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WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Marlborough see off Pewsey
MARLBOROUGH overcame strugglers Vale of Pewsey 2-0 in the Wiltshire Premier courtesy of two first-half goals.
The hosts took the lead when Nathan Good made a good break down the right and his cross was only half-cleared to Simon Neale.
Neale’s shot was well-hit but it was still a shock when the goalkeeper could not hold it and it dropped into the net.
Liam Byfield doubled the advantage when the ball pinballed around in front of goal and he was on hand to slot home.
Pewsey hit the bar after coming out strongly at the start of the second half, but ultimately they could not make the breakthrough.
“Predominantly we had most of the possession and controlled the game,” said Marlborough boss Doug Imrie. “They had quite a young team out and while their central midfielder and striker were both good, they didn’t really get any service.”
Imrie has made new recruits his top priority following a number of recent departures.
Central midfielder Justin Lowe made his debut on Saturday having signed from Beversbrook but Imrie wants more new faces.
“We’ve lost four lads in the last few weeks for various personal reasons and we probably need to get one or two more in to bolster the reserves,” he said.
“We have enough good players but it’s just when we get injuries, we need that depth in our squad.
“It leaves our reserves a bit weak if we take their best players.”
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Purton Reserves kept up their chase of Chippenham Park with a 5-2 victory at Ludgershall.
Park themselves kept Purton at arm’s length by triumphing 4-1 at Southbrook.
Blyskawica and Beversbrook were locked at 1-1 at half time and that was how it stayed until the final whistle.
Wroughton’s woes continued as they fell 5-2 to Trowbridge at Woodmarsh.
In Division One, the only fixture of the day saw Marlborough Reserves sunk 1-0 at Wilton.
There was a handful of games in the quarter-finals of the Junior KO Cup, the pick of which was Nalgo Wanderers’ tie with Chippenham Park Reserves.
The game ended 2-2 but Nalgo won a dramatic penalty shootout 8-7.
South Marston were edged out 1-0 at home to Marshfield while there were 2-1 defeats for for AFC Wroughton and Wootton Bassett Dev, as they were defeated at Malmesbury Reserves and Madames respectively.
Following the weekend’s cup results, Malmesbury Reserves meet Nalgo and Marshfield meet Madames in the semi-finals of the competition.