CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Cosmos end North Wilts hoodoo (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Cosmos end North Wilts hoodoo
3:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
MELKSHAM Cosmos beat FC North Wiltshire 3-1 to avenge last season’s 5-3 and 4-1 defeats in a game played in good spirit between the two teams.
For Cosmos, their fourth straight win keeps them sitting pretty on top of the Division Three table.
North Wilts were forced to make a last-minute change to their starting line up and had to thrust debutant Jamie Newton straight in centre back for his first game in 18 months.
After a fairly even start Cosmos took the lead after the referee awarded a penalty to the hosts after the ball bounced up and hit right winger, Stuart Donnelly on the elbow.
Donnelly and his fellow players were gobsmacked as his arm was tight to his body and had made no movement towards the ball. Marc Bowden converted the penalty.
Donnelly nearly made amends soon after with a left-foot effort from the edge of the area following a North Wilts corner but the shot fizzed just wide.
After half an hour North Wilts were reduced to 10 men after Daniel Gilbert was shown a controversial red card for a high challenge.
Despite protests from both sides that the challenge did not merit a red card as there was little or no contact, the referee stuck to his decision.
Melksham Cosmos players should be commended for their part in asking the referee not to show a red card.
With Gilbert having an early shower, the 10 men of North Wilts fashioned an equaliser. Matt Parsons saw his header from a corner saved but Jamie Newton followed up to nod the ball home for 1-1.
Cosmos regained the lead shortly before half time when Alex Shaftoe was put through on goal and finished well. The goal stood despite the lineman flagging for offside.
With only 10 men, the large pitch gradually took its toll in the second half and Cosmos scored a third goal to finish the game with 10 minutes remaining with Alex Shaftoe bagging his second of the morning.
Christian Malford 2 Sportzcoach Dragonz United 3
SPORTZCOACH Dragonz United took advantage of Christian Malford being reduced to ten men to score a late goal and take the points with a 3-2 win at Kington Langley.
Malford who have yet to win this season were soon on the back foot after Dan Moore opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a fine driven shot from just outside the penalty area to give Sportzcoach a 1-0 lead.
Malford however rallied with Alexander Warburton shooting just past the post after an individual run past several players. After eight minutes Scott Evans equalised for Malford when Paul Knight headed on Ben Munns goal kick to him.
Although both sides looked dangerous on the break, Malford slightly shaded the remainder of the half having a penalty appeal for handball on the line turned down and Scott Evans shooting wide. Rob Brown in the Sportzcoach goal being the busiest of the two keepers as the score remained 1-1.
Malford again opened the second half brightly and after 57 minutes took a 2-1 lead when Paul Knight headed home Craig Fisher’s corner from the right.
From there on both teams pressed without success until the 65th minute when Sportzcoach’s Ash Barnett was tripped in the area by Malford’s Lewis Francis. Dan Moore made no mistake with the penalty to bring the score level at 2-2.
In the 68th minute Malford were reduced to ten men after Rob Lowe’s second caution. Sportzcoach now pressed hard and Malford’s keeper Ben Munns made two excellent saves to keep his team in the game.
However he couldn’t do anything in the 82nd minute when Ash Bartnett’s cross from the right hit the cross bar and rebounded to Moore at the far post who scored to give Sportzcoach the lead 3-2.
Although Malford tried they could not break down the Sportzcoach defence and the game ended with a 3-2 for the visitors.
Crossblades FC 1 Wren FC 4
CALNE-BASED Wren FC may have been the whipping boys over the last two seasons, but since suffering relegation from Division Two at the end of last term, Matt Fenn’s side look to have their feet in the Division Three.
A 4-1 win away at Crossblades gave them their second win of the season.
Player-manager Fenn scored the opener for his side when he latched onto a pass that split the centre backs before chipping the keeper and he bagged a second when he turned two defenders and finished just inside the post to make life a little easier for his new-look side.
After the break Gavin Naldi added a third for Wren when he won the race to a long ball over the top to his a first time shot past the keeper. Fenn scored a third to complete his hat-trick and his side’s excellent victory when he finished into an almost empty net.
Crossblades consolation came from Ashley Bartels, whose first0time thunderbolt proved unstoppable. Fenn went close to adding his fourth and a fifth for Wren with only the post keeping out a well struck free kick in the final minutes.
North Star B 4 Old Road FC 1
OLD Road FC who were impressive in their two recent cup outings against top flight opponents Westbury Rangers were unable to recapture that form away at high flying North Star B who thanks to a 4-1 win took maximum points for the second time in three games.
Mike McKeller and Jack Taylor put the Star two up before Dan Stevens pulled a goal back for the Old Road.
MeKeller and Taylor were on target again for the Star in the second period as the sealed a 4-1 success. Both teams were also denied by the woodwork in the latter stages of what was a keenly contested game.
Pig & Whistle United 6 Trowbridge Town Supporters Club 4
PIG & Whistle United look as if they have fully recovered from the loss of their opening two games.
Richard Allen’s side hosted Trowbridge Town Supporters Club and although they were tipped to come out of the match at Awdry Avenue second best the hosts picked up a 6-4 win to claim a third straight win.
Pig & Whistle who were four up at the break were indebted to Rob O’Harrow who top scored with a hat-trick, Sean Meer continued his purple patch in front of goal with a double that took his tally to eight in three games.
Graham Griffiths made up the Pig’s half dozen with his first goal for the club.
Dean Coles scored twice in reply for the supporters, his first coming from the penalty spot. Lewis Smith also scored from the spot and Dave Strickland goal made up the losers' four.
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