Friday, April 20

West Division Review

West Division Review

West Division Review

By Terry Bagshaw

With leaders Taunton maintaining their seven point lead at the top following victory at the Total Branding Community Stadium, second placed Salisbury stretched their own lead over the chasing pack to five points by winning 3-2 at Cirencester courtesy of an 87th minute Claudio Herbert winner.

Third placed Bristol Manor Farm were the victims of the day’s shock result losing 2-1 at struggling Mangotsfield and a further two points behind are Swindon Supermarine who after going eighteen matches without a draw made it two on the bounce finishing 3-3 at Larkhall.

The comeback of the day if not the season came at the Cuthbury where Evesham scored four times in the final twenty minutes to overhaul Wimborne 4-3 and go level with their hosts on 39 points.

Didcot’s Adam Learoyd managed to score at both ends in their 3-3 draw at Shortwood and the Railwaymen now sit seventh also on 39.

Two sides lay a further point behind, Bideford who were made to wait until the 89th minute to break the deadlock against bottom side Bishops Cleeve and Winchester who after leading at the interval needed a Jamie Barron penalty to come away with a 2-2 at Paulton.

Kidlington reignited their outside chances of a playoff place after a poor run of form with a 5-2 win at home to Barnstaple. Slimbridge ended a seven game losing streak drawing 1-1 at North Leigh and after five consecutive away games Cinderford fans were treated to a 0-0 home stalemate with Yate.

After a disappointing holiday period Totton will be looking to get back on track on Tuesday evening when they meet Paulton Rovers at the Total Branding Community Stadium. With no other top ten sides in midweek action, victory for the Stags would see them jump six places in the table and travel to Slimbridge next Saturday in fourth position.

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