TWO of the Taunton & District Saturday League Division 1’s top teams, Locomotives and Bridgwater Sports, met in the Quarter-Final of the Rowbarton Charity Cup and it was a close encounter – with Locomotives coming out 3-2 winner to progress.
Locos had to fight hard and they went ahead with great strike from James Weaver, but Bridgwater Sports levelled ten minutes later through Paul Organ.
It was 1-1 at half-time, but Sam Hislop restored Locos ‘lead – only for Sports to come back again with Organ getting his second.
With 15 minutes left, Ryan Vickery smashed a free kick into the top corner to win the game for Locomotives.
Division 1 leaders Highbridge came unstuck at home to the improving Porlock who won 2-0 to go level on points with their opponents. Oli Purvis and Harry Scratchard both scored for Porlock to add a bit more tension to the title race.
North Petherton registered their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win at home to Sampford Blues.
Ollie Brewer and Josh Gracie netted for Pethy, with the former scoring from his own half.
Alcombe Rovers continued on winning ways with a 3-0 victory over a Middlezoy Rovers Reserves. Andrew Land, Mickey Bailey and Grant Hodgson scored the Rovers goals.
In Division 2, Appletree Tone Youth now have a ten-point lead at the top of the table after a 3-2 victory over Westonzoyland.
Second-placed Wembdon beat Dulverton Town 1-0 thanks to Dan Spencer’s close range finish while Stogursey beat Wyvern Rangers 2-0 to close the gap on their opponents to five points with two games in hand.
Watchet Reserves travelled to Taunton to take on Hamilton Athletic and won 5-1 thanks to four goals from Mike Williams and the other from Aaron Clausen – Tom Wadham got the Hamilton goal from a direct free kick. Minehead beat Nether Stowey 3-0.
In Division 3, The Gallery beat Morganians 3-1. After a tight first half, Morganians took the lead through Liam Tomlinson after some sloppy defending.
The Gallery immediately pulled a goal back through veteran Mark Pope, and Jake Croker added a second with a late header.
Pope added his second and Gallery’s third to ensure the victory.
Alcombe Rovers Reserves made it a good day for their club with a 5-0 victory over Highbridge Town Reserves–- Ian Lowe scored three and Jack Bodly two.
Adam Wall and Richie Meek both scored for Bridgwater Sports Reserves to give them three points in their 2-0 win over local rivals Redgate.
Division 4 leaders Tone Youth had a weekend off and had to watch as second placed Exmoor Rangers closed the gap on them at the top of the table with a 2-0 away win at Nether Stowey.
Sampford Blues Reserves beat Porlock Reserves 2-1 thank to a Liam Oaten strike and Matt Tooze’s penalty; Sean Kenny replied for Porlock.
Norton Fitzwarren were hosts to Woolavington but a slow start by the home team and what they believe was a dubious penalty sent them in two down at half-time.
Josh Corkett and Simon Coombes scored the goals for the winners.
Williton picked up a good home win beating Rhode Lane Wanderers 4-2 thanks to goals from Andrew Sully, Aaron Blande, Charlie McKeown and Dan Godfrey.
Ash Rangers slipped up in Division 5 by only drawing with mid-table Creech Cougars.
Morganians Reserves put six past Norton Fitzwarren Reserves who replied with a consolation goal of their own.
Sam Tucker scored the first and last goal for the Bridgwater side, Ashley Clapp added a hat- trick and Scott Briffett got the sixth.
Bridgwater Grasshoppers also scored six but they had to work a lot harder for their three points as Middlezoy Athletic hit five in reply in an 11-goal thriller.
Dan Saunders hit a hat-trick for Grasshoppers, Nathan Mead scored from a header, James Cornish added one and Zoy provided an own goal; both Danny Russell and Kev Cornell hit a pair for Middlezoy, with Lee Horsey scoring the other.
There were 12 goals to watch at Galmington where their Reserves beat Bridgwater Wolves 7-5.
RESULTS Rowbarton Charity Cup – Bridgwater Sports 2, Locomotives 3.
Seward Cup Rnd 2 – Wiveliscombe 8, Dulverton Tn Res 2.
League: Division 1 – Hamilton Hawks 1, Staplegrove Res 2; Highbridge Tn 0, Porlock 2; North Peth 2, Sampford Blues 1; Alcombe Rovers 3, Middlezoy Rovers Res 0.
Division 2 – Appletree Tone 3, Westonzoyland 2; Hamilton Athletic 1, Watchet Tn 1; Stogursey 2, Wyvern Rangers 0; Wembdon 1, Dulverton Tn 0; Minehead Res 3, Nether Stowey 0.
Division 3 – Alcombe Rovers Res 3, Highbridge Town Res 0; Redgate 0, Bridgwater Sports Res 2; The Gallery 3, Morganians 1; Wyvern Rangers Guns 0, Galmington Dragons 1.
Division 4 – Nether Stowey Res 0, Exmoor Rangers 2; Norton Fitzwarren 0, Woolavington 2; Porlock Res 1, Sampford Blues Res 2; Williton 4, Rhode Lane Wands 2.
Division 5 – Galmington Drags Res 7, Bridgwater Wolves 5; Ash Rangers 1, Creech Cougars 1; Bridgwater Grasshoppers 6, Middlezoy Ath 5; Hamilton Ath Foxes 2, Staplegrove Colts 6; Morganians Res 6, Norton Fitzwarren Res 1.
FIXTURES Division 1 – Bishops Lydeard Res V Bridgwater Sports, North Petherton v Hamilton Hawks, Sampford Blues v Middlezoy Rovers Res, Staplegrove Res v Alcombe Rovers, Porlock v Highbridge Tn, Blagdon Hill v Locomotives.
Division 2 – Blagdon Hill v Locomotives; Westonzoyland v Stogursey; Hamilton Ath v Appletree Tone Youth; Minehead Res v Dulverton Tn; Wembdon v Watchet Tn.
Division 3 – Morganians v Redgate, Alcombe Rovers Res v The Gallery, Bridgwater Sports Res v Milverton Rangers, Highbridge Tn Res v Galmington Dragons, Wyvern Rangers Guns v Sydenham Rangers.
Division 4 – Porlock Res v Williton; Rhode Lane Wands v North Petherton Res; Sampford Blues Res v Tone Youth; Woolavington v Dulverton Tn Res; Norton Fitzwarren v Exmoor Rangers.
Division 5 – Galmington Dragons Res v Ash Rangers, Norton Fitzwarren Res v Staplegrove Colts, Bridgwater Grasshoppers v Bridgwater Wolves, East Bower v Middlezoy Ath, Wiveliscombe v Hamilton Ath, Morganians Res v Creech Cougars.