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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Goals shared as Freshford hit six
11:13am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
FRESHFORD United are starting to live up to their billing as one of the pre-season favourites to land the Trowbridge League First Division title after Chris Birleson’s side were again in clinical form in front of goal as they beat Castle Combe 6-3.
An excellent 20-yard strike from Chris Maskrey put Freshford ahead before Mark Gerrish doubled their lead with a crisp finish from 18 yards out.
Tom Rooney gave Freshford a 3-0 interval lead.
Freshford threatened to run riot early in the second half as Rob Hurkett sliced a Rooney cross into his own net for 4-0 and when Rooney tapped in his second and Freshford’s fifth it should have been curtains for Combe.
But Will Gale reduced the arrears for Combe on 53 minutes and five minutes later, Combe had pulled another two back with Ryan Peck and Quinnan Tarawai finding the net.
Although Combe couldn’t score again, they made a game of it and it took a stunning 30 yard free kick from Steve Roddy to add a bit of gloss to a Freshford performance.
North Bradley 4 Bradford United 1
North Bradley made it five wins on the spin to keep their stranglehold on the Division One top spot.
Scott Askew's neat strike following a corner gifted Bradley an early lead before Jason Povey’s effort from the edge of the area gave him his first goal as he doubled Bradley’s lead.
A second from Povey just before half-time when he ran through two defenders and slotted home for 3-0, had the game won.
An eventful first half also saw Theo Sing hit the workwork and have an effort cleared off the line for Bradford whilst Askew was denied a second when his header hit the bar and bounced over the line only for the referee to deem that it hadn’t.
Richie Bliha pulled a goal back for Bradford in the second half but his effort was just a consolation as a second from Askew late in the game wrapped up a 4-1 win for Chris Carr’s side.
Semington Magpies 1 Warminster Town Reserves 1
A week after Semington Magpies claimed a 4-1 win away at Warminster Town Reserves in the Knock Out Cup, the teams met in the league, with Magpies unable to recapture the magic of their previous meeting.
Andy Harrison scored for the Magpies midway through the first half with a well taken goal from 12 yards.
Just before half-time, Magpies keeper Ricky King made a great save to deny James Collett to preserve his teams slender lead.
But with 20 minutes remaining, King went from hero to villain when he dropped a Phil Lewis free kick into his own net to hand Warminster a point.
Trowbridge Wanderers 2 Steeple Ashton 3
Trowbridge Wanderers and Steeple Ashton both started the day in the drop zone, but after Ashton’s 3-2 victory at Lambrok Road, Neil Taylor’s side moved up to seventh spot while Jake Wayman’s Wanderers side sit at the foot of the table.
Gary Collins gave Ashton the perfect start only for Mark Barnett to put through his own net to wipe out Collins' opener and square things for Wanderers.
Ashton recovered from the setback to reclaim the lead, Marc Sheppard putting them 2-1 up before half-time.
After the break, Wanderers gave a good account of themselves and they made a period of sustained pressure pay when they fashioned an equaliser with Jamie Kinchly scoring his first ever goal for the club to make it two-apiece.
With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Ashton sealed what could prove to be an important three points when Mark Reynolds fired home to make it 3-2.
Westbury United Reserves 0 The Lamb FC 2
One of the games of the day was supposed to be the one at Meadow Lane, where hosts Westbury United Reserves, who kicked off the day in third spot, took on second placed the Lamb FC.
And if any confirmation was needed that the visitors to Westbury could be classed as serious title contenders, they provided it by claiming a 2-0 victory over their fellow hopefuls.
Lamb collected a fourth straight win to maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign thanks to goals from Bradley Witham, who scored direct from a corner, and Tom Blackman, whose simple tap-in made the points safe.