CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Buscots claim pole position

A 3-1 WIN at Fortune Inn was good enough for Devizes-based FC Buscots to replace Corsham Park Rangers at the top of Division Three.

With the long-time table-toppers in Subsidiary Cup action Buscots knew that as long as they avoided defeat against Budge Hylands side in their 13th outing of the season they would sit top of the pile and the visitors showed their classed as they maintained their 100 per cent record with a comfortable win.

Phil Little’s goal separated the teams at the break and when Luke Enderby hit the net to double Buscots lead they were heading to the top.

A second from Little made the points safe before Matty Jenkins struck with Fortune’s reply which was a case of too little, too late.

Christian Malford 2 Bremhill View Boys 0

CHRISTIAN Malford completed the ‘double’ over Bremhill View Boys with a 2-0 home win at their Kington Langley pitch.

As with the previous week’s game which Malford won 3-2 there was little to choose between the teams in a hard-fought encounter on a difficult pitch.

Malford started well with Craig Fisher having his early effort saved. Gradually however Bremhill began to get into the game although both sides found it difficult to pass accurately on a heavily rutted pitch.

Gerrard Fawcitt in the Malford goal was the busier of the two keepers and made a couple of good saves with his feet to deny Bremhill the lead.

Slightly against the run of play Malford took the lead in the 33rd minute.

Paul Knight’s cross from the left was met by Kieran Shiels who gave the keeper no chance with a bullet header into the net. Bremhill did press for an equaliser with Jake Gleed being particularly dangerous.

Malford went 2-0 up in the 47th minute when Bremhill failed to clear a corner. Although Stephen Lynch’s first effort was blocked he won the ball back and shot wide of the keeper’s dive to the left. Bremhill now pushed players forward looking to reduce the arrears.

Malford should have gone further ahead twice when Keiran Shiels exploited the gaps with fine runs but was thwarted on both occasions by Bremhill keeper Sam White who saved at his feet.

Although Bremhill pressed, the Malford defence played well with Matthew Watchmam having an assured game in an unfamiliar full back role. As time ran out Malford looked unlikely to concede and ran out 2-0 winners.

The game was well refereed by Derek Leppard, but credit to both teams who in the consecutive games had played with a great deal of sportsmanship.

North Star B 8 Cavalier FC 1

A TENTH successive defeat for Cavalier leaves them rooted to the foot of the table, with a trip to North Star B both sides were desperate for the points and it was the hosts who came out on top with a thumping 8-1 win that moved them five points clear of the drop zone.

Jack Taylor continued his good form in front of goal by putting the Star ahead, Mickey Taraskevics doubled the lead, Steve Mallard made it 3-0 and further goals from Taraskevics and Jack Taylor gave Lee Lovelock’s team a 5-0 half-time lead.

Karl Sharratt increased the lead at the start of the second half before Andy Holman netted Cavalier’s consolation.

Kieren Smith, with his first goal for the club, and a third of the game for Taylor saw them seal what was a comfortable victory for the home team who ended a five match winless run in style.

Pack Horse Rangers 3 PSC Galaxy 3

PACK Horse Rangers, who suffered an 8-1 loss at the hands of promotion-chasers PSC Galaxy back in November, may not have got the win they were after when they met at Stanley Park.

But they claimed one of the results of the day as they overturned a 2-0 half time deficit to claim a 3-3 that has put a massive dent in Galaxy’s hopes of beating their fierce rivals Buscots to claiming the title.

A Steven House penalty and Neil Clark’s neat finish gave Galaxy their half-time lead, this was wiped out by goals from Simon McCarthy and Darren Legg who turned the game on it’s head.

A first goal for the club for Ben Wickens regained the lead for Galaxy, but they were unable to hold on for victory as James Flynn netted a deserved equaliser for a Pack Horse side who were well worth their share of the points.

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