TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Top sides battle to a draw
1:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Latest News
TWO of this season's Division Two title frontrunners Westwood News and Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves met at Bobbins Lane and it was little surprise that the match finished with the honours shared as they fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Westwood drew first blood in a pulsating first half that saw them take the lead through a brilliantly-taken Steve Bryant goal.
The second half saw Wanderers get back on level terms in the 55th minute when Steve Jackson headed home a Mike Ritson free kick.
Shortly after getting back on level terms Wanderers turned the game on its head when Ritson pounced on a defensive mistake and squared the ball to Jackson who rolled the ball home to give the visitors to Westwood a 2-1 lead.
Westwood threw caution to the wind as they hunted a second goal of their own and with 10 minutes remaining they restored parity, Bryant setting up substitute Lance Davis who fired home his first-ever goal for the club to ensure that both teams took a hard earned but deserved point.
Heytesbury 1 Westbury Town 2
WESTBURY Town claimed an opening day 2-1 success at near neighbours Heytesbury whose late fightback proved to be in vain.
Mark Gee put Westbury ahead with a well-placed looping header. Westbury had to wait until the second half before they added their second, Shane Newman’s delightful chip making it 2-0.
Heytesbury rallied late on with Sam Martin’s goal halving the deficit but for the villagers it was a case of too little, too late as Westbury held firm to take the points.
The Fleece FC 2 Trowbridge Town Reserves 4
DESPITE finishing well off the pace in Division Three last season both The Fleece and Trowbridge Town Reserves find themselves gracing Division Two this term and it was Dave Jenkins' Town who produced the goods to claim an opening day win thanks to a 4-2 victory.
Fleece who closed out last season with a 3-2 win over their opponents were outplayed by Jenkins men in a first half that saw them race to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from keeper Nick Dibden whose massive clearance upfield was helped into the net by his opposite number Martin Cowdrey, Kieren Mills and Sean Meer.
Tom Downes reduced the arrears for the Fleece before Barry Holloway restored the Bees' three-goal cushion only for Matty Hall to score a second reply for the hosts.
But it was just a consolation as the visitors to the Beeches who had been comfortable for most of the game saw out time to pick up maximum points.
Worton & Cheverell 4 Bratton 1
THE battle of the village sides Worton & Cheverell and Bratton went the way of the former who with the help of newly acquired striker Adam Bewley fought their way to a 4-1 win.
Worton, who struggled last term with a lack of firepower in front of goal, brought in former Calne Eagles man Bewley for the new season and he was an instant success as he opened his account for the villagers on eight minutes to give his team a deserved lead.
Scott Stroud added their second on 11 minutes before Bewley bagged his second and Worton’s third of the afternoon in the 25th minute.
Neil Gordon pulled a goal back for Bratton in the 29th minute but his goal proved to be just a consolation as Worton scored their fourth on 85 minutes through Jamie Selby.
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