In a feisty affair at Trowbridge Road in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Saturday, Bradford Town showed no signs of having a Buildbase FA Vase hangover, defeating Bridport 5-2 to register their fourteenth league win of the season.
The game took a while to come to life with Karim Rendall opening the scoring in the 36th minute for the home side.
Bridport then equalised 8 minutes later through Leighton Thomas but found themselves behind at the break after Sam Jordan restored Town’s lead from the spot in stoppage time. Rendall then scored his second of the afternoon to double the home side’s lead, before James Moon scored a cracker to put the result beyond doubt.
Kameron Andrews scored for Bridport during the extended period of second half stoppage time, but Bradford had the last word with Will Haliston sweeping home their fifth just prior to the full-time whistle.
Bridgwater Town are hitting their straps and extended their winning run to four matches following a 5-0 victory at home to Wells City.
After Jack Taylor was felled in the box, Michael Duffy saw his 10th minute penalty saved, but showed enough awareness to follow up and knock in the rebound to hand Bridgy the early lead.
Taylor was soon on the scoresheet after being slipped through by Jack Jenkins, and then Harry Horton nut-megged the visiting keeper to extend the lead to three at the interval.
During the second half, Syd Camper knocked in the fourth, before Horton scored his second of the afternoon to complete the five-star performance.
In Devon, a brilliant first-half performance from Buckland Athletic which encompassed a brace from Gavin Hammon and a strike from Lloyd Gardner fired them to a 3-0 victory over Odd Down.
Willand Rovers reduced Street’s lead atop the division to just five points following their 3-1 win away at Cribbs.
Luke Mortimore scored his 15th and 16th league goals of the season during the win, either side of a Fletcher Williams effort, before Jake Slocombe struck a consolation for Cribbs 15 minutes from time.
A trio of goals in the final 20 minutes from Saikou Janneh, Liam Dempsey and Clayton Fortune helped Clevedon Town come from behind to defeat Brislington 3-1 after Ricky Chandler had put the away side ahead, while Wellington won by the same scoreline at home to Chipping Sodbury Town following goals from Sam Towler, Tom Ellis and Conor Bryant.
Shepton Mallet continued their perfect start to 2018 by defeating Hallen 4-0 away from home.
After new signing Isaac Reid had opened the scoring, the former Clevedon Town man then set up Joe Morgan who doubled the visitors advantage, before Tyson Pollard and substitute Harry Ratcliffe added goals three and four.
With only four games surviving the weather in the First Division, a number of teams from the bottom half grabbed three points to boost their survival hopes.
At Raleigh Grove, a Marc Caines hat-trick fired Sherborne Town to a 4-1 win at home to Warminster Town.
After Caines had opened the scoring for the home side, they were clawed back by Warminster who levelled things up through Jack Miluk.
Caines then scored twice more to put Sherborne in control, before Harry Vandervell wrapped things up during the second half.
Corsham Town were another side to put in an impressive home performance, with two goals from Gary McDermott and a heroic defensive effort helping them defeat the previously free-scoring Bishops Lydeard 2-0.
Aaron Seviour had a perfect debut for Calne Town, scoring twice late on to help his new side defeat Portishead Town 2-1.
League leaders Westbury United were twice pegged back by Wincanton Town during their 2-2 draw at Meadow Lane.
Despite going ahead through Matt Jones and Leon Greenland, Westbury couldn’t hold on and saw their lead disappear twice following equalisers by Dan Wise and Marcus Cook for the visitors.