Vital three points for Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury bounced back from a narrow 1-0 away defeat to mid-table Hallen to record a morale boosting 3-2 home victory against Cadbury Heath.
The result left them still looking over the shoulder at the relegation zone, but made it 6 points from a possible 9 for the new father and son management team Steve and Joe White.
Liam Pullen gave the home side the perfect start when he fired them into an early lead after just four minutes. Good work down the left found George Box one on one with the defender and his close range shot was only parried by Powell in the Cadbury goal into the path of Pullen who slotted home from close quarters.
Just three minutes later their visitors equalised. A through ball over the top of the retreating Sodbury defence found Matt Huxley in space and he calmly placed his shot into the corner.
It was the away side that found enough quality to build a move that resulted in their second to take a 2-1 lead on 17 minutes. Running through midfield with a run that went unchallenged, Sam Bailey’s pass to the edge of the box was met first time by Huxley who struck home with a first time shot.
The game became an end to end encounter but it was Sheppard in the Sodbury goal that had to pull off a fine one handed save to prevent the visitors from extending their lead.
The Sods equaliser followed on the half hour after a farcical mix up by the Cadbury keeper and his fullback. Powell had rushed to the edge of his area to clear a through ball being chased speculatively by Liam Pullen, however he lost his footing at the crucial moment and the ball sailed passed him. Pullen was challenged as he raced to the ball and his chip over the defender lacked any power but headed towards the empty goal. Cadbury fullback Maloney looked favourite to clear the ball from his goal line but he sliced his effort into the back of his own net to level the scores.
Sodbury regained the lead after 63, minutes when great work from Sam Jenkins led to a through ball finding George Box on the edge of the Cadbury area. He cut inside and unleashed a curling shot that found the corner of the net and gave the keeper no chance.