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On Sunday (October 13) Shepton Mallet Gymnastics Club travelled to Bath to compete in the Rising Stars girls competition.

More than 200 gymnasts competed throughout the day from the South West area. The club took home 23 medals which included three overall champions, two silver and two bronze overall champions.

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Shepton Mallet returned from Tavistock in Devon on Saturday with mixed feelings - frustration at being pegged back after building a two-goal cushion countered no doubt by relief at having a second bite of the cherry after resisting a rampant home side in the second period of an always high tempo and entertaining game.

Keiran Bailey's goalward header for Shepton brought the first save of the game from Tavistock keeper Jack Ord after four minutes, before Asa White took up where he had left off at Melksham five days earlier, converting a cross after Aaron Seviour and Jack Fillingham had combined well to earn Shepton a sixth minute corner.

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Asa White scores the winning goal for Shepton

Shepton Mallet deservedly won their FA Cup replay 3-2 at Melksham after dominating the first half and then resisting the hosts' strong second half comeback, to earn a trip to Tavistock in the next round on 7th September.

Craig Loxton had two early attempts, a free kick that went well over and then a shot that was deflected for a corner, before Liam Watson headed Loxton's free kick cross just wide.

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Shepton Mallet moved to the next stage of this season's FA Vase cup competition where they have a plum home tie against Street on Saturday 14th September, after a comfortable 4-0 win against Wellington.

Joe Morgan missed a good chance for Shepton in only the second minute but he made amends six minutes later when he opened the scoring following a fine Shepton move that saw Aaron Cockerill put Aaron Seviour in on goal. Wellington keeper Mitch Woodgate did well to save Seviour's shot but could only knock the ball into the path of Morgan's follow up run for the latter to confidently finish from 12 yards.

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Although Shepton Mallet came up against a stronger Melksham side than the one they beat in a pre-season friendly, they were unfazed by the challenge they faced in the FA Cup.

Although the visitors enjoyed more of the ball and more chances, Melksham needed a dubious penalty in second half stoppage time to draw 1-1 and take the tie to a replay.

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Shepton Mallet progressed to the next round of the FA Cup for the first time in several years after a 3-1 win in the Extra Preliminary Round against league rivals Cadbury Heath, with all the goals coming in an end-to-end first half.

The home side started brightly with Craig Loxton and Andy Martin going close from distance, and Jack Fillingham beating home keeper Oliver Jones, but not an alert defender who cleared the ball off the goal-line.

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