CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Buscots edge another nail biter

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FC BUSCOTS, who just managed to hold onto the 100 per cent start last weekend with a nail biting 4-3 success over Bremhill View Boys, left it late for a second successive week, scoring with virtually the last kick of the match to record a 2-1 away win at Chritian Malford's Kington Langley pitch.

Both teams started slowly on the heavy pitch.

Buscots however started to look the more dangerous and after 14 minutes took the lead when Malford failed to clear a corner and Phil Little's strike was deflected past the keeper Gerald Fawcett to give them a 1-0 lead.

Buscots keeper James Baggott made a good save from Malford's David Brown to keep his team ahead.

Malford's keeper Fawcett then had to save from Buscots Luke Enderby as the visitors looked to increase their lead.

Malford began to come more into the game as the half wore on but had to reorganise after midfielder Rob Lowe was injured and had to be substituted.

Despite a couple of close attempts on goal by both teams Buscots held on to their 1-0 lead.

Malford started brightly in the second half with substitute Mark Evans having his effort pushed round the post.

Buscots however continued to be dangerous with Luke Enderby shooting just wide of the post.

Malford keeper, Fawcett also made a brave save at the feet of Buscots, Enderby.

Malford got themselves level on 61 minutes Paul Knight broke free on the left and his cross was met by Kieran Shiels who at the second attempt thumped the ball home for the equaliser.

Play for a while went from end to end but gradually Malford began to get on top and had several chances to score but efforts were either saved or deflected.

In injury time Buscots were awarded a free kick just inside the Malford half which resulted in Charles Collier getting the final touch to give Buscots a 2-1 lead.

With just time to take the kick off the whistle blew leaving Malford feeling they had been robbed of a point and Buscots getting out of jail for a second week running to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Corsham Park Rangers 2 Fortune Inn 0

CORSHAM Park Rangers remain top of the table after their 2-0 success at Leafy Lane against fellow promotion hopefuls Fortune Inn who were playing in their first league game since the end of October.

In a exciting game of football which a credit to both the League the two sides involved teams and grass roots football, Corsham scored a goal in each half to help them to win number nine of the campaign.

Things started badly for Corsham when stand-in goalie Matthew Spear damaged his finger in the warm-up so Richard Strange replaced him between the sticks and Spear started outfield.

The first half went the way of Corsham who outplayed Fortune in every department and if it wasn’t for the outstanding goalkeeping from Del Llewellyn they could have had a handful of goals.

His best save was in the 10th minute when a long throw in from Kane Kauppinen was flicked on by Spear and looked to be going into bottom right hand corner but Llewellyn somehow got his fingers to it and flipped it around the upright for a corner.

Corsham continued to heap pressure on Fortune’s goal but Llewellyn kept the hosts at bay, until finally the deadlock was broken with just seconds left in the first half when Kane Kauppinen picked up the ball 30 yards out and his thunderbolt beat the keepers outstretched hand and went in off the upright .

The second half started much better for Fortune who managed a few shots at Corsham’s goal but most were over bar or wide and any on target were dealt with by keeper Strange.

Fortune were presented with a way back into the game on 77 minutes when the referee adjudged that Corsham’s Adam Wood and handled the ball in the area and Matty Jenkins stepped up to take the penalty, but his effort from 12 yards was saved by Strange who dived the right way and palmed the ball out.

With the tails now up Corsham pressed on and within three minutes they got their second when another long throw-in from Kane Kauppinen was net by Matthew Spear whose overhead kick beat Llewellyn low to his right hand side, and so the game finished with Corsham keeping there first clean sheet of the season.
Sixteen-year-old referee Adam Osborne had a outstanding game in the middle.

Pig & Whistle United A 1 Talbot FC 3

A WEEK after Talbot beat Pig & Whistle United A 2-0 the two sides clashed for a second week running and like the previous meeting it was Talbot who took the spoils thanks to a 3-1 win.

The second encounter however didn't pan out in the same way as the first with the United side being far more resolute and determined in the way they went about their business.

The first period of the game was evenly matched with Talbot wasteful in front of goal before the United gained the advantage when a punt from Steve Sims in their goal was poorly defended by the Talbot and Rob O’Harrow surged onto the loose ball and finished crisply for 1-0.

After the restart Talbot showed greater application and they soon restored parity through Steve Wordley.

The Bees continued to push forward and create chances with the most joy coming from Jamie Van Crump on the right who was supplying a constant supply of dangerous crosses.

The second goal however came from a neat piece of interplay between Aaron Clegg and Dean Fry with the latter applying the finish to make it 2-1.

Talbot’s win was completed with Steve Wordley scoring his second of the game by chipping Sims in the United goal after latching onto a route one ball from a Talbot goal kick.

MATCHES OFF: Bremhill View Boys v North Star B, Pack Horse Rangers v PSC Galaxy.

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