Date: Sat 18 Nov 2023

By Andy Poole


A day of goals throughout the division

There was plenty of action in the Pitching In Southern League Division One South with the goals flying in.

Leaders, Wimborne Town, were beaten at Cribbs who now sit fifth in their first season at this level. David Duru put the home side ahead just before the break and then Harris Feltham doubled their advantage just before the hour-mark. Harry Morgan hit a late goal for the visitors but it wasn’t enough to stop them from slipping to their third loss of the season.

It was a return to winning ways for Bemerton Heath Harlequins but they had to come from behind twice to do it against Bristol Manor Farm. Oliver Woodhouse put Manor Farm ahead only for Dan Young to equalise. Ben Bament put the visitors back in front right on half-time but early in the second period, two goals from Ryan Griffiths turned the scoreline on its head. Brendan Holmes then went on to notch the clinching goal.

Willand Rovers were held to a goalless home draw by Melksham Town, but goals were not a problem for Malvern Town or Larkhall Athletic.

Five first half goals from Malvern saw them blitz Bashley as Tom Henson notched his first for the club before Levi Francis, Joe Bullock and a brace from Jordan Annear put them well in command. Lewis Spurrier (pictured) completed the scoring to make it 6-0 in the second half. The Hillsiders are now top scorers in the division and move up to 11th.

There was also an emphatic win for Larkhall Athletic as they beat bottom of the table Exmouth Town 5-0. Dawid Regula and Archie Ferris put the home side two goals up within the opening seven minutes before Alex Lambert made it three at the break. Max Williams and Jake Jackson completed the job in the second period.

Evesham United chalked up another impressive away triumph as they beat Mousehole 3-1 with Alfie Dunn wasting little time in opening the scoring. Hayden Turner brought the scores level before Levi Steele put the visitors back in front in first half stoppage time and then added his second just before the hour-mark to ensure that the points headed back to Worcestershire. For Mousehole it was a third defeat in their last four League games.

Two teams who also enjoyed their away days are Bishops Cleeve and Tavistock. For Cleeve, they secured a 4-2 success at Paulton Rovers, whilst Tavistock went to Westbury United and were 3-2 victors in a day of plenty of goals throughout the division.

The day’s other game finished level as Bideford and Yate Town played out a 1-1 draw. Lewis Hill gave Bideford the lead on the stroke of half-time before Milo Murgatroyd equalised with quarter-of-an-hour to go and that is how the scoreline remained.

IMAGE: Cliff Williams

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