WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Southbrook win to hit summit
SOUTHBROOK took advantage of title rivals Supermarine Sports Club having their fixture postponed to take top spot in the Wiltshire Premier, writes KEVIN BRIDGEMAN.
Three goals from the in-form Devan Bryan, a brace from Anthony Packer and a single goal for Clint Walker gave Southbrook a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Wroughton at the Southbrook Recreation Ground.
After a goalless first 30 minutes, Southbrook went on the rampage as Bryan headed in and Packer scored twice before the break.
Devizes reserves twice came from behind at Elcot Lane to secure only their third point of the season as they drew 2-2 with Marlborough, who took the lead early on through Nathan Good before Jamie Bayes’ strike right before the interval levelled the match.
Around 20 minutes into the second period the hosts regained their lead through Dave Dean, and looked to be on course for a crucial win to put breathing space between themselves and the bottom three.
However, Devizes showed great character as full-time approached to earn a valuable point through a fantastic free-kick from Ray King.
SKS Blyskawica came from behind to secure a much-needed win against Vale of Pewsey.
Chances were at a premium in a tight first half as blustery winds played a big part but Pewsey took the lead against the run of play in the second, as a ball in was only half cleared and curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box by a Pewsey forward.
Blyskawica fought back as a dangerous cross by Gianni Costbile was volleyed into an open goal by player-manager Phil Trueman, and the comeback was soon complete when Rafael Popiolek followed up after the Pewsey keeper had failed to hold the first effort.
In dismal conditions, Shrewton thrashed second-bottom Purton 7-1 to keep up the pressure on the league leaders and move up to second place.
Purton defended valiantly in the first half, but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time as Shrewton showed their quality.
In the second-half five more goals added gloss to the victory for the hosts and rounded off a superb performance.
Elsewhere in the division Wroughton Reserves beat Wootton Bassett Town Dev 4-3.
Melksham Town returned to the top of the Division One table as they beat Marlborough Town Reserves 3-1.
Marlborough worked hard to give a good account of themselves but Melksham’s dominance and class showed in the end.
Points were shared in a close fought contest at Commonweal School as third-placed Intel drew 1-1 with Malmesbury Victoria Reserves, leaving the hosts 10 points behind league leaders Melksham.
Finally, Blunsdon’s dismal start to the season continued as they were beaten 2-0 at Sarum Youth Seniors in the first round of the Fountain Trophies Junior Cup. The result means that Blunsdon have lost all nine of their competitive fixtures this season.
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