TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Super subs see Westbury to victory (From Wiltshire Times)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Super subs see Westbury to victory
11:30am Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport News
WITH just eight minutes remaining of their game at Bradford United remaining Westbury United Reserves looked to be heading for a shock defeat at the hands of the Culver Close club.
But the introducing of youngster Connor McKay turned the game on its head as he scored a late double to help Westbury win 3-1 and keep pace with North Bradley at the top of the Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories sponsored Trowbridge League Division One table.
After a goalless first half it was Bradford who made the breakthrough early in the second period when they were awarded a penalty, after being adjudged to have handled the ball, Westbury saw their right back Nick Taylor sent off and Tom Bouquet tucked the spot kick away to hand the hosts the lead.
Westbury peppered the Bradford goal but didn’t show any sign of breaking down what was a stubborn rearguard from the home side, however the introduction of McKay on 80 minutes proved to be the turning point,.
Within two minutes the 17-year-old had restored parity with his first goal for the club and two minutes later his second had given the visitors the lead.
With just three minutes remaining, Westbury bagged their third as Harry Page, who had also come off the bench turned the ball home to hand Jason Edwards side their second win of the season.
Calne Eagles 3 Semington Magpies 1
CALNE Eagles picked up their first league win of the season with a hard-fought win over Semington Magpies.
After losing some of their established players from last season, Calne have shored up their squad for this campaign by signing promising teenage players Jordan Winter, Jake Goodwin and Joseph Thompson.
In this match all three new recruits made a huge contribution to their new team picking up their first win in Division One.
The game was played at quite a fast pace throughout and both defences were stretched during the game. Calne took the lead after 22 minutes when pacy winger Josh Eades broke away down the left-wing and his far post cross was neatly finished by 17 year-old Goodwin on his debut.
Semington equalised right before half time through midfielder Joe Flower who opened his account for the club with a rasping strike from just inside the box left Calne goalkeeper Andy Windsor no chance whatsoever.
Calne took the lead on 63 minutes through full back Tom Evans’ 60 yard free kick.
Evans’ lofted effort into the Semington’s penalty area was missed by players from both sides. This allowed the ball to bounce in the box, which left goalkeeper Ricky King totally stranded as the ball sailed straight into the top corner.
Ten minutes later Calne completed the scoring when defender Gary Wootten’s goal-bound header from a Russell Driver corner kick was cleared off the line, but 16 year old striker Thompson prodded home the rebound to score his first goal in adult football.
Semington pushed hard for route back into the game in the last 15 minutes. Striker Dan Rimmer hit the inside of the post with a sublime shot from the edge of the box.
Semington also had a very close call for a penalty turned down the also spurned numerous good chances from corner kicks. However, Eagles hung on to claim their first win in the top division.
Castle Combe 3 Steeple Ashton 0
PAUL Sanderson’s Castle Combe side have had a mixed opening eight days at the start of the new season.
Starting with a defeat, they followed that up with a draw at Warminster Town Reserves and on Saturday afternoon their first home game of the new tern saw them beat Steeple Ashton 3-0.
Matt White who salvaged a point for Combe in midweek gave them the lead against Ashton. Martin Riddell made it 2-0 although his effort had a touch of handball about it, the goal was allowed to stand and that seemed to knock the stuffing out of Neil Taylor’s men.
The second half saw Carl Dawson score a third for Combe to wrap up their first maximum points haul of the season.
Freshford United 3 Trowbridge Wanderers 0
FRESHFORD United bounced back from their opening day loss to Westbury United Reserves by picking up their first three points of the campaign thanks a 3-0 victory at home to Trowbridge Wanderers.
Tom Rooney gave Freshford the lead which was doubled by Mark Gerrish before half time and after the break a second from Rooney earned Chris Birleson his first League win since taking over the reigns from Hughie Fulton at the end of last season.
The Lamb FC 4 Warminster Town Reserves 2
Warminster Town Reserves went into their game at top flight newcomers The Lamb, with a win and a draw under their belts, but Andy McFarren’s were unable to keep their good start going as they departed Whaddon Lane empty handed at the home team triumphed 4-2.
Tom Blackman scored a first-half brace for the Lamb with Shaun Sheppard’s goal keeping the visitors in the game.
The second half saw Warminster get back on level terms courtesy of a second from Sheppard but after that it was a case of men against boys as Lamb raised their game to run out easy winners.
Sam Stevens regained the lead for the Trowbridge based side and Jake Packer sealed their first ever win in the top tier of the Trowbridge League.
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