CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Miller Boys keep up with the top sides (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Miller Boys keep up with the top sides
3:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
MILLER Sports avoided relegation to Division Three at the end of the previous campaign due to the withdrawal of a number of sides and although Mike Stevens side may have had reservations about staying in Division Two for another season they look to have been unfounded.
Miller have built on their good pre-season, with a draw in their opening game against the highly-rated Buscots side which they followed up with a 4-2 victory over Potterne CFC.
Potterne were one up in the first couple of minutes when a mistake by manager Stevens was latched onto by Potterne and the ball played to Ben Mason, who slotted home to put the visitors to the Beeches in front.
Although heads could have gone down Miller started to play the ball around and created a number of chances with Stevens, Paul Walker and David Jenkins going close.
Miller made a change at half time and this paid off immediately, John Bridgman’s cross causing uncertainty at the near post and Potterne defender Luke Campbell side-footing into his own net to bring the score level.
Miller then pressed on and two perfect crosses from Scott Boyd both found James Webb firstly with a side foot and then with his head to make it 3-1 to the hosts.
Miller then had a goal disallowed for offside and continued to push on. A corner from Potterne was claimed by goalkeeper Alex Coombs, who distributed perfectly to Joe Murray just in his own half.
His mazy run caused the Potterne defence all sorts of problems and they finally stopped him with a late tackle in the box he confidently stepped up and slotted the ball home from the penalty spot for 4-1.
Potterne took advantage of a bit of tiredness in the final few minutes and after some good build up play down the right wing, a cross picked out Ashley Huntley who beat the offside trap a tucked the ball under the advancing keeper to score the second for the losers.
Southwick Wanderers 3 FC Buscots 5
A 5-3 VICTORY for FC Buscots at home to Southwick Wanderers saw them earn their first victory of the new season and extend their unbeaten run to 24 games.
Rob Whyte scored the only goal of the first half to give Buscots their lead. Rob Drown increased the advantage at the start of the second half before Southwick got a foothold in the game when Carl Mackness reduced the arrears.
Phil Little regained a two-goal cushion for Buscots ans a first goal for the club from new signing Craig Townsend made it 4-1.
Craig Shepherd kept Southwick in the game but they lost further ground on the hosts when a second of the morning from Townsend made it 5-2.
Jamie Wallen put through his own net to give Southwick their third buy by that time the points were already in the bag for the Buscots.
Talbot FC 3 Sutton Benger 5
TALBOT FC and Sutton Benger met at Priestly Grove both looking to open their account for the season, and it was Benger who got their campaign up and running as they chalked up three points thanks to a 5-3 win.
Benger scored after 15 minutes when James Weston slotted a ball through for Chris Miles to rolled it the onrushing keeper. The villagers lead was shortlived as Andy Law levelled the score for Talbot.
Benger started the better of the two teams in the second half and retook the lead through a delicate chip over the keeper from Luke Watson.
Watson was on hand to score a third for Benger when a half saved free kick fell kindly for him to poke home.
Talbot kept themselves in the game with Nathan West reducing the arrears, but Benger responded in kind to restore their two-goal cushion, Tom Merriman’s bullet header making it 4-2.
Talbot wouldn't lie down and a second from West kept them in touch with Benger who finally saw them off when Luke Watson scored a third to complete his hat-trick to give Benger victory.
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