CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP: Renegades find form to avoid cup upset (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP: Renegades find form to avoid cup upset
12:30pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
THE presstoprint-sponsored Eric Hughes Memorial Knockout Cup provided a welcome break for both White Horse (Sunday) A and Bradford Renegades, for whom life in their respective new divisions has already proved an eye-opener.
The one thing that was guaranteed from the first ever meeting of the two sides was goals, the pair having notched up over 300 between them last term, and they duly obliged with the Renegades the Premier Division outfit eventually claiming their place in the next round with a 4-2 win.
White Horse’s difficult start to the new campaign continued as they fell behind in just the sixth minute when Lance Davis benefitted from Rich Hunt’s poor goal kick to put the visitors in front.
Although the home side showed glimpses of the flowing football that led them to success last year, the game was effectively ripped away from them in a two-minute spell around the half-hour mark, first Mark Robinson finishing neatly, and then Lee Ridout with his first goal in two years extending the Bradford side’s lead to 3-0.
The hosts started the second period the brighter and found themselves back in the game, courtesy of a dubious penalty that Pete Ayton slotted home, sending Darren Phoenix the wrong way, but the goal simply served as a wake up call for Renegades, who soon focused back on the job in hand.
Any glimmer of hope the Horse were clinging on to, finally got snatched from them with ten minutes to go, as Tom Rooney re-established his side’s three-goal cushion with a long ranger thunderbolt.
Despite the impressive Tom Oakley getting the better of Phoenix in the dying seconds it was Renegades that deservedly booked their place in the second round.
Bath Road 3 Bremhill View Boys 5
THE battle of the Division Four top dogs Bath Road and Bremhill View Boys went the way of the latter who claimed their spot in the next round thanks to a 5-3 win.
Stuart Windsor who also missed a first half penalty scored a hat-trick for Bremhill with singles from Billy Gleed and Dave Lymath completing the five.
Bath Road, who were 4-0 down after the first 45 minutes had a much better second half and they made the score line look a lot more respectable thanks to goals from Matt White, Ryan Hopkins and Tim Knight who scored with a brilliant overhead effort.
Biddestone Social 8 Semington Rovers 3
CUP holders Biddestone Social lived up to their tag of cup favourites. Ashley Smith’s side started this term's cup campaign with a 8-3 home success over top flight stable mates Semington Rovers.
Biddestone who raced to a 5-0 lead inside the first 30 minutes were always in charge of the game, Beau Blackman top scored with a four-timer, Leon Greenland scored two with Jamie Lyons and Nick Ridout added the others that made up the eight.
Semington replies came from Chris Rogers who scored from the penalty spot, Sam Malone and Dan Rimmer.
Cavalier 1 FC Colerne 7
PREMIER Division FC Colerne may not have made the best of starts in the League so they were grateful of some respite away at fourth division Cavalier, who they beat 7-1.
Cavalier trailed to a Adam Flitcroft goal at half time but their were unable to hold out as Colerne found their scoring boots in the second half, Flitcroft scored another two to complete his hat-trick. Jamie Bolwer added two with singles from Jake Jefferies and Simon Williams making up their seven.
Carl Ledbury scored Cavalier’s consolation.
Christian Malford 4 Pig & Whistle United 7
A STRONG second half performance and two hat-tricks saw Pig & Whistle United advance to the next round of the cup with a 7-4 away win over Christian Malford at their Kington Langley pitch.
Malford, who have yet to win this season, started brightly but Pig & Whistle had the first opportunity only for Malford keeper Grant Christie to save twice from Rob O’Harrow. Malford took the lead after 10 minutes when Kadir Ayhan headed home Mark Kmiec’s free kick from the right.
Pig & Whistle hit back after 14 minutes when a long goal kick from keeper Steven Sims was volleyed home from the edge of the area by Andy Sayers.
Sayers added his second when following a corner and a goalmouth scramble he shot home to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Malford equalised in the 28th minute when Rob Lowe scored from Kevin Long’s cross from the left. Lowe then saw his shot from distance hit both crossbar and post before being scrambled away.
Malford took the lead in the 42nd minute when Kadir Ayhan played in Rob Lowe who scored to give Malford a 3-2 half time lead.
Pig & Whistle were soon on level terms when Sean Meer scored after 51 minutes following a good build up.
After 55 minutes Rob O’Harrow played in Meer who scored his second to give Pig a 4-3 lead. After 57 minutes Meer completed his hat-trick with a header at the back post, giving the visitors a 5-3 lead.
Malford struck back on 64 minutes when Scott Evans played in Lowe who completed his hat trick and reduced the visitors lead to 5-4.
After pressure by Malford, Pig & Whistle broke away again in the 67th minute and Rob O’Harrow scored a deserved goal for his efforts to extend his teams lead to 6-4.
Although Malford tried to press the Pig & Whistle defence held firm although their keeper had to make a goal line clearance from a lob over his head.
Pig & Whistle wrapped up the game in the 82nd minute when Stuart White brought down O’Harrow in the area and Andy Sayers scored the penalty to complete his hat trick and extend his sides lead to 7-4.
Tim Beecham, making his debut on the league as a referee, had a good game in the middle.
FC Buscots 5 Southwick Wanderers 4
AN ACTION-PACKED all-Division Two affair at Nurstead Road between FC Buscots and Southwick Wanderers was almost a re-run of their league encounter of a fortnight ago.
Buscots won 5-3 on that occasion, but they cup tie was even closer and two late goals for the home team saw them triumph 5-4.
Buscots broke the deadlock on 30 seconds with Scott Stroud giving them the lead. Southwick weren’t behind for long, Ferris Lamrabet setting up Craig Sheppard to make it one each.
Southwick went ahead through James Eathough who netted after good work from Jack Parker. Parker himself then got on the scoresheet when he flicked home a third for Southwick.
With the first half drawing to a close Adam Bewley kept Buscots in the game with what was a crucial goal that came at the right time.
After the break, Buscots were awarded a penalty which saw Luke Enderby tuck away to see parity restored. Southwick regained the lead when Lamrabet cannoned an effort against the bar, but the ball fell to Parker who knocked in his second of the morning.
Buscots drew level through a stunning left footed half volley from Adam Bewley and they wrapped up their place in the next round when Rob Drown headed in what proved to be the winner.
Buscots’ 16-year-old Billy Holdsworth may not have got his name on the scoresheet but he had an excellent game on the wing for the Devizes based side.
Miller Sports B 3 GRFC 1
FOURTH Division Miller Sports B pulled off what could be seen as a giantkilling act by beating second division GRFC 3-1 at the Beeches.
Deciding on playing a young side paid dividends and from the start Harry Waylen caused the GRFC problems with his pace and direct play.
After creating a couple of chances for himself he was played through by Nathan Drew down the right channel and smashed home a half volley when most people would have taken a couple more touches.
Miller continued to play the ball around and frustrate there opponents whose main chances came from distance and when called upon Jamie Hutton was there to pull off a fantastic save.
Early in the second half GRFC levelled with a cross that beat everyone for Connor Laidlaw to head home.
The breakthrough came with Brendan Knight winning the ball in midfield of Charlie Austin and his defence splitting pass picked out Harry Waylen was coolly slotted home.
Miller continued to press and as they put pressure on the back four a defensive header back to keeper Rob Jefferies was pushed onto the bar by the keeper and it fell to Daniel Sibley to convert for his first for the club on his debut as Miller eased into the next round.
North Star B 4 Sportzcoach Dragonz United 2
Sportzcoach Dragonz United, who caused a massive shock last weekend when they sent Staverton crashing out of the WG Parr Trophy, bowed out to third division stablemates North Star B, who built on recent good league form with a 4-2 win.
Dan Moore opener for Sportzcoach counted for nothing as Pepe Petrov got the Star level and goals for Mickey Taraskevics and Mike McKeller put the Calne based side 3-1 ahead at the break.
Joe Hargreaves narrowed the gap for Sportzcoach before a second from Taraskevics secured the win for Lee Lovelock’s hosts.
Old Road FC 2 Westbury Rangers 2 - abandoned after 75 minutes
PREMIER Division Westbury Rangers and third division Old Road FC will have to meet again on Wednesday evening after their match at Meadow Lane was abandoned after 75 minutes following an injury to Rangers' Ben Mead who was airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken leg.
At the time of the game being aborted by referee Shaun Tobin the tie was nicely poised at two apiece. Mark Young scored both goals for Rangers, his second coming from the penalty spot. Scott Austin and Dan Steven found the net for the Old Road.
Old Road were commended by both Rangers manager Shaun Gardiner and referee Tobin for their actions following the incident.
Old Road stayed at Meadow Lane and clapped Mead into the air ambulance, an act of sportsmanship that Tobin said he had never seen before in his 22 years of refereeing.
Prestige Bodyworks 3 Corsham CC Wildcats 2
PRESTIGE Bodyworks defeated first division stablemates Corsham CC Wildcats 3-2.
The Wildcats. who as Biddestone White Horse last season reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Biddestone Social, found themselves two-down after 45 minutes. Ryan Peck scoring both goals for his team.
Joe Lye kept the Wildcats in the tie and even when Adam O’Keeffe restored a two goal lead for Prestige, Wildcats never gave up hope and when Dan King scored 10 minutes from time it was game on.
Scott Fleming thought that he had taken the game to extra time when he put the ball in the net for the Wildcats only to have his goal ruled out for offside and with that went their hopes of enjoying another good cup run.
Somerford FC 2 Wren FC 1
THIRD Division Wren FC almost conjured up a major shock away at first division Somerford.
The villagers got the win they were after, but their 2-1 success was a lot closer than they would ever imagined it would have been.
Adam Moody missed a penalty for Wren when the score was 0-0. Matt Fenn gave Wren the lead but they were pegged by Matt Holdaway’s first-half effort.
With both teams desperately searching for a winner it was Somerford Ashley Monaghan who came up trumps with the goal that earned his team their narrow win.
Staverton FC 4 Fortune Inn 3
A WEEK after they suffered a WG Parr Trophy nightmare, first division leaders Staverton came out on top of another tricky cup tie.
Aaron Latchem’s side defeated second division Fortune Inn 4-3, but having led 3-0 at the break they would have expected an easy passage through than they got as Fortune put up a second-half fight to make a game of it.
Jason Povey, John Baker, and Levi Wood gave Staverton their interval lead. Owen Bryan reduced the arrears for Fortune only for Levi Wood to score from the penalty spot to make it 4-1.
Staverton were then given a huge scare when Ryan Kubulius and then a second from Bryan this time from the penalty spot set up a nervy final five minutes for the hosts who were able to see out time and avoid a second successive cup exit.
Sutton Benger 6 The Mallard 3
FOURTH Division newcomers The Mallard gave second division Sutton Benger a huge scare and the underdogs were left things what may have been had they not somehow thrown away a 3-0 interval lead as Benger found their scoring boots in the second half to run out 6-3 winners.
First-half goals from Adam Foskett, Mark Frost and Jamie Campbell may have had Mallard dreaming of a cup upset, but their dreams turned into a nightmare as James Weston started the second half fight back. Tom Merriman cut the gap to the odd goal and a second from Watson restored parity.
Will Stevens, a second from Merriman and Luke Watson completed the amazing turnaround for Benger.
Talbot FC 3 Goatacre CC FC 4
FIRST Division Goatacre progressed to the next round of the cup, thanks to a nailbiting 4-3 victory over local rivals Talbot FC.
Darren Holcombe may have put Goatacre ahead, but it was his teams goal keeper Shaun Preen who turned out to be the hero when he saved a Shaun Ward penalty to perverse the villagers' advantage which was double by a second of the morning from Holcombe.
Tom Ludford got Talbot back in the game wit ha well placed header before Alex Hamilton reclaimed a two goal cushion for Goatacre. Talbot fought back and reduced the deficit prior to half time, Andy Law finding the target for the hosts.
After the break a second from Alex Hamilton gave Goatacre some more breathing space but they were left biting their nails when George Bettles scored a third for Talbot five minutes time to set up a thrilling finish to the derby day battle that saw Goatacre see out time to claim victory.
The Castle FC 9 Oakhill 4
PREMIER Division leaders Castle FC avoided a cup upset at home to fourth division Oakhill.
Tom Perkins' hosts may have booked the spot in the last 32 but their 9-4 success was a lot more comfortable than many people had expected it to be.
Adam Heath top scored for the winners wit ha five timer, Marcus Wallen, Adam Branson, Jonny Emm and Liam Hill shared the others.
Clint Couzens with two, Ricky Treweke and Nathan Merrett were on target for Oakhill.
Trowbridge Town Supporters Club 0 Chippenham West End 5
THIRD Division Trowbridge Town Supporters Club held first division Chippenham West End at bay for the opening 35 minutes of their game at Bratton.
But once Craig Garner advanced from full back and found space to slot home the hosts had a crazy end to the half that saw them conceded three more.
With Trowbridge struggling to deal with the long throws of Ben Hibberd, it led to Chris Jenkins, Elliott Corp and Chris Coleman scoring before the break. Coleman added his second and the West End’s fifth of the game when he headed home a Hibberd corner early in the second half.
Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) 1 Kings Arms (All Cannings) 8
THIRD Division Worton & Cheverell had to give up home advantage for their cup tie against first division Kings Arms (All Cannings) who romped to the next round thanks to a convincing 8-1 win.
Liam Mortimer opened the scoring for the Kings Arms with a spectacular 25 yard curling effort. Simon Drewitt and Myles Hickton scored three apiece with Steve Lewin’s single making up the eight.
Kyle Davies was Worton’s lone marksman.
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