WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Melksham hot on Intel’s tail in title race
5:30am Tuesday 18th March 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
MELKSHAM Town reserves continued to their push towards winning Wiltshire League Division One with a comfortable 3-0 win over Malmesbury Victoria reserves.
The Yellows are currently one point behind leaders Intel but with four games in-hand and only four points dropped all season it would be foolish to bet against Melksham taking over top spot soon.
On Saturday it was a routine win at home to a Malmesbury side that rarely forced Melksham out of first gear. Town were 2-0 up before half-time with goals from James Worsely and Emilio Menghini. Nick Rideout added another in the second half to make Melksham’s 13th win of the season secure.
Reserves manager Steve Burns thought his team probably could have scored more if required but never really needed to get out of first gear.
“It’s probably the best we’ve controlled the game all season really, though we never had to get going,” Burns said. “We played very well but within ourselves.
“We had lots of possession without having to create a lot but I felt if we’d needed to we could have stepepd it up at any time.”
Burns was full of praise for his players motivation and thinks that league title is in their hands with six games left of the season.
“We just have keep winning our games, it’s our to lose.
“Every week they (the players) turn up and want win every game, their motivation and attitude is excellent.”
Elsewhere in the Wiltshire League Premier Division Supermatine Sports Club continued to push their claim for the league tirle with a 1-0 win away at Wilts Calne.
Second-placed Shrewton’s pursuit of Supermarine was halted by a 2-2 draw away at Corsham.
However, Southbrook continue to lurk dangerously, they won away at Marlborough and if they were to win all of their four games in-hand would take over top spot.
At the bottom Vale of Pewsey secured a vital 1-0 win over relegation rivals Devizes reserves.
In North Berks League action, Faringdon Town reserves missed out on a place in the AG Kingham Cup final after they went down 3-1 against Wallingford Town reserves.
Division Four side Wallingford simply had too much for their Division Two opponents as goals from Connor Bukiej, Elliott Westwood and an own goal saw them through to the final in May despite a goal from Faringdon’s Jason Evans.
In league action, Faringdon Town held Ardington & Lockinge to a goalless draw in Division One while Faringdon Town A lost 2-1 at home to Grove Rangers. Christian Wills scored the Faringdon goal.