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Larks make his­tory af­ter FA Cup drama

Club books place in next round af­ter penalty shootout drama

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■ FA Cup Lark­field Athletic made club his­tory at Frome Town by book­ing a place in the Third Round Qual­i­fy­ing of the FA Cup for the first time - two rounds from the First Round proper!

This was a close-run tie which went right to the wire with a penalty shootout. The first half was goal­less but not de­void of ac­tion, with Alex Lam­bert and new sign­ing Jake Thomp­son get­ting close to scor­ing.

For their part, Frome bat­tled back into the game in the first pe­riod and nearly ex­ploited a de­fen­sive er­ror to take the lead.

Buoyed by their per­for­mance in the first half, the Larks were solid in de­fence in the sec­ond and cre­ated some fine chances.

On around the hour mark the Larks their break­through when Golden Boot win­ner Lewis Pow­ell steered the ball home un­der pres­sure from the Frome de­fence.

It took un­til the last minute of a closely con­tested game for the Robins to gain par­ity thanks to Jon Davies. The Larks took their penal­ties with con­sid­er­able skill, Dan Demkiv, Brad Nor­ris, Dale Evans and man of the match Joe Hil­lard de­feat­ing ex-lark Kyle Phillips in the Frome goal.

The real hero of the de­noue­ment of the game was keeper Shaun Sem­mens, who saved two penal­ties to se­cure the his­toric win. The Larks have been drawn away at fel­low Som­er­set club We­ston-su­permare in the Third Round Qual­i­fy­ing of the FA Cup. The tie will be played on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 13.

Mean­while, The Larks achieved their first league win of the sea­son, away at Eve­sham United on Mon­day night. A de­pleted squad showed great char­ac­ter to dom­i­nate the game pretty much from be­gin­ning to end to win 1-0. Shaun Sem­mens dealt com­fort­ably with any ef­forts on goal.

In-form for­ward Alex Lam­bert sealed the win in the first half, cut­ting in from the right and beat­ing the Eve­sham keeper Lewis Clayton with a fine strike from an acute an­gle. The man of the match was Alex Lam­bert.


Cor­sham made it three wins on the spin away at Ched­dar on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Lewis Pow­ell headed the vis­i­tors ahead af­ter three min­utes. He then dou­bled his tally mid­way through the open­ing pe­riod.

Be­fore long, Cor­sham had a third goal to their name, with Ja­mal Chevol­leau slot­ting the ball home af­ter the ball had been flicked on to him by strike part­ner Gary Hig­don. The Cheese­men have en­dured some early sea­son strug­gles, and de­spite suf­fer­ing a fourth de­feat, there was a pos­i­tive for them with Joe Wood­ley head­ing home at the near post.

Bit­ton fol­lowed up a 5-0 home win against Odd Down on Satur­day with 4-2 away win against Street on Tues­day night.

Keyn­sham lost 2-1 away at Cleve­don Town on Satur­day, while Brad­ford Town were trounced 6-1 at home to Ex­mouth Town.


Odd Down Re­serves lost 3-0 at home to Melk­sham on Wed­nes­day last week, while most of Satur­day’s fix­tures were wiped out by the weather.


Goals from Harry Paice, Craig Par­sons and Ed­ward Searle gave Fry Club a 3-0 away win at Stock­wood on Satur­day in the Premier Di­vi­sion.

Keyn­sham Town Re­serves suf­fered a 5-1 home de­feat at the hands of Nailsea & Tick­en­ham.

Chilcomp­ton Sports se­cured their sec­ond Premier Di­vi­sion win of the sea­son with a 3-0 away win at Mid­dle­zoy Rovers.

The vis­i­tors led 2-0 at half-time with goals from Cur­tis and Ste­wart, while Jack Smith en­sured vic­tory with a third in the sec­ond half.

In Di­vi­sion One, Salt­ford were beaten 4-0 at home against Up­hill Cas­tle while Tims­bury Athletic put a dif­fi­cult start to their cam­paign be­hind them with a 4-2 win away at Yat­ton & Cleeve Utd.

Wel­ton Rovers Re­serves were left bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter suf­fer­ing their fourth de­feat of the sea­son with a 3-0 loss at Burn­ham United.

In Di­vi­sion Two, Pease­down Min­ers Wel­fare moved into third spot with a 2-0 away win at Long Ash­ton. Mean­while Chew Magna were beaten 5-2 away at ta­ble top­pers Glas­ton­bury, and Rad­stock Re­serves recorded their third draw in four starts with a 1-1 re­sult at home to Bris­ling­ton Re­serves.


In the Premier Di­vi­sion, Cole­ford Athletic en­joyed a nar­row 6-5 win in a high-scor­ing match with vis­i­tors Chilcomp­ton Sports Re­serves on Satur­day. Pease­down Al­bion slumped to a 4-3 home de­feat at the hands of Vic­to­ria Sports while Cam Val­ley over­came vis­i­tors Bath Villa 3-2.

In the First Di­vi­sion, Mendip Rangers won 4-2 at Bel­rose while Chew Magna Re­serves were over­pow­ered by their vis­i­tors Farrington Gur­ney who won 4-2. Ever­creech Rovers en­joyed a 2-1 home win against Somer Val­ley Sports. High Lit­tle­ton went down 4-1 at home to Pease­down Al­bion Re­serves while Tims­bury Athletic Re­serves also lost on home turf, in their case 1-0 to Wes­sex.

In the Sec­ond Divi­son, Clut­ton Re­serves drew 2-2 with Frome Col­le­gians

Re­serves. Mells & Vob­ster won 2-1 at Hay­don Sports First while Meadow Rangers went down 2-0 at home against Salt­ford Re­serves. In a high-scor­ing af­fair, Tims­bury Athletic A lost 6-2 at Stoke Rovers.

In the Third Di­vi­sion there was a big away win for Cam Val­ley Re­serves, 10-2 at Chilcomp­ton United. Ever­creech Rovers Re­serves lost 3-2 at home to Somer Val­ley Sports Re­serves while Cole­ford Athletic Re­serves were 3-0 vic­tors at West­field A.


An un­be­liev­able start last Thurs­day evening at Bris­ling­ton saw Larkhall take a six-goal ad­van­tage af­ter only 15 min­utes in their FA Women’s Na­tional League South West Di­vi­sion 1 match.

Adele Hooper opened the scor­ing be­fore Rhian Rob­bins saw three goals for her hat-trick only for Hooper to add an­other two to com­plete her hat-trick mo­ments later. Is this a record, two hat-tricks within the first 15 min­utes of a game?

Bris­ling­ton then picked them­selves up and pulled two back be­fore the half time whis­tle. Sec­ond half Bris­ling­ton pres­sure saw them score an­other but a de­ter­mined vis­it­ing side held on well for the three points.

At 9am on Sun­day dur­ing tor­ren­tial rain at Plain Ham the pitch was passed fit to play and the Larks earn a well-de­served point against Chel­tenham Town Ladies in an en­ter­tain­ing game 3-3 draw.

Sadly, hours of work will be needed by the vol­un­teer grounds­men to re­pair the dam­age caused to the play­ing sur­face.

Chel­tenham opened the scor­ing on 11 min­utes when Charlotte Criddle scored from a set-piece, a fan­tas­tic strike over the wall dipped enough to evade the goal­keeper.

The vis­i­tors then dou­bled their lead near­ing the half hour when a fan­tas­tic touch by Jade Grove saw her turn into the box and fire across the goal into the far bot­tom cor­ner.

The Larks pulled a goal back min­utes later when Car­ley Bryant struck from the penalty spot af­ter a hand ball in the box,

The vis­i­tors again in­creased their lead 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half when Grove charged for­ward and fired over the on­rush­ing goal­keeper from the edge of the Larkhall box.

The home side were to re­duce the deficit again when Rhian Rob­bins pro­duced a de­cent fin­ish un­der pres­sure. Rob­bins then equalised on 60 min­utes when she lobbed the out­ward rush­ing vis­it­ing keeper from out­side of the box.

An in­tense sec­ond half was then com­pleted with­out fur­ther goals as the pitch rapidly de­te­ri­o­rated and the go­ing got tough for both sides.

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