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South Petherton return to winning ways in Perry Street League
9:13am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport
AFTER two defeats in the league and elimination from the Somerset Junior Cup, South Petherton returned to winning ways with a 6-3 victory at Ilminster Town Reserves in the premier division of the Perry Street League.
Petherton stormed into a three-goal lead in the opening 26 minutes with all three goals coming from Ashley Smith. But young Taylor Jefferson netted twice to reduce the arrears to a single goal by the interval.
Visitors keeper Scott Vine received an injury just before the break and was replaced by Lee Holt for the second half and he could do nothing to prevent Jefferson completing his hat-track soon after the restart. Two goals from new signing Mike Roussell restored Petherton’s lead before John Fullerton completed their scoring.
Crewkerne Town shrugged off the previous week’s defeat in the county cup by making it through to the semi-finals of the Coronation Cup, hitting seven goals without reply at home to Farway United.
The first half was a mediocre affair with Jamie Spurdle’s strike being all that separated the sides at the turn-around. But Crewkerne came to life in the second period when four goals from Luke Woodland put them in control. Paul McCormack added a sixth before Danny Baker made a rare journey out of defence to blast home a 30-yard shot to complete the rout.
Lyme Regis also found the route to goal easier after the break in their tie at Combe St Nicholas Reserves where they won 5-0.
Will Mowbray’s effort gave Lyme a half time lead and victory was assured with further strikes by Ben Whittington, Julien Simier, Agnelli Fadiga and an own goal.
Winsham United suffered an early set-back at Beaminster when Dean Hyett headed the hosts in front following a corner, but Sam Symes put United back on level terms before they claimed victory with a goal apiece from Joe Simmons and Matt Brown.
Both sides ended the contest with ten men as Beaminster’s Ross Pickett and Winsham’s Tom Symes were ordered off following a skirmish between the two players.
Netherbury took over top spot in Division One after they ended Forton Rangers’ unbeaten run with a 3-0 win.
The Dorset outfit went ahead in the ninth minute when Nathan Patten beat Forton gloveman Adam Smith to a loose ball on the edge of the box and his cross was met by Tom Franklin who side-footed the ball into the net.
Netherbury increased the advantage on the half hour as Franklin doubled his sides tally from the penalty spot. Within seconds of the restart, Lee Richardson came close to pulling a goal back when his goal-bound header from a John Marsden free-kick was pushed around the post by the keeper.
The visitors completed their scoring in the 66th minute when a defensive error let in Phil Hussey to slot the ball home.
A 2-1 defeat of Beaminster Reserves was enough to lift West & Middle Chinnock up to second.
Alex Stevenson gave the Dorset side a first half lead, but a goal within 25 seconds of the start of the second half by Lewis Bloomer brought the scores level. Ash Lock netted Chinnock’s winner with less than five minutes left on the clock.
Beaminster keeper Dave Pursey was sent off when he was judged to have handled the ball outside the area, but his deputy Nick Jones made some telling saves to prevent a heavier defeat.
South Petherton Reserves climbed off the bottom of the ladder after claiming their first maximum points of the season in a narrow 1-0 success against Crewkerne Town Reserves. Jason Hearne’s 70th minute strike was the winners first goal this term.
Dowlish & Donyatt extended their lead in Division Two to four points following a 7-3 triumph at Thorncombe.
A Lee Mears hat-trick in the first half put Dowlish on the way to victory and their total was completed with singles from Chris Butler, Andy North, James Thompson and Adam Male. The Thorns replied with two goals from Karl Smith and one from Lee Fisher.
Chard United suffered their first league defeat of the season when they went down by the odd goal in three at Waytown Hounds.
Rob Milsom netted United’s consolation effort with the winners finding the net through John Legg and Danny Dunford.
Division Three’s top team Luso-Chard came back from three goals down against Lyme Bantams to salvage a point with a 3-3 draw.
The seasiders went ahead with strikes by Alex Rowe (2) and Ryan Fifer, before an own goal reduced the arrears by the break. A Luis Mesquita penalty and a goal four minutes into injury time by Igor Costa brought the scores level, though it is understood the match was then abandoned when the Lyme players walked off the pitch before the referee could blow for full-time.
Winsham United Reserves moved to within a point of the leaders following a 6-1 victory over Chard United Reserves.
Tom Stead top-scored for the winners with three goals and joining him on the scoresheet with a goal each were Darren Partridge, Richard White and Mark Woodley. Alex Ives was on target for the losers from the penalty spot.
Hinton St George fielded a much-weakened side and suffered the consequences as they were hammered 8-0 by Millwey Rise Reserves.
Marc Jenkins and Bradley Miller both hit hat-tricks in the winners total which was completed by Tristan Wakely and Dan Bicknell.
A 25th minute headed goal by Gavin Tanner gave Drimpton the lead in their home fixture with Ilminster Town A, but a fine workmanlike second half display earned the visitors a point as Ben Brister bagged a well-deserved equaliser with twelve minutes remaining. Division Four pacesetters Shepton Beauchamp Reserves dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Thorncombe Reserves.
Shepton took the lead with a goal by John Spendlow, but his effort was cancelled out with an equaliser from Paul Male. Male then added a second to put Thorncombe ahead before Dorian Jones found the target with ten minutes remaining to see Shepton stay unbeaten.
A goal from the penalty spot by Scott Davis put Combe B on the way to a hard fought 2-1 win at Kingsbury. Ashley Allen added a second before Kingsbury’s sub Nigel Jeffries reduced the arrears in the 80th minute.
Graham Barton returned from injury to inspire Farway United Reserves to a narrow 2-1 verdict over Chard Rangers Reserves. The match was without score at the half way stage with Chard taking the lead five minutes into the second half with a goal by Craig Whittingham. Mark Burroughs equalised five minutes later and Matt Hurford netted Farway’s winner late in the game.
There were mixed fortunes for league sides playing in the Somerset Intermediate Cup competition.
Ilminster Town Colts were beaten 5-0 by visitors Middlezoy Rovers. Chard Rangers also exited the competition as they were beaten 5-3 at Martock United, where Rangers scorers were Max Patch, Alan Mansell and Darren Murphy.
Simon Cherry found the net three times for Perry Street Reserves in a 6-0 win against Chilcompton United. Kev Rowson, Jamie Best and Russell Gage were the winners other marksmen.
Duncan May put Barrington ahead in their home tie against South Park Rangers and further strikes by Steve Burke and Adam Gribble saw the host progress courtesy of a 3-0 scoreline.
Also through to the next round are Combe A, thanks to a fine 4-1 win at Mells & Vobster. Ross Bicknell converted a penalty to set Combe on their way, Warren Gabbidon netted a brace and veteran Neville Coles completed the winners total by scoring his 182nd goal in a 20 year career.