WILTSHIRE SUNDAY CUP: Mixed bag of results for Chippenham Sunday League clubs (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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WILTSHIRE SUNDAY CUP: Mixed bag of results for Chippenham Sunday League clubs
1:00pm Monday 8th October 2012 in News
CHIPPENHAM Sunday League clubs had a mixed day in the Wiltshire Sunday Cup with four of the eight teams in action making it through to the second round of the competition of which FC Jager are the current holders.
It was Jager’s Premier Division stablemates AFC Melksham who claimed the result of the day with their 5-3 win at Swindon League third division table toppers Wheatsheaf FC who, prior to their meeting with Mike Rogers' side, had won all their five outings to date scoring 50 goals in the process.
Melksham were missing seven key players through injury or being unavailable due to Melksham Town having a Tuesday night fixture, but the strength of the squad was tested and proved worthy of the challenge with a strong display against some excellent forwards and some physical play from the home midfield and defence.
The visitors flew out the traps and three goals in the first 20 minutes, the first after a delightful pass from Jack Morris found Aaron Wiltshire who dinked the ball over the advancing Jason Bade for 1-0.
The second arrived following great work down the left from Jordan Kirk who sent a perfect cross to Brett Partner who headed home number two. Partner then made it 3-0 after more good work by the tireless Chris Rogers, who slipped a pass through to the winger who again chipped the home keeper to leave the home team reeling.
Wheatsheaf’s prolific frontmen then began to press the visitors and Lee Childs hit a sweet left footed effort beyond the despairing Nick Dibden.
With half time five minutes away Wheatsheaf made it 2-3 and on the stroke of half time Chris Rogers deflected a Wheatsheaf cross from Luke Connelly into his own net to end the half 3-3 and leave the home team smelling a win from what looked an impossible position .
Melksham started the second half as they did the first and Graham Griffiths turned in a neat cross after Jack Morris beat three defenders slipped a ball through to Brett Partner who feed Griffiths with a ball on the penalty spot for a quick second half lead to be established.
Despite some very physical play from the Swindon team Melksham held there game together adding a fifth with Partner grabbing his hat-trick.
The return of Jack Morris to Melksham midfield tormented the home team for 90 minutes, alongside the battling Chris Rogers added frustration to the home team's midfield efforts to feed there quality forwards and when they did the back four of Copeland, Dore, Baxley and Mike Hill protected the confident Dibden.
With eight minutes to go the home team were awarded a debatable penalty which Terry Bohane hit well but keeper Dibden made an outstanding save diving to his right to keep the ball out.
Wheatsheaf started the game with high hopes of winning this years trophy but all credit goes to an excellent performance from the visitors that left Mike Rogers and his management team having a super Sunday pint with a smile.
FC Brunel 6 GRFC 5
WITH Stanley Park unplayable it looked as if FC Brunel’s would be forced to postpone their game with fellow league side GRFC.
But after a few frantic phone calls and a couple changes to League fixtures the game was set up for Sutton Benger and it probably produced the game of the round as top-flight Brunel edged out their second division opponents in an 11-goal thriller.
GRFC stunned Brunel by taking a second-minute lead. What was more unbelievable was the scorer of the goal, left back Lewis Francis broke forward and his cross beat everyone and ended up in the net to give him his first-ever goal.
Dave Nolan drew Brunel level but they fell behind for a second time when Robbie Burton’s fine solo effort saw GRFC regain the lead.
Luke Hodder dragged Brunel all square but once again they found themselves trailing, Harry Myles putting GRFC in front when his fine individual strike made it 3-2.
Mike Few scored his first of the game to put Brunel back on parity at 3-3 and when Adam O’Keeffe put Brunel in front for the first time it looked as if they would maintain their advantage until the break.
GRFC had other ideas and just before the interval Jordan Tarrant’s cross picked out Rich Chaffey whose soft volley tied things at 4-4.
O’Keeffe’s second of the contest saw Brunel retake the lead and when Mike Few scored his second to open up a two-goal cushion for Brunel it should have been game over.
But back came GRFC with Burton scoring his second and his side's fifth with 15 minutes remaining.
Despite further pressure from Tam Laidlaw’s men they were unable to conjure up an equaliser as Brunel held on for a thrilling but nervy finale to an entertaining cup clash.
AFC Tap & Barrel 5 Corsham United 4
CORSHAM United, who have been in good form since the start of season, were expected to do well away at Swindon League third division strugglers AFC Tap & Barrel.
But the home team couldn’t have read the script as they tore up the form book to claim a 5-4 win.
James Hernandez gave Corsham the lead only for host to level. A second from Hernandez saw Corsham regain the lead but after that Tap & Barrel took the game by the scruff of the neck and opened up a 5-2 lead.
Corsham responded well and a third of the morning from Hernandez and a brilliant effort from Darrin Moss got them back in the game but they were unable to find a fifth that would have taken the tie into extra time.
Amesbury Town FC 8 Cavalier FC 1
THIRD Division outfit Cavalier were beaten 8-1 at Sailsbury League side Amesbury Town FC, Dan Rance scoring their lone reply with the score at 3-0.
Bradford Renegades 9 Chisledon FC 2
BRADFORD Renegades who are flying high at the top of Division One coasted past Chisledon FC who are bottom of division five in the Swindon League.
With no first team keeper or centre back available Renegades thought they might be in trouble.
But they had an able replacement in Aaron Harford to take over the gloves from Dan Gant, midfielders Ashley Styles, Lee Ridout and Josh Maguire stepped in to do the job and Renegades ran out 9-2 winners.
Sam Jordan put Renegades ahead with a easy finish.
Renegedes then conceded two goals and looked like they might struggle but a second from Jordan who tapped in Lance Davis cross restored parity. Mike Maguire made it 3-2 with a well-placed effort.
Davis was brought down for a penalty and Jordan tucked the spot kick away to claim a sixth successive hat-trick.
Davis created some space for himself to drill home number five before half time.
The second half started the same way as the first had finished with George Palmer bagging his first of the season and Renegades' sixth of the day.
Mike Maguire netted his second after latching onto a Jordan through ball and crashing it in off the bar.
Davis hit a half volley into the top corner from Jordan flick on for goal number eight.
Jordan finished things off with what can only be described as another audacious strike, hitting a bicycle kick from 20 yards and putting it right in the top corner to complete the rout and take his tally to 25 in six games.
Fortune Inn 4 FC St George 2 AET
WITH Fortune Inn’s tie with Frome & District Sunday League side FC St George in danger of being called off due to waterlogged pitch, both sides agreed to transfer the match from grass to the 3G pitch at Stanley Park and it was Fortune who eventually prevailed winning a nailbiting contest 4-2 after extra time.
FC St George led 1-0 at the break but Fortune got their noses in front thanks to a Ryan Kubulius effort and an own goal.
St George squared things up in 90 minutes and looked in good shape going into extra time, but it was Fortune who booked their place in the next round thanks to a Matt Jenkins double both of which came in the second period of added time.
His second which sealed the win came from the penalty spot from virtually the final kick of the game.
Wanborough FC 14 Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) 0
WORTON & Cheverell (Sunday) will think twice before entering next season Sunday Cup.
The league newcomers had to travel to Wanborough FC who prior to the game sat top of the Swindon League second division.
And as predicted, Worton their first ever venture in the competition ended in a heavy loss.
Worton held their hosts at bay for 35 minutes before they imploded and crashed to a 14-0 loss.
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