Welton suffer home defeat at the hands of high-flying Bradford
Welton Rovers failed to make their early dominance count as they went down 4-0 at home to high-flying Bradford Town in Toolstation Division 1.
The visitors arrived on the back of seven straight wins but Welton pressed first on a heavy and bumpy pitch, Ryan Gay having a shot saved by Charlie Haydon before Bradford cleared an effort off the goalline. Jamie Mines then produced a rasping shot that saw Haydon pull off an outstanding save to tip the ball round the post.
Bradford then scored from their first meaningful attack on 21 minutes when Martin Johnson's shot was saved by Dan Tamblyn and the ball went loose for Nick Ridout to drill the ball home.
Steve Bridges and Gay went close for Welton before Ridout doubled his and his side’s advantage with a quality second goal that brought applause from both sets of supporters. He was put through the static Welton defence and, as Tamblyn raced out to close him down, launched a delicate chip over the keeper and into the net.
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The second half began with a good run down the left flank from Dan Scrivens but his shot landed on the roof of the Bradford net. Paul Banks’ shot was then deflected for a corner which came to nothing. Welton centre-back Greg Dando denied Ridout his hat-trick on a couple of occasions but was dismissed on 85 minutes for handling another of the Bradford dangerman’s efforts inside the box.
Ridout fired home the resulting penalty for his and Bradford’s third and salt was rubbed into Welton’s wounds when a free-kick flew into the net following a deflection of the unfortunate Scrivens.
In the Premier Division, Bishop Sutton continued their title assault with an impressive 6-1 triumph at Bristol Manor Farm.
Radstock Town were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Bridport.