SUNDAY saw the first group stage matches of the Subsidiary Cup, which this season is being sponsored by Dave Wolf Construction.

The weather unfortunately played its part as frozen pitches led to over a third of the ties being postponed, however, from the games which were played, Division Three side Biddestone’s 6-5 success over FC Libby was the result of the day.

Keenan Burnell, Travis King, Nick Eggleton, Dave Ayling, Joe Turner and Ryan Pagett were on target for Biddestone in their Group Five contest. Radu Pandelica and Steven Badger scored two each for Libby, with Mark Bridger adding the other.

Warminster Wanderers are the early leaders of Group One despite playing the whole game away at fellow Division Three outfit North Star Club with only 10 men as they battled to a 5-2 win.

Jamie Howse and Jamie Seviour put Warminster 2-0 up but a goal either side of half-time from Alex Lewis and Aaron Gardiner squared things up. A second from Howse along with singles from Jordan Pinder and Alex Bates won the game for Warminster.

Faded FC went in at the interval 2-1 up away at Forest AFC thanks to goals from Matthew Stevens and Mohammed Karmoun before an excellent second-half show from Forest turned the game on its head as they won the Group Two contest 5-2.

Brentley Roberts and Rob Brown scored two apiece, with Matty Carroll’s effort making up the five.

Two goals from Josh Griffiths gave Kingfisher FC what appeared to be a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead away at fellow Division Three side Old Road in their Group Three encounter.

However, a fantastic second half from the home team turned things around to claim a 5-3 win. Matt Poole’s four-timer and Zak Sallows’ single meant that Kieran Blake’s third for Kingfish was just a consolation.

Division One team Cavalier were beaten 5-0 away at Premier Division side Lacock in their Group Five encounter. Josh Hard netted a hat-trick and Kieran Hard got the other two.

FC North Wiltshire and Semington were drawn together in Group Seven and it was the latter who got off to a winning start as they edged a 3-2 thriller.

Semington took the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Sam Malone. Cameron Lee drew North Wilts level only for Semington to regain the lead via a second from Malone. Rich Allum made it 3-1 before Aaron Leask scored a second for Wilts.

Premier Division

WITH both Westbury Rangers and Calne BFC set for the WG Parr Trophy semi-finals next weekend, the former’s preparations were dealt a severe blow as they could only field 10 players for their clash at Meadow Lane, so it was little surprise that the hosts chalked up a 9-1 success.

Matty Mead top-scored with three and DJ Wheeler, Dan Cox, Jon Hogarth, Liam Griffiths, Chris Steele and Ashley Watson shared the others. Dan Allison was Calne’s lone marksman.

Division One

A 4-1 WIN for Sutton Benger away at basement side FC St George moved Mark Merriman’s side out of the drop zone.

Benger led 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from Barry Fennell, Tom Merriman and Jason Cole and although Paul Arnold pulled a goal back for St George, it was little more than a consolation as a second from Cole sealed the win.

Division Two

WITH the majority of their title-chasing opponents in Subsidiary Cup action, Box Rovers seized the opportunity to open up a six-point advantage over the pack thanks to a 4-0 victory over Calne United.

Goals from Nick Chandler and Justin Flowers took Box into the break 2-0 up and the win was completed by efforts from Leigh Rogers and Adam Taylor.

Division Three

HAVING suffered a 5-2 defeat away to Sporting Box last weekend, Fox & Hounds (Warminster) avenged that loss with a 5-2 win of their own in the reverse fixture.

Brendan Hind cancelled out Tom Killgrew’s opener for Box to make it 1-1 at the break before two more goals from Hind saw him complete a hat-trick. Joel Gregory scored a second for Sporting but a strike from Chris Fry and Justin Preece’s penalty sealed Fox & Hounds’ win.