Championship battle goes down to the wire
THE Premier I title will be settled in the final week of the season, with three teams – Southmead CS Athletic, Bristol Telephones and Broad Plain House – all in with a chance of the winning it.
Third-placed Broad Plain bounced back from their Alf Bosley Cup defeat last Thursday by beating Avonmouth 3-0 at home. They are six points behind leaders Southmead, but their last two games are against their two title rivals.
Reigning champions Bristol Telephones recovered from going a goal down to crush early-season pacemakers Little Stoke 8-1.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Ash Reynolds and Liam Claridge were on target for Lawrence Weston, 2-0 home winners over St Aldhelms.
Stoke Gifford United have finished as Premier II champions, while runners-up Severn Beach crashed to their worst defeat of the season, losing 5-0 at Tytherington Rocks Reserves. Craig Stewart (2), Jamie Khosravi, Danny Fitzgerald and Courtney Charles netted for Rocks.
A 5-0 win at Whitchurch clinched third spot for Easton Cowboys Suburbia. Andrew Hamilton-Dunn struck twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Spike Hood, Korahn Gayle and James Cornick.
Substitute Dan Clarke came off the bench to score twice for Brislington A, 5-4 winners at Southmead CS Athletic Reserves. Kev Hughes, Reece Mead and Billy Holmes were the other Brislington marksmen, while Jow Wenham (2), Ben Fry and Aaron Cogley replied for Southmead.
Shah Singh and Leandro Smith were on target for Bristol Athletic, who shared four goals with visitors Ridings High.
Division I champions Ridings High A drew 2-2 with Broad Plain House Reserves, whose marksmen were Josh Scadding and Brennan White.
Fishponds OB Reserves maintained their good late-season from with a 3-2 win at Ashton Backwell thanks to goals from Sam Payne, Jack Payne and Mat Williamson. Aaron Allen netted twice in reply.
Only one game was played in Division II, Downend Foresters clinching third spot courtesy of a 4-0 win at Bristol Telephones Reserves.
Poker County UK and Stoke Rangers have won promotion together for the third season running. Poker County UK are Division III champions after defeating Emersons Green 5-4, while Stoke Rangers won 3-1 at Filton Athletic Reserves.
Ross Malone (2), Mike Messiah, Paul Holbrook and James Neill were on target for Poker, with Josh Bennett, Charlie Williams, Matt Spearey and Luke Goodwin replying for Emersons.
Whitchurch Reserves clinched third place and warmed up for tonight's Len Bartlett Cup final against Long Ashton Reserves by winning 4-2 at Keynsham Town A.
Jon Poole scored a first-half hat- trick for the second week running to help Glenside Five OB Reserves to a 3-1 win at Bristol Sports United, which clinched runners-up spot in Division IV. Jeff Hale replied for Glenside.
Long Ashton Reserves toppled champions St Annes Town 3-0 thanks to goals from Ben Thorne, Matt Lawrence and Paul Williams.
Harry Morgan, Jamie Gazzard and Aaron Baber were on the mark for Rhubarb Athletic, who slumped 7-3 at home to Coupland Insulation.
Wessex Wanderers finished second from the bottom after crashing 7-3 to AEK Boco Colts. Lewis Perryman, Chris Bartlett and Steve Pocock (penalty) scored for Wessex.
Division V leaders Broad Walk bounced back from last weeks double defeat to set up a championship decider against Downend Foresters Reserves next Saturday. Aaron Price (4), Tom Palmer (2), Danny Day and Chris Pippard were all on target as they thumped Severnside 8-3.
Foresters, meanwhile, won 4-2 at Southern Athletic, whose scorers were Jerome Button and Sean Cozens.
Secretary Will Brunsdon scored his first-ever hat-trick as Lawrence Weston A overturned a 3-1 half-time deficit to win 8-3 at Totterdown POB Reserves. Wayne Stevens (2), Danny Collet (2) and Adam Harper were also on target.