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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  • Patchway Town - Application Withdrawn
  • Thornbury Town - Application Withdrawn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

13th February 2016 - Yeo double sees Patchway edge out Thornbury

Two very High scoring results from today’s fixture with Henbury winning 8-2 at Kingswood and Bishops Cleeve Reserves winning 7-0 at home to Rockleaze Rangers

Patchway Town v Thornbury Town could be classed as a local derby with around seven miles between the two Clubs.

On a very wet day both teams produced some excellent football trying to build their attacks from the back with slick passing but for the first 35 minutes their final pass was not quite what was desired and both defences played well. Thornbury broke the deadlock on 35 minutes when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box on the left which Toby Bennett took and curled the ball over a packed goalmouth striking the far post on its way into the Patchway net. Patchway’s equalising goal in the 41th minute was also quite bizarre and also came from the left side of the box a strike by Jordan Yeo who fired the ball into the box it caught the Thornbury keeper Alex Lippiatt off guard and the ball crept under the bar at the far post. The score of 1-1 at the break was a fair reflection on how the game had been played in the first 45 minutes.

Jordan Yeo’s second goal 3 minutes into the second half came from a break down the right and a cross into the box from Matt Tovey where the unmarked Yeo swept the ball past Lippiatt to give them the lead. Play then resumed as before with both teams producing good approach work but that final finishing touch was lacking. Thornbury pushed hard in the time added at the end of 90 minutes and Patchway had to be at their best to keep them out. One disappointing incident happened in added time when Patchway’s Matt Tovey picked up a second yellow card and was dismissed.

Cheltenham Civil Service stunned the leaders when they took the lead in the 25th minute when Gareth Evans, picked the ball up on the edge of the Boco box, sidestepped a tackle and calmly placed the ball into the bottom left corner. Boco hit back on 30 minutes from a scrambled ball into the box that ricoched around and wasn't cleared by the home side before the tall Danny Brister headed home from close range. Boco went ahead on 55 minutes another ball knocked into the box wasn't cleared by the home side and Jordan Scott knocked it over the line to make it 2-1. On 60 minutes, Joe Ryder tackled the Boco defence and tried his luck from 30 yards, the keeper reacted slowly and watched the ball onto the base of the post then bouncing away to safety. In the 65 minute, Paul Ireland brought down the quick Boco winger as he cut into the box and Boco went 3-1 up from the penalty spot converted by Jason Thatcher. After 85 minutes Boco’s Jason Thatcher cut in from the right and fired a fierce left foot shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Bottom Club Kingswood were well and truly hammered by second place Henbury conceding eight and only managing two in reply. A hattrick from Aaron Anglin and two from Kane Simpson accounted for five of the Henbury goals. A close range effort from 8 yards by Kane Simpson on 15 minutes gave Henbury the lead then four minutes later following a free kick Aaron Anglin scored from close range. Kingswood hit back in the 24th minute after some great work by Ryan Mudd beating three defenders before setting up Frank Hitchings to score. Just two minutes later Henbury scored again Adam Rosser netting after some poor defending by the home side. An eighteen yard shot from Aaron Anglin on 34 minutes sent Henbury into a 4-1 lead. Then on 42 minutes Kane Simpson scored his second of the afternoon to give Henbury a 5-1 lead at the break. On 64 minutes Anglin completed his hat-trick. The goal of the afternoon on 70 minutes came courtesy of Henbury’s Jack Mills a 20 yard volley into the roof of the net. Kingswood were awarded a penalty in the 75th minute after Sean Heal handled in the box but Adam Eldridge missed the spot kick. The home side got their second on 80 minutes as Ryan Mudd again set up Frank Hitchings to score. But Henbury had not finished and Rob Wilks made it eight on 89 minutes with a strike from the edge of the box.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves ran riot at home to Rockleaze Rangers banging in seven without reply. Cleeve took the lead in the 37th minute when Giles Elliot broke clear to chip the keeper. Two minutes later James Pickup laid the ball back for Mark Connelly to fire home from 25 yards. Just two minutes before the break Elliot netted his second in a goalmouth scramble. Cleeve made it 4-0 on 55 minutes when Martin Tomes cut in to the box and drove a low shot past the visitor’s keeper. On 60 minutes Giles Elliot completed his hat-trick when he tapped home a cross from Dan White. Ten minutes later White sent over another cross this time met by Matt Magee to make it 6-0. James Pickup rounded the scoring off in the 89th minute when he headed home from a corner.

Frampton United lost for only the third time this season when they went down 2-0 at Gala Wilton. This was an excellent result for the home side with both goals being scored by Kyle Bakewell. The first on 55 minutes was a glancing header from a corner and the second ten minutes later when he was put clear to chip the keeper. One sour note for Frampton was the sending off of Steve Jackson receiving a straight red in the 70th minute.

Hanham Athletic eased their worries with a 1-0 win at home to close rivals in the table Southmead CS Athletic. The goal which came in the 77th minute was an individual effort from Tyrone Fudgell breaking down the right cutting in to the box and driving a low shot into the bottom corner. The home side might have had more but for some great saves by the Southmead keeper.

The two newly promoted Clubs to the league this season met at Hardwicke with both teams having to settle for a draw. Broadwell went ahead on 24 minutes from a cross into the Hardwicke box by Neil Bailey which they failed to clear and Derek Roberts drove the ball home from twelve yards. Hardwicke pressed hard for the rest of the half but failed to break down the visitors defence. Hardwicke’s Will Higgins might have scored but hit the upright from eight yards. A double substitution on 60 minutes by Hardwicke would eventually change the game, they brought on Ed Rimmer and James Reid and in the 80th minute after Will Matthews had held the ball up before sending it to Reid who then laid it on for Ed Rimmer to drive the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.