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Melksham Town
Thatcham Town
 (53', 91' Sent Off)
Full time
J Beeden (9'), K Tooze (71')
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One South Attendance 431

Thatcham Town 2 Melksham Town 1

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Town come back from the West with a win

Thatcham Town FC went ahead twice to register their first win against Melksham Town FC since beating Street away by the same score line.

The game was always going to be a tightly contested affair and being the 4th meeting between the clubs and 3rd of the season, the Kingfishers were looking to turn around a 2-1 loss at home in the Trophy and a 3-0 loss again at home in the league. Anyone who’s anyone knows only too well what happened almost a year ago at the infiLed Stadium, where a dramatic late winner meant Thatcham progressed through to the Semi Finals of the Vase.

The game started of with both teams pressing but TTFC very much in control and on the 9th minute, Centre Back Jon Beeden scored his 2nd with a thumping header from a corner.
Only minutes later Kyle Tooze hits a shot that is point blank saved by the goalkeeper. Shane Cooper-Clark went in for a follow up but ends up clashing heads with a defender and both physios come on for treatment.

The wind certainly played a huge factor in the game as most of Melksham’s shots se to go wide in the first half and their No11 Matt Smith has a shot that bent completely away from goal.

Half time was needed after two yellows wee given in space of a few minutes. First to Scott Rees and the 2nd to a Melksham player. Gareth Thomas came on for Beeden who had received a knock midway through the first half.

Paul Strudley - in goal for the Kingfishers- had his cross bar rattled with a fierce show and luckily nothing came of it.

Melksham manage to draw level after a player is deemed to have been fouled on the box with a penalty given. It is duly scored and scores 1-1.

Both teams continued to press for a 2nd and there were lots of opportunities for Tooze, Cooper-Clark and finally after a sweet pass for the latter, Tooze hits it into the goal and the keeper plus 2 defenders are unable to stop it going across the line.
Eagle-eyed linesman spotted that it did and awarded a goal to make it 2-1.

With Melledew replacing Cooper-Clark an Stanley coming on for Jeacock, the team looked to defend but continued to find a 3rd whilst the home side searched for an equaliser.

The only main incident of the game was a 2nd yellow to one of their players and it was 11v10 for the last 4 minutes additional time.

Danny Robinson’s men will be very proud of themselves to stay strong, achieve a positive result after back to back loses and are now sitting mid table.

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Key moments

9:00
Goal Jon Beeden scores for Thatcham Town
53:00
Goal Goal for Melksham Town
71:00
Goal Kyle Tooze scores for Thatcham Town
90:00 +1:00
Red Card A player is sent off for Melksham Town

Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Red Card 1 - 2
A player is sent off for Melksham Town
88:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Melksham Town
87:00 Sub Off
George Jeacock is substituted off for Thatcham Town
87:00 Sub On
Jack Stanley is substituted on for Thatcham Town
80:00 Sub Off
Shane Cooper-Clark is substituted off for Thatcham Town
80:00 Sub On
Tom Melledew is substituted on for Thatcham Town
71:00 Goal 1 - 2
Kyle Tooze scores for Thatcham Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Melksham Town
64:00 Yellow Card
Curtis Angell is yellow carded for Thatcham Town
53:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Melksham Town
45:00 Sub Off
Jon Beeden is substituted off for Thatcham Town
45:00 Sub On
Gareth Thomas is substituted on for Thatcham Town
End of period 1
45:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Melksham Town
44:00 Yellow Card
Scott Rees is yellow carded for Thatcham Town
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jon Beeden scores for Thatcham Town
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As it happened

  • Melksham Town
  • Thatcham Town
  • 0
  • Jon Beeden Goal 9:00'
  • Scott Rees Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Jon Beeden Sub Off 45:00'
  • Gareth Thomas Sub On 45:00'
  • Goal 53:00'
  • Curtis Angell Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Kyle Tooze Goal 71:00'
  • Shane Cooper-Clark Sub Off 80:00'
  • Tom Melledew Sub On 80:00'
  • George Jeacock Sub Off 87:00'
  • Jack Stanley Sub On 87:00'
  • Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Red Card 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Strudley, Paul Strudley, Paul
Miller, Michael Miller, Michael
Angell, Curtis Angell, Curtis
Cooper-Clark, Shane Cooper-Clark, Shane
Alexander, Jack Alexander, Jack
Beeden, Jon Beeden, Jon
Cattell, Stuart Cattell, Stuart
Rees, Scott Rees, Scott
Tooze, Kyle Tooze, Kyle
Jeacock, George Jeacock, George
Kelly, Adam Kelly, Adam

League round up

Other Division One South results

AFC Totton
1
2
1
0
Winchester City
Blackfield & Langley
3
0
Bristol Manor Farm
2
1
Cirencester Town
4
1
Barnstaple Town
Fleet Town
1
2
Street
1
1
Evesham United
3
0
Slimbridge

League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Bideford 38 58
10. AFC Totton 38 56
11. Thatcham Town 38 56
12. Melksham Town 38 56
13. Larkhall Athletic 38 55
14. Highworth Town 38 48
15. Bristol Manor Farm 38 46

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