Bradford hit back to charge 14 points clear

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By Western Daily Press | Monday, December 09, 2013, 05:00


Bradford recovered from a goal down at half-time to triumph 4-1 at Cheddar and move 14 points clear at the top of the First Division.

With second-placed Shepton Mallet in FA Vase action, Bradford looked to be squandering the chance to extend their lead when Dan Griffiths put the hosts ahead.

However, top-scorer Sam Jordan hit a double, while Josh Brigham and Dan King were also on target as the table- toppers responded in style after the break.

Cribbs consolidated their third place with a 3-1 home win over Westbury with goals from Jordan Yeo, Dave Gilroy and Dave Truan.

Welton moved up to fourth with a 3-2 victory at Almondsbury UWE, Paul Banks and Tom Smith completing a come-from-behind victory for the visitors.

Andy Keen had given Welton the lead, but Simon McIlroy struck either side of half-time to put the home side in front.

The biggest winners of the day were Wincanton, who thrashed Oldland 9-1 with a hat-trick from Matt Chant, two from Dave O'Hare and one each from Matt Peters, Lee Gale, Harry Browne and Mike Taylor.

Chard and Wellington drew 1-1, the hosts' Mark Armstrong cancelling-out Luke Redrup's opening goal, while Devizes won 4-2 at Warminster.

Barnstaple beat Calne 4-2 with doubles for Billy Tucker and Jack Jenkins, James Derbyshire and Mark Jarrett replying, and Wells triumphed 5-2 at Chippenham Park.

Jamie Howson (two), Dan Williams, Jake Brown and Toby Cole struck for Wells, the goals book-ended by strikes from Park's Mark Robinson.

Portishead remain bottom after Corsham came from behind to win 2-1, Matt Jenkins and Rob Burton scoring after Danny Benn had given the basement side the lead.

In the Premier Division, title-challengers Gillingham and Bristol Manor Farm drew 1-1, Aidan Chainey putting the hosts ahead, Kye Holly levelling from the penalty spot.

There were three goals in the first few minutes as Street won 5-3 at Cadbury Heath, Mark Salter putting the visitors ahead before Matt Huxley and Sacha Tong hit back.

Salter completed his hat-trick after the interval, his double bisected by Huxley's second, before Craig Herrod struck twice to seal the points for the Somerset side.

Willand thumped Winterbourne 5-0, while Lee Bridson gave Odd Down a 1-0 win over Melksham.

Hengrove beat Buckland 2-0 with goals from Wayne Pearce and James Dunn, while Bridport beat Longwell Green 3-1.

Radstock came from behind to beat Slimbridge 2-1, Jordan Townsley and Jack Seymour on the mark, while Ilfracombe triumphed 2-0 at Brislington and Sherborne enjoyed a 3-0 win at Bishop Sutton.



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