Manning leads seven-goal show as Boco put Rovers to the sword
IN the Bristol Premier Combination, AEK Boco enjoyed a 7-0 home romp against struggling Lawrence Rovers in the only Premier Division game played.
Jenson Manning led the scoring spree with a hat-trick, and the rout was completed by Darren Werrett, Martin Randell, Andy Lear and an own goal, which left Rovers anchored at the bottom without a win in eight league games.
In Division One, Greyfriars Athletic came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Frampton Athletic after trailing to a first-half goal from James Cox. Craig Hobbs equalised for the hosts and Simon Bateman netted the decider to lift the Friars to third place, behind Bristol Manor Farm Reserves and Cribbs Friends Life Reserves, whose fixtures were called off because of waterlogged pitches.
Highridge United also stepped up their bid for honours with a runaway 5-0 victory away to Brimsham Green, who remain in the bottom three in the table.
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Richard Griffiths was the hat-trick hero for Highridge, whose other scorers were player-manager John Berry and Ben Rickwood. "We are playing well at the moment," said the delighted Berry.
In a rain-restricted Downs League programme, the top match in Division One resulted in a 2-2 draw between leaders Torpedo and Sneyd Park.
Torpedo had the better of the first half, but it was Sneyd who took the lead through a Matt Arnold header. Torpedo levelled when skipper Mike Stubbs slotted in a penalty.
After the interval, Arnold crashed home a 30-yard free kick, only for Liam Rice to level for Torpedo.
Clifton Rockets had a hat-trick from Craig Gibson in a 4-3 defeat to Easton Cowboys.
Sporting Greyhound were held to a 2-2 draw against Saints OB.
The only game in Division Two was a well-fought encounter. Green Park Rangers led 2-0 at the interval, before leaders Portland OB came back to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw, with James Stanley and Darren Cook on target for Portland.
In the District League, a first-half hat-trick from Haydon Conlon paved the way for Wick A's 5-2 Division Four home win against leaders South Bristol Central, which ended their 100 per cent record.
Conlon struck again after the break and Clinton Frampton completed Wick's nap hand, while Lee Chapman and Kevin Taylor replied in a late rally by the visitors.
Fry Club A took a step nearer safety in Division Five with a 4-2 home success against Warmley Saints Reserves, thanks to doubles from Mark Case and Rejan Ouchterloine.
Stockwood Wanderers Reserves drew level on points with Rangeworthy Reserves at the top of Division Six after twice coming from behind to beat Bradley Stoke A 4-3, thanks to goals from Bobby Phillips, Simon Arnold, Ollie Smith and John McLaughlin.
Greyfriars B crashed 5-1 away to unbeaten Stanton Drew Reserves, whose goals were scored by Andy Payne (2), Mark Fear (2) and Connor Hemmings.
In the Bristol & Avon League, second-placed Stapleton closed the gap to one point on leaders Whitchurch, whose game was postponed, with a 5-2 victory against Amana SYF at Eastville Park. Callum Gardiner hit a hat-trick for Stapleton, with further strikes by Greg Downs and Jack Little. Abdi Aziz and Abdi Rahana replied for Amana.
Cutters Friday A came from behind to beat Park Knowle 5-4. Danny Kingdon, Adam Brain, Bradley Lewis and Micky Alden fired the Park into a 4-1 lead, before the visitors staged a remarkable recovery, thanks to Curtis Walker, his brother Shaq, Shaun Werrett, Den Wedmore and an own goal. Iron Acton B missed the chance of taking over stop spot from Dodington in Division One, after slumping to a 4-0 defeat away to Warmley, whose marksmen were Phil Podger (2), Si Goodland and Sam Blackburn.
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