead after a ball played long over the top was taken down by Adam Bewley and his fantastic strike across goal went straight into the far top corner.
Shortly after they denied a second after Miller keeper Alex Coombs somehow kept out a point blank header and the hosts then had a shot cleared off the line.
For all their pressure and chances, Buscots were then pegged back after a flick on from Nick Groves found Paul Walker who rounded the keeper and slotted home to make it one apiece.
Miller then took the lead, a free kick from Joe Murray found Nick Groves free in the box to head home. Buscots were reduced to 10 men before half time when they had James Moore sent off after he brought down the advancing Nick Groves.
Coming out in the second half Buscots were the more organised of the two teams and from a corner Phil Little rose to head home to restore parity.
Both teams pressed for a winner and Miller felt aggrieved at the final whistle as they felt they had a perfectly good goal dubiously ruled out in the closing minutes for a foul on the keeper.
GRFC 3 Fortune Inn 4
FORTUNE Inn came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against local rivals GRFC who led 1-0 and 3-2 before two goals in the final 10 minutes earned Budge Hylands side their 4-3 win.
Connor Laidlaw opened the scoring for GRFC, Ryan Jenkins got Fortune back on level terms and Craig Archard put them in front before Mike Jenkins squared things up for GRFC before the interval.
After the break, Charlie Austin rattled the bar with a 35-yard effort, but with Connor Laidlaw quickest to react he knocked the ball into to hand the lead back to GRFC, who were dealt a cruel blow when they lost Sam Tinson through injury and with no substitutes they had to play out the final 15 minutes a man short.
Fortune made their numerical advantage count and Richie Bolter got his team level before Danny Johnstone bagged what proved to be the winner for Fortune in what was a fantastic game of football between two fully committed teams.
Sutton Benger 0 Southwick Wanderers 2
A 2-0 WIN for Southwick Wanderers at Sutton Benger means that Matt Rusling’s visitors to Stanley Park have beaten their hosts in the last four games and are unbeaten in five against their fellow villagers.
Southwick made the all-important breakthrough on 30 minutes when Craig Shepherd scored from the penalty spot after Jack Parker had been brought down.
Parker played a major part in Southwick second in the 60th minute when his corner was headed in by Stuart Powell to wrap up the victory for Rusling’s side.
Talbot FC 2 AFC Avellinos 3
AFC AVELLINOS (formerly Pack Horse Rangers) continue to be a bogey side for Talbot FC, having failed to beat Avellions last term.
Vic Long was hoping that it would be third time lucky for his Talbot side when the teams went head-to-head at Priestly Grove but the it wasn’t to be as the visitors to Calne claim a 3-2 success.
First-half goals from Sam Jones and Ben Butterfield put Avellions 2-0 up at the break.
Talbot rallied in the second half and goals from Tommy Ludford and Aaron Clegg got them back on level terms at two each.
With both sides not wanting to settle for a draw they threw people forward looking for a winner and it was Avellions who came up trumps with a second from Butterfield that settled a great game.
Even after Butterfield struck, Talbot had chances to score but they were unable to conjure up a third and get a point for their efforts.
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