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CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR: Top two share the spoils
4:00pm Monday 7th January 2013 in Sport
THE top two sides in Division Four met at Leafy Lane and although leaders FC North Wiltshire didn’t get the victory they longed for over their closest challengers Old Road FC they will be happy with their point from a thrilling 2-2 draw that saw them grab a late equaliser to deny their opponents revenge for their 6-1 loss a month ago.
North Wilts had the chance to take the lead on five minutes when they were awarded a penalty, but Old Road’s keeper Josh Bewley, who had a game to remember kept out Jason Brooks-Stevens spot kick.
However the keeper was unable to prevent Simon Gray from putting North Wilts 1-0 up.
Bewley's heroics kept his team in the game before North Wilts keeper Richard Toghill turned a Jonny Ingram header from a Andy Rose corner into his own net to square things up before the interval.
Keeper Bewley was on top form throughout the second half and when Scott Austin put Old Road in front it look as if his efforts would be rewarded.
But with five minutes remaining he was beaten for a second time when Luke Denham turned in his first goal of the season to earn North Wilts a valuable share of the points.
Pig & Whistle United B 1 Melksham Cosmos 4
MELKSHAM Cosmos got revenge on Pig & Whistle United B for their 3-1 reverse from earlier in the season with a 4-1 win of their own to heap more misery on Adrian Skinner’s side, who are now winless in seven.
United actually took the lead when Doug Stewart put through his own net but after that the game swung the way of the Cosmos who got back on level terms courtesy of Matt Clements.
Joe Griffiths put Cosmos in front and Marc Scammell made it 3-1 before a second from Griffiths wrapped up victory for Matthew Bowden’s men.
Trowbridge Rangers (Sunday) 2 Crossblades FC 1
TROWBRIDGE Rangers (Sunday) picked up their first win in nine games as they claimed a shock 2-1 success at their Whaddon Lane base over an in-form Crossblades side who, after beating their hosts 4-1 in October, were predicted to add to their unbeaten run to seven games.
Nathan Ball and an own goal from the unfortunate Ben McGowen gave Rangers a 2-0 lead at the break and although Carl Jacobi halved the deficit in the second half for Crossblades they were unable to find a second that would have seen them add to their unbeaten run.
Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) 10 FC United of Chippenham 3
NEITHER Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) or FC United of Chippenham had kicked a ball in over a month prior to their meeting at Sandfield, West Lavington.
But what was expected to be a close game, as the teams were locked together on six points, failed to live up to expectations as a brilliant show of finishing in the second half saw Worton romp to a 10-3 win.
A close opening 45 minutes saw United take a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes through goals from Alex James and Dudley Philpott.
Worton were forced into an early substitution as they lost their keeper, Ben Strange taking control of the nets, and a change of tactics paid off for Worton as two smart saves from Strange kept it at 2-0 before late first goals from Ashley Grover and Martin Dickenson squared things up for Worton.
Worton upped the pace in the second half by closing down the opposition more quickly and forcing United to play on the counter as much as possible, Worton soon took control of things two goals by Kurtis Marsden put the hosts 4-2 up before Tom Bunce clawed one back for United.
After that, fitness began to tell and the pace got the better of United and further goals from John O’Donovan, Kyle Davies, Dan Williams with a brace and along with a second from Grover and one from substitute Chris O’Donovan they completed Worton’s 10.
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