CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: North Wilts win relegation battle

NEARLY everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong before the match at Leafy Lane involving the bottom two sides in Division Three.

Firstly the home side could not locate their changing room keys and had to make a mad dash to collect a spare set from a member of the Leafy Lane management committee, only to then discover their own set in the medical bag.

Then the away side, who were scheduled to play in blue turned up with too few shirts with North Wilts, before Wren FC played in their green kit and finally the scheduled referee did not show and could not be contacted.

Spectator and FC Colerne player Dave Leask heroically offered to referee and both teams agreed to let the game go ahead with North Wilts going on to win 4-2.

The home side took the lead direct from a free kick from Dan Gilbert, whose ball into the area evaded everybody and settled in the back of the net.

Dan Deacon and Stuart Donnelly both had chances to extend the lead but miscued and smashed wide respectively. Wren FC equalised through Gavin Naldi towards the end of the first half which finished 1-1.

A goal mouth scramble from a corner saw Wren FC take the lead as Gavin Naldi netted his second of the day.

Lloyd Brown then conceded a penalty, the Wren FC skipper stepped up but saw his penalty saved by the North Wilts keeper James Whitehead. Brown atoned for his tackle by following in to clear the ball to safety.

North Wilts somehow rallied despite a period of in fighting and arguing and Jamie Newton scored his first for the club when glanced the ball over the line from dead ball specialist Sam Deane's corner to make it 2-2.

The hosts were then awarded a penalty of their own when Dan Gilbert was felled in the box. Gilbert, who would normally take the spot kicks had to leave the field and be substituted so James Bamford stepped up and he coolly slotted home under tremendous pressure.

Stuart Donnelly thought he had secured the three points for North Wilts but his goal was ruled out for offside. Minutes later, Dan Deacon capitalised on an under-hit back pass to saunter through and make it 4-2 which is how the game finished.

The game was played in a great spirit and both teams and especially Dave Leask should be commended for getting the game played.

Old Road FC 0 North Star B 4

A 4-0 victory for North Star B at Old Road FC saw the Calne-based side extend their unbeaten run to four matches and their latest success puts them back in the promotion race.

Karl Sharratt’s goal put North Star ahead at the break. Jack Taylor who is nearing his last game for the club before leaving ford distant shores doubled the Star’s lead with his 18th goal of the campaign.

A second from Sharratt made it 3-0 before Mickey Taraskevics wrapped up the 3 points with the fourth goal of the morning.

Sportzcoach Dragonz United 1 Christian Malford 2

CHRISTIAN Malford continued their winning run with a hard fought 2-1 away win over Sportzcoach Dragonz United at Stanley Park.

Malford had lost the home fixture 3-2 at the beginning of the season but played some of their best football of the season in the reverse fixture to take the points that stretched their winning run to five matches.

Both teams started brightly and Dragonz had an early effort from Shaun Heathcote narrowly skim the post. Malford however struck first in the sixth minute when Scott Evans picked up a loose ball and lobbed Dragonz keeper Rob Brown from outside the area to give Malford a 1-0 lead.

Malford struck again in the 12th minute when Scott Evans put in Paul Knight who beat the keeper with a low shot to give Malford a 2-0 lead. Both Malford players had scored in the first game.

Dragonz did score but the effort was ruled offside. Similarly a great volleyed goal by Kevin Long for Malford from Alex Warburton’s cross was also disallowed for offside.

The game then became a little feisty as midfield players battled to get on top. Dragonz had several good attempts but Matt Hutchins in the Malford goal was in outstanding form to deny them. Malford went in at the half with a 2-0 lead.

Malford had to make an early change due to injury, but continued to battle to keep out Dragonz, whose Dan Moore and Shaun Heathcote were constantly probing the defence.

The Malford keeper again had to make several saves to keep them in front while at the other end Scott Evans hit the Dragonz crossbar.

In the 75th minute Dragonz finally pulled a goal back when after Malford failed to clear a corner Dean Shaw scored with a low shot following a melee.

Although Dragonz tried to apply pressure the Malford defence appeared to get even stronger with everyone playing their part as the game ended in a hard fought 2-1 win for Malford.

Worton & Cheverell 1 Melksham Cosmos 5

WORTON & Cheverell, fresh from their excellent win over Sportzcoach Dragonz United, were looking to conjure up another magical performance against leaders Melksham Cosmos.

A game where the points were their for the taking saw Worton’s manager left frustrated at a lacklustre effort from his Worton side over the 90 minutes as his team came crashing down to earth.

Alex Shaftoe’s double gave Cosmos a 2-0 lead at the break and it was as good as game over when he completed his hat-trick early in the second half. Jason Hull made it 4-0 before Ben Strange pulled a goal back for Worton.

Matt Bowden sealed what was a fine win for the leaders whose latest triumph saw them open up a five-point advantage of the chasing pack.

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