Trowbridge Town 2 Shrivenham FC 3
Shrivenham showed why they are favourites for the league title by taking all three points despite a good performance by Trowbridge. The visitors quickly countered a bright start by the home side when a cross from the right grazed Adan Shepperd's crossbar and went safely for a goal kick. Trowbridge then settled to play some good entertaining football, Gavin Eyre going close with a good shot that dipped just over the crossbar. They continued to look the more likely to score first but Shrivenham broke forward in the 22nd minute and a cross from the right was headed home powerfully by Steve Winchcombe. A minute later the visitors struck again. A good break on the left saw Alex Green cut inside from the left edge of the penalty area and finished well with a shot across goal that went just inside the post. A shocked Trowbridge attacked straight from the kick off, Dave Percival picked out Waleed Bakali with a pass across the front of the area and Bakali was brought down for a penalty. Percival's penalty kick was successful and Trowbridge were back in the match. Trowbridge went all out to level things before half time. A Gavin Eyre corner that beat the goalkeeper was cleared off the line in the 42nd minute and shortly afterwards Percival struck from just inside the area to make the half time score 2-2. Shrivenham attacked more in the early stages of the second half. They went close on 65 minutes, Andy Rainer heading just wide following a cross from the right. The winning goal came in the 72nd minute, John Peters stooping on the edge of the six-yard box to head past Shepperd. Trowbridge pressurised for the remainder of the game, Percival running through to beat the goalkeeper on one occasion but a defender did very well to get behind his 'keeper and clear the ball off the line. Despite the pressure, Trowbridge could not find an equaliser and an entertaining game ended in defeat.
Report by Robin Sims