WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Cricklade remain on top

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Cricklade Town remain top of the Wiltshire League after a comprehensive 6-1 home victory over struggling Pewsey Vale, writes Josh Bird.

A brace from David Coleman set the hosts well on their way to three more points and manager Luke Alford praised his side’s performance.

“It was a good all-round team performance,” Alford said.

“We kept the ball well and played our normal passing game and overall I thought it was a very good performance.

“We conceded a goal which was a bit of an error from our centre half because he slipped up and they went through and scored but we scored some good team goals to kill the game off.

“Obviously we had Ben Carter and Sam Collier missing and Gareth Davies our centre half didn’t play either so overall I’m very pleased.

“We started with one of the younger lads who hasn’t started this season and he played the whole match and he was probably man of the match in the end.”

David Coleman scored two early goals to put Cricklade in command at half time.

Mark Field briefly hauled Pewsey Vale back into the game shortly after the interval but further goals from Leigh Brown, Georgio Wrona and substitutes John Rees and Ross Peart put the game well out of reach for the visitors.

And manager Alford already had next week’s match up against Melksham Town Reserves on his mind.

“It was definitely all about concentration for us and preparing for the next game,” Alford said.

“They (Melksham) only lost 1-0 to Wroughton this weekend so it is definitely going to be a much tougher test.

“We’ll be back to full strength next week so it’s all positive really.”

Elsewhere, Wroughton’s win over Melksham maintained their impressive start to the league campaign.

They have matched Cricklade’s six wins from seven matches and sit second by virtue of goal difference.

Royal Wootton Bassett Reserves are up into third position in the league table despite being held to a goalless draw by Ludgershall Sports and Marlborough Town sit in fourth position after a 3-1 victory over Wilts Calne.