WITH both Worton & Cheverell and FC Lacock absent from league action, Semington missed out on the chance to take over at the top of the Shoestrings Chargrill-sponsored Chippenham & District Sunday League Premier Division table after they suffered a 3-1 defeat away at AFC Melksham.

Jack Woolsgrove, Dan Sibley and James Dark scored for Melksham before Tony McElhone netted from the penalty spot to give Semington their consolation. Melksham had Aaron Chalice sent off late on but the points were already won.

At the foot of the table, Faded finally picked up their first point of the season courtesy of a 1-1 draw with FC North Wiltshire.

Faded took the lead through Ashley Ellis before Ed Sibbick restored parity for North Wilts, who had Robbie Burton sent off late on.

Division One

LEADERS The Bell opened up a four-point gap on the chasing pack thanks to a 4-0 win away at Old Road.

Ben Tylee continued his fine form in front of goal for Bell by giving them the lead, and Jake Waters had the chance to make it 2-0 but missed from the penalty spot. Waters atoned for his error in the second half as he claimed a brace and a second from Tylee made up the quartet.

FC Libby and Biddestone met both looking to chalk up their first victory of the campaign – and it was the visitors who emerged triumphant with a resounding 12-1 win.

Jack Kettley put Biddestone in front and Ryan Armstrong doubled the lead before half-time. The floodgates opened after the break, with Armstrong netting another seven goals, while efforts from Nick Eggleton, Shaun Paridise and a second from Kettley made up the 12. Owen Pearce replied for Libby.

A 5-1 triumph for North Star Club away at Kingfisher moved them up to third in the standings.

Mike McKeller’s opener for the Star was cancelled out by Will Stone’s penalty for the Fishermen. Tyler Beattie reclaimed the lead for the visitors before goals for Dean Fry and Bradley Clark gave them a 4-1 lead at the interval. Beattie then completed the scoring with his second of the morning.

Since winning their opening game of the season, Sutton Benger have picked up just one point from a possible 15, although they gave a good account of themselves against New Inn Wacker last weekend before suffering a 5-4 loss.

Brentley Roberts bagged a hat-trick for New Inn, with Sean Horobin and Sokoni Mkumbi adding the others. Jay Watkins’ double, one from Ethan Jones and an own goal were in vain for Benger.

Division Two

AFTER conceding 21 goals in their previous two outings, Wednesday Warriors produced one of the results of the day by beating Spartak Rudloe 3-2.

Warriors’ Jake Martin and Spartak’s Joe Masson shared the first-half goals as the teams went into the break at 1-1. Bradley Edwards’ second-half double then wrapped up the points for Warriors despite Joe Holland scoring for Spartak.

Bremhill View remain in the promotion race after defeating FC Trowbridge 4-0.

Tom Sigee put Bremhill ahead but they were reduced to 10 men when Rory Worthington was sin-binned. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Sigee made it 2-0 and Tom Boakes added a third before half-time. Jamie Crump got number four after the break.

Wiltshire Sunday Cup

UNABLE to buy a win in the league, Misfits defeated Swindon Sunday League side Bakers Sunday 7-6 to book their place in the first round of this season’s Wiltshire Sunday Cup.

In what was a rollercoaster tie, it took a five-goal haul from Ben Thomas and a Gareth Jones double to win it for Misfits.

Box Rovers progressed to the next round at the expense of Royal Oak following a 2-1 success.

Oak led through Josh Duckett but second-half goals from Darrin Moss and Leigh Rogers won the game for Box.

Another all Chippenham & District League tie saw FC Lacock defeat Chippenham Icons 2-1.

After a goalless first half, Dan King and Josh Hard’s penalty sealed Lacock’s triumph as Danny Baker netted for Icons.

Mark Allard was on target for Westbury Railway away at Swindon side Greyhound, although that was only a consolation in a 13-1 defeat.

Salisbury Sunday League side West Harnham defeated Lavis 3-2 as Darren Jones and Nick Taylor netted for the beaten side.

London Road Inn suffered a 6-3 loss away Swindon side Nationwide. Patch Whitlock (2) and Cosmin Soreanu scored for Road.

Lee Grealish’s penalty spot and a Jonah Privett strike earned Sporting Box a 2-0 victory over Swindon outfit Woven.

FC Devizes United edged a 4-3 thriller away at Steeple Ashton.

Ollie Nash was twice on target for Ashton in a first half that saw goals from Devizes’ Kian Fulford and Jordan Anning level the scores at half-time. Aaron Burbidge added a third for Ashton after the break but Ashley Lock’s goal and a second for Anning sealed the win for United.