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Radstock Town 2-3 Melksham Town – Toolstation Premier League, Fri. 18th April

MELKSHAM  travelled to Radstock looking to extend their fine run of form which had seen them lose only one of their last 10 games.

However, they knew that the home side would be desperate to gain three points themselves to dispel any possible chances of relegation.

In bright sunshine on a rock hard surface Melksham made an ideal start after only 4 minutes when skipper Dave Thompson found himself completely unmarked from Ben Thomson’s corner and headed home for only his second goal of the season to put the Town 1-0 ahead.

The home side were at sixes and sevens and it was no surprise when Melksham went 2-0 ahead on 10 minutes when another Thomson cross was headed home by Leigh Rogers who was playing his first game since running the London Marathon last Sunday . Melksham continued to dominate the half and the home keeper kept out efforts from Higdon and Kovacs as the half wore on but the interval was reached with the visitors dominant.

The second half was a much more even affair with Radstock throwing caution to the wind whilst Melksham found it difficult to keep any meaningful possession.

With a hectic few days of football in mind Melksham used all three substitutes with Ibrahim, Sibley and Ridout being introduced from the bench in quick succession. Radstock got themselves back into the game when Townsley let fly with a 25 yard effort which screamed into the top corner giving Town keeper Drewitt no chance on 65 minutes. However, Melksham responded almost immediately and after Ridout won the ball in midfield he slid an inch perfect pass into the feet of Higdon who guided the ball home for his 32nd goal of the season. To be fair to Radstock they refused to lie down and on 80 minutes Ingram struck another long range effort from 30 yards which found the Town net but Melksham held on to their win to continue the amazing turn around to the season.

• On Monday 21st April Melksham lost 3-1 at home to Odd Down. Leigh Rogers was on target for Town.