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DIVISION THREE: Derby day win saves Bremhill from the drop
4:30pm Monday 2nd April 2012 in Sport
BREMHILL View Boys had more than just local pride at stake when they hosted near neighbours Goatacre CC at Beversbrook.
Gary Marshall’s side knew that a victory would secure them a place in Division Three for next season and despite a few nervy moments late on Bremhill took maximum points thanks to their 3-2 success.
Goals from Luke DeBoer and Liam Jones had given Bremhill a 2-0 half-time lead and at that stage the hosts looked set for a comfortable win.
But goals from Ed Wilkins and Jon Gale got Goatacre back on level terms and on more than one occasion they thought they had taken the lead only for their celebrations to be curtailed by the flag of the assistant referee.
With 10 minutes remaining Bremhill View regained the lead when Ollie Bates fired them in front.
In the last minute of the game Goatacre had the chance to claim a point for their efforts but the usually reliable Wilkins missed from the penalty spot to hand they hosts the win that will save them from the drop.
Christian Malford 2 Corsham Park Rangers 0
CHRISTIAN Malford took the points in their final game of the season with a 2-0 home win at their Kington Langley pitch against Corsham Park Rangers.
It was also their first double of the season having won away 3-0 at the beginning of the season.
This was never going to be a classic as both sides had to hastily rearrange their teams due to late withdrawals.
Corsham had to start the match with only 10 men with a player on the way while Malford had to play an injured player to make up their XI.
Although having only 10 at the start, Corsham dominated the early play and only several saves from Malford keeper Ben Munns kept them in the game, in particular a save with his legs from a Matthew Parsons shot and a flying save from Chaz Young’s shot.
After 20 minutes Corsham were restored to a full XI. Surprisingly, Malford began to get back into the game but neither team could take advantage of chances and at half time the score remained 0-0.
Corsham again had the upper hand at the beginning of the second half but a reorganisation in the Malford defence began to pay dividends as the Corsham forwards struggled to break through.
Malford gradually began to dominate and in the 57th minute were awarded a free kick on the left outside the penalty area.
Paul Knight’s fierce shot beat everyone to give Malford a 1-0 lead.
Corsham tried to come back but as the game progressed Malford looked the stronger with Corsham keeper Tristan Miller the busier of the two keepers.
In the 75th minute Malford extended their lead. A ball down the right found Paul Knight who crossed for Chris Rogers to hit home and give Malford a 2-0 lead. There were no further goals and Malford ran out 2-0 winners.
Staverton FC 6 Kings Arms (All Cannings) 2
STAVERTON retained top spot in the division with an excellent 6-3 win against King's Arms (All Cannings) who played their part in what was an excellent game of football which was a credit to all those involved.
Kings Arms, who won the reverse fixture 4-0, must have sent Staverton into a panic when they scored first via Andy Hunt who netted after just three minutes.
Staverton levelled the scores on 20 minutes through Levi Woods and 10 minutes from half time took the lead when Zack Manna netted a beauty.
King's Arms got themselves level three minutes after the restart when Jon Giddings headed in from a corner.
A minute later Staverton were ahead again through Jon Price and increased their lead almost from the kick-off when Matt Hall converted a Jon Price free kick.
Staverton made it five in the 62nd minute when Levi Woods netted his second, but King's Arms pulled another one back in the 70th minute, Hunt grabbing his second of the morning.
Five minutes from the end Staverton scored their sixth when Zack Manna claimed his second goal of the game.
Staverton now need to beat Bremhill View Boys in their last game to be in with a chance of taking take the title from Somerford who could still deny them top spot on goal difference.
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