Wanderers felled by Slade's heroics between the sticks
AN outstanding performance by stand-in keeper Danny Slade, coupled with a disciplined defensive display, helped Cribbs Friends Life Colts inflict a first defeat of the season on Nicholas Wanderers in Bristol Central.
Playing a 4-5-1 formation, Colts' winner came from tireless striker Tamas Elias, who latched on to a long clearance by Slade before beating his man and rounding the keeper to slot home for a splendid 1-0 win.
Despite several late scares, Cribbs held out to record a notable victory.
In Bristol South, Jack Thompson hit a hat-trick to propel Highridge United to a 3-1 away victory over Rockleaze Rangers, that after the hosts had taken a tenth-minute lead.
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Billy Dorrington teed up Thompson's second goal with a fantastic pass and the same marksman completed his treble and made the game safe when he was brought down inside the box and picked himself up to calmly convert.
Adam Snook also fired a hat-trick as Cribbs Friends Life mounted a magnificent recovery to beat an improving Bristol Rovers SC side 5-4 in Bristol North, having trailed 4-1 at one stage.
Alex Turnball also turned in an inspired second-half display, scoring twice and winning a penalty which Snook successfully put away.
Cribbs always knew it would be tough as they only had the bare 11 players available and although Snook had given them the lead, again from the penalty spot, they found themselves chasing the game as strikes by Joe Thomas, Mike Stephens, Callum Skinner and an own goal appeared to have put Rovers firmly in charge.
Dave Burgess celebrated a hat-trick to go with goals from Joseph Davies and Michael Beecham as Yate United overcame a battling nine-man Kingswood side 5-2, Edd Pitt netting the away side's consolation.
Relieved and delighted Thornbury Town notched their first league win of the season with a 2-1 away success against fellow strugglers Bradley Stoke, Chris Thomas and Ryan Sookou their marksmen and Akshay Hurnath grabbing the Stoke equaliser to make it 1-1 for a spell following a mix-up in the Town back ranks.
Meanwhile, in the Under-21 Division, Roman Glass St George showed no ill-effects of a two-month lay-off as they deservedly pipped high-riding Downend Wanderers 2-1. After a goalless first half, the deadlock was broken when Saints' James Fry received a pass from the outstanding Jack Baber, rounded the goalkeeper and stroked the ball into the net. Roman Glass extended their lead with a fierce drive from Sam Giles, who also went close with another effort.
Downend were later rewarded for their perseverance with a goal three minutes from time.