PREMIER DIVISION: Champions' title celebrations spoilt by the weather (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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PREMIER DIVISION: Champions' title celebrations spoilt by the weather
12:00pm Monday 30th April 2012 in News
HAVING clinched the Premier division title in midweek when the beat FC Bradford 3-1, back-to-back champions Biddestone Social opted to pick their places out of a hat before their final game of the season against Bug & Spider.
After suffering two defeats already at the hands of the Biddy Boys this term Bug turned the tables on their hosts to claim a 9-6 victory at a very wet Yatton Road which saw them finish their fist ever campaign in the top flight in third place.
Liam Brown put Bug in front on six minutes and Steve Allison scored his first of five goals in the 26th minutes to double their advantage.
Rob Pocock halved the deficit for Biddestone on 31 minutes and two minutes before half time the hosts got themselves back on level terms when regular goalkeeper Lewis Porter who was playing in midfield headed in from 10 yards.
The second half saw a goal fest as Bug & Spider regained a two-goal cushion, a second from Brown on 49th minute and Neurin Jones effort six minutes make it 4-2.
Dan Lardner pulled one back for Biddestone in the 61st minutes. Steve Allison netted in the 66th and 69th minutes to complete his hat-trick and take the score to 6-3.
Six goals in the space of nine minutes followed, Lardner’s penalty in the 71st was quickly followed by Nat Auckland’s strike which got the champions to within one goal.
Liam Brown completed his three timer with a crisp finish on 75 minutes. Two minutes later Allison took his tally to four with a spectacular bicycle kick from 18 yards out and less than a minute later Allison scored his fifth and Bug & Spider’s ninth of the morning.
Back came Biddestone and player-manager Lardner had the final say when on 80 minutes he netted the goal that saw him land the third treble of the game and his eighth in the last three games.
It also saw him overtake Mark Robinson as the top flight’s leading scorer with 21 for the season. After the match and in the comfort of the changing rooms, league secretary, Frank Harvey presented Biddestone with the Premier Division winners trophy and their mementoes for the season.
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