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CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Wren take flight with brilliant win
3:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
HAVING not managed a win in the whole of last season and with just one win to their name in their previous 36 matches back in January 2012, Calne-based Wren FC would have not expected to get their third division campaign underway with a win.
But Matt Fenn’s side upset the odds as they ended their abysmal run with a 7-2 victory Pig & Whistle United.
Wren made the worst possible start and fell behind on 10 minutes when a mistake keeper Carl Goulding gifted the ball to Sean Meer who finished into an empty net.
Wren were back in the game five minutes later when Andrew Waller picked up the ball in midfield and made a run down the right with a neat finish in the far bottom corner.
A few minutes later Wren took the lead when a ball across the area found Daniel Brown in space and he tapped into a empty net.
Wren then scored again with new player-manager Matthew Fenn, another ball low across the box found Fenn who finished low and hard past the keeper.
Dan Brown added another just before half time when he was put through one-on-one with the keeper and finished calmly into the bottom corner to give the underdogs a 4-1 lead.
Pig and Whistle started the brightest in the second half and quickly scored when keeper Goulding couldn't hold on to a long-range effort from Richard Allen which slipped through his hands and dropped over the line.
The game soon turned back the way of the Wren when Daniel Brown completed his hat-trick after a neat ball over the top found him and he finished with a neat lob over the keeper for 5-2.
Almost immediately another ball over the top saw Fenn beat the defender for pace and get a slight touch past the keeper to run on and slot into a empty net.
Fenn came close to a hat trick a minute later when a good ball from Waller found him just outside the box only, however his first time volley rocketed off the crossbar.
Fenn completed his own three-timer five minutes from time when a deflected pass came off a United defender and in acres of space he neatly slotted past the keeper into the bottom corner finishing the game to hand Wren a famous win 7-2 win.
North Star B 1 Melksham Cosmos 2
NORTH Star B may have finished with a flourish at the end of last season, winning four from six games, but they were unable to pick up where they left off when they hosted Melksham Cosmos who turned in a fine performance to claim a 2-1 win.
Joe Griffiths saw his opener for Cosmos cancelled out by Karl Sharratt first-half equaliser.
Mike McKellar rattled the bar in the second half for North Star before Chris Berrely struck what proved to be the winner for Cosmos.
Old Road 4 FC North Wiltshire 1
THE top two teams from Division Four last term faced each other in the opening set of fixtures in the new season, and unlike last term, when Old Road FC failed to topple FC North Wiltshire in a league encounter, they came out on top of another thriller winning 4-1 to draw first blood in what could be another battle between the sides to claim the silverware.
Matt Croston fired Old Road ahead and their lead was doubled by left back Matt Jenkins who netted a brilliant solo effort to put his team 2-0 up.
North Wilts managed to get themselves back in the contest before half time when James Bamford narrowed the gap.
After the break Old Road increased their lead thanks to a Scott Austin header and the points were made safe by Dan Stevens who planted the ball home after an excellent build up from his teammates.
The two pre-season favourites certainly produced an entertaining display.
Old Road, who had worked hard throughout the summer, caused North Wilts plenty of problems with their pacy attacking midfielders Scott Austin and Dan Stevens, and they took the lead early on through Matt Croston after some good team play.
North Wilts are renowned for being slow starters, and despite plenty of pre match work going into the game trying to rescind that problem they gave themselves an uphill struggle when Old Road scored a second through left back Matt Jenkins who netted a brilliant solo effort from outside the box.
North Wilts finally got into the game in the last 15 minutes of the first half, and a deep delivery from Sam Deane fell to James Bamford on the edge of the area, who placed the ball expertly into the bottom corner of the Old Road goal.
The second half saw more of the same though, with Old Road proving to be comfortable on the ball throughout, and with a fluid midfield interchanging for positions.
Old Road increased their lead with a header from Austin after a deep cross from a free kick, and the home side finally settled it with 20 minutes to go when Dan Stevens planted the ball home to make it 4-1.
Trowbridge Town Supporters Club 6 Christian Malford 5
TROWBRIDGE Town Supporters Club took the three points with a narrow 6-5 win over visitors Christian Malford at their Bratton pitch in an end to end battle all the way to the final whistle.
Trowbridge opened the scoring after just two minutes when a through ball found Dean Coles who outpaced the defence to fire them into a 1-0 lead.
After more Trowbridge attacks, Malford finally began to play the ball about and in the 9th minute Rob Lowe shot from the edge of the area equalised for Malford.
A minute later Malford went 2-1 in front when Craig Fisher’s shot went through a ruck of players and into the net.
Malford were 3-1 in front on 16 minutes when Rob Lowe converted Matt Thompson’s cross from the right for his second goal.
Malford had several chances to extend their lead but could not convert. Gradually Trowbridge came back into the game with their speedy forwards causing problems.
Ashley Rendall in particular was troubling the defence and his cross from the left in the 27th minute was converted by Dave Strickland to reduce Malford’s lead to 3-2.
In the 32nd minute a defensive mistake let in Strickland who scored his second and the equaliser at 3-3.
In the 36th minute a fine run down the left by Rendall ended with a great shot to give Trowbridge a 4-3 lead.
Malford then began to get back in the game and in the 44th minute a superb placed shot from outside the area by Craig Fisher for the equaliser and a 4-4 score at half time.
Trowbridge again started the second half strongly and should have scored with their first attack but the ball was finally scrambled away.
For the next 25 minutes, play went from end to end but neither team could convert. Finally in the 72nd minute Dean Coles took advantage of another defensive mistake and fired home his second to give Trowbridge a 5-4 lead.
In the 78th minute he also supplied a cross from the left that Strickland hit home to complete his hat-trick and give Trowbridge a 6-4 lead.
On 82 minutes and after some good work on the left Malford substitute David Brown fired home to reduce Trowbridge’s lead to 6-5 and, despite more pressure Malford were unable to find an equaliser and Trowbridge ran out 6-5 winners.
Worton & Cheverell 0 Crossblades 1
A FIRST-HALF goal from Carl Jacobi earned Crossblades a 1-0 victory at Worton & Cheverell who had more than enough chances to have got a point from their meeting with the Blades.
After hitting the bar twice they could only watch in disbelief when Jake Flower rattled the bar from the penalty spot.
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