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DIVISION THREE: Fortune made to work hard for win number two
4:00pm Monday 10th September 2012 in Sport
A STRONG second-half performance at Christian Malford saw a lacklustre Fortune Inn side beat their hosts 4-1.
But after their 18-4 mauling of Bremhill View Boys on the opening day, the result wouldn’t have been what Fortune would have expected.
Another bucketful of goals never materialised as Malford played well to keep last term's top scorers at bay.
Malford opened brightly and for most of the first half looked the more likely to score.
A save with his feet by Fortune keeper Danny Johnstone from Kieran Shiels denied Malford the lead.
Eventually Fortune began to get the upper hand, forcing Malford keeper Ben Munns to make a couple of good saves.
After 37 minutes Fortune broke the deadlock when a cross from the right by Joe Hylands wasn’t cleared and the ball fell at the feet of Will Giles who gave Fortune a 1-0 lead.
Malford should have equalised minutes later but the ball was cleared off the line by the Fortune defence as they went in at the half with their 1-0 lead.
Again the play was end to end at the start of the second half until the 60th minute when a fierce shot from the edge of the area by Ryan Bell gave Fortune a 2-0 lead.
Malford went further behind in the 67th minute when despite the Malford keeper palming the ball, Joe Hylands lob from the right making it 3-0.
Fortune were now dominating, with Martyn Mackie clearing off the line to stop them going further ahead.
In the 75th minute Matthew Hutchings cross from the left eluded everybody to reduce the score to 3-1.
On 87 minutes Fortune extended their lead to 4-1 when Rich Bolter’s cross from the left was hit home by Matty Jenkins.
The game was excellently refereed by Peter Lowe.
Corsham Park Rangers 2 Talbot FC 1
WITH both Corsham Park Rangers and Talbot FC winning their opening games, the meeting at Leafy Lane was going to be a tight game and so it proved with Rangers taking the points.
The game started at a lightning pace as the sides went in search for an opening goal and it was Talbot who struck first when in the 12th minute a corner was met at the far post by Tommy Ludford, who powerfully headed the ball down and into the net for 1-0.
In the second period Rangers had loads of chances but could not get the ball into the net.
Owen Bryan within the space of five minutes hit both uprights and cross bar but just as it was looking as Rangers wouldn’t break down a resolute Talbot defence they fashioned an equaliser on the hour mark.
Jack Forester picked ball up and hit a 20 yard strike on the run which beat the low to his right hand side.
Rangers grabbed their winner on 80 minutes. A free kick into the area from Simon Young was headed out from defence, but the ball was chipped back into the box by Gary Lock. With Star being unable to get the ball to safety it fell to Jordan Coulter who managed to squeeze the ball home to put Rangers 2-1 ahead.
Talbot thought they had got a equaliser in the 88th minutes when Jamie Van-Crump put the ball into the net only for the referee to rule it out for pushing.
Pack Horse Rangers 2 FC Buscots 4
A MIX-UP of shirts delayed kick off of the match between Pack Horse Rangers and FC Buscots by a few minutes, but once things were sorted out it was Buscots who controlled the majority of the game.
The final scoreline reflects well on the home side who had goalkeeper Sean Davis to thank as he produced a number of great stops to keep the score down.
Craig Townsend and returning Adam Bewley were both guilty of missing gilt-edged chances but it was the pairing that linked up to score the first, Bewley’s deft lob feeding Townsend who followed up his first parried shot to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later Dan Kingsbury’s delicate through ball found Bewley who narrowly shot wide.
Townsend then had two chances one being a fine save by the keeper and another which was put over the bar.
Bewley then took his chance to miss chances when he was thwarted with a good save before moments later firing wide when it would have been easier to score.
Buscots doubled their lead 10 minutes before the half time when a one-two between Townsend and Nathan Moffatt allowed the latter to pass the ball into the net.
The second half saw the hosts up their game and within two minutes of the restart they pulled one back, after keeper James Baggott called for the ball, a misjudgment allowed Simon McCarthy in to reduce the arrears.
A change in Buscots set up saw Luke Enderby thrown up front, and with his first touch he smashed the ball home to regain the two-goal advantage.
Buscots then had wave after wave of chances before Ben Butterfield danced his way through the box to make it 3-2.
Bewley then ran 20 yards with the ball before unleashing a rasping drive from 35 yards for the keeper Davis to push onto the bar and Rob Drown and Ashley Edwards both had further chances to extend Buscots lead.
Enderby hit the post and with the Buscots frontline struggling to find the net it was down to birthday boy centre back James Moore to run 40 yards with the ball, playing a one-two with Enderby on the edge of the opposition's box and calmly slotting through the keeper's legs to end the scoring for the day.
Pig & Whistle United A 1 North Star B 0
NORTH Star B were unlucky to come away from Awdry Avenue, Melksham empty-handed.
Neither side were unable to break the deadlock in the first half but North Star thought they had taken the lead when Adam Walsh put the ball into the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
The second half saw Wayne Bailey score United’s winner when he managed to lift the ball of Star’s stand-in keeper Chris Robinson.
Star knew it wasn’t to be their day as they thought they had salvaged a point from the game but for a second time the had a goal ruled out for offside. This time it was the turn of Rob Lymath to miss out.
PSC Galaxy 7 Cavalier FC 1
IT WAS a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire for Cavalier FC, who faced PSC Galaxy in a second successive derby-day showdown.
Having lost to Buscots last time out things looked bleak for Cavalier as Galaxy has won all their 20 league matches last season and they took the honours again thanks to a dominant second-half performance.
John Stockman shocked the home side by giving Cavalier the lead but after that it was Galaxy who bossed the game.
Steven House restored parity and his second of the game put Galaxy 2-1 up at the break.
The second half was all Galaxy with House adding another two which took his tally for the game to four. Pete Huntley, Lee Himsworth and Leo Whitehead on his Galaxy debut completed the scoring.
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