CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Pearce hits Pig & Whistle winner

CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Pearce hits Pig & Whistle winner

CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Pearce hits Pig & Whistle winner

First published in Sport

WATERLOGGED pitches were once the order of the day as all but two teams from the S.K. Fruits Ltd Chippenham & District Sunday League sat out another Sunday morning.

The weather again leading to the postponement of all but one of the 21 scheduled league and cup fixtures and, like the first week on 2014 when just one match survived the rain, the only action of the weekend was again at Leafy Lane and featured North Wiltshire, who hosted a Pig & Whistle United side who have managed just one game in the last two months.

Both teams started the day together on 12 points and in a four way relegation duel at the bottom of Division Three and come Sunday afternoon it was Richard Allen’s Melksham-based Pig & Whistle who had boosted their hopes of beating the drop.

It came thanks to a thrilling but nailbiting 3-2 victory over their hosts who looked out it at one stage as they trailed 2-0 before fighting back to level at two-each before conceding a killer third goal to deny them what would have been deserved share of the spoils.

Pig & Whistle went 2-0 up through goals from Ashley Fletcher and Sean Meer before North Wilts got back into the game with goals from Paul Colegate who reduced the deficit and then Dan Gilbert who fired the hosts level before half time.

After the break both sides had chances to take the lead with Pig & Whistle guilty of missing a number of clear cut opportunities before debutant Graham Pearce popped up to claim the winner for the visitors.

For Pearce, who is regularly seen controlling matches from his usual position as referee, it was his first goal since December 2007 when playing for Miller Sports.

CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE ROUNDUP, STATS AND PICTURES IN THURSDAY'S GAZETTE & HERALD AND FRIDAY'S WILTSHIRE TIMES AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @gazsport and @WTSport

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