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21 March 2018

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Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup - Quarter Final

Virginia Water 0 Bracknell Town 1
A terrific game at stage meadow between two entertaining sides, in front of a bumper crowd – the only shame is there had to be a loser! Waters proved more than a match for promotion seeking Bracknell, and although the visitors had more chances, the home side felt a little unlucky in the end not have taken a draw within the 90 minutes.

VWFC defence were the busiest, and the back five (indeed the whole side) were awesome throughout, with Adam Mills (MoM) the stand out, keeping Seb Bowerman quiet for the whole 90 minutes – no mean feat. Clear cut chances were not plentiful, albeit the effort from both sides certainly was, with the home sides shots on goal coming from Adam McNamara, Lorenzo Di Felice and Josh Guichard, and forcing a number of corners.

At the other end, as stated, our defence held firm, with Matt in goal making a couple of good saves and impressing with handling and distribution, ably supported by such an excellent back four performance.

It took a great goal on 44 minutes to get the win for Bracknell, which TJ Bohane took in his stride to hit an unstoppable first time shot into the bottom left hand corner.

The pattern was much the same in the second half, Seb hitting a post for Bracknell, but Waters too having their moments, with some last ditch tackling saving them, and Chris Grace in goal proving a real barrier to beat. Very pleasing to see that the young Waters side have proven they can be very competitive with the best sides in the Premier league, and we wish Bracknell every success as they chase honours of their own.

Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup

Pewsey Vale 1 Highmoor Ibis 1 (aet)(Pewsey win 5-4 pens)
A closely fought game which saw both keepers on form. Home side Pewsey had the clearer chances, though after 90 minutes of play neither side had created a goal.

Into 30 minutes of extra time Pewsey took the lead six minutes in through a Lee Smith goal. Highmoor cancelled out the lead with Mitch Parker equalising in 20th minute of extra time.

Penalties became the deciding format, Pewsey converted all 5 penalties, Highmoor four, the home side going through to the next round.

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Oxford City Nomads 5 Royal Wootton Bassett Town 0
At half time Nomads went in with a 1-0 lead through a Josh Pin goal on 35 minutes.

The second half Nomads added four more, without reply. all goals scored in the last 15 minutes of the second half, Josh Pin scoring three goals in less than ten minutes taking his contribution to four goals, along with one from Conor Mattimore.

Lydney Town 1 Tuffley Rovers 0 (away view)
For the second successive game, Tuffley Rovers succumbed to a defeat by the narrowest of margins, having conceded a headed goal from a set-piece in a closely contested Hellenic League, Premier Division fixture.

Almost the last act of their previous game, against Wantage Town, saw Rovers concede a 90th minute goal, in a 2-1 defeat, and although Sam Elliott’s header for Lydney Town came much earlier in this contest, it proved sufficient to consign Mark Pritchett’s team to a defeat, in an otherwise competitive game. Pritchett made three changes in personnel from the Wantage Town fixture, with Sam Hill, Brett James and Marcus Foxwell recalled, in place of the Ashley Davies and Ash Bird, who were both unavailable, and Kieran Alder, who was not fully fit. This forced the Rovers’ boss into a reshuffle, as Shayne Anson moved into a central pairing with Macaulay Herbert and Joel White, who has much of the season in a defensive role, pushed forward into the centre of the park.

The early stages of the game passed largely without incident and it took until 15 minutes had been played before Dave Evans’ attempted punt, after he had raced from his line to clear, fell straight to Town’s Pete Macklin, who was presented with the first notable chance. To Evans’ relief, although Macklin’s shot was on target, Anson had spotted the danger and took up a position covering his teammate and kept the effort out of the Rovers goal. Less than five minutes later, Lydney Town’s keeper, Rich Thomas, made a hash of his clearance and Cam Williams very nearly punished the mistake, only to see his 40 yard effort sail narrowly over the home side’s goal.

Rovers were cranking up the pressure on the hosts’ goal and Sam Hill went incredibly close after a mazy run ended with a shot that was beyond Thomas, but also narrowly wide of the goal, and Shayne Bradley then produced a shot that drew a comfortable save. With possession in their favour and chances starting to materialise, it was, therefore, something of a surprise when Pritchett’s team feel behind on 25 minutes. After Anson had been penalised for a foul on Macklin, Dan Morgan delivered on excellent free -kick, beyond the far post, that Elliott met with a well-directed header, which looped through a crowded penalty area and into the far corner, to hand Lydney the lead. White, looking comfortable on his return to midfield duties, was busy and he had the next effort, firing a clearance goalwards, but yet again Thomas wasn’t tested seriously, as he produced a regulation save. It was far from one-way traffic, though, and Morgan’s excellent run and cross almost saw Jack Rutter net, but his shot struck the outside of the Rovers goal and span away from trouble and the score remained 0-0 as the sides entered the interval.

Lydney Town started the second period brightly and almost extended their lead seven minutes in, as Ross Gabriel’s header, from Morgan’s corner, looked goal bound, only for Evans to produce a remarkable save to keep the ball out. Anson was again called upon to save Rovers, as he made a second goal-line clearance, denying Gabriel again, as Mark Lee’s side made a concerted effort to secure all three points.

With the game being played on an increasingly testing surface, which had only narrowly survived a mid-afternoon pitch inspection, a terrifically competitive game entered a period where chances were at a premium, with much of the action played out in the centre of the pitch, and the game punctuated by a combination of stoppages and substitutions for both sides. Pritchett himself entered the fray with fifteen minutes remaining and came closest to levelling the scores, only for Thomas to pull off a tremendous stop low to his right, and that looked to be the last serious action, as both sides struggled to create further chances.

In the final moments of the game, Anson made a third goal line block, denying Lydney substitute Declan Morley-Lyne, and a desperate last minute set-piece saw Rovers’ skipper Evans up for a corner and claiming that a goalmouth scramble had forced the ball over the line, only for the officials to wave away his appeal. When the final whistle sounded minutes later, Lydney were left to celebrate a vital three points that might well constitute a huge step in their bid to secure a further season of Hellenic League, Premier Division football.


Wiltshire FA Senior Cup - Semi Final

Salisbury 1 Highworth Town 2 (away view)
Step 4 Evo-Stik Southern South & West Salisbury started brightly, Kane O'Keefe scoring in the first minute. But the Worthians were awarded a penalty on 12 minutes, Ash Edenborough equalising from the spot.

Then Conor Waldon nosed the away side in front on twenty minutes.

The second half saw the Whites push unsuccessfully the equaliser and so the Worthians go through to the final at the expense of their high-flying Southern League opponents.

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