Minehead head for the top of Uhlsport League

By Barry Knott   |   Sport reporter   |
Friday 5th November 2021 10:07 am
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MINEHEAD will go three points clear at the top of Division One in the Uhlsport Somerset County Football League if they beat struggling AFC Brislington at home tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

Minehead and Timsbury currently have the same number of points at the top of the table but the seasiders have a slightly better goal difference.

Brislington are having a poor season and have won only one of their 12 matches in the division. They have the worst defensive record in the league and are second from bottom with only Staplegrove below them.

“We know that Brislington are having a poor season but we must approach the game in the right way,” said manager Avril Cooke. “Our display against Yatton (won 3-2) was probably our poorest of the season.

“However, we took all three points without playing well. We still looked the better side.”

Star centre-back Brian Wilkins returns to Minehead’s squad after being sidelined for two weeks with an injury but frontman Callum Barnfield is ruled out.

“With players coming back we’re beginning to have a strong squad from which to choose,” added Cooke. “It means it’s easier to field a more settled side.”

Minehead will go clear at the top if they win tomorrow because Timsbury have a Somerset Senior Cup tie at home to Wellington Reserves. However, they will remain second because they are six points clear of third-placed Wells City Reserves.

It is a case of ‘have boots, will travel’ again for Watchet Town who play away to Bristol Spartak in the third round of the Somerset Senior League.

Watchet have so far won only one of their eight matches in the Premier Division of the county league and are third from bottom. However, they have games in hand on all the sides around them.

Spartak play in the Premier Division of the Bristol and Suburban League where they are lying tenth, having played only five matches, only one of which they have won.

Watchet have so far played only two league games at home this season, the other two being cup ties.

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