CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Gladiators share points at Atworth (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Gladiators share points at Atworth
2:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
IN WHAT is fast becoming one of the most fierce rivalries in the league, Staverton and White Horse (Sunday) A produced another intriguing encounter.
However, unlike their previous five meetings, the two sides that have followed each other from the third to first division in double-quick time, produced a far more cagey affair.
The 1-1 scoreline was not just low scoring by the two teams’ standards, but even more astonishing in that it was the first time in over 18 months that the visitors had drawn a league game.
With several regulars missing the Westbury side came with every intention of containing Aaron Latchem’s normally free-flowing Staverton team.
The plan worked perfectly in the first period, as they didn’t just stifle anything that the home side could throw at them, but took a well-earned lead in the 28th minute via Nick Mead, who finished clinically from 20 yards having been given far too much space and time.
Having lacked their normal spark and zest up to that point it was expected that the goal would get a reaction, but it appeared to change nothing, as the Horse cantered into the interval with the one-goal cushion.
Even the break failed to inspire as the second half started in similar fashion, with the away side dealing with everything that was thrown at them and the hosts growing increasingly frustrated.
However, as the half wore on, and with the notorious Atworth slope now in their favour, Staverton began to create their first opportunities of any real substance.
Darren Jones was first to come close when his long-range effort hit the base of Rich Hunt’s right hand post in the 58th minute, and for the first time in the game the home side seemed to come to life.
Jones and Zac Manna began to take more control in the centre of midfield and with it soon came the 74th minute equaliser, the ever lively Jason Povey making room for himself before firing past a helpless Hunt.
The levelling of the scores increased the tension between the two sides, with only some strong and assertive refereeing from Adam Osborne stopping tempers from boiling over.
With neither side deserving to lose the game, it was heart in mouth time for both in the last ten minutes, Hunt saving well twice, his opposite number, Kierran Ramsey, producing similar heroics and Manna being denied by the assistant’s flag.
The result ends Staverton’s 100 per cent start to the league campaign, but provides the Horse with a much needed first point that they will hope to build on in the coming weeks.
Chippenham West End 4 Bromham (Sunday) 5
IT WAS top versus bottom at Sutton Benger where Chippenham West End, who are currently holding up the table, hosted leaders Bromham (Sunday) and the visitors' rejuvenation under Danny Powell doesn’t show any signs of faltering.
Ali Bradley and a stunning 25-yard strike from Sean Kingsbury put Bromham two up early on. West End struck back through Ben Hibberd and at he break they were in with a real chance of getting something from a game that started so badly for them.
A second-half penalty for Bromham was converted by Bradley to restore their two-goal advantage. West End fought back and won a penalty of their own which Hibberd slotted home.
A long throw from Hibberd was dealt with by the Bromham keeper Scott Dawdry who palmed it into his own net which got West End back on level terms.
Bromham stepped things up and quickly regained the lead thanks to a second of the morning from Kingsbury and they added a fifth courtesy of Rob Sandiford.
A surge of late pressure from West End led to another West End goal, Bradley heading into his own net to set up a nervy climax to the game, but Bromham held on to take all three points.
Corsham CC Wildcats 1 Prestige Bodyworks 3
A WEEK after they suffered a 3-2 loss in their Knockout meeting with Prestige Bodyworks, Scott Fleming was hoping that his Corsham CC Wildcats side would avenge that lose when the sides met in the league.
But like last Sunday the outcome was the same as Prestige kept up their challenge at the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win.
Wildcats consolation coming from Leigh Rogers, who scored direct from a corner. Adam O’Keeffe, Ryan Peck and Jamie Treweke scored for Prestige with all four goals coming in the first half.
Goatacre CC FC 1 North Star A 0 (abandoned after 30 minutes)
AN INJURY to match referee Julian Sattin led to the local derby showdown between neighbours Goatacre CC and North Star A being abandoned after 30 minutes.
Kings Arms (All Cannings) 0 Somerford FC 3
KINGS Arms (All Cannings) were beaten in the league for the first time this season, a 3-0 loss at home Somerford gave the visitors only their second win over their guests in five attempts.
Steve Lewin crashed a shot against the bar for Kings Arms, but that was a close as the hosts got to finding the net in a first half that saw Ashley Monaghan’s goal separate the teams at the break.
A second from Monaghan and Matt Holdaway’s fine effort earned Somerford a deserved three points.
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