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Toolstation Western League Round-Up

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Street made a winning start to their Toolstation Western League Premier Division campaign, with their forward line firing on all cylinders in a 4-0 win over Longwell Green Sports.

After the home side had gone ahead in the third minute through David O’Hare, they added a second just before the half-hour mark when Steve Murray converted a penalty after he had been felled in the box.

The result was put beyond doubt just before the break with Harry Foster scoring a third, before the same man wrapped up the victory with his second after half-time.

Bradford Town were another side to enjoy a big win, with three different goalscorers finding the net in their 3-0 triumph over Wellington.

A long-range effort from Will Haliston was the difference between the sides in the first half, with his 20th minute strike breaking the deadlock for the hosts. Martin Lenihan then crossed for Anthony Conradi to make it 2-0 with his head, before Dan Cottle added a third in the closing stages.

Bridport’s first league fixture of the season ended in victory for the Dorset side, with Richard Hedbitch and Leighton Thomas both impressing and scoring braces in a 4-1 win away at Cadbury Heath.

At the Hand Stadium, Clevedon Town and Bitton were forced to share the points following a 1-1 draw.

Former Weston-super-Mare marksman Kane Ingram fired Clevedon into an 11th minute lead, but Bitton fought back with Tom Knighton knocking in a second half leveller.

At Silver Street, Odd Down came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw away at Willand Rovers.

Brett Worbey’s penalty was followed by a Luke Mortimore strike to put Willand 2-0 up at the break, but they were unable to hang on with Kye Simpson scoring twice after the break to maintain Odd Down’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

Melksham Town fought back from an early deficit to win 3-1 at last season’s strugglers Hallen.

Tyler Davis took just 10 minutes to break the deadlock for the home side before Melksham began to gain the ascendancy with a double from Gary Higdon and a Luke Ballinger strike handing Darren Perrin’s side all three points.

Buckland Athletic’s entertaining start to the season continued, with goals from Charlie Johansen, Richard Groves, Jared Lewington and Chris Wright edging them to a 4-3 win over Chipping Sodbury Town, while Charlie Aldom scored the only goal of the game in Cribbs 1-0 victory away at Shepton Mallet.

Wells City survived an early sending-off and a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Hengrove Athletic.

The visitors found themselves two-up inside half an hour, thanks to goals from James Boyle and Jack Fillingham, and their job seemed ever easier once Paul Comley was dismissed for a poor challenge. However, Wells fought back, and after substitute Darren Maynard had cut the deficit in half, Louis Hadgi popped up to grab a deserved equaliser.

Brislington bounced back from defeat in midweek to beat Bridgwater Town with goals in either half from Chris Gardener and Danny Hunt.

In the First Division, Westbury United’s promising start to the season continued, with a 2-0 win over Radstock Town helping them to reach the summit of the table at this very early stage.

Jamie Jordan was the star for Westbury on his 50th appearance for the club, laying on an assist for Ricky Hulbert’s 16th minute opener, before he added some gloss to the scoreline by adding a goal of his own late in the piece.

At Weymouth Street, Warminster Town’s perfect start continued, with Jack Miluk and Lewis Graham each scoring doubles in their 4-0 win over Malmesbury Victoria.

In the game of the day, Bristol Telephones defeated Calne Town 3-2, despite going behind on two occasions.

Goals from Stuart Windsor and Billy Gleed saw Calne take one goal leads, but they were clawed back twice by Lee Pitman and James Batch, before Dhani Golding scored the winner with his third of the fledgling season.

Chippenham Park kept their third clean sheet of the season, meaning Garry Lock’s single goal gave them a 1-0 win over Ashton & Backwell United, while there was a disappointing 0-0 draw between Portishead Town and Chard Town.

Goals from Josh Williams and Josh Southway helped Oldland Abbotonians claim a 2-1 win over Cheddar as they moved up to third in the table, while Matt Morley scored the only goal of the game in Wincanton Town’s 1-0 victory over Almondsbury.

There was a big away at Cothelstone Road, where Keynsham Town powered to a 4-0 triumph over Bishops Lydeard.

Matt Long gave the K’s the lead in the 15th minute with a strong finish, before the prolific Matt Brown doubled their lead from outside the box 10 minutes after the break.

Keynsham then waited till late on before adding more goals, with Sam Duggan and Craig Wilson each slotting home in the final 5 minutes.

Roman Glass St George handed Corsham Town their third defeat of the season, after winning 3-1 at Oaklands Park.

Drew Hamilton-Dunn tapped in for the opener, before Corsham hit back with Liam Fulham equalising from close range.

Hamilton-Dunn doubled his tally before leaving the field injured, with Sam Wentland fired home a third for the Saints.

The fixture at Nursteed Road ended all-square with Harry Vandervell scoring the equaliser for Sherborne Town in their 1-1 draw away at Devizes Town for whom Tom Slater had given an early lead.

Bishop Sutton and Welton Rovers also shared the points after drawing 2-2 at Lakeview.

Mason Dagger had put the home side ahead in the 22nd minute, before Charlie Babb drew Welton level from a well-worked set-piece.

Jaiden Savery then fired Rovers ahead, but they couldn’t hold on and as the home side pushed for a leveller they managed to force one home 2 minutes from time.

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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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