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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION:
2:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
FAMILIAR rivals The Castle FC & Bradford Renegades met each other in what was their third League outing since reaching the S.K. Fruits Limited Chippenham League Premier Division.
After clashing three times last season, in which Bradford were victorious in all three, it was Bradford who were tipped to come out on top despite The Castles fine start to the season.
It was however, Castle who continued their superb start by gaining revenge on Renegades by registering a 4-3 victory, the same scoreline that Renegades happened to be on the end of last weekend.
Things started brightly for Renegades and they flew out of the traps creating a number of openings.
It was however an own goal from Castle's Gary Campbell that put Bradford ahead when Lance Davies crossed the ball in only to find Campbell who's attempted clearance went wrong and ended up going into the top corner for 1-0 Bradford.
The game ebbed and flowed from end to end and it was The Castle who got back on level terms when Jack Hopper struck a 35-yard free kick that took a slight deflection on the way into the bottom corner to make it one apiece.
Renegades almost instantly restored their lead when Lance Davies struck a sweet shot from the edge of the area that left Castles keeper with no chance and made it 2-1 and this is how the sides went in at the break.
Castle came out in the second half a rejuvenated side and were dominant straight away. Within two minutes of the restart Gary Campbell atoned for his earlier error when he got on the end of a cross from Marcus Wallen and flicked the ball into the bottom corner to level things up.
Ten minutes after this Castle made their dominance pay when Martin Robinson came from nowhere to glance in a cross from Joe Unsworth to give the visitors the lead for the first time in the match.
The game evened itself out with both sides looking threatening and it was The Castle who edged two goals ahead when Campbell was brought down inside the area and Joe Unsworth stepped up to slot the ball home to make it 4-2.
Renegades were beginning to push forward in numbers in search of a lifeline and on the 70 minute mark they too got awarded a penalty when Alex Surman brought down Sam Jordan in the area and it was a double blow for The Castle as the referee sent off Surman also.
Jordan stepped up and dispatched the spot kick into the roof of the net and it was game on for the last 20 minutes.
Renegades continued to throw bodies forward in search of an equaliser however they found opportunities limited as The Castle's defence stood strong.
And it was The Castle who looked just as likely to score hitting Renegades on the counter several times.
Tom Perkins' side eventually walked away with the points and deservedly so after a superb team performance especially in the second half.
Credit to referee Shaun Tobin who had a good game in the middle and got his penalty decisions both correct.
Westbury Rangers 8 FC Colerne 2
WESTBURY Rangers followed up their thrilling 4-3 success over Bradford Renegades with a far more convincing 8-2 win over FC Colerne.
Rangers took the lead on three minutes, Sam McQueen scoring the first of his three goals.
Adrian Chantry doubled the hosts' lead on eight minutes and a quick fire double from Mark Young in the 15th and 16th minutes extended Rangers lead even further.
In cruise control at this stage Rangers let their guests back into the game, Josh Peacock on 19 minutes and Bradley Bennett in 24th minute kept Colerne in the game that was before McQueen bagged his second of the morning in the 32nd minute to hand Westbury a 5-2 lead at the break.
Westbury had to wait until the 70th minute before adding a sixth which came courtesy of Young’s third of the game.
McQueen had to wait another 13 minutes before completing his three timer and it was left to Dan Cox to finish off the scoring with goal number 8, five minutes from time.
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