Mendip stay on course for more cup success
A HARD-FOUGHT 3-2 away win against Bristol Manor Farm Reserves kept Mendip United on course to retain the Bristol Premier Combination Cup for the third season in succession.
The visitors went two up through Dean Maggs and Mike Berry, with a spectacular overhead shot, before Ryan Jeffries hit back for Farm.
Substitute Darren Garton added the third goal with a screamer from 20 yards, but Mendip were forced back on the defensive in the closing stages after Gary Turner replied in a late rally by the hosts.
"We signed a few new players, but just cannot get going," said Mendip's manager Richard O'Connor, who was disappointed by his team's surprise 4-1 league defeat against Longwell Green Reserves in midweek.
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Longwell Green moved into the second round after coming from behind to beat Shaftesbury Crusade 5-2 at home with another fine attacking display.
Tom Kilbane was the early scorer for the Crusaders, who were sunk by goals from Sammy McAlinden (3) and Chris Churchill (2), before Simon O'Reilly netted a late consolation from the penalty spot.
Lawrence Rovers provided the shock of the day with a 2-0 home victory over Highridge, the GFA Senior Amateur Cup holders. Luke Mathison slotted in the opener from close range and Danny Chapman doubled the score with a volley to seal the first success of the campaign for Rovers, who were strengthened by the return of goalkeeper Ryan Fogarty.
James Snook completed his double with a second-half decider for Hallen Reserves, 3-2 home winners against Greyfriars Athletic. Ken Ababobo was the other scorer for the hosts, with Moss Banderin and Chifo Yusef on target for the Friars.
Bitton Reserves triumphed 3-2 away to AEK Boco, who were 2-0 down at the break to strikes by James Hendy and Reece Jones. Mark Pocock and Darren Werrett hit back to level the scores, only for Joe Dakwa to grab a late winner for the visitors.
Eden Grove lost player-manager Ben Jarvis, who was taken to hospital with a facial injury, before slumping to a 4-2 home defeat against Cribbs Friends Life Reserves. Noel O'Sullivan struck twice for Cribbs, whose other marksmen were Josh Cush and Fred Hopkins, while Ben Read bagged a brace in reply.
Nicholas Wanderers had a player sent off in the first half against Wick, but hung on to clinch a 1-0 home win, thanks to a 70th-minute goal from Jamil Aheem. "We are not playing well and they deserved to win," admitted Wick boss Shaun Honour.
Seymour United's chairman Neale Coles had no complaints about his side's 5-0 thrashing at home to Totterdown United, who continued in sparkling form. "It was men against boys and we were not at the races," said Coles, following the defeat to goals from Chris Pollinger (2), Aaron Thorne (2) and Toby Carter.
Roman Glass St George Reserves also had a player sent off during the 4-1 home defeat by Winterbourne Reserves, who have yet to drop a point at the top of the Premier Division. Sam Vile (2), Shaun Cooper and Tom Blake were on the mark for the leaders, while Sam Thomas hit a consolation for the Saints.
Made For Ever proved no match for Frampton and crashed 4-0 at Beesmor Road. Robbie Warren, Mike Beake, Barney Yates and an own goal were on the scoresheet for Frampton, whose new boss Adrian Pell was delighted with the result.
Second-half goals from Jack O'Brien (2) and Matt Sweet sealed a 3-0 away success for Brislington Cricketers against Brimsham Green. "We did not play well and they were three poor goals to give away," said Brimsham's secretary Phil Martin.
Matt Lewton has taken over from Malcolm Beck as manager of Oldland Abbotonians Reserves, who held Henbury Reserves to a 0-0 draw before losing 4-3 on penalties. Goalkeeper Elliott Barron was the toast of Henbury after a fine save in the shootout, before Craig Davis slotted in the decisive spot-kick.
Lebeq, Old Sodbury, Olveston and Patchway Reserves all received byes into the second stage of the competition.
Patchway Reserves enjoyed a 5-1 home romp against Olveston in Division One, thanks to goals from Shane Hill (3), Ashley Brown and Nathan Palmer.
Greg Welsher was on target for the visitors.