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3rd January 2017 - Cheltenham Civil Service

It is with sadness that the league announces that Cheltenham Civil Service Football Club have withdrawn from the Marcliff Gloucestershire County Football League from immediate effect.

The Club only entered the league in the 2014-15 season and had an immediate impact winning the title at the first attempt. Their playing record will be expunged.

1st January 2017 - Respect Marks

The latest respect marks are on the respect pages now. Along with the third technical area marks of the season, congratulations to Patchway Town who win a football for being best marked in this set.

11th September 2016 - Marcliff Plumbing Supplies Sponsorship

The signing of a new 2 Year sponsorship deal between Marcliff and the league took place at Little Stoke before the game.

Sponsorship signing
Cliff Orchard (Managing Director Marcliff) - Bob Stewart (Chairman League)

Sponsorship signing
Ron Holpin General Secretary League – Rob Orchard (Director Marcliff) Cliff Orchard (Managing Director Marcliff) Bob Stewart (Chairman League)

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Ron's Match Reports

25th February 2017 - Broadwell grab the points at Gala Wilton

Stonehouse Town still lead the table by four points but Frampton United move into second place with two games in hand.

All three teams at the bottom failed to pick up any points this week.

Gala Wilton was our destination today and the visitors were Broadwell Amateurs. On an uneven pitch and a very strong wind blowing diagonally across it made things difficult for both sets of players to play the ball around on the deck. It seems that the long ball was the order of the first half and both sides sharing the possession. The visitor’s keeper was hardly tested except in the third minute his poor clearance fell straight to Kyle Bakewell but he failed to get the ball over the keeper. Broadwell’s first effort fell to Dan Latham on six minutes but his header from a corner went wide. Two minutes later full-back Blaine Smith should have scored for the visitors but his shot went straight to home keeper Tom Kaye. Another chance fell to Kristian Burnard midway through the half but his flicked header was not good enough to beat Kaye.

Two minutes into the second half Broadwell had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. A couple of minutes later the home side struck the post. Gala had a great chance to level on fifty seven minutes as a cross from the left fizzed across the six yard box and Substitute Joel Grieve failed to get on the end of it. The deadlock was broken on sixty four minutes as a cross into the box by Jordan Sheen found Kristian Burnard to give Broadwell the lead. Just three minutes later Gala almost scored as Craig Howell made space in the box to shoot - it hit the upright and rebounded to Kyle Bakewell who with a clear shot on goal skied his shot well over the bar. Gala had another chance on seventy four minutes from a free kick on the right curled left footed into the box and Peter Boyle’s powerful header struck the crossbar. Gala kept pushing for the equaliser and Jamie Merry brought off a terrific save to deny Mark Edwards twenty five yard drive from going in. Bakewell will be kick himself when he had a great chance to head his side level but it went straight to Merry. Two minutes into time added Broadwell’s Jordan Sheen disposed Alex Pritchard broke into the box but failed to get his shot on target. Missed chances cost the home side dearly.

Bristol Telephones kept up their challenge with a three – one home win over Hanham Athletic. With very little happening in the first forty five minutes Hanham stung the home side by taking the lead on forty two minutes from a direct free kick struck well by Tom Welling. The home side bucked up in the second period and Dhani Golding thought he had levelled on forty seven minutes but it was ruled out for offside. However, on fifty seven minutes a Sam Sarre shot from the edge of the box made it all square. Just a minute later Dhani Golding was shown a Red card after picking up a second yellow card. This left the home side with plenty of work to do and eventually took the lead on sixty seven minutes when Ben Griffiths laid the ball through for Mike Alvis to score. A third goal just five minutes from the end a great cross from Mike Alvis found Luke Palmer who hit the ball home on the half volley.

Frampton United moved into second place after a resound five - one win over Southmead CS Athletic. The home side opened the scoring on six minutes when Monola Marquez Espada headed home a cross from the right. A great save by home keeper Marklove on twenty four minutes from a Rob Sivers shot preserved their lead. Then in the thirty fourth minute a cross from Joel White found Kris Bulley on the near post to make it two – nil. It went to three – nil on fifty seven minutes when Kris Bulley turned in a cross from Joe Wilton. Frampton went four – nil up on seventy four minutes when Dan Huxstep headed home a Matt Cook cross. Aidan Hill pulled a goal back for Southmead in the eighty second minute with a shot from the edge of the box and then in time added at the end of ninety minutes Jack Bartman headed home yet another Matt Cook cross.

Kingswood came away from Rockleaze Rangers with a two – nil win. Not a lot of goalmouth action in the first forty five minutes although James Kenway had his header cleared off the line on eleven minutes and Simon Clarke was inches wide from a free kick for the visitors. Home keeper Sam Burgess brought of a terrific save in the sixty seventh minute pushing the ball around the post from a Simon Clarke free kick. Kingswood went ahead on seventy two minutes when Cory Pring swivelled on the edge of the box and hit a tremendous shot at Burgess and despite the keeper best efforts the ball crept into the net. Kingswood got a second five minutes later when Frank Hitchings sent a bullet header past Burgess from a corner.

Another three points for Little Stoke with a three – two win at home to Bishops Cleeve Reserves. A fine hattrick from Simon Knight moves his Club up to seventh place in the table. His first came after ten minutes from an Ollie Bacon free kick flicked on by Matt Price and Knight finished it off. On fifteen minutes Sasha Tong and Knight set up Kieran Williams but he shot wide. On twenty five minutes along ball over the Cleeve defence saw Knight and the visitor’s keeper challenging but Knight won the battle and hit a twenty five yard shot into the top corner. Bishops Cleeve hit back in the twenty seventh minute when Connor Sherry struck a twenty yard free kick past Turner. Just three minutes later Williams, Bacon and Church worked together to set up Knight to tap the ball in from six yards to complete his hattrick. Two minutes before the break Cleeve struck again from another free kick that was parried by Turner in the home goal but Joe Richards followed up to score. The second forty five minutes was stalemate as both sides failed to conger up any real good chances?

No goals in the first forty five minutes at Patchway Town but leaders Stonehouse Town went away with the three points after finding the back of the net on three occasions to the home side’s one. The break through came on fifty five minutes from a well struck shot that hit the upright and fell nicely for Dan Carmen to give Stonehouse the lead. Just four minutes later it was two – nil when Andy Maryon headed home. Lee Keveren made it three – nil in the seventy fifth minute then two minutes later Dan Bendall was put through on goal to net a consolation for Patchway.

Hardwicke bounced back from their defeat last week to take the points at home to Lebeq United. Both goals came in the first forty five minutes the opener in the twenty ninth minute from a good build up by the home side and Rich Mansell’s cross was half volleyed home by Ed Rimmer. The home side went two up on thirty four minutes from free kick on the edge of the box that was struck by Mansell it took a wicked deflection off Szymon Gromek and into the Lebeq net. Very few chances to write home about in the second forty five minutes Bhakerd missed a good chance for the visitors and Harris shot wide for the home side.

AEK Boco and Thornbury Town shared a point each in a one – one draw at Greenbank Road. It took until the forty fifth minute to score the opening goal and it came from a cross that was headed away by Boco but fell straight to Scott McLeod who hit a screamer into the top of the Boco net to give Thornbury a half time lead. The home side pushed forward more in the second period and drew level on sixty five minutes from a mazy run By Jason Thatcher and a fantastic right foot shot that looped over the Thornbury keeper. Both sides kept playing their passing games but there were no further goals and probably a fair result on the day