TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Late goal earns Westbury derby-day win (From Wiltshire Times)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Late goal earns Westbury derby-day win
12:30pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
A GOAL in the final few minutes of their game at Bratton earned Westbury Town a 3-2 victory over their local rivals and denied the home team what would have been a deserved share of the points from what was a keenly-fought local derby.
Good work from Neil Gordon saw him set up Darren Clements to give Bratton a lead which was cancelled out by Shane Newman who headed home a Tim Coombes corner to level things up for Westbury.
After the break a delightful chipped effort from Levi Wood put Westbury in front, but Bratton fought they had done enough to earn a share of the points when Mark Howell’s looping head tied things at two-each.
With time running out, Levi Wood denied the hosts a draw, when after cutting in from the right hand side his deflected effort wrong footed the Bratton keeper who could on look on in despair as the ball flew in to make the final score 3-2 in favour of Westbury.
Heytesbury 3 Westwood News 4
WESTWOOD News came out on top of a thrilling seven-goal encounter away at Heytesbury who never gave as they battled their way back from 2-0 and 4-2 down before losing out 4-3.
Ashley Styles’ excellent finish gave Westwood the lead before substitute Charlie Powell, playing his first game for over a year, came on and doubled the lead before half time from his very first touch of the ball.
Heytesbury game out for the second half a different side and reduced the arrears through Sam Sweetman and drew level via Oli Thomas.
Westwood were able to regroup and regained the lead thanks to a second from Charlie Powell’s whose brilliant free kick put them back in charge.
A stunning long-range strike from Ben Cowdrey stretched Westwood’s lead further, but the points were not yet safe as Kieron Edwards scored a third for Heytesbury to set up a frantic finale which saw Westwood see time out and hang on for the three points.
Lacock 3 Trowbridge Town Reserves 3
TROWBRIDGE Town Reserves surrendered their 100 per cent start to the season after being held to a 3-3 draw at Lacock, whose equaliser came in the final couple of minutes and denied the Bees their first-ever win over Joe Martin’s side.
Lee Jackson’s header from a corner gave Trowbridge the lead, this was negated by Craig Burge who was on target with his first goal for the villagers to square things up. Trowbridge regained the lead before half time thanks to a goal on his debut from Dale Rowland.
Lacock clawed themselves level again after the break with Liam Ralph making it two apiece.
A second from debutant Rowland put Trowbridge 3-2 in front and on course for their third win in as many games, but with the clock running down, Dan King popped up to net his first ever goal for Lacock to hand them a share of the points.
The Fleece FC 4 Bradford United Reserves 2
A FIRST game of the season for Bradford United Reserves ended in a 4-2 loss at The Fleece for whom Dan Thorne turned out to be the star of the show, scoring three of his teams four goals.
Thorne started the ball rolling for The Fleece when he headed them in front, Thorne double his teams lead when he reacted quickest to turn the ball in after Tom Downes' initial shot rebounded off the bar. Bradford made a game of it and reduced the arrears via Scot Mitchell before half time.
The Fleece reclaimed a two-goal cushion when Simon Parfitt played in Nick Gleeson who rifled home a thunderbolt from the edge of the area to make it 3-2.
Dan Thorne completed his perfect hat-trick after being set up by Sam Simpson and although the points were as good as safe for the Fleece at 4-1, they made things a little harder for themselves as Elliot Hinton scored a second for Bradford.
However it proved to be just another consolation as the hosts coasted through the latter stages to claim their first win in three outings.
Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves 2 Worton & Cheverell 1
TROWBRIDGE Wanderers Reserves overturned a half-time deficit at home to Worton & Cheverell to claim a 2-1 win and preserve their unbeaten start to the season.
Worton took advantage of a defensive error on 18 minutes to claim the lead, Jake Flower benefitting from the mistake to put his team ahead.
Worton had the chance to double their advantage on 28 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, but the usually reliable Adam Bewley saw his spot kick saved by Will Bayley, who was at full stretch to keep out Bewley’s effort from 12 yards.
Wanderers, buoyed by Bayley’s penalty save, came out for the second half with a new belief and they fashioned an equaliser on 51 minutes Steve Jackson finding the net after picking up an inch-perfect pass from Mike Ritson.
Six minutes later Worton were made to pay for the first-half penalty miss when Will Browning capitalised on a defensive slip up to break clear and tuck the ball home and bag what proved to be the winner for Matt Rusling’s side.
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