By Ge­orge! Lloyd nabs a hat-trick

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Last week­end’s ac­tion in the Tool­sta­tion Western League Premier Di­vi­sion got un­der­way on Fri­day evening, with Odd Down’s trip to Bris­ling­ton. This match was the first leg of the league’s an­nual Ground­hop ini­tia­tive aimed at boost­ing at­ten­dances and, in front of a healthy crowd of 262 spec­ta­tors at Iron­mould Lane, it was the away side who claimed all three points, thanks to a hat­trick from Ge­orge Lloyd. Af­ter fir­ing Odd Down ahead, Lloyd saw goals from Clarke Tay­lor and Con­ner Big­gins turn the game on its head, but the front­man struck twice in the fi­nal 12 min­utes to com­plete a bril­liant tre­ble for the Bath side. On Satur­day, Bit­ton’s 100 per cent start to their Premier Di­vi­sion cam­paign ended with a 3-1 de­feat at fel­low high-fliers Wil­land Rovers, whose goals came from Luke Mor­ti­more, Craig Duff and Brad Aus­den. Man­ager­less Brad­ford Town suf­fered their fifth con­sec­u­tive de­feat in all com­pe­ti­tions, los­ing 2-1 at Chip­ping Sod­bury. The hosts went 2-0 up be­fore Martin Leni­han pulled one back on 70 min­utes. The club re­vealed on Oc­to­ber 2 that man­ager Rob Malett had left the club ‘by mu­tual con­sent’ and they are yet to an­nounce a re­pla­cein ment. Mean­while, third-placed side Cor­sham won 3-0 at bot­tom-ofthe-table side Por­tishead Town, with the vis­i­tors’ goals com­ing from Jon Baze­ley, Lewis Mccar­ron and Ben Ser­man. This year’s Ground­hop week­end ended with a derby at Bris­tol Tele­phones on Sun­day af­ter­noon, where Keyn­sham Town won 2-1 in front of 310 spec­ta­tors. Cameron Shor­ney fired Keyn­sham in front from a free-kick, and he struck again to make it 2-0 at half-time, be­fore Tele­phones pulled one back mid­way through the sec­ond half. ■ SOUTH­ERN LEAGUE Larkhall Ath­letic, who sit in 14th place, earned three valu­able points with 2-0 win at point­less Barn­sta­ple, who are rooted to the foot of the table. Lewis Pow­ell opened the scor­ing on 72 min­utes and Harry Hope added the sec­ond six min­utes later. Mean­while, Larkhall Ath­letic Ladies ex­ited the FA Cup down on the South Coast on Sun­day when they suf­fered a 4-1 de­feat against a very well or­gan­ised Southamp­ton FC. The first half pro­duced end-toend foot­ball from two evenly matched sides. First to shine was Lizzie Bar­rett for the Larks when her shot was blocked on the line by the keeper af­ter 15 min­utes be­fore Southamp­ton broke the dead­lock min­utes later when a quick break re­sulted in the ball be­ing fired un­der the fall­ing keeper from close range. Larkhall were back on level terms on 25 min­utes when Kate Ger­man turned on the 18-yard line to un­leash a won­der­ful strike into the top far cor­ner of the net. Ni­cola O’con­nell in the Larkhall goal pulled off a cou­ple of good saves to­wards the end of the first half to en­sure the scores re­mained level at half time. How­ever, af­ter fur­ther O’con­nell saves early in the sec­ond half the game changed for the Larks when Molly Moore was stretchered off af­ter she landed heav­ily on her knee. Molly, in ob­vi­ous dis­tress, was sub­se­quently trans­ferred to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance where x-rays showed no break, but lig­a­ment dam­age that will put her out of the game for a num­ber of weeks. Al­most as the game restarted Southamp­ton re­took the lead from a quick break down the left. Only min­utes later a break down the right re­sulted in the hosts in­creas­ing their lead be­fore the fi­nal goal came with 15 min­utes left when O’con­nell rushed out for a ball she didn’t make al­low­ing the Southamp­ton at­tacker to neatly chip the ball over her for a team mate to run on to and slot into the empty net. This week­end the Larkhall Ladies host AFC Wim­ble­don at home in the FA Women’s Na­tional League Cup, kick-off 2pm. ■ SOM­ER­SET COUNTY LEAGUE The Premier Di­vi­sion’s top side Fry Club went four points clear at the top with a 6-3 home win against lowly Clut­ton. Fry’s Cal­lum Baker got a hat-trick and the other goals came from Ryan Madge and a brace from Ed­ward Searle. In Di­vi­sion One, Keyn­sham Town Re­serves, cur­rently sit­ting in third place, won 1-0 at mid-table Mendip Broad­walk, cour­tesy of a Sa­muel Simp­son goal. In Di­vi­sion two, Rad­stock Town Re­serves earned a cred­itable 1-1 draw with high-fly­ing vis­i­tors Ash­ton & Back­well United Re­serves. Liam Wat­son was on tar­get for the hosts. Di­vi­sion three, 10th placed Tun­ley Ath­letic got the bet­ter of hosts Burn­ham United Re­serves, who sit just one place above them, af­ter Tom Young got the de­ci­sive and only goal of the game. In the Som­er­set Se­nior Cup sec­ond round, Odd Down Re­serves lost 2-1 in ex­tra time at Nailsea and Tick­en­ham af­ter the tie ended 1-1 at 90 min­utes. Sub­sti­tute Jake Thomp­son got Odd Down’s goal. Else­where, Salt­ford beat hosts Wells City Re­serves 4-1 while Tims­bury Ath­letic were dead­locked 2-2 af­ter ex­tra time at Yat­ton & Cleeve United be­fore Tims­bury pro­gressed by win­ning the penalty shoot-out 5-4. Pease­down Min­ers Wel­fare lost 1-0 at Broad Plain House and Fry Club Re­serves went down 2-1 at Frome Town Sports Cor­sham Town played out a gol­less draw in the Wilt­shire League last week­end.

PHOTO: Ar­tur Les­niak

Fresh­ford United (blue) were beaten 1-0 at home to table top­ping Three Dag­gers in the Trow­bridge & Dis­trict League Di­vi­sion One

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