CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Cosmos extend lead at the top

Wiltshire Times: CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Cosmos extend lead at the top CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Cosmos extend lead at the top

DIVISION Three relegation battlers FC North Wiltshire put on a spirited performance at home to leaders Melksham Cosmos before going down 4-2 to their guests at Leafy Lane.

Cosmos now have a nine-point lead over fellow title chasers Sportzcoach Dragonz United, who have three games in hand on the table toppers.

Daniel Gilbert was on target for North Wilts in the first half but Mark Scammell and Jason Hull struck to put Cosmos 2-1 ahead.

After the interval Dan Deacon got North Wilts level before two penalties from Alex Shaftoe won the game for Cosmos to earned them their eleventh win of the campaign.

Christian Malford 2 Crossblades FC 0

CHRISTIAN Malford took their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 2-0 home win against a spirited Crossblades side on their very bumpy Kington Langley pitch.

A combination of both sides not having played for some time and the state of the pitch made for a frustrating first half for both teams as passes went astray.

Although Malford had the better of the chances and Crossblades keeper Ben McGowan was the busier of the two keepers, Crossblades probably had the better of the first half although it was Malford who went in with a 1-0 lead at half time when in the 38th minute a corner from Alex Warburton was not cleared and the ball fell to Paul Knight who shot it into the roof of the net.

Malford certainly started brighter in the second half and after 55minues increased their lead to 2-0 as Knight scored his second when Crossblades again failed to clear a Warburton corner.

Crossblades however were not finished and both Ashley Bartles and James Squire went close with the latter having a fierce drive pushed onto the crossbar by Malford keeper Matt Hutchings.

Malford also had the advantage of having three substitutes who all came on midway through the half as they replaced players who had picked up knocks or tired on the heavy pitch.

Although Crossblades made some spirited attacks they were all stopped by a solid Malford defence to allow Malford to run out 2-0 winners.

The game was played in a very sporting manner and was well controlled by referee Martin Chown.

MATCHES OFF: Old Road v Trowbridge Town Supporters Club, Wren FC v North Star B.

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