Mendip boost their title hopes with convincing victory against Wick
MENDIP United got their bid to retain the Premier Division title for the third successive season back on track with a 3-0 home win against Wick.
John Mead headed the opener, Del Attwell rounded off a three-man move for the second and Dean Maggs completed the scoring, with all the goals coming in the first 20 minutes. The visitors improved after the break but lost goalkeeper Kevin Eston with a leg injury and player-manager Mike Strawford took over between the posts for the last half-hour.
"We started really well, but it was a stalemate in the second half," said Mendip manager Richard O'Connor, while Strawford had no complaints about the result.
Totterdown United moved up to second, four points behind leaders Longwell Green Reserves, who were without a game, thanks to a 4-0 victory at Hallen Reserves.
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On target were Lee Webb, whose double included a penalty, Toby Carter and Rob Neale, in a sparkling display from the visitors who were two up at the interval.
"We lost three players to the first team, so were not at full strength," said Hallen's Andy Hicks.
AEK Boco dropped to fourth place following a 5-0 home defeat against Winterbourne Reserves, who remain on the fringe of the race for honours.
Matt Plant put the visitors in front, then the nap hand was completed by goals from Dave Herbert, Tristan Day, Aaron Anderson and Ashley White against a below-strength AEK.
A late missed penalty by Mike Holloway proved costly for struggling Lawrence Rovers, who lost 3-2 away to Shaftesbury Crusade after taking the lead through Derren Hand.
Nick Martin equalised with a penalty for the Crusaders, who fell behind again to an opportunist effort from Luke Mathison. Martin levelled the scores at 2-2 and Ross Davidson headed the third before goalkeeper John Lavender saved Holloway's spot-kick to prevent the visitors from taking a point.
Lebeq also came from behind to beat Nicholas Wanderers 2-1 at Dundridge after trailing to a goal from 16-year-old Liam Crew early in the second half.
Player-manager Anthony Whillier equalised for the visitors, then leading scorer Dominic Holver popped up with a last-gasp decider.
Roman Glass St George Reserves remain in the bottom two with Lawrence Rovers after failing to reply to a goal in each half from Taylor Biggs and Oliver Carter for Bitton Reserves.
Highridge stayed on course for promotion from Division One with a 3-0 home success against lowly Brimsham Green, who did well to hold the leaders to 0-0 at the break.
The hosts had a player sent off early in the second half, but the ten remaining on the pitch took control and responded with goals from Dan Elson (2) and Gary Watts to sink Brimsham.
"We woke up when we were down to ten men," said Highridge player-manager Jon Berry.
Bristol Manor Farm Reserves lost ground after being held to a 0-0 draw away to Olveston, for whom Nick Randell missed a penalty.
"We hit the post and the bar and their goalkeeper had a good game, but we should have won," said Olveston's boss Shaun Griffiths.
Ben Scaffee completed his double with a last-minute equaliser for Henbury Reserves, who also had a player sent off in a 2-2 draw at Greyfriars Athletic.
The Friars coasted into a two-goal lead through Simon Boss and Chiffo Yusuf, then missed several good chances before being pegged by Scaffee's double strike.
Tom Hutton scored four in a 5-1 home romp by Oldland Abbotonians Reserves against Frampton, who equalised through Matt Johnson before being hit by the striker's goal rush. Gareth Smith completed the rout for the Abbots to the delight of new manager Mark Coles, who has strengthened his squad with several signings.
Patchway Town Reserves scored twice in each half through Danny Webb, Dean Woods, Shane Hill and Ashley Lloyd without response from Seymour United, whose chairman Neale Coles was pleased with their performance, despite the 4-0 defeat.
Alex Turnbull fired Cribbs Friends Life Reserves in front away to Made For Ever, who levelled with a goal from Joel Hartley, only to go down 2-1 to a second-half decider from Steve Watts.