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7thFebruary

Latest Respect Tables up on the respect pages, congratulations to Bishops Cleeve who win a match ball for their good behaviour in the technical area.

4th January 2016 - Gala Wilton Managerial Vacancy

Gala Wilton are looking to appoint a Manager and Assistant of the Managers choice to manage the first team which currently plays in the Gloucestershire County League. Any person interested should apply by e mail complete with Footballing C.V. and address in the first instance to the Chairman Mr Jesse Smith (jesse.smith@cobalthealth.co.uk)

3rd January 2016 - Promotion Applicants

With the deadlines for promotion applications passing on the 31st December the following applications have been made

Promotion to step 6

  • AEK Boco
  • Bristol Telephones
  • Patchway Town - Application Withdrawn
  • Thornbury Town - Application Withdrawn

Only one club will be promoted and must meet the ground grading criteria specified by the FA for promotion to step 6. The highest placed club that meets the criteria will be promoted. For this season only the FA has stipulated that the team does not have to finish in th top five to be considered.

Promotion to the Marcliffe Gloucestershire County League

Bristol Premier Combination League
  • Highridge United
  • Mendip Broadwalk
Bristol Suburban League
  • Lebeq United
  • Little Stoke
  • Mangotsfield Sports
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
  • Newent Town
  • Stonehouse Town

A maximum of two teams may be promoted into the County League and must finish in the top two of their respective league. To be considered for promotion the club must meet the ground grading criteria specified by the 30th April 2016.

The number of relegated clubs will be identical to the number of clubs promoted from the feeder leagues. For the purposes of this rule Kings Stanley will be considered the first relegated club.

Any vacancies after promotion and relegation has been resolved will be filled at the AGM

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Ron's Match Reports

30th January 2016 - Hanham derby ends in stalemate

Last nights heavy rain fall devastated the fixture programme with only one fixture surviving.

The local derby between Hanham Athletic v AEK Boco whose grounds are only one mile apart was the only game to go ahead. 230 spectators turned up to see if the leaders could increase their lead at the top of the table against a Hanham side who has had it problems this season and were under new Management for this very important game. Spencer Thomas has returned to the Club and is assisted by Steve Latham and Paul Milson. Hanham made a couple of new signings to try and strengthen the side that are languishing in the bottom four in the table with just thirteen points from twenty one games.

Considering the amount of rain that fell during the night the pitch was in excellent condition - but after ninety minutes of football neither side were able to find the back of the net. There was plenty of effort from both sides with numerous corners and free kicks but shots on target were at a premium with neither keeper being called upon to make any credible saves. Boco had more of the possession but the shear determination of the Hanham team prevented Boco creating any real clear cut chances. This result will benefit the home side in future games and hopefully settle them down and pull themselves away from the bottom of the table. The point gained by the leaders show that they now have a twelve point lead at the top of the table and will take some catching.

23rd January 2016 - Gala Wilton triumph in Gloucester derby

Gala Wilton won their home game with Hardwicke quite comfortably in the end but it might have been different if Hardwicke had scored the two really good chances they created in the first 10 minutes. A free kick hit across the six yard box by Paul Carter was picked up by Craig Harris on the far post but from 4 yards out he spooned his shot over the bar. Just two minutes later another free kick this time out on the left side of the box was really well struck by Carter and beat the keeper but struck the crossbar. At the other end Hardwicke keeper Hunt brought off a good save from an Adam Hemming free kick. Hardwicke went ahead on 15 minutes from an in-swinging corner from Craig Harris that was diverted by Steve Bick past keeper Matt Bickers. The home side hit back on 23 minutes from a cross into the box that was miss punched by keeper Jermaine Hunt the ball hitting a Gala player and in attempting to clear Andrew Price sliced the ball into Kyle Bakewell and the ball richocheted into the net to level the score. In the 35th minute Hardwicke central defender Rob Hine broke through on goal but after sliding past the keeper he over hit the ball and it went out for a goal kick. Another good chance that went begging. Gala grabbed the lead on 38 minutes from a cross into Adam Hemming to drive the ball home. The last effort of the first 45 minutes fell to Hardwicke’s Steve Bick but he pulled his shot wide from the edge of the box.

We had hardly started the second half in fact only 40 seconds on the clock when Lee Allen latched onto a long ball out of defence to give Gala a 3-1 lead. 11 minutes into the second half Michael Light almost certainly saved Gala from conceding a second goal as he stabbed the ball off the foot of Will Matthews in the six yard box. Hardwicke were pushing hard and had a lot of possession but could not break down a very stubborn Gala defence. A great free kick from Paul Carter curling the ball into the six yard box from the left went begging as it sped across goal and out for a goal kick. Hardwicke had another free kick scrambled away by the home defence and then in the 81st minute Will Matthews headed over from another free kick when he might have scored. Hardwicke were caught out in the 85th minute pushing up and Kyle Bakewell netted his second of the afternoon.

AEK Boco continues the quest for the title with a 2-0 victory at Thornbury Town. Boco went ahead on 4 minutes with a superb goal from Jason Thatcher a cross-field ball was met by Thatcher on the edge of the box to volley it into the roof of the net. Thatcher scored again on 31 minutes this time he dispossessed Nathan Sage before driving forward and firing the ball home. Thornbury’s Luke Franklin hit the upright after a scramble in the Boco goalmouth on 38 minutes. Boco were reduced to ten men on 46 minutes. Thornbury were unlucky when they struck the post for a second time midway through the second half but the leaders have a very well organised side and gave little away.

Henbury remain in second place with a 4-1 win over Cheltenham Civil Service. The home side got off to a great start taking the lead on 2 minutes from a corner sent over by Jack Mills and Kane Simpson headed home. It was 2-0 on 30 minutes when Jack Mills put Rob Wilks clear to lob the ball over the keeper. Henbury went down to ten men on 34 minutes when Ben Roe was dismissed for retaliation. Cheltenham scored a bizarre goal a minute later as cross from Dan Midwinter swerved in flight and deceived everyone and finished up in the back of the Henbury net. Right on half time Henbury scored a third when Rob Wilks crossed the ball in for Kane Simpson to sweep home from close range. The visitors were also reduced to ten men in the 70th minute when Ellis Duffus was sent off. Henbury netted a fourth in the last minute of the game when corner from Shaun Heal was turned in by Ross Johnson.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves ran out 3-0 winners over today’s visitors Hanham Athletic. Cleeve opened the scoring on 5 minutes when Rob Reid scored from the penalty spot. The home side grabbed a second on 20 minutes when Giles Elliot converted a cross to the far post. The third and final goal on 85 minutes came from a corner that was flicked on for central defender Ben Robinson to head home.

  • Bishops Cleeve Reserves V Hanham Athletic, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Bishops Cleeve Reserves V Hanham Athletic, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Bishops Cleeve Reserves V Hanham Athletic, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Bishops Cleeve Reserves V Hanham Athletic, Courtesy Peter Langley

Frampton retain their position in third place with a 2-0 success over close rivals in the table Bristol Telephones. Frampton went ahead on 6 minutes when Minola Marquez Espada cut in from the left to drive the ball past Osborne on the near post. On 16 minutes Frampton had a great chance to increase their lead when Steve Jackson was brought down in the box but Phones keeper Will Osborne brought of a great save from Matt Cooks spot kick. Phones first real chance on 31 minutes came from Mitch Purnell but he shot straight at the Frampton keeper. Just a minute later and Frampton went 2-0 up when Myron Turner broke clear and slotted the ball home. Phones Mike Grist had a great chance to pull a goal back on 40 minutes but headed over the bar. Osborne brought off another good save to deny Kris Bulley on 50 minutes. In the 62nd minute Dhani Golding saw his goal bound effort turned around the post. With just 5 minutes left Golding almost scored but his effort struck the crossbar.

Kingswood’s woes continue as they went down 3-1 at Rockleaze Rangers. The Fitzpatrick’s did all the damage for Rangers. Steve Fitzpatrick headed Rangers into the lead on 3 minutes then a 30 yard pile driver from James Fitzpatrick on 12 minutes made it 2-0. Just three minutes later Rangers were three up when James Fitzpatrick scored his second. Kingswood got a consolation goal on 60 minutes when Callum McManus scored.

Yate Town Reserves suffered a 4-1 home defeat at the hand of Patchway Town and it was all down to hat-trick boy Matt Davies. Davies opened his account on 15 minutes when he nipped in behind the home defence who seemed confused to beat the keeper to the ball and slide it home. Davies netted a second on the half hour when he swept home a low cross from the right. A low drive from Jordan Yeo on 38 minutes to make it 3-0 put the visitors well in control, but just before the break Yate hit back with with a headed goal from Sam Hipisley. 2 minutes into the second half Davies completed his hat-trick when the home keeper fumbled the ball and the striker made no mistake.