FOOTBALL: It was not a bore draw
CALNE Town caretaker chief Simon Gardner reckons his side’s goalless draw with Ashton & Backwell United last weekend was the most exciting goalless stalemate he’s ever seen.
Neither side could find a breakthrough at Bremhill View but Gardner says that the clash was far from uneventful.
“We tore them apart in the first half and created three or four golden chances but then it was role reversal after half-time,” he said.
“They had a lot of chances but we still created one or two. A draw was a fair result and it was the most exciting bore draw I’ve seen.”
Calne are due to stop accepting applications for the vacant manager’s position next Tuesday.
Devizes Town joint-boss Justin Webster was pleased with his side’s defensive display against Shepton Mallet last weekend, despite them eventually losing out by a single goal.
Dan Sloan had the hosts’ best chance at Nursteed Road, with the striker hitting the post before Kris Beasley brought down Shepton’s Robbi Maggs in the area.
Ben Cleverley fired home the winner from the penalty spot but Webster wasn’t too downhearted by Devizes’ defeat.
“Shepton are one of the top sides in this league and I thought they were going to go up last year,” said the Town joint-manager.
“It was a really tight game and we matched them. It was disappointing to lose the game but I was still pretty happy with the performance.”
Steve Bunting and the suspended Ant Packer miss this weekend’s home clash with county rivals Westbury United but Tom Price and Matt Russell return to the Devizes squad.
Pewsey Vale chief Lewis Taylor was pleased to see his young side come through their fiery clash with Hayling United last weekend to take all three points in a 3-2 win.
In a bad-tempered encounter, the hosts had Daryl Carter sent off in the second period for striking Vale’s Kane Lever, with Ricky Franklin, Jack Hopper and Ryan Banks scoring as Taylor’s men notched up their second league win of the season.
“We didn’t have experienced guys like Tom Ritchie, David Cope, Mark Field and Rory Collins – we had young Joe Broadbank in midfield but he acquitted himself really well,” said the Vale boss.
“Our raison d'être is to bring young players in to the team and it was nice to see that start to bear fruit on Saturday.”
Vale are without a game this weekend due to Pewsey Carnival.
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