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Radstock end away slump with vital victory at Willand

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

  • Radstock Town at Willand Rovers Ryan Draper saves from Luke Cousins-Hall, who later went off injured

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Radstock Town claimed their first away victory of the season on Saturday to move out of the Toolstation Premier Division relegation zone.

The Miners were 2-0 winners at fellow strugglers Willand Rovers thanks to second-half goals from Isaac Reid and Martin Lenihan, the latter from the penalty spot after Cameron Brown was adjudged to have been fouled.

Town were missing several key players but, despite their lowly league positions, both sides tried to play good football on a difficult surface.

Dean Stamp could have put the home side in front when he blazed over from 12 yards, while Reid and Jordan Townsley had half-chances for Radstock.

Visiting centre-back Luke Cousins-Hall was forced off with a dislocated shoulder ten minutes into the second half but the setback proved the catalyst for an impressive display.

Within five minutes a delightful piece of skill gave Cameron Brown the space he needed to pick out the run of Reid and he took the ball in his stride before guiding it past the outstretched hand of Ryan Draper in the home goal.

Boosted by the opener, Radstock got a deserved second ten minutes later when a similar move resulted in Reid being tripped in the box and Lenihan smashed home the spot-kick.

Reid could have put the game out of reach of Willand soon afterwards but fired over with the goal at his mercy after being set up by Lenihan.

The home side pushed forward but the Radstock back-line restricted their chances and keeper Chris Wright was equal to anything that did get through.

Radstock are without a fixture on Saturday but Bishop Sutton – whose match at home to Street was postponed at the weekend – entertain Cadbury Heath in the first round of the Les Phillips Cup.

Last night, Sutton were scheduled to host Yeovil Town in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Off the field, Radstock Town held its first ever darts open competition, sponsored by St Austells Brewery, with players travelling from far and wide to take part.

Sally Smith won the ladies' event, while Chris Allen defeated former Town player Mike Baber in the men's final.

The club's annual firework display takes place at Southfield tomorrow, due to start at 7.30pm.

In Division 1, the match between Welton Rovers and Keynsham Town fell foul of a waterlogged West Clewes pitch.

Rovers are due to host Sherborne Town this weekend.

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