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WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Rendle hits four in Bassett win
DAVE Rendle grabbed a four-goal salvo as Wroughton won a nine-goal blockbuster at Devizes in the WIltshire League Premier Division.
Wroughton came from behind to triumph 5-4 and gain their third win of the season.
“I knew Devizes were going to be a handy side even though they are near the bottom of the league, so I was expecting a hard game,” said Wroughton boss Richard Austen.
“We had five missing because of our captain’s stag do so we had to change things around a bit. But because we beat Purton 5-0 last week I think we thought we could just go through the motions.
“We were 1-0 down at half-time and there were some heated words as we were looking to turn it round.
“At 3-1 down in the second half I thought it was over, so we did really well to come back and win it.”
A defensive error led to Devizes’ opener and after the interval a mistake from ex-Cricklade chairman Alisdair Ross allowed the home side to double their lead.
However, Wroughton midfielder Danny Cole was then clattered in the box and Rendle converted his second penalty in as many games.
Devizes were somehow allowed to score almost immediately from kick-off, but Ian Ross pulled it back to 3-2 when he nodded in a long throw from Tom Dingle.
Ian Ross and Rendle then combined to allow the latter to sidefoot home the equaliser.
Wroughton then went in front for the first time as substitute Bryn Keech crossed for Rendle to complete his hat-trick.
Once again poor defending allowed Devizes to score at the other end, but with two minutes left, good work by Keech resulted in Rendle tucking away the winner from 10 yards Meanwhile, Marlborough salvaged a point in a 3-3 thriller at home to Wilts Calne Town.
Calne led 1-0 at the break thanks to Graham Dean and when Chris Pitman added another soon after the restart, the Bremhill View side looked well in control.
However, Marlborough fought back courtesy of Steve Crame and Robin Simpson levelled the scores at 2-2.
Jim Derbyshire then put Calne in front but Nathan Good rescued a point for Marlborough with seven minutes remaining.
Supermarine Sports are now without a victory in two games after they succumbed 6-3 at home to Shrewton.
Shrewton went 2-0 up but Supermarine Sports fought back to level the scores at the break.
However, Shrewton were much the better side in the second period as they added four further goals.
On the scoresheet for the visitors were Archie Wilkinson (4), Craig Lewis and James Dolman.
Blyskawica claimed a useful 3-0 win at Chippenham Youth to bring themselves within touching distance of the top half of the table.
Elsewhere in the division, Southbrook romped to a 5-0 win over Vale of Pewsey while Purton reserves’ difficult start continued as they were hammered 7-1 by Trowbridge.
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