CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Galaxy late show denies Malford a point (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE: Galaxy late show denies Malford a point
4:30pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in Sport
SPURRED on by last week's first win of the season, Christian Malford put a brilliant performance at Division Three high-flyers PSC Galaxy, who were made to fight for the points in their 5-4 away win over Malford at their Kington Langley pitch.
Malford surprised their unbeaten visitors and were denied an early lead by an excellent save from Galaxy keeper Matthew Tilley.
After eight minutes Malford took the lead when Mark Kmiec scored from Ben Munns corner.
Galaxy’s fast and tricky forwards soon began to put the Malford defence under pressure and after 20 minutes equalised.
A nice run by Lee Sanders ended with Steven House converting his pass to level the score at 1-1.
Just two minutes later Rob Mitchell put Galaxy 2-1 in front when he scored after another jinking run.
Two minutes later Galaxy thought they had gone 3-1 ahead but the goal was disallowed for offside.
In the following Malford attack they were awarded a free-kick just outside the area.
Ben Munns took a quick direct free kick which sailed into the net to draw the scores level at 2-2.
From the restart Galaxy were back in front as Rob Mitchell weaved his way through the defence to score a fine individual goal, his second and a 3-2 lead.
A fine save by Malford keeper Matthew Hutchings kept the score at 3-2 but he could do nothing to stop Steven House scoring his second in the 41st minute with a fine shot as Galaxy took a 4-2 lead.
Malford reduced the arrears in the 44th minute when Scott Evans run on the right ended with a strong low shot into the net.
Malford again opened brightly and were playing some of their best football of the season.
After 52 minutes they equalised when Ben Munns cross field ball played in debutant Rob Lowe who made no mistake with his finish.
The play then went from end to end with both sides looking likely to score. Galaxy thought they had scored when Darren Lewis headed home Peter Huntley’s corner but it was disallowed for a foul in the area.
On 75 minutes Galaxy did score when Peter Huntley’s shot went in off the left hand post.
Malford pushed forward to try to equalise but despite chances were unable to do so. Galaxy survived to take a 5-4 victory.
Referee Julian Sattin handled the game well.
Corsham Park Rangers 5 Pig & Whistle United A 3
HAVING suffered their first defeats of the campaign last weekend both Corsham Park Rangers and Pig & Whistle United A were desperate for an immediate return to winning ways when they met at Leafy Lane and it was Tim Spear’s Rangers side who got their wish as they stretched their unbeaten record over United to three games by virtue of their 5-3 victory.
Even though Rangers were nearly back to full strength with the return of top scorer Owen Bryan and a few others who missed last week's loss to PSC Galaxy they were a shadow of the team that had won their opening four games.
Rangers' opener came on 12 minutes when Bryan beat the offside trap onlt to see his shot save by the feet of the United keeper, but the ball rebounded to Matthew Spear who shot home for 1-0.
Ten minutes later Pig & Whistle were back in the game when a cross in was met by a unmarked Sean Meer on the far post, who shot on the volley low to goalies right to make 1-1.
Rangers regained the lead in the 30th minute when Kent Kauppinen got to the bye line and his perfect cross was met by Bryan who finished well from 15 yards to give Rangers a 2-1 interval lead.
The best goal of the game and probably the goal of the season came three minutes after the restart.
United’s Darren Morris got the ball inside his own half and spotted the Rangers keeper off his line and his shot sailed over the stranded keeper and into a empty net to make it 2-2.
Rangers finally got their act together on the hour mark and woke from their slumber and started to play the way they can when an inch-perfect cross by Dan Clements was met by Matt Spear who headed down into the left hand corner of the goal for his second of the morning and Rangers third.
Four minutes later Rangers had doubled their lead, a throw-in found Owen Bryan who beat his marker and fired a shot through the legs of the United keeper.
Rangers wrapped the game up in the 74th minute when Jordan Coulter picked ball up in his half, racing clear he picked out Joe Forester who only had to tap the ball into a empty goal for 5-2.
Pig & Whistle got there third in the 77th minute when a corner in was met by Rob O’Harrow who headed home to claim a debut goal for Richard Allen’s side but it was to count for nothing as Rangers had already done enough to claim two more points in their quest to get out of the division.
North Star B 5 Pack Horse Rangers 1
A FIRST win of the season and a first in 10 matches saw North Star B move of the foot of the table, but their 5-1 victory over Pack Horse Rangers was made even sweeter by the fact that it saw them avenge their 10-4 loss at the hands of Paul Kidley’s side just three weeks ago.
Richard Sheffield put North Star ahead and their lead was doubled by Chris Robinson who struck a 25 yarder to make it 2-0 before Steve Jenkins halved the deficit for Pack Horse who then conceded a third to hand the initiative back to the hosts when Harry Ozut intercepted a back pass and netted to make it 3-1.
The points were as good as won prior to half time thanks to a second from Ozut whose delightful chip made it 4-1.
North Star capped their five-star performance when Michael Taraskevics scored to put the icing on the cake for Lee Lovelock’s side who will hope to build on this win when they take on local rivals Talbot FC next Sunday.
Talbot FC 5 Cavalier FC 1
At PRIESTLY Grove, another Calne-based side turned in a five-star display, Vic Long’s Talbot FC side beating Cavalier FC 5-1 to leave Roger Wiltshire’s visitors still looking for their first win of the season.
Talbot led through a Dean Fry’s strike from distance that finished in the bottom corner of the net and another long range specialty from Fry which end up finding the top corner of the net doubled their lead before Josh Scott scored for Cavalier five minutes before half time.
Rven then Talbot had further chances to increase their lead but they were denied by both the post and crossbar.
The second half saw Aaron Clegg head home a third for Talbot before player-manager Long rolled back the years when he bundled the ball in from a corner for 4-1.
Pete Thornton missed a penalty and both Thornton and Steve Wordley had goals ruled out for offside before Thornton finally got his name on the score-sheet when he added number five with a close range finish after Cavalier failed to defend another corner.
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