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FOOTBALL: Vase progress for Bradford and Warminster
BRADFORD Town and Warminster Town joined Melksham Town in the next round of the FA Vase after first round qualifying successes on Saturday.
Paul Shanley's Bradford Town continued their impressive start to the season as they romped past Portishead Town 5-0 at Trowbridge Road.
Sam Jordan led the scoring with a hat-trick, goals from Steve Hulbert and Nick Ridout completing the rout.
Warminster Town also progressed, courtesy of a superb 4-3 triumph at home to Hampshire's Alton Town, of the Combined Counties League.
Town went ahead after just three minutes when Louis Sparey was fouled by Alton's Luke Axton-Hall and Dan Fowler netted the resulting penalty.
Alton equalised in the 37th minute when Josh Sapsed found the net and the visitors quickly went ahead when Kurt Greenaway finished.
Town levelled just before half time, Sparey scoring from Mark Robinson's passl.
Josh Sapsed gave the visitors for the second time shorly after the interval, only for Jake Herd to equalise on his debut for Town.
Sparey decided it after a pass from Lewis Graham.
Melksham Town were 4-1 winners over local rivals Devizes Town (see separate story at wiltshiretimes.co.uk/sport now).
Westbury United bowed out of the competition, beaten 3-1 by Ashton & Backwell United.
Wingers Jack Dicker and Conor Biggins were Ashton’s match-winners, with Dicker scoring the opening goal on 27 after outpacing the home defence.
Biggins set up the second goal on 51 minutes with an accurate corner that was headed in powerfully by Adam Crooks, but Westbury pulled a goal back quickly when young midfielder Charlie Walton produced an excellent low drive from outside the box after being set up by a clever move between Lee Salter and Murray.
Dicker provided the pass that led to Aaron Read restoring the visitors’ two-goal advantage on 63 minutes and, despite captain Brendon Abood seeing red for two bookable offences, they prevented Westbury from creating any clear chances in the closing stages.
In the Toolstation League First Division, Corsham Town's two-match winning run came to an end as they suffered a 1-0 reverse at the Southbank against Wellington.
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