TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Bradley loss sends Eagles down
AFTER making their Division One debut this season, Calne Eagles will be saying goodbye to it at the end of this term after a 5-0 loss at home to a ten-man North Bradley sent them back to Division Two.
Bradley were forced to play Tim Richards in goal and play manager Chris Carr, but with Reuben Spong having one of his best games for a very long time, they had enough in their armoury to turn the Eagles over.
Good work from Ryan Smith saw him set up Dean Ranger for Bradley’s opener and Smith doubled Bradley’s lead after being set up by Spong.
The second period saw Bradley add a third courtesy of Dave Sykes and a second from Sykes made it 4-0 before Spong netted a goal that his performance deserved.
Semington Magpies 1 Castle Combe 0
Semington Magpies, who had not won a match since they beat Calne Eagles back in December, would have fancied their chances of ending their eight-match winless run against Castle Combe in their penultimate game of the season.
Combe were in no mood to give up on a chance of a top four finish but Richie Allum’s first half effort to hand the Magpies a 1-0 win.
Trowbridge Wanderers 0 The Lamb FC 6
A week after they defeated Trowbridge Wanderers 2-0, Tony Stevens' second-placed Lamb FC visited their local rivals looking for a quick-fire double over their guests keep themselves in the hunt for the runners-up spot.
And Lamb duly obliged as a 6-0 win gave them a four-point advantage over WestburyUnited Reserves, who still have two matches to play.
First half goals from Sam Stevens and Tom Blackman were followed by a couple more from Stevens in the second half to complete his hat-trick.
A brace for Craig Sheppard made up the Lamb’s half-dozen to leave them with an anxious eight-day wait to see if they can hold onto second place.
Westbury United Reserves 0 Freshford United 1
With Freshford United having already secured the top spot in the division, the battle for second place is still in the balance and one of the teams hoping for some silverware were next on the menu for Chris Birleson’s champions.
Freshford travelled to Meadow Lane having lost just one league game all season and that was on the opening day of the campaign when they were beaten 3-2 by Westbury United Reserves.
Since then, Freshford have been almost unplayable at times and they would have wanted revenge for their earlier loss, whereas Westbury were after the points to stay in touch with the Lamb as they aim for second place.
What should have been a classic never lived up to expectations as the champions, despite being under the cosh for long periods of the game, nicked a 1-0 win.
After a goalless first half, Mark Gerrish bagged Freshford’s winner 15 minutes from time - Nick Ross won the ball and played in Gerrish, who still had to beat a couple of defenders before firing the ball home to wrap up his side's seventeenth win of the campaign.