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Toolstation Western League Round-Up

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Street’s incredible winning run in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division finally came to an end on Saturday after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Brislington.

The champions made the perfect start and were ahead after just 6 minutes when Jake Mawford’s free-kick proved too hot to handle and nestled in the Brislington net.

The visitors had had a relatively strong start to April, and they struck twice in the lead up to half-time which handed them a goal lead at the break.

The Cobblers have produced a few fight backs of late to retain their winning run, and after Josh Wadham had stroked home a penalty 8 minutes from time it was a slight surprise that they didn’t find time for a winner.

In the game of the day, Bradford Town snuck a winner 2 minutes from time to complete a 4-3 victory over Buckland Athletic.

Bradford shot into a three-goal lead inside the opening quarter of the contest, with Will Haliston putting them ahead, before Karim Rendall and Dan Cottle struck in quick succession.

Craig Duff and Richard Groves got Buckland back into the contest, and then with less than 10 minutes left on the clock they manged to get on level terms after Ryan Bush took advantage of a defensive mishap.

A stunned Bradford side managed to re-group, and having seen their three-goal lead swallowed up, they hit back soon after Bush’s leveller, with Sam Jordan scoring a dramatic winner.

At Fairfax Park, Bridgwater Town struck twice in the final 5 minutes to claim a 3-2 win at home to Cadbury Heath.

Mike Duffy missed a penalty after just 3 minutes for the home side, who fell behind soon after to Sacha Tong’s opener before Dave Pearse registered an equaliser.

After Tong had tapped home his second of the afternoon in the early stages of the second half, Bridgwater left it late before responding, with Jack Jenkins heading them level before Tom Stone also nodded the ball home to complete the late salvo.

It was a memorable afternoon for Bridport’s Mark Salter after he scored career goal number 500 during his side’s 2-0 win over Clevedon Town.

Following Oscar Latas’ opener, Salter added a late header to complete the win, reaching the historic goalscoring milestone in the process.

There was also a 2-0 win for Hengrove Athletic at home to Wellington, with Giorgio Mancini scoring in either half for the Grove.

Odd Down went one better, defeating Longwell Green Sports 3-0 following a first half brace from Ash McGrane after Kyle Norris had fired them into a 10th minute lead.

There was also an away win for Willand Rovers, with Fletcher Williams’ goal on the hour-mark proving enough to defeat Bitton 1-0.

There was also a 1-0 victory for Shepton Mallet at home to Hallen, with Tyson Pollard setting up Joe Morgan for the winner midway through the first half.

In the First Division, there was more late drama for Roman Glass St George, who relied on an 88th minute goal to defeat Ashton & Backwell United 1-0.

Just as it looked as though they would suffer a second straight draw, Sam Wentland tapped the ball home 2 minutes from time to help the Glass remain top of the pack.

Keynsham Town moved to within a point of second-placed Westbury after storming to a 4-0 win at home to Welton Rovers.

Top scorer Matt Brown scored the only goal of the first half, with a long-range effort from Craig Wilson and an Adey Harvey header adding to the tally after the interval.

Sherborne Town made it three wins out of four at Raleigh Grove, smashing seven past Bishop Sutton.

The signs were bad for the away side who went behind after less than 45 seconds to Marc Caines’ opener.

Sam Farthing then headed home Sherborne’s second, before Harry Turner made it three in the early stages of the second period.

The Dorset side ran rampant in the final quarter of the match, with Luke Jackson, Sam Jarman, Tim Trevett and Dan Quirke all adding to the one-sided 7-1 scoreline.

Aside from their midweek blip, Cheddar are a side in serious form, and their latest three points came at the expense of Calne Town, with Ross McNabb and Adam Jones both heading home during a 2-1 win.

Devizes Town moved up to fifth, after a brace from Tom Slater followed on from Jack Hopper’s opener during their 3-0 win at home to Bishops Lydeard, while Chard Town claimed a 3-1 win at home to Oldland Abbotonians to complete their perfect week.

Having already dispensed of Calne and Welton, Chard made it three wins on the bounce thanks to a double from James Boyland plus a late goal from Steve Friend, with Liam Gale claiming a consolation for the visitors.

Games are coming thick and fast for Wincanton Town, and at the end of a four-game week, goals from Conor Williams and Marcus Cook before half-time saw them defeat Bristol Telephones 2-0.

Almondsbury backed up a fine performance on Thursday against promotion chasing Roman Glass with a 4-1 triumph at home to Portishead Town thanks to goals which came from Greg Parr, Ashley Knight and Danny Lane.

Corsham Town produced another fine comeback to defeat Warminster Town 3-1, handing them their tenth league win of the campaign.

Having fallen behind to Charlie Walton’s opener, Corsham hit back just prior to half-time with Robbie Tripp heading home, with further goals after the break coming from Ben Wickens and substitute Jayden Papy.

At the Flying Monk Ground, Radstock Town secured a 3-2 win over Malmesbury Victoria to keep up their chase for fourth spot.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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