Injuries mar the first weekend of the local football season
JASON Jarvis, of Mendip United Reserves, was taken to hospital by air ambulance after suffering serious leg and ankle injuries during the District League Division One home game against Hambrook.
The game was abandoned in the 48th minute as Jarvis, pictured, was treated, with Hambrook leading 2-1, thanks to a double from Tom Smyth, while Ben Thatcher replied for the hosts.
Another player in the wars was Chris Gritton of Nicholas Wanderers Reserves, who also finished up in hospital with a badly gashed head following a collision with an opponent in the 3-3 Senior Division draw in the Roman Glass St George Reserves at Dundridge.
A 3-2 victory at Highridge Reserves in Division Five provided a welcome tonic for Warmley Saints Reserves manager Richard George, who is making good progress in an intensive care ward at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The former Brislington striker suffered a heart attack after playing in a veterans match at Cadbury Heath last weekend and was treated by paramedics before being rushed to hospital.
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Alex Sylvester celebrated his comeback for Talbot Knowle United after an 18-month absence with leg injuries by netting a hat-trick in the 3-1 Division Four win at Brislington Cricketers Reserves.
Mendip United took the first step towards lifting the Bristol Premier Combination Premier Division crown for the third successive season with a 2-0 home win against Nicholas Wanderers. Mark Liddell and substitute Andy Talbot from 35 yards were on target for the title holders, who have already collected silverware this season after beating Southmead Athletic 2-1 in the Steve Tucker Memorial Trophy at Somerdale.
The three teams promoted to Division Two from the District League met with mixed fortunes in their opening fixtures. Last season's Senior Division champions Brislington Cricketers won 2-0 at Made For Ever, through Ryan Haskins and Matt Grimes (penalty), while Cribbs Friends Life Reserves enjoyed a 5-0 home romp against Brimsham Green with Matt Williams (2), Justin Cottle, Matt Jones and Noel O'Sullivan on target in the first half.
But Eden Grove slumped to a 3-2 home defeat against Oldland Abbotonians Reserves, whose hat trick hero was Dave Gamble. Former Bristol Rovers player Mike Trought marked his debut for Highridge with a well struck goal in the 4-2 victory at Olveston, with Gary Warren (2) and Mike Jenkins also on the mark.
Avon League newcomers The Park Knowle starred with a 5-3 Premier Division win at De Veys Reserves thanks to Jake Hawkes (3), Jack Gardiner and Brad Lewis, while Callum Simpson scored four times for Dodington, 7-3 victors at home to Golden Hill A in Division One.
In the Churches League, reigning champions Woodlands Rangers made a winning start to the season as they beat SAS United 2-1.
Brothers Ben and Perran Mitchell were on target for Woodies, with SAS replying through Mike Ball. Last season's runners-up Counterslip were held to a 1-1 draw by Thornbury Baptist, with Baps' Phil Loadwick cancelling out a strike from Tim Moody.
Hayhill moved into the second round of the BCFA Cup with a 5-0 win over Grace Church.
Mark Easterbrook led the way with a double, with John Paddock, Drew Dashfield and Chris Fletcher also on the scoresheet. Hillfields Reservse edged to a 3-2 win at Suburbs United thanks to Michak O'Connor, Oliver Fowler and an own goal.
Rock Crusaders advanced to round two with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Castle Green after a 3-3 draw.
New signing Neil Davies netted twice for Green, with Dan Powell also on target as they started the season with a defeat.
Oasis Cairns Road Reserves won the battle of the league's two new teams as they beat Woodlands Rangers Reserves 2-1, with Drew Miller scoring Woodies' consolation.
A depleted VCF Santos side also made it through with a 4-2 extra time win over Nailsea Churches.
In the Bristol Regional Sunday League, Lebeq opened their Premier Division campaign with an 11-2 win at Lazz FC, thanks to doubles from Kristian Douglas, Rayon McLean, James Hall, Zayne Simpson and Leon Grange, plus a Jermaine Wright goal. Abdi Nour and George Nantaungye scored for Lazz.
James Brock scored a hat-trick as CK FC beat Real Bristol 6-4, with further goals coming courtesy of a Tom Rees double and Ben Purdy.
Paul Coles hit a hat-trick in Sporting Bristol's 3-0 win over Jolly Boys, while Ben Manear and Nathan Churchill were on target for All Saints in their 2-1 win against Cribbs Friends Life. Ryan Werritt and James Shopland scored for Flowerpot Wanderers in their 2-1 win over Sportsman, whose goal came from Jordan Yeo.
Withywood United were 9-2 Division One victors against Fishponds Athletic, thanks to a hat-trick from Ben Thatcher and goals from Dave Atiwell, Luke Thomas, Ashley Riddock, Ryan Greenslade, Mitchell Greenslade and Chris Bell.
Everton Murray scored both goals for Lebeq Reserves in their 2-1 win against Stoke Lane Athletic, whose goal came from Ashley Lloyd, while Blackhorse Boys drew 3-3 with Sartan AFC. Blackhorse's goals came from Dave Cooke (two) and Dan Edwards, with Wesley Hawkins (two) and Connor Caddick on target for Sartan.
In Division Two, Paul Bowers' penalty gave Bristol Palace a 1-0 win over AFC Keynsham, while Andy Perrett was a hat-trick for City South Farm in their 8-3 win over Quayside. Legion United's Jack Fillingham hit a hat-trick in his team's 5-2 win at FC Bristol South, while St Bernadettes strolled their way to a 6-2 win at DKL Athletic.