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WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Purton's Devan is four-midable
FOUR goals from Devan Bryan sent Purton Reserves to a thumping 6-1 win at Devizes Reserves in the Wiltshire Premier.
Bryan now has 25 for the season with December only just underway and his team are hot on the heels of Wilts Calne Town at the top of the table.
Devizes were on top for the opening 10 minutes on Saturday but it was Purton that went ahead through a swerving effort from Tom McCulloch from 25 yards.
Good work from Jamie Sheppard allowed Bryan to extend the lead but the home side pulled one back before the break.
Purton were much more in control in the second period and Bryan made it 3-1 with a header and then completed his hat-trick.
The striker then fooled the keeper for his fourth of the day and a late Billy Sly penalty rounded off the win.
“It was quite a flattering result, we’re getting a hard game every week,” said Purton boss Albert Dearing.
“It’s a tight league and we’re looking at three or four teams results at the top now.”
Elsewhere in the division, Southbrook stormed to a 4-1 victory at Blyskawica.
A header from a corner gave Southbrook the lead before with Tom Kopinski equalised with a deflected effort past Max Scholefield.
Kent restored the Southbrook lead before then setting up the third, and Colin Yates added the fourth from a narrow angle to complete the win.
Marlborough took three points courtesy of a 2-1 win at home to Shrewton.
Beversbrook’s season took another turn for the worse as they were hammered 4-0 by Corsham Reserves.
In Division One, Wootton Bassett Dev and Malmesbury Reserves shared a 3-3 draw.
Bassett twice went ahead courtesy of Misurtin Aras - popularly known as Guti - but Vics equalised on both occasions and then went in front.
However, Lewis Petrie levelled in the last few minutes with a free kick to ensure Bassett took something out of the game.
Bassett manager Dave Terry said: “First half we played some excellent one-touch football, they couldn’t live with us.
“Overall effort-wise I think we should have pipped it but I was happy with a draw. It was a fair result.
“They had three first-team players in their side and our average age is probably only about 21, I think our oldest player is Guti at 28.
“This is our first season in the league and we didn’t expect to be doing so well.”
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