Bath Chronicle

Odd Down a ray of sun­shine as storms ham­mer fix­tures

- By Mark Payne-black­more Sports · West Bromwich Albion F.C. · Paul Gray · Rangers · Northwich Victoria F.C. · Chris Rogers · Bath

Ter­ri­ble weather con­di­tions post­poned the ma­jor­ity of fix­tures in the Bath & District Sun­day League.

There were still four games across three di­vi­sions that braved the weather to bat­tle it out, and al­though bright for some, for others it would be as bleak as the forecast.

The only match tak­ing place at the top of the pyra­mid saw Rad­stock Al­bion lose 3-0 at home to Odd Down SC FC.

The away side dom­i­nated, show­ing they are go­ing to be real con­tenders this sea­son and tough to beat. Blain Crooks scored and that was added to by a Dave Cooper brace which all be­gan with a stun­ning over­head kick.

Down could even boast an ex­tremely ex­pe­ri­enced back five that had a com­bined age of over 200 at one point dur­ing the game.

But the old legs didn’t waver tak­ing a con­vinc­ing win and leav­ing the home team shell-shocked.

Mean­while Odd Down SC Re­serves hosted FC Grin­gos at the Lew Hill Me­mo­rial but couldn’t pull off the same feat as the se­nior squad.

The Re­serves lost 3-6 to the Grin­gos - and what made it worse for the Down was that the score­line was 3-3 with ten min­utes to go.

They must have been hop­ing strikes from Whit­tock, Clark and Dev­er­all had earned them a point but it wasn’t to be leav­ing the vis­i­tors ju­bi­lant. The only other fix­ture in the mid­dle of the di­vi­sions - Olympic Vic­to­ria ver­sus Team Nathan AFC saw a re­verse out­come from a fort­night ago.

The vis­i­tors would have been rub­bing their hands when Ste­fan Woods scored a screamer from 30 yards to start things off.

The Vics wanted re­venge this time though and lev­elled things be­fore the break when Chris Rogers fin­ished off a well worked team move.

The win­ner came in the sec­ond pe­riod when Paul Gray found him­self free and un­marked in the box at a cor­ner, his per­fect header left Nathan player-man­ager Mark Payne-black­more red-faced. He was at the back-post and should have cleared Gray’s header but com­pletely mis­judged.

OV might have been singing in the rain but cel­e­bra­tions were damp­ened when Niall Too­good picked up a bad in­jury late on to aban­don the game with two min­utes re­main­ing, ev­ery­one wishes him a speedy re­cov­ery.

Wel­ton Rangers took on Her­itage United Re­serves in the only week­end fix­ture in the third tier.

It saw United’s re­serves grab their first win in em­phatic style - 1-8.

The match was played in a very sport­ing man­ner and it was nice to see Wel­ton sweep­ing the goal­mouth of rain be­fore the game.

 ?? Pics: Mark Still­man ?? Above and bot­tom, Odd Down SC Re­serves (in or­ange) were beaten 6-3 by FC Grin­gos
Pics: Mark Still­man Above and bot­tom, Odd Down SC Re­serves (in or­ange) were beaten 6-3 by FC Grin­gos
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