CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Melksham take points in local derby

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WITH the weather taking its toll on more than half of the fixtures from the S.K. Fruits Limited, Chippenham  District Sunday League fixture programme at the weekend, things remain as they were in both Division Two and Four.

One game survived in the top flight, basement side Semington Rovers making the short trip to Christie Miller for their derby showdown with near-neighbours AFC Melksham hoping to claim what would be their first win of the campaign.

With the pitch resembling a cabbage patch the hosts battled through ever-worsening conditions to claim a 9-4 success and leave Rovers looking for revenge when the teams meet again next weekend.

Rovers went ahead after 15 minutes when Nathan Walker’s shot deflected pass a wrong-footed Nick Dibden. Melksham pressed the visitors and drew level when the energetic Bradley Partner making it 1-1.

A blistering left-footed curler from Brett Partner who latched onto a defence splitting pass from Keiron Mills put Melksham 2-1 up.

With former Melksham players Chris Rogers, Matty Russell and Dan Rimmer forcing Melksham onto the back foot, Dibden was proving his worth with a number of fine stops but he was beaten by another deflected effort which saw Chris Dore head Sam Malone’s shot beyond the stranded keeper.

Melksham produce wave after wave of attacks, which were well defended by Rich Allun and John Wiltshire until Luke Turvey stroked home a lovely shot for the home side to give them a 3-2 interval lead.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and it was Melksham’s Jordan Kirk who got it to make it 4-2 and a second from the striker quickly followed as the hosts took control of the game. Rimmer grabbed a third for Semington before Partner got a second followed by a third from Kirk.

Stuart Barber kept Semington in with a shout but with further goals from Tony Ricci-McElhone and Matt Sharpe coming ahead of the final whistle, Semington were a well beaten side in the end.

Referee Charles O’Neil had an excellent game and was impressed by the quality of play from both teams in such poor conditions.

MATCH OFF: Westbury Rangers v The Castle FC.

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