WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Collier brace keeps Cricklade on top

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Cricklade Town remained on top of the Wiltshire League after coming through a tough match against Marlborough as 2-1 winners, writes Josh Bird.

Sam Collier bagged a brace to secure the three points for Cricklade and boss Luke Alford was thrilled with his team’s showing.

“It was probably our best performance of the season as a team,” Alford said.

“We did the right things in the right places.

“We edged it and had more chances and more possession but of course they had a 20-minute spell where they were on top but we had the rest of the game where we dominated.”

Collier opened the scoring in the first half to give Cricklade a narrow half-time advantage.

Oliver Sly levelled proceedings in the second half before Collier notched his second to secure all three points.

“We conceded a goal that we gave away really where we could have done better but they weren’t able to break us down at all,” Alford said.

“Their centre forwards score a lot of goals but our centre halves had probably their best game of the season to keep them quiet.

“It was a good game, a great result and I’m really happy.”

Next week sees Cricklade travel to bottom side Pewsey Vale and Alford will be guarding his players against complacency.

“We need to not be too over-confident and keep doing the right things,” he said.

“We’ll need to keep our shape but I may give a few others who haven’t played as much over the last couple of weeks a chance.

“It gives us another opportunity to get three points on the board.”

Elsewhere, Wootton Bassett Town Reserves were unable to build on a midweek success against Wilts Calne as they went down 1-0 at Shrewton United.

Shrewton were reduced to nine men with 55 minutes remaining but they clung on to their narrow lead keep up the pressure on Cricklade on top.

Wroughton moved up to third spot in the league with a comfortable 4-0 away victory at Bromham.