CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Somerford and West End share the spoils (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Somerford and West End share the spoils
4:00pm Monday 8th October 2012 in News
SOMERFORD and Chippenham West End came to the rescue of the league when their scheduled Division Two fixture was switched at the 11th hour from West End’s base at Sutton Benger to Somerford to accommodate a Sunday Cup match.
It may have been fitting then that the points were shared following a 2-2 draw.
West End scored first when James Mulhall found the target from a Carl Britton cross.
Somerford were on level terms before the interval, Matt Holdaway restoring parity.
Somerford took the lead in the second period when they took advantage of a quick breakaway that led to Ashley Monaghan putting them 2-1 up.
Scott Nash came to West End’s rescue when he headed home to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Goatacre CC FC 4 Southwick Wanderers 1
GOATACRE CC may have conceded their first goal of the season in their clash with Southwick Wanderers, but that didn’t hinder Sam Parish and his side from picking up a third straight win courtesy of a 4-1 success which left Wanderers suffering another case of the away day blues as their loss was their third on the road this term.
Ed Wilkins set Goatacre on their way but they knew they were in for a fight when Southwick got back on level terms.
Matt Rusling put Carl Davies in on goal but he was brought down and Nick Gleeson scored from the penalty to make it 1-1.
The second half belonged to Goatacre and a second from Wilkins saw his team retake the lead and goals from Connor Rafferty and Dale Smith sealed victory for the home side.
Kings Arms (All Cannings) 0 Staverton FC 3
STAVERTON remain top of the table after the overcame a potential banana skin away to Jim Wilson’s out-of-sorts Kings Arms (All Cannings) outfit, who have yet to reach top gear and slipped further down the table to eighth spot after their 3-0 defeat.
Jason Povey, Simon Parfitt and Levi Woods were on target for Staverton with all the goals coming in the first half.
White Horse FC 9 Miller Sports 2
WHITE Horse maintained their impressive start to the season as they inflicted a third successive away defeat on Miller Sports, who will be glad to see a home fixture coming up next week.
The home side had effectively ended the contest inside 22 first half minutes, as a scintillating start to the game saw them notch five unanswered goals at a sun-baked Leighton Recreation Centre.
The hosts' extra pace was soon evident and, having raced clear in the third minute, Jack Miluk was only denied by a good save from Sports’ keeper Alex Coombs.
Unfortunately for Coombs his joy was shortlived as, from the resulting Dale Rowland corner, Jordan Gullis was first to the ball and his effort found its way into the back of the net for his second of the season.
Miller’s response almost provided an immediate equaliser, only for James Webb, having been put through with a defence splitting pass, to drag his effort inches wide of the post.
The Horse weren’t in the mood for giving second chances though and with just eight minutes on the clock they doubled their lead when, after some centre circle ping-pong, Gullis returned the earlier favour by setting Rowland through and the striker made no mistake, finishing neatly with the outside of his right boot.
The home side were in a relentless mood and although they missed out on number three in the 11th minute when Chris Stiles fired narrowly wide, they didn’t have to wait too much longer as just two minutes later Miluk picked out Rowland who took one touch before dinking the ball past Coombs.
It was 4-0 in the 17th minute when a blistering counterattack saw Gullis’ deep cross pick out the head of Pete Ayton, who gave Coombs no chance.
The Westbury side’s explosive first quarter of the game was completed when Ayton doubled his own tally for the morning, when he turned in Rowland’s cross from close range.
Miller didn’t crumble though, as they may have been forgiven for doing so, and they continued to challenge for everything.
Their effort, and more importantly their attitude, got its reward three minutes before the break when Kevin Snow scored with an 18 yard thunderbolt that ripped the net from the frame of the goal and saw his side go in at the break 5-1 down, in a half that at one point looked as if it could have been significantly worse.
The opening exchanges of the second 45 minutes were positively sleepy compared with those of the first half, as the visitors came out with an admirable battling spirit.
As was the case earlier in the game however, it was the Horse’s pace that shone through and they added two more goals in a four minute period either side of the hour mark.
Firstly it was a sweeping move that saw young Tom Oakley pick out Miluk with a sublime pass, who in turn found Rowland with a pinpoint cross and the red-hot striker didn’t need asking twice to bag his first hat-trick of the season.
The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Miller and as the inquest continued Rowland got his fourth, having latched onto a Dave Appleyard through ball and out-muscling his marker, to make it 7-1.
The latest goal saw veteran Steve Tucker sent into the fray and with it reversing his retirement decision from the end of last term.
His impact was almost instantaneous when a sharply taken effort from distance rattled the woodwork.
With 15 minutes remaining Rowland turned provider again, this time picking out the energetic Oakley who controlled well 15 yards out and left Coombs with no chance with his well placed effort.
Miller thought they had at least scored the final goal of the game when Dave Jenkins headed home a Dave Maskery corner with four minutes remaining, but the hosts weren’t to be denied that honour either as a minute later Oakley netted his second of the game and his third in just two appearances, to complete a resounding 9-2 victory for the Horse.
Wren FC 2 Sutton Benger 7
WITH bottom side Wren unable to use Beversbrook they moved the game to Leafy Lane and their efforts to get the game played went unrewarded as Benger were on top from the very first minute.
Benger scored with their very first attack with Matt White driving home from the edge of the area.
The second followed shortly after through a second from White who struck a carbon copy of his first to make it 2-0.
Luke Watson scored the third after rounding the keeper and James Weston tapped in number four before Tim Knight grabbed his first goal for the club with a sweet volley from the edge of the area into the bottom corner, Matthew Shaw scoring for Wren in the first half.
Benger added their sixth early in the second half with James Weston getting another tap in.
Matthew Shaw claimed a second for the Wren before Steve Gawke completed the day’s scoring with a speculative effort from 20 yards out that appeared to deceive the home team's keeper.
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