Lead­ers ex­tend ad­van­tage

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

A full set of fix­tures in Bath & District League Divi­sion 1 kicked off 2019, as Atletico New Inn wasted no time fol­low­ing the win­ter break, get­ting off to a flier against man­ager­less Pig & Fid­dle Rovers. It took five min­utes for the hosts to open the scor­ing at Manor Road with Danny Carter nod­ding home Kyle Cur­tis’s cross, a lead dou­bled on 20 when Carter turned provider, lo­cat­ing Tom Pitt whose shot on the turn beat Marco Vi­ola all ends up. Joe Husher si­lenced the home fans by head­ing one back for Pig & Fid­dle soon af­ter, but they were on the back foot in the sec­ond half. It took un­til the 77th minute for the supremacy to show, cap­tain Rob Mal­let slid­ing home at the far post, with Craig Par­sons slot­ting in a fourth five min­utes later. Their hap­pi­ness ex­tended in learn­ing that sec­ond-placed GT Sports had been held to a 1-1 draw at Odd Down. It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 1-1 draw for the Down­ers, and both times they’d scored an own goal, this time Sol Davis putting through his own net. This was can­celled out by Tyler Davies, and leaves GT five points be­hind New Inn, who they play this Sun­day. Both teams sported black arm­bands at Pease­down Rec in mem­ory of Alex Wright, a former Kingsmead player who sadly passed away be­fore Christ­mas. Kings ded­i­cated their win over Bath United to him, sealed by goals from Ben Par­sons, sub­sti­tute Ant Con­radi and a Jon Dol­man free­kick. Reece Longhurst was on tar­get for the hosts end­ing their six-game un­beaten run. Her­itage United com­pleted a dou­ble over Team Nathan. Hav­ing cruised past them three weeks pre­vi­ous, they were made to work harder at Tims­bury, even­tu­ally win­ning 5-2. Jac Humphreys claimed a sec­ond hat-trick against Mark Black­more’s strug­glers. Divi­sion 3 saw the ti­tle pen­du­lum swing in Bear Flat’s favour as they ran out 5-2 win­ners over Lans­down, whereas Olympic Vic­to­ria were beaten at Far­ring­ton Al­bion. Tom Smith (3) and Archie Bas­son (2) net­ted for Bears with Craig Rogers and Alex Chap­man re­spond­ing for Lans­down, their first league de­feat since Sep­tem­ber. The same fate fell upon Olympic Vic­to­ria, who took the lead through Fran­cisco Mora, but were left reel­ing when Luke Tucker, Ben Rut­ter and James Swift earned Far­ring­ton three points. Divi­sion 2’s only clash saw Dribuild run out con­vinc­ing 8-2 win­ners at Grif­fin and West­wood, whose scor­ers were Dun­can Frew and Dave Wal­ton.

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Larkhall gave more than a good ac­count of them­selves against a Money­fields side gun­ning for pro­mo­tion

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