CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Ashton make Social work for their win (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Ashton make Social work for their win
12:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
THE 48th campaign of the S.K. Fruits Limited-sponsored Chippenham & District Sunday League kicked off at the weekend in glorious sunshine and like the previous three seasons Biddestone Social are the team to beat as they hunt a fourth successive Premier Division title.
Social claimed a 4-2 win at newly-promoted Steeple Ashton Rangers, who gave a fair account of themselves against the title favourites and actually opened the scoring on 10 minutes through Mark Edwards.
Nick Ridout tapped home to level things for Biddestone and Tyler Sibbick scored from the penalty spot to give them a half time lead.
After the break, Marc Sheppard restored parity for Ashton only for Biddestone to reclaim the lead thanks to a second of the morning from Sibbick.
The points were secured by Nick Ridout whose 20-yard strike completed the scoring to set Social on their way to what they hope will be another title.
AFC Melksham 2 Bradford Renegades 4
IN WHAT was a rearranged match Bradford Renegades visited AFC Melksham for their first outing in the top flight since romping to the Division One title last term and Lance Davis side proved that they will be a match for the best teams.
Although they had a few key players through injuries picked up playing on the Saturday, Melksham still fielded a strong line-up but were beaten 4-2.
It was backs to the wall for Renegades in the opening 15 minutes with keeper Darren Phoenix forced into making some good saves to keep it goalless and with Jordan Pinder outstanding at the back, Melksham were finding it hard to force an opening against a side who had lost captain Dan Jordan through injury in the fifth minute.
After soaking up the early pressure Renegades broke clear and a great ball from Sam Jordan found Lance Davis who against the run of play rifled home beyond the despairing Nick Dibden. Five minutes later Renegades produced an almost carbon copy goal to go two-up, again Jordan was provider for another neat finish for Davis.
Melksham conceded a third before half time, Jordan doing all the hard work himself and rounding the keeper to tap home number three.
A shell-shocked home side were sent out for the second period with words of wisdom from both Taff Evans and Mike Rogers ringing in their ears but things went from bad to worse for the hosts as Ashley Styles' deflected shot looped over Dibden to put Renegades four goals to the good.
Melksham then laid siege to the Renegades goal, and they wasted chance after chance before Jordan Kirk netted with a sweetly-struck left-footed effort to reduce the arrears.
Rogers then sent on Sean Fordham and Luke Turvey and they were rewarded almost instantly with the former driving home to give Melksham a glimmer of hope.
More chances came and went for the hosts with Brett Partner only being denied by the woodwork. Matt Sharp, Ethan Cox and Bradley Partnet were outstanding for Melksham who despite having about 90 per cent of the play were made to pay for missing so many chances.
Referee Graham Pearce had an excellent game in the middle.
Bug & Spider 15 FC Colerne 0
FC COLERNE arrived at Beversbrook with just eight players having been let down by the no show of a number of players.
Although they eventually started with nine, their task against hosts Bug & Spider was always going to be a tough one and so it proved as Jeremy Spruce’s side romped to a 15-0 win.
Mark Smith started the ball rolling, Liam Brown’s double made it 3-0 before Mark Dolman fired home to put the hosts four up at half time.
After the break the floodgates opened and Brown scored another three to take his tally for the game to five. Steve Allison and Marcus Lovesey score two each, Luke Clements, Kieran Gleed and a second from Mark Smith made up the Bug’s 15.
The Castle FC 6 Semington Rovers 0
TOM Perkins was fearful of The Castle’s first venture in the Premier Division, but things went a lot better than they expected as they coasted to a 6-0 win over Semington Rovers.
Jamie Mullings with two and a goal apiece for Jack Hopper, Jack Fisher, Gary Campbell and Jacob Wrobel making up their half dozen.
MATCH OFF: Westbury Rangers v AFC Melksham.
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