Saints celebrate first victory as McQuaid shines
THREE rounds of the GFA County Cups took a heavy toll of the league programme with only one game played in Premier I, between St Aldhelms and Stoke Gifford United, who received byes.
Aaron McQuaid bagged a brace to help Saints to their first win of the season, while Tom Milkins and George Tilzey were also on target in a 4-2 victory.
Ross Williams scored twice to help Cleeve Colts top Division I after winning 4-2 at Ridings High Reserves. Oliver Carter and Paul Davis were the other Cleeve marksmen.
Previous leaders Tyndalls Park Rangers lost 3-1 to unbeaten Downend Foresters, who netted through Dave Johnston, Chris Scutt and an own goal.
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Zac Zebek completed a hat-trick and Mike Summerhays added two more for AFC Mangotsfield, who move into third place courtesy of a 5-2 win at Avonmouth Reserves.
Ashton Backwell Colts picked up their first points of the season with a 5-1 at Golden Hill Sports thanks to Luke Cains, Daz Davey, Nathan Calloway, Cory Spanos and an own goal.
Brad Mead scored a hat-trick to help Wanderers move top of Division Two with an 8-3 home win over Corinthians Sports. Ryan Alderman (2), Tom Evans and Jason Parker completed the scoring, with Andy Haynes, Dave Richards and Javier Lillo-Garcia replying for Sports.
Hengrove BC beat Little Stoke Reserves by the odd goal in five at Norton Lane. John Pinches (2) and Matthew Vernon gave them a 3-0 lead, before two goals from Craig Chivers made for an exciting finish.
Ben Saunders bagged a brace for Stoke Gifford United Reserves, who kept their 100 per cent record and moved into third spot courtesy of a 3-1 home win over St Aldhelms Reserves. Phil Giles added the third.
Pete Belmore scored a hat-trick as Old Cothamians started their league programme with a 7-2 win at Fishponds OB Reserves. Joe Haines (2) and Mark England were also among the goals, while Ali Johnson and Dave Bennett scored consolation goals for Fishponds.
Broad Plain House Reserves won for the first time this season, 5-3 at home to Lawrence Weston Reserves.
Oldbury FC lost 6-2 at home to Almondsbury UWE A. Paul Mason and Craig Tottle scored for Oldbury.
Old Cothamians Reserves missed a chance to go top of Division III after losing 4-2 at home to Keynsham Town A. They were 3-0 down, but fought back to 3-2 with goals from Oli White and Tim Bruton, his fourth goal in three games. A late Keynsham goal made the final score 4-2.
Emersons Green are the new leaders as they had six separate goalscorers in a 6-2 win at Glenside Five OB Reserves. Gary Jones, Jason Brown, Oliver West, Justin Lear, George Griffin and an own goal netted for the leaders, with Jon Poole and Kevin McKinney replying.
Hydez edged out promoted St Annes Town by the odd goal in three to keep their 100 per cent record. Scott Hynam and James Marchant were the Hydez marksmen.
Steve Key, Lee Patch, Luke McNeil and Joel Hannan scored two goals each to help Ashton United Reserves to an 8-2 home win over struggling Whitchurch Reserves.
Neil Murphy and Tom Densley scored consolation goals for Fry's OB, who went down 4-2 at Somerdale against Bristol Telephones Reserves.
Only one game was played in Division IV, with Broad Walk taking full advantage of their rivals' cup games by beating Severn Beach Reserves 10-5 to move to the top of the table. Joe Cockram (4), Aaron Price (3), Tom Palmer (2) and Sam Elvins were the Broad Walk marksmen.
One Len Bartlett Cup game was played and Parson Street OB Reserves beat Stoke Gifford United Reserves 7-1. Anthony Skinner and Shaun Gyde scored twice with Andrew Gyde, Steve Evans and Paul Lippiatt completing the scoring.
A below-strength Henbury Reserves went down 2-0 at home to Bristol Manor Farm Reserves in a Premier Combination Division I basement battle, with Jordan Cole and Gary Turner on the mark either side of half time.
"We had about a dozen players missing, so found it a struggle to field all of our teams," said Henbury's secretary Charlie Barrow, who had no complaint about the result.