Match Report

Trowbridge Town 
4 - 1
 Purton Res

League (Wiltshire Football League Premier Division)
Saturday, February 1st, 2003
Referee: S Cox
2:15 PM Kick-off

Scorers: Gavin Eyre, Brent Murden, David Percival (2)

Trowbridge resumed their league campaign with a comprehensive win against Purton. A decent sized crowd waited only 5 minutes for the first goal. Tim Waylen and Gavin Eyre combining on the right wing to create a chance that Dave Percival tucked away nicely just inside the left hand post. The lead was doubled after 10 minutes from a similar situation. The ball rebounded from a Purton defender into the path of Gavin Eyre and he took a couple of strides before striking a good low shot past the goalkeeper. Shortly afterwards, Gavin Eyre struck a shot through a crowd of players that was saved by the goalkeeper, Dave Percival also had a shot turned round for a corner after running on to a through ball after 16 minutes.

Purton, having rarely troubled Trowbridge in the first 45 minutes fared a little better during the early part of the second half but not before the home side added a third. A bad mistake by a Purton defender passed the ball across his own goal to an unmarked Dave Percival, he then rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball past a helpless defender. Purton claimed their goal on the hour when a Trowbridge defender headed the ball back towards goal and a forward nipped in to beat Adam Sheppard. Purton only had one further opportunity, dealt with by Tim Waylen to concede a corner. Mike Little did well after 66 minutes, after receiving a cross from Dave Percival, he took the ball past the goalkeeper and crossed but a defender was back in time to clear. Brent Murden made his Trowbridge return as substitute and wrapped up the scoring in the 82nd minute. A pin point pass into the area by Waleed Bakali to where Murden was pointing, created the opportunity for Brent to slot the ball confidently into the net.

Report by Robin Sims.