Four for Gill as Bowling Green maintain their title challenge

FC Bowling Green clocked up another valuable three points in their Premier Division title quest thanks to four goals from the outstanding Josh Gill in a 6-2 success at The Vine.

Green hit the ground running when Tom Holroyde was brought down in the area and Gregg Porter obliged from the spot. The Vine equalised from a dubious free kick that sailed over the stranded Paul Barker but the keeper soon made amends as he pulled off a world class save from a close range header.

Gary Ash put the league leaders on the front foot once more as he turned and shot past Ben Orchard to make it 2-1 at the break after which Gill took over.

He made an immediate impact when he dribbled past three defenders down the left and slotted home then added another as Clegg, Holroyde and Ash combined for Gill to apply a neat finish.

Vine managed to pull a goal back when a wind assisted cross nestled in the top corner but Green soon made it six as Holroyde eluded the Vine defence and he squared for Porter to slide in and score. Good work from Holroyde once more created a fantastic opportunity for Gill to complete his tally.

King Cross roared back to life as they shocked title-chasing Bradshaw Phoenix 4-0 while FC Royal of Pellon took advantage and stormed into second place following their 6-2 success over Engineers.

Royal were 2-0 up after 10 minutes courtesy of Alex Austin and Andy Farrell before Ryan Thomas chipped Engineers back into it.

Farrell beat the offside trap to make it 3-1 at half-time after which Farrell played Austin through for 4-1.

Mike Gregory then set up Farrell for his hat-trick and although substitute Lee Barber added a second for the visitors, Gregory’s cool finish sealed the win.

Tabor continued to push forward to try and get back into the game but barring one excellent save from Turnbull, were unable to create any meaningful chances and Carrington ran out deserved winners, inflicting Tabor’s first home defeat in the league since being beaten by the same team last season.