Easter Monday's South & West review

3 months ago By David Watters

With Hereford FC long crowned champions of the EVO-STIK League Southern Division One South & West, the focus of attention on Easter Monday fell on those looking to join them in the Premier Division via the play-offs, writes Pitchero' Steve Whitney.

Taunton Town dropped two crucial points when they were held to a goalless home draw by Bideford.

It means they fall back to third spot behind Salisbury FC, who won 5-2 at home to Wimborne Town, courtesy of braces from Tommy Wright and Lewis Benson and one from Kane O`Keefe – Toby Holmes and Louis Kellaway replying in front of a crowd of 914 at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Tiverton Town have also joined Taunton on 85 points after winning 4-0 at Barnstaple Town with goals from Levi Landricombe, Jamie Short, Tom Bath and a Steve Oliver own goal.

Evesham United are the other side in the top five but they were beaten 2-0 at home by the Bulls in front of a terrific crowd of 1,578, Pablo Haysham right on half-time and then top scorer John Mills in stoppage time scoring the away goals.

Swindon Supermarine have come up just short, despite hammering already-doomed Wantage Town 5-0 at the WebbsWood with a Joe Selman hat-trick and Ryan Campbell and Connor Waldon singles.

North Leigh also fell agonisingly close and were held to a 1-1 derby draw at Didcot Town with both goals coming in the final six minutes – Ben Whitehead giving Diddy the lead and George Seacole equalising.

Elsewhere, Lewis Powell bagged a brace as Mangotsfield United shared a 2-2 draw at Bishops Cleeve, while Will Morford did likewise for Shortwood United in their 2-1 win at Slimbridge.

Ryan Radford scored the only goal 15 minutes from time as Paulton Rovers beat already-relegated Bridgwater Town at home, and Yate Town drew 2-2 at home to Larkhall Athletic, whose Ed Dryden levelled 12 minutes from time.

Ian Oliver`s 14th minute goal eventually proved enough for AFC Totton in a 1-0 win at Winchester City in the day`s other game.

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Where next?

Easter Monday's Premier Division review Although the top end of the EVO-STIK League Southern Premier Division was sorted out on Easter Monday, issues at the bottom go into a nerve-tingling last day scenario, writes Steve Whitney.
Champions locking horns in decider The season won't be over for champions Hereford FC and Royston Town on Saturday with the clubs getting ready to bring the curtain down on their campaigns in an EVO-STIK League Southern Division One Championship play-off.

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