WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Carter treble earns Cricklade a point

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Wiltshire League leaders Cricklade Town earned a 3-3 home draw with Melksham Town Reserves despite playing much of the second half with ten men, writes Josh Bird.

Cricklade took an early lead through Ben Carter before Melksham scored twice before the interval to grab a narrow advantage.

And despite a red cad for Leigh Brown early in the second half, Carter bagged two more goals to complete his hat-trick, giving the hosts the lead once more before Melksham were able to grab a point.

And after getting back in front in the second half, Cricklade boss Luke Alford was disappointed his side couldn’t hang on.

“I was disappointed with our performance but fair play to Melksham they came out strong and they were quite a good side,” Alford said.

“We went down to ten men, which was fair enough, the referee had a good game and it was a sending off.

“But we managed to get back in front and then we threw it away which was frustrating.

“To be honest, at 2-1 down I would have been happy with a point but when we got 3-2 up I was gutted that we didn’t hang on and it felt like we lost.

“Overall it wasn’t a great performance but we did have a few players missing and I guess reflecting on it now, at least we didn’t get beat.

“We’ve now got to get ready for a big game against Bassett Reserves in midweek and then Bemerton the following week which is a cup game against a team a couple of leagues above so that will be interesting.”

Cricklade’s midweek opponents slipped to fifth in the league as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Trowbridge Town.

Bassett goals from Steve Groom and Jake Matthews were cancelled out by Josh Maguire and Joe Kirkpatrick as both teams settled for a point.

Elsewhere, second placed Wroughton also dropped points in a 2-2 home draw with Wilts Calne Town.

Marlborough Town moved into fourth place with a 9-1 thrashing of Devizes Town Reserves at Elcot Lane.

Devan Bryan took his season total to 16 as he netted five whilst there was also a brace for Christopher Deane with goals for Ben Crame and Nathan Good rounding off the scoring.