SUNDAY LEAGUE: Gas edge nearer to league and cup double
5:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
AFC GAS are hoping to make their first Wiltshire County FA Sunday Cup final after marching into the last four with a 2-0 victory over Corsham Centre Youth.
The Swindon Sunday Football League Division One leaders have never made it past the semi-finals before and manager Alan Blake is hoping that this could be their year.
“I’m delighted that we’ve made the semi-finals again,” he said. “But hopefully we can go one better this year.
“The season is going well, but we cannot get too carried away - there is still a long way to go.”
Gas booked their place in the semis with two second-half strikes at their Penhill Recreational Ground.
Ryan Thomas fired the hosts into the lead when he slotted home James Blake’s pass before Ash Taylor sealed Gas’s passage into the last four when he latched onto a long clearance to bury the ball home.
“It was a good all round performance,” the manager said. “Our goalkeeper Wes Clarke had to make several good saves and the back four were solid too.”
Inter Sandgate leapt above Fox and Hounds into sixth place on goal difference after thrashing them 8-1 in one of two Division One matches, while Greyhound returned home with a 4-2 success at Trak.
Basement boys Tap and Barrell boosted their survival hopes in Division Two with 2-1 home win over fellow strugglers Dynamo Ashton, while Deers Leap moved into third place after beating Wanborough 3-1.
FC Walcot moved nine points clear at the top of Division Three with a 7-1 success over PL Motor Service, however, second-from-bottom Glevum Commercials woes continued as they slumped 6-1 at Rodbourne Real.
Nationwide Pavilion opened up a six point gap at the top of Division Four after they beat cellar-dwellers Chiseldon 5-0, while DPR missed their chance to close the gap on Division Five leaders DBS after they were beaten 3-2 at DH Fitness.
Marlborough Town Casuals held Division Six pace-setters Gorsehill Borough to a 2-2 draw thanks to strikes from Craig Simmons and Aaron Presley.