PREMIER DIVISION REPORT: Nice and easy for Social on opening day (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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PREMIER DIVISION REPORT: Nice and easy for Social on opening day
10:39am Monday 3rd September 2012 in News
BIDDESTONE Social who are seeking a hat trick of Premier Division titles in the S.K. Fruits Ltd Chippenham Sunday League, got their challenge underway in emphatic style with a 7-1 victory at top flight newcomers FC Brunel.
The champions for the past two seasons were on top from the first whistle but they had to wait until the 22nd minute before they broke through a stubborn Brunel defence.
Gary Banks picked up an excellent ball from Dan Lardner before dinking it over the advancing keeper.
Lardner provided the assist for Biddy's second when his cross was headed home by debutant Jake Hiscocks on 24 minutes.
Banks made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute, arriving at the back post to tapp in a Nathan Phillimore cross. Phillimore got his name on the score sheet 10 minutes later with an excellent finish form 18 yards.
A mazy run from Banks saw him skip past three defenders before firing home to seal a first-half hat-trick and give the champions a 5-0 half time lead on 43 minutes.
Ten minutes into the second half Biddestone added their sixth with the goal of the game from Jake Hiscocks, who smashed in a 30 yard thunderbolt.
Danny Jones headed in a Martin Johnson cross in the 71st minute to wrap up the scoring for Biddestone but their was still time left for Brunel to grab a consolation which came via Ross Menghini who breached the Biddestone defence on 78 minutes.
Bug & Spider 1 AFC Melksham 4
AS OPENING day games go the fixture at Beversbrook, Calne, between hosts Bug & Spider and AFC Melksham was better than anyone could have expected, the visitors overpowering the home defence in the second half with a four-goal burst.
The first half was an evenly contested affair that saw the only goal go the hosts. A cross from Neurin Jones saw centre half Matt Cooper head beyond his own keeper Nick Dibden to leave him flat footed and give Bug the interval lead.
Bug's keeper was in fine form, saving a piledriver from Ian Dowell and some very positive defending kept the lively Melksham attack from opening their account.
Bug & Spider’s wing men Liam Brown and Steve Allison worked the solid Melksham defence and provided a interesting end-to-end first half.
The second half belonged to the visitors as Ian Dowell scored a blistering goal from 35 yards for an early goal of the season candidate.
Chris Dore, who had been pushed up front to cover unavailable players, scored Melksham’s second with a lovely pull down from a Mike Hill cross and stroked it home with his left foot.
Manager Mike Rogers then threw on Ollie Woodland to replace the hard-working Jack Morris and within a minute Woodland had scored to put his team 3-1 in front.
Bug & Spider’s, Mark Dolman brought a superb save out of Dibden before Brett Partner hit a perfect cross from the right for Ashley Fletcher to score with a far-post header that clinched an excellent opening day win for Melksham.
FC Colerne 3 AFC Calne 1
FC COLERNE'S first match in the top flight saw them entertain WG Parr Trophy winners AFC Calne.
Colerne, who were looking to build on their impressive unbeaten league run, came out on top thanks to a 3-1 success which means they have not lost in 16 games.
Colerne started brightly playing some good football but AFC Calne were equal to them.
In the 20th minute a free kick saw Alex Lewis rise in the box to head Calne ahead.
Colerne put pressure on and were rewarded with a goal from Jamie Bowler after good work from Charlie Spirrell.
In the second half there was nothing between the teams with each going close but after another great move Liam Fullam gave Colerne the lead.
Calne pressed and only a great save from Chris Dixon kept Colerne in front.
Ross Hall replaced Brian Moses and gave Colerne extra urgency being rewarded with a goal in the 85th minute to make it 3-1.
Alex Lewis was given the Calne man of the match and the Colerne players voted James Lye the player who impressed them.
Semington Rovers 1 FC Jager 4
FC JAGER started life in the top flight with a comfortable win over Semington Rovers.
The game started reasonably even but after 15 minutes, Jager started to apply pressure and came close several times after good work from Danny Griffiths on the wing.
Jager eventually made their pressure tell in the 20th minute, when Dan Moore finished well from inside 18 yards.
Shortly before half time, Emilio Menghini extended Jager's lead, lifting the ball over Semington’s keeper from 18 yards.
Semington did make a few chances of their own in the first half but none that really challenged Jager's goal.
Jager increased their lead early in the second half, Dan Moore getting his second of the day.
And in search of his hat trick, Moore should have done so on a few occasions but some wasteful finishing from the striker prevented a third. An own goal was responsible for Jager's fourth in a bizarre goalmouth scramble.
Semington came into the game a little more at this stage and Stuart Barber forced a wonderful save from Sean Bryant-who acrobatically tipped the ball over.
Semington eventually grabbed themselves a consolation with a fluke goal of their own.
Jager's substitute Joe Flower who had a fine game on his debut, attempted to clear the ball and the ball smashed against Nathan Keegan and flew into the net past the helpless Sean Bryant for 4-1.
The scoreline remained the same until full time as Jager claimed their first win in the top division.
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